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Product Details

  • Series: The Oregon Files (Book 9)
  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Adult; First Edition edition (November 5, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399158081
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399158087
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.2 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (815 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,858 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The latest Oregon Files adventure opens with Juan Cabrillo breaking into a Russian supermax prison to free a friend, the man who had helped outfit Cabrillo’s ship, the Oregon, with its high-tech hardware. Shot during the escape, the man soon dies but not before uttering his cryptic last words, about an “eerie boat,” the Aral Sea, and a name: Tesla. Cabrillo soon—one might say almost too slickly soon—finds the boat, a pleasure craft built in Pennsylvania for George Westinghouse, who had been a big booster of inventor Nikola Tesla’s alternating current (AC) electrical system in the late nineteenth century. That pleasure boat vanished at sea in 1902. But what did a mysterious blue cloud have to do with the disappearance, and how did the boat turn up in the Aral Sea, 10,000 miles from where it vanished? And what does any of this have to do with a modern-day superweapon that could change the face of the world forever? The Oregon Files stories don’t represent Cussler’s finest work, but fans can depend on them to deliver action and adventure, if not full-bodied characters. --David Pitt

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Praise for Mirage
 
“Whenever any reader thinks about the ultimate action/adventure books, Clive Cussler is the name that appears in their minds. And this new offering in the Oregon Files series is another stunner that can claim to be one of the best action books of 2013 . . . The tale is full of action, death-defying escapes, heart-stopping scenes, and a cast of characters that you will not forget when the book has come to an end.”—Suspense Magazine
 
“Fans can depend on [the Oregon Files] to deliver action and adventure.”—Booklist
 
“Rousing . . . The conclusion is the usual Cussler nail-biter.”—Publishers Weekly
 
Praise for The Jungle
 
"Cussler's high-octane eighth Oregon Files novel, THE JUNGLE, is sure to delight series fans."—Publishers Weekly

"With daring escapes, torturous imprisonment, heart-stopping action, and last-minute victories, THE JUNGLE is an action/adventure thriller reader's dream. The surprise ending will blow you away."—Library Journal
 
Praise for the Oregon Files
 
“Readers will burn up the pages following the blazing action and daring exploits of these men and women and their amazing machines” (Publishers Weekly)

More About the Author

Clive Cussler began writing novels in 1965 and published his first work featuring his continuous series hero, Dirk Pitt(R), in 1973. His first non-fiction, The Sea Hunters, was released in 1996. The Board of Governors of the Maritime College, State University of New York, considered The Sea Hunters in lieu of a Ph.D. thesis and awarded Cussler a Doctor of Letters degree in May, 1997. It was the first time since the College was founded in 1874 that such a degree was bestowed.
Cussler is an internationally recognized authority on shipwrecks and the founder of the National Underwater and Marine Agency, (NUMA) a 501C3 non-profit organization (named after the fictional Federal agency in his novels) that dedicates itself to preserving American maritime and naval history. He and his crew of marine experts and NUMA volunteers have discovered more than 60 historically significant underwater wreck sites including the first submarine to sink a ship in battle, the Confederacy's Hunley, and its victim, the Union's Housatonic; the U-20, the U-boat that sank the Lusitania; the Cumberland, which was sunk by the famous ironclad, Merrimack; the renowned Confederate raider Florida; the Navy airship, Akron, the Republic of Texas Navy warship, Zavala, found under a parking lot in Galveston, and the Carpathia, which sank almost six years to-the-day after plucking Titanic's survivors from the sea.
In September, 1998, NUMA - which turns over all artifacts to state and Federal authorities, or donates them to museums and universities - launched its own web site for those wishing more information about maritime history or wishing to make donations to the organization.
In addition to being the Chairman of NUMA, Cussler is also a fellow in both the Explorers Club of New York and the Royal Geographic Society in London. He has been honored with the Lowell Thomas Award for outstanding underwater exploration.
Cussler's books have been published in more than 40 languages in more than 100 countries. His past international bestsellers include Pacific Vortex, Mediterranean Caper, Iceberg, Raise the Titanic, Vixen 03, Night Probe, Deep Six, Cyclops, Treasure, Dragon, Sahara, Inca Gold, Shock Wave, Flood Tide, Atlantis Found, Valhalla Rising, Trojan Odyssey, Black Wind, Treasure of Kahn and Arctic Drift (the last three with his son, Dirk Cussler) as well as The Chase; the nonfiction books The Sea Hunters, The Sea Hunters II and Clive Cussler and Dirk Pitt (R) Revealed; the NUMA(R) Files novels Serpent, Blue Gold, Fire Ice, White Death, Lost City, Polar Shift, The Navigator and Medusa (written with Paul Kemprecos); and the Oregon Files novels Sacred Stone and Golden Buddha (written with Craig Dirgo) and Dark Watch, Skeleton Coast, Plague Ship and Corsair (written with Jack Du Brul).
Clive Cussler lives in Arizona.

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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Online Book Reviews TOP 500 REVIEWER on November 5, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Clive Cussler, author of the bestselling National Underwater and Marine Agency and Dirk Pitt series, created his most intriguing high seas action hero: the enigmatic captain of the Oregon, Juan Cabrillo who was introduced with the first Oregon Files series Golden Buddha in 2003.

