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Mirage - EXP (The Oregon Files) Paperback – September 18, 2012

4.5 out of 5 stars 1,281 customer reviews
Book 9 of 10 in the Oregon Files Series

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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 --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Clive Cussler is hard to beat Daily Mail The guy I read -- Tom Clancy Frightening and full of suspense ... unquestionably entertaining Daily Express All-action, narrow escapes and ... unrelenting plot tension Observer With daring escapes, 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 --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Series: The Oregon Files (Book 9)
  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Putnam Adult (September 18, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399158529
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399158520
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,281 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,997,479 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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I grew up reading Alistar McLean and then went to the Dirk Pitt series. However after about 10 of them they sort of crashed and burned and I quit them. Then Cussler start the Oregon FIles and then I came back and back again with each novel. I truly believe that Du Brul is the reason they are so good along with the point that they come out slowly and not every other month like the rest of Cussler's series.

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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