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Publisher's Summary

The author of the bestselling NUMA and Dirk Pitt series returns with a novel of adventure and intrigue featuring his unbeatable hero of the high seas: Juan Cabrillo.

Cabrillo and his motley crew aboard the clandestine spy ship Oregon have made a very comfortable and very dangerous living working for high-powered Western interests. But their newest clients have come from the Far East to ask for Cabrillo's special brand of assistance. They're a consortium of Japanese shipping magnates whose fortunes are being threatened by brutal pirates trolling the waters of Southeast Asia.Normally, such attacks on the high seas are limited to smaller ships and foreign-owned yachts-easy targets on the open ocean. Now, however, giant commercial freighters are disappearing. But when Cabrillo confronts the enemy, he learns that the pirates' predations hide a deadly international conspiracy-a scheme of death and slavery that Juan Cabrillo is going to blow out of the water.

©2005 Clive Cussler; (P)2005 Penguin

Critic Reviews

"Readers will burn up the pages following the blazing action and daring exploits of these men and women and their amazing machines." (Publishers Weekly)

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  • Jean
  • Santa Cruz, CA, United States
  • 05-06-11

Dark Watch

This is another story about the ship Oregon and crew. Covers pirates to human trafficking to banking. Fast pace and lots of action. Tom Wopat did a good job reading the story. The only downside to the book was that is was abridged. They did a good job with the abridgment as I could keep track from one action and problem to the next. Book was not long enough but good for a short book between longer or more complicated books. Worth the read.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Great read

Great book, can't wait till the next one, I download all of Cusslers books as soon as they come out

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could have been good.

though im a huge clive cussler fan, getting Tom Wopat to act out the book was a horrible choice. I like Tom as a tv actor. But, he's no Scott Brick when it comes to reading a book. For the most part I couldn't get involved in the book because he was just reading using very little voice characterization. the female part was terrible. like I said. I like Tom and though good for tv only. I wish I could get my money back because it wasn't worth it. Sorry Clive I'm huge fan of yours. But, not the best choice.

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Great read, suspense and action

This is one of Chrysler's shortest books, but it chucked full with action, suspense, and even a side of love. If you loved Golden Buddha you will love this one as well.

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missing parts of the story

Two missing parts that I noticed. I first read this book a few years ago. the first part missing is the rescue of Tory from the research ship Avalon. the second was the battle between the Oregon and the guards at the ship breaking yard. Without those two parts the story loses a lot of substance.

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Abridged version was a disappointment

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I will not buy any more abridged books. I have read many books by this author and have enjoyed them all.

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Just for Fun

Would you try another book from Clive Cussler and/or Tom Wopat?

Cussler has a way of keeping you on your toes. There is just the right amount of detail spread through out the story and yet, not too much to bore you. I enjoy listening to these stories just for the fun of it. For a time, it just takes me away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Great distractions from the stress of being stuck in traffic at rush hour. One cannot listen to self-help audio all the time. Got to lighten things up and enjoy a good thriller now and then.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Already listening to one - "Poseidon"

Would you be willing to try another one of Tom Wopat’s performances?

Yes

What character would you cut from Dark Watch?

None

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The developing saga.......

If you could sum up Dark Watch in three words, what would they be?

Being a huge Cussler fan, I was expecting the multi parallel plots, with the crew of the Oregon all finding their intricate way to the common climax, but sadly, only Eddie Singh left the pack in this adventure. If I had of read this story before The Jungle, Corsair, and Silent Sea. I wouldn't have been waiting for the twists.
Having said that, this book is a really enjoyable book, with the bad guys getting there just deserts. Except, what about the 10 top banking officials and their greed? What became of them?
I recommend that readers start at the beginning and read the Oregon Files in order. That way you can watch the characters and corporation develop. Otherwise the first books will not have the depth expected from later books

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Boring

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

No one

Has Dark Watch turned you off from other books in this genre?

No, I've several of Clive Cl\usser's books and enjoyed them all except for this one.

What didn’t you like about Tom Wopat’s performance?

No sparkle

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment

Any additional comments?

Not up to Clive Cussler's normal stanards.

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  • Edgar
  • Brandon, FL, United States
  • 11-25-11

Great mix of current event and thriller

As always the Oregon adventures have a root of the past, slide into the present then pull all of them together in a thrilling adventure.

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