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Mirage - EXP (The Oregon Files) Paperback – September 18, 2012
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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.
Juan Cabrillo has broken out of more than one prison in his life, and it won't be the last, I'm sure.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
The story is great. Let's be real here, these stories are escapist fiction and believability is not that important, nor should stand in the way of a rousing yarn. So Tesla and his inventions once again are used to frame this story. We have the Chairman seeking revenge for the death of a friend and ending up with a syfi problem with flying ships and Russian rouge navy admiral. The action is good and fast paced.
Okay now for the three stars: I believe that books should be consistant in story line. Any time an author "zags" in the middle of a story and goes off to another story and back, that there should be a purpose for it, if not, then 3 stars for story line.
For some reason, toward the end of the novel, Cussler takes off on a wild pirate chase concering missing money from the Iraq war. Just out of the blue we fight pirates and then back to the Russian. All for no reason. Don't get me wrong this little "zag" is well written and entertaining but ......what the heck?
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good....steady Clive Cussler read.........there are a lot of books out there........but few are better that Cussler!!Published 1 day ago by james fitzgerald
As imaginative as Tesla was with his engineering, Cussler is with his story telling. The Mirage has you believing that The Oregon and Tesla's ship are as real as the USS Stinson.Published 10 days ago by dabeaty
I read this book and loved it from start to finish......the strange thing is that Clive Cussler talked about some things that happened while I was in the Navy as well as one of the... Read morePublished 24 days ago by John Johnson