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5.0 out of 5 starsbeneath the adventure stands a serious purpose
Reviewed in the United States on July 18, 2020
Not only is Dark Watch entertaining with its superheroes & ultra technological warship, the Oregon, but it is also informative. Cussler tells about modern slavery as innocent Chinese peasants are lured aboard ships & turned into 21st century slaves in a Russian gold mining business. Cu.ssler's protagonist, Juan Cabrillo, makes the author's purpose clear when he declares, "Dark Watch is to protect freedom."
5.0 out of 5 starsWonderful Clive Cussler book with Scott Brick reading
Reviewed in the United States on April 3, 2015
If there is anyone out there that has not read or listened to any of Clive Cussler's books, they are out of touch with the magic that he brings to life in his writing. The very best reader, Scott Brick, is the most amazing person to listen to no matter what book he is reading for. You believe he is or has been in the situation and makes you feel like it's a first hand conversation. I'm a huge fan of The Oregon Papers and anything with Dirk Pitt and the Numa files so far and they never disappoint me. The Oregon (old, rusty freighter) has so many special effects that keep them out of danger on the high seas however, it's working crew manage to get into enough trouble as soon as you get going in the book.
5.0 out of 5 starsAnother great adventure by Cussler!
Reviewed in the United States on September 13, 2020
This was another great and fun adventure story in Clive Cussler's Oregon Files series. Several international locations, villains, and the good guys prevailing. A really fun read - hard to put the book down!
5.0 out of 5 starsJuan Cabrillo and his crew are the best
Reviewed in the United States on December 16, 2019
This is the third book in the Oregon Series and all I can say is the Chairman is becoming one of my favorites characters. The authors take facts and blend them seamlessly with fiction until you can't tell what is real and what isn't. I find myself wearing out Google Earth and Wikipedia when I read a Cussler novel. Please guys. Keep them coming.
5.0 out of 5 starsAnother exciting adventure with the crew of the Oregon.
Reviewed in the United States on November 16, 2019
This is another exciting story featuring the crew of the Oregon. The ship is manned by an elite crew and has lots of high tech equipment and weapons. It was hard to put this book down as the "bad guys" get outsmarted and outmaneuvered. One other thing I enjoyed about this book is the quality of the female characters.
My best advice to absorb the tales of The Oregon Files series would be to skip "Golden Buddha" and "Sacred Stone," then head straight for Cussler's action-packed "Flood Tide" which is the first appearance of The Corporation and their ship the MV Oregon. You can meet Juan Cabrillo and Max Hanley through their escapades with Dirk Pitt. After that, you can read "Dark Watch" and be in the know on a few more things but this is not required since the series books can be read as stand-alone volumes. In "Dark Watch" Juan and the Corporation are up against some smugglers of precious cargo--gold and people. I won't tell you how all this links up, you can read it and find out. Safe to say that Du Brul and Cussler have crafted an awesome adventure story, and Chairman Juan Cabrillo is fairly fleshed out character. I am always a little worried about the whole co-author thing, but Du Brul pulls it off here, of course if you have read any of his Phillip Mercer series (other than "Charon's Landing" which I thought was a tad bit dull) you knew already he could do it.
One of my favorite writers and one of my very favorite series. I wish Hollywood would consider taking some of the Oregon Files to the big screen. I for one would like to see a decrepit tramp steamer with all of the weaponry and abilities of a James Bond Aston Martin.
Everyone who reads Cussler should understand that his books are not at all realistic, but then neither are James Bond films. Cussler's books offer boys own escapism, and this is one of the better ones. If you don't want to think too hard and you have some time, then suspend disbelief put your feet up and read this book, it's worth the effort. However i must take exception to Cussler's blatant product placement, if i'd read one more detailed discription of a computer or a watch etc i'd have screamed. Added to this the un- ashamed rip off of charging £10 for an e-book ( re: price set by publisher ) come on mr Cussler you're getting nearly as bad as some of your villains......
5.0 out of 5 starsNot once have I ever been disappointed
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 24, 2019
With all Clive Cussler's books, and I have read some of them twice. I have other writers that I think highly of, but Clive Cussler is my all time favourite. Long may he continue to delight us with his fantastic stories. Rishi
4.0 out of 5 starsAnother good read, with plenty of twists - you know ...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 22, 2016
Another good read, with plenty of twists - you know the bad guys will lose in the end, but it's fiction after all.
One minor beef with Clive Cussler, he's not always accurate when the action is outside the USA - in this one there's a passage "... children. One born April second and the other March first. Four/two, three/one."
But in Europe the format is "Day"/"Month" - so in this instance they would have got the code wrong as the dates are Two/four and one/three