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Piranha (The Oregon Files) Hardcover – May 26, 2015
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“Whenever any reader thinks about the ultimate action/adventure books, Clive Cussler is the name that appears in the mind. Mirage is another stunner, full of action, death-defying escapes, heart-stopping scenes, and a cast of characters you will not forget.”—Suspense Magazine
“Excellent. Juan Cabrillo is the perfect leader!”—Associated Press
About the Author
Clive Cussler is the author or coauthor of over fifty previous books in five bestselling series, including Dirk Pitt®, NUMA® Files, Oregon® Files, Isaac Bell, and Sam and Remi Fargo. His nonfiction works include Built for Adventure: The Classic Automobiles of Clive Cussler and Dirk Pitt, and Built to Thrill: More Classic Automobiles from Clive Cussler and Dirk Pitt, plus The Sea Hunters and The Sea Hunters II; these describe the true adventures of the real NUMA, which, led by Cussler, searches for lost ships of historic significance. With his crew of volunteers, Cussler has discovered more than sixty ships, including the long-lost Confederate ship Hunley. He lives in Colorado and Arizona.
Boyd Morrison is the author of six adventures, most recently The Roswell Conspiracy and The Loch Ness Legacy. He is also an actor, engineer, and Jeopardy! champion. Morrison lives in Seattle.
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HOWEVER, this newest novel in the Oregon Files series, is the BEST Cussler novel I've read in years. The co-author is Boyd Morrison, and this book is truly outstanding. In fact, it's as good as the original single-authored Cussler books. If there is such a thing as a real page-turner, Piranha is it. There is non-stop action from start to finish, character development is excellent , the story line is fascinating, and there are plenty of twists and surprises that keep those pages turning.
If you like fast-paced, action novels, Piranha is a MUST.
In 1902, a German scientist is killed when the ship he is on is destroyed in the eruption of Mt. Pelee. Claiming to have found Oz, the scientist was on the verge of a dramatic breakthrough.
Fast-forward to over a century later. Cabrillo and his crew become entangled with a Venezuelan admiral intent on sinking their ship. The female admiral is in possession of stolen American technology known as Piranha; a small undersea craft which can drill perfect holes in the hull of a ship. The admiral received her technology from a traitorous American weapons designer. To make matters even worse, this same person seems to have also completed the work started over a century earlier by the German scientist killed in the volcanic eruption. Now, this person has the ability to see practically anywhere at any time.
Intent on taking control of the U.S. government, the designer's next target has become Air Force 2; the private plane of the vice-president of the United States.
Meanwhile, Cabrillo has faked the sinking of the Oregon to throw the weapons designer and his accomplices off their trail, but will Juan and his team be able to stop this madman before it's too late?
I found "Piranha" to be a great read. I miss Jack Du Brul's writing style, but I feel that Boyd Morrison did an excellent job telling this story. The characters are as lively as ever, and the story is well-conceived and full of action, adventure, and surprises. Highly recommended.
There is plenty of action to keep everyone happily reading away until they get to the end. The gist of the story is that a highly intelligent engineer seems to have the power to know everything and see everything and he is going to use that power to shape the world to his liking. How is he getting his information and what can be done to stop him?
The crew of the Oregon will discover that this engineer has found a way to build a "telescope" that can see into any structure or natural enclosure and see and hear what is going on. Think about it, if he could sit in on a Joint Chiefs of Staff meeting about a military campaign, hear their strategy, see their maps and computer screens he could then sell that intelligence to the opposing side and reap a bountiful reward for helping the enemy to overpower the plans of the Joint Chiefs.
Does that seem far fetched? Well, that's the problem, it appears that Kensit can do just that and no one knows how he is able to pull it off. Add into the mix a rogue Admiral from the Venezuelan Navy on a path to destroy Cabrillo and the Oregon and make millions selling weapons to North Korea and you have an amazing story.
I am really happy with this addition to the Oregon Files. The writing is superb and the concept is amazing. I don't know a lot about science and how this technology all works, but Boyd Morrison gives enough background to help you understand and want to learn more. I think that Morrison is a great credit to the Clive Cussler stable of writers.