Of all the Cussler books I've read, this is a major disappointment. There are way too many characters. The plot line...actually there were two plot lines...was so boring that the book was overflowing with "filler text". i.e., pages upon pages of dreary scene descriptions. etc. I make a point of finishing every book I start, and that was a hard rule to follow with this book...but I did finish it. Yawn.
In many ways a very typical Cussler yarn. A thousand years ago Eric the Red finds a meteorite and feeling it has supernatural powers he sets up a hidden shrine that lasts until the 21st century. When archeologists find it the message is intecepted and a famous reclusive billionaire has designs on using it to destroy the Muslim world and sends a crew to steal the stone and kill the explorers. In an unrelated event a radical Muslim group steals a nuclear bomb from Russia and plans a massive terrorist attack. The CIA's problem, the meteorite is radioactive and may contain a deep space virus, that when coupled with the bomb, could destroy civilization as we know it. So, are the two going to rendezvous or are they set on separate attacks. Other governments must be involved in the take down, but they all have separate ideas on how to do it. Will the efforts ever co-ordinate or will the CIA have to go rouge to solve the crisis? Book has a cast of characters at the front so set your kindle to easily access the cast page or you will get lost on who is who. Elton John even makes an appearance in the book.
I was a big fan of Clive Cussler, so when I saw this I gave it a try. It has a lot on moving parts, but it never bogged down trying to explain all the details. "The company" chases two devices all over the world, trying to stop a nuke from destroying a major city. Lots of players and I lost track of the names. Yes there's a glossary at the beginning, but on a Kindle, it's no help. None the less, you keep up with the story line even though there are some major glitches in the plot. Like a helicopter pilot who never runs out of flying time or needs rest. All in all a fun read.
I had read this book a few years ago, so this was a second reading. In general, I like Clive Cussler books, and in particular I like the Oregon Files books! I decided to go back and start from the beginning and read these again on my Kindle. There’s a lot going on in this book, but nothing the crew of the Oregon can’t handle. Multiple plot lines come together with a good cast of characters. Just an enjoyable read! I can’t wait to get to the third book in the series!
While this is a typical Cussler book -- lots of plot twists and interesting locales -- it is also an enjoyable one. The characters he creates are interesting and identifiable and the story, while not necessarily keeping the reader in suspense since, with Cussler, the good guys always win, is engaging.
It's a definite plus that Cussler has created more than one entity for his stories -- this allows them to remain fresh.
While not the best he's ever done, certainly a worthwhile read.
There are a lot of moving parts and different plot lines in this edition of The Oregon Files. The Chairman is all over the place dealing with a potential world ending event as well as an event that could plunge the world into a world war. Don't try to read this in bed before sleep it will keep your mind zipping along.
This was in good book it had a lot of action too much going on at times but worth the read. I figure in a year or two I will read it again and still enjoy it. If you like Clive Cussler if you like the Oregon crew this is a book worth reading.