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Skeleton Coast (Italian) Hardcover

4.4 out of 5 stars 305 customer reviews
Book 4 of 10 in the Oregon Files Series

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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Longanesi
  • Language: Italian
  • ISBN-10: 883042773X
  • ISBN-13: 978-8830427730
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.8 x 1.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (305 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,463,246 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Kara J. Jorges VINE VOICE on December 14, 2006
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The two best adventure writers currently drawing breath deliver another superb adventure from the Oregon Files. This book bears the distinct stamp of both Cussler and duBrul, which means a great read for us! Though I kind of miss the old format of the Corporation pulling off a multi-pronged heist of some sort, this book's more basic adventure yarn format is a smashing success. Juan Cabrillo is turning into one heck of a leading man.

Like all Cussler novels, this one begins with a story from the past, this time about millions of dollars worth of diamonds that disappear off the African coast. DeBeers investigator Sloane MacIntyre is searching for them when she needs to be rescued from some very dangerous men by Juan Cabrillo and the crew of the Oregon.

The Oregon happened to be in the area because of a job delivering weapons to some rebels on the Congo River that had gone awry. The ship also intercepts a piece of a satellite phone conversation regarding a kidnapped industrialist and, ever the capitalist, Juan Cabrillo decides to send in a team to rescue him, sure of a handsome reward. Of course, the same people who kidnapped the American businessman and one of his employees are also involved in an even bigger scheme that threatens millions of lives, and it also ties together with Sloane MacIntyre's diamond hunt.

This book is not for the squeamish, full of lots of violence and starring some really evil bad guys. Typical of both authors, we never turn away from the action, instead relishing every moment of it. When not embroiled in an intense, unflinching battle scene, the book delves even deeper into the character of Juan Cabrillo.
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The Corporation is a mercenary private enterprise for hire by any government agency that can afford its fees. Juan Cabrillo, the Chairman, runs his black ops from a ship called "The Oregon". Disguised as an overused, out of date, non-descript mercantile vessel that's destined for the scrap yard, the Oregon is actually a state of the art war vessel packed with high-tech intelligence gathering equipment, powerful weaponry and a fully muscled set of magnetohydrodynamic engines that, pushed to flank speed, will give virtually any ship on the high seas a run for its money. If you've read any Clive Cussler novels at all, it won't be a surprise to hear that Cabrillo is right over the top - an entirely unbelievable lead character (think Mr Phelps from Mission Impossible on steroids) leading an equally unbelievable crew with uncanny intelligence and virtually superhuman strength and endurance. The missions they accept in Cussler's Oregon Files series are typically of the "save the world from domination or destruction by a nefarious lunatic" variety.

When I reviewed "Golden Buddha", the first in the Oregon Files series, I gave it a grudging single star and swore that I would likely never read another Cussler novel again. Frankly, it was just awful! But after a two year abstinence, my past fondness for Cussler's earlier work over-ruled my reluctance and "Plague Ship" rewarded me with a thoroughly enjoyable read.
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A Kid's Review on January 22, 2007
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As four treasure hunters scramble for there lives in the fearsome Kalahari Desert they are being chased by not only a tribe of vicious Africans but by something that is ten times as deadly. The worst sandstorm in history. As the treasure hunters reach there ship the sandstorm hits, burying them as well as there precious loot, bags of diamonds worth more than a million fortunes combined. The diamonds are lost in the endless sand. Never to be recovered until that is...Juan Cabrillo comes along.

Juan Cabrillo, the captain of a private company called the Corporation which is an up for hire company that does the job for the person who is willing to pay most. Mainly doing jobs such as saving the world or preventing national disasters.

In the beginning the Corporation is hired to rip off a band of rebel African arms buyers, which leads into a much more complicated story.

The overall story involves a man named Dr. Singer who is the "second hand" of a billionaire business owner and reams with jealousy. His jealousy is so strong that he vows to avenge his partner. His jealousy eventually turns into insanity and he turns to a new way of getting his revenge. Global warming is his weapon. His plan is to cause a huge mega-hurricane that will destroy the United States. Planning to cause an "accidental" oil spill in Africa that will evaporate and cause the hurricane to dump poisons as well as destroy the U.S. But not if Juan Cabrillo can help it.

Learning that the arms buyers that Juan is selling the tagged guns to is the crew that Dr. Singer hired to invade offshore oil rigs in Africa and cause the oil spill he reacts instantly.
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