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Product Details

  • Series: The Oregon Files (Book 7)
  • Hardcover: 403 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Adult; First Edition edition (March 9, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399156259
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399156250
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.3 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (206 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #517,792 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The seventh Oregon Files adventure thriller begins on December 7, 1941, when five boys encounter tragedy while looking for buried pirate treasure on a small island off the coast of Washington State. Flash-forward to today: Juan Cabrillo, captain of the Oregon (a high-tech vessel posing as a tramp freighter), is in Argentina, trying to recover a downed NASA satellite. Well, don’t you know, Juan stumbles on something he totally didn’t expect to find, and soon he’s chasing after the secrets of an ancient curse that might still be causing trouble. Fast-paced and a lot of fun, the latest Cabrillo novel delivers the wallop Cussler’s fans have come to expect. Cabrillo himself—he shares his name with a sixteenth-century Portuguese explorer, by the way—makes a fine protagonist, sharp-witted and two-fisted. Considering the Oregon Files novels involve action, exploration, and high-tech gadgetry, it’s surprising no one has turned them into movies yet. The prolific Cussler, who, like James Patterson, now employs coauthors (Du Brul in this case), is often accused of writing by the numbers, but this time those numbers add up to entertaining fare for high-adventure fans. --David Pitt

About the Author

Clive Cussler is the author of many New York Times bestsellers, most recently The Spy and Lost Empire. He lives in Arizona.
Jack Du Brul is a graduate of the Westminster School and George Washington University. Trying to add as much adventure to his life as he does to his novels, Du Brul has climbed Masada at noon, swam in the Arctic Ocean off Point Barrow, explored war-torn Eritrea, camped in Greenland, and was gnawed on by piranhas in the Amazon River. He collects zeppelin memorabilia and when not writing or traveling (25 countries and counting), he can be found in a favorite chair with a book and a brandy. Jack Du Brul lives in Burlington, Vermont.

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Customer Reviews

I read this one in one sitting.
A. Reader
And you have to admire their chairman Juan Cabrillo, one of the few protagonists that I know of that makes it look easy, while sporting a titanium prosthetic leg.
Marcus A. Lewis
Great read, fast paced and exciting.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

87 of 89 people found the following review helpful By Stephen M. Charme HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 22, 2010
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Clive Cussler and Jack DuBrul have produced another riveting adventure in the Oregon series. For those of you who are new to this series, the Oregon appears to be a dilapidated freighter manned by a ragged looking crew when in reality it is a high tech and highly armed ship whose crew is known as the Corporation, and is led by Captain Juan Cabrillo, a former CIA field agent. He and the crew perform black ops for the CIA and also private security for different world leaders at handsome prices.

In this novel the CIA recruits Cabrillo and his teamates to recover something in the jungles of Argentina, which ultimately leads the Oregon to Antarctica and the discovery of some remarkable things that have serious political implications (I am being deliberately vague so I don't spoil anything). The action is nonstop, the plot is well crafted and interesting, and there are several surprises. Everything ties neatly together with a literally explosive ending.

While this novel is much different from Cussler's The Wrecker, which has an entirely different cast of characters, it is just as entertaining and well written. I recommend it for anyone who likes adventure novels with interesting twists.

Note: The overall rating on this novel has been improperly lowered by people who complain about the price of a new Kindle release rather than the quality of the writing. For anyone who actually reads this novel, I am sure you will agree it merits at least four stars if not the five that I and other readers have given it.
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48 of 52 people found the following review helpful By A. Reader VINE VOICE on March 14, 2010
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I read this one in one sitting. This adventure had a little less sea action then the other Corporation novels, but it was a great change up.

The plot goes like this: Bad things happen, the US gov needs deniability, they send Juan and his capable crew, they solve problem-barely, with some close calls along the way. As simple as that is, this book never slowed down, kept me interested and even managed to get me a little emotionally involved. Go figure. Nothing like enjoying the trials of a fictional character in the freezing cold arctic in sunny 75 degree LA.

I'm not sure why people are complaining about the price. Even at its current price on the kindle its a solid $7.00 cheaper then at the discount chain I was at this weekend.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Stephen T. Hopkins VINE VOICE on April 5, 2010
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The Clive Cussler brand of action writing continues to provide reliable entertainment to those readers who like strong heroes, evil enemies, and lots of adventurous action. In the seventh Oregon series novel titled, The Silent Sea, protagonist Juan Cabrillo leads a team into hostile Argentina to recover a NASA satellite. Some opportunistic Chinese have been partnering with Argentines in Antarctica, and much of the context for the novel involves ancient Chinese sailing ships. Juan and his team travel the world to confront enemies, solve mysteries, and restore world order. Not bad in 400 pages.

Rating: Three-star (Recommended)
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Steve Manke on March 19, 2010
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This is the seventh installment of the Oregon Files series by Clive Cussler. The series started out as a spin off of characters created in one volume of the Dirk Pitt series, also by Cussler. The characters turned out to be a perfect base on which to launch another successful series of books. To date, I have enjoyed every installment of the Oregon Files series. And The Silent Sea is no exception.

The story starts on a family owned island off the west coast of the United States. For generations, the family members have struggled to reach bottom of a flooded shaft at the center of the island. At the bottom of which is believed to be an abandoned pirates treasure. But while the young men of the family line have struggled for generations to reach the bottom, none have yet discovered its secrets.

How the story spins from the small family owned island of North America to the jungles of Argentina and an ice covered base in Antarctica is something that must be experienced in order to be believed. The story unfolds at an accelerated pace taking the characters on a series of twists and turns that ultimately lead not only the hidden secrets of the family owned island but the discovery of a lost ancient Chinese expedition and a deadly disease.

I'm a big fan of Cussler's work. After dozens of compelling and entertaining adventure stories, he continues to release creative and original works that center around powerful and captivating characters. The Silent Sea is yet another great example of his work.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By D. Nelson on March 16, 2010
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This book held my attention. It is probably one of the better of the Oregon Files series. If you have enjoyed previous Cabrillo books, you will want to get this one as well. Plenty of action, from the south pole to the Pacific northwest.

One minor disappointment for me -- the number of stupid proofreading errors seems to get larger with each new book. This one has quite a few spelling errors, grammatical errors, and minor factual errors (the east coast is 3 hours ahead of the west coast, not 3 hours behind). I guess since everyone uses word processors, proofreading has become a lost art.

And finally, what's up with the obviously coordinated campaign by disgruntled cheapskate Kindle owners? It's just polluting these reviews and artificially dragging the ratings down. Take it somewhere else.
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