Juan Cabrillo is Chairman of the "Corporation", a special US Government-sponsored group that operates out of a ship called the Oregon; a marvel of scientific research equipment bristling with state-of-the-art weaponry - but disguised as a heap of junk.

Cabrillo and his crew of mercenaries with a conscience are able to cross the high seas in their 'rusting' tub unmolested, seeking out those beyond the arms of the law and dealing out justice to any who would plot chaos on a global scale.

Fans of Clive Cussler who waited for almost three year since the release of the last book in the series will heave a sigh of relief, and gobble up this latest addition to the Oregon Files series, Mirage, which is a continuation of the extraordinary adventures of Juan Cabrillo beginning with Golden Buddha (2003), and followed by Sacred Stone (2004), Dark Watch (2005), Skeleton Coast (2006), Plague Ship (2008), Corsair (2009), The Silent Sea (2010), and The Jungle (2011).

In Mirage, Cussler with co-author Jack Du Brul bring to the reader Juan Cabrillo on a dangerous mission to save his old friend Yuri Borodin from a maximum Siberian prison. But the mission goes horribly wrong and in the process Yuri dies. But the mention of "Tesla" by Yuri before his death takes Cabrillo in a new direction trying to unravel why a dying man would utter "Tesla.
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19 of 24 people found the following review helpful By William D. Curnutt TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 6, 2013
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Jack Du Brul (with help from Clive Cussler) gives us another fantastic novel in the Oregon Files. This time Juan Cabrillo and his crew of the Oregon are not just saving a friend, but they inadvertently are also saving the world. Just like any Clive Cussler novel this one starts off with a bang and just keeps getting more and more action.

Chairman Cabrillo is breaking into a Russian prison in Siberia to try and save his Russian friend. Well, OK, not so much a friend as an adversary that he has grown to appreciate. And it doesn't hurt that this Russian has friends who are willing to pay Cabrillo and the Corporation a huge sum of money to get him rescued. So Cabrillo and friends break Yuri Borodin out of prison. In doing so Yuri passes along information that will lead Cabrillo on an adventure of epic proportions.

The gist of the novel is that Nikola Tesla, the man who truly developed electricity, was not just a genius but he had inventions that are still moving the world today towards things like, time travel, teleportation, stealth technology, binding light, etc. What Juan and crew are going to discover is that Tesla's inventiveness has lead to the development of a "cloaking device" that can be used to make a ship invisible to those around it. Basically it produces an electromagnetic field that shields the ship from being seen.

But there are other uses for this electromagnetic field, it can also be used to destroy things. The EMP that it produces can be used as a weapon.

But how that happens is the main plot of this book.

Juan and his crew will be driven through three or four adventures before the story comes to an end. Just when you think the adventure is over something else will happen.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By mediapro on February 15, 2014
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I have been a Clive Cussler fan for many years and really enjoy Dirk Pitt and the Numa books. The Oregon story line has been very good in the past books. Cabrillo or "The Chairman" has been an entertaining read a but unrealistic but a fun read. The multiple charactor story lines in his books has been a pleasure to follow. I enjoy when other charactor's tell pieces of the story and then all the charactor's lines converge at the end. I think it tells a more compelling story line and keeps me alert to follow the plot.

Mirage is a disappointment to me, it focus only on "The Chairmen" as he has cliff hanger events happen to "him" over and over in this book. He is like Superman a one man wrecking crew who always survives perilously situations again and again. But none of his 50 person crew contribute to his success or the story line. For me it gets old pretty fast when he is the only person telling the story even when his crew saves his a** time after time.

I realize these books are not written by Cussler but in the past the writer of the Oregon books has had other charectors help tell the story and develop the plot - not this time. Is this one written by a new writer to me it feels like that is the case.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kathy Davie on December 23, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Ninth in the Oregon Files spy thriller series revolving around the Chairman and his band of experts aboard the Oregon, a ship with its own illusions.

My Take
I do love this series. You can always trust the Corporation to have cool new toys and tricky strategies to bring to the action! When you add in the Oregon‘s illusions as well as the moral fiber of Juan Cabrillo and his people along with the detecting, it's a can't miss.

Yeah, it's similar to Cussler's Dirk Pitt and NUMA Files series, the names and operations base are different, but the missions are the same: stop the bad guys and their S.P.E.C.T.R.E.-like plans for power. And as much as I adore Kurt and Dirk, Juan has my heart.

Cussler/Du Brul keep the humanity with the jokes and pranks, the compassion, and the chef's ego when it comes to adding salt and pepper to a perfectly seasoned meatloaf, LOL.

This particular story pulls in the history of Nikola Tesla, a much-ignored genius who, in my mind, was much greater than Edison. You may well find yourself wanting to read more about Tesla after this story. There's also an interesting side trip into a discussion on what constitutes science fiction: past and future.

As for drama and tension...there is no lack here. Cussler/Du Brul will keep you on the edge of your seat with foot, sea, and snowmobile chases; rescues from prison, florists, the deep, and capsized boats; and, pirates of all sorts.

It's a fun, escapist read that saves the world and takes you out of yourself.

The Story
Juan Cabrillo has broken out of more than one prison in his life, and it won't be the last, I'm sure.
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