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Skeleton Coast: Oregon Files [Paperback]

Clive Cussler , Jack B. Du Brul
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5 Oct 2006

Skeleton Coast is Clive Cussler's fourth Oregon Files adventure, featuring captain Juan Cabrillo.

1896: HMS Rove vanishes in a shocking storm off the African coast. Aboard is a fortune in stolen diamonds...

Present day: Juan Cabrillo and the crew of the covert super-ship Oregon have just escaped a double-cross on the Congo River when they come to the aid of Sloane Macintyre - looking for some long lost treasure. Sloane's story is strange and when Juan checks it out, he finds that there's much more than just diamonds at stake on the African coast.

A deranged militant and his followers plan to unleash a devastating power that will kill millions and cause worldwide havoc. Soon the Oregon is steaming to the rescue - but some forces are so extreme that even a hero like Juan Cabrillo thinks twice before getting involved...

The number-one bestseller Clive Cussler, author of the thrilling Dirk Pitt novels Crescent Dawn andAtlantis Found, and co-author Jack Du Brul tell a gripping story of treasure hunting and treachery in the fourth novel of the adventure series The Oregon Files. Skeleton Coast follows Sacred Stone and Dark Watch.

Praise for Clive Cussler:

'The guy I read' Tom Clancy

Bestselling author Clive Cussler has kept readers on the edges of their seats for four decades with his thrilling action novels. As well as the Oregon Files series there are also the NUMA Files, the Dirk Pitt stories (which started it all), the Isaac Bell adventures and the Fargo series. The other titles in the Oregon Files are: Golden Buddha, Sacred Stone, Dark Watch, Plague Ship, Corsair, The Silent Sea andThe Jungle and are all available in Penguin paperback.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Joseph Ltd; Open market ed edition (5 Oct 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718148029
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718148027
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 14.8 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,244,643 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The guy I read Tom Clancy Cussler is hard to beat Daily Mail --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Clive Cussler is the author or co-author of a great number of international bestsellers, including the famous Dirk Pitt® adventures, such as Arctic Drift; the NUMA® Files adventures, most recently Medusa; the Oregon Files, such as The Jungle; the Isaac Bell adventures, which began with The Chase; and the highly successful new series - the Fargo adventures. He lives in ArizonaDirk Cussler, an MBA from Berkeley, worked for many years in the financial arena, and now devotes himself full-time to writing. He is the co-author with Clive Cussler of Crescent Dawn, Black Wind, Treasure of Khan, and Arctic Drift. He lives in Arizona.Find out more about the world of Clive Cussler by visiting: --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Standard Cussler Fare 14 Dec 2006
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Clive Cussler's novels can safely be described as formulaic, quite irrespective of whether the hero of the piece is named Pitt, Cabrillo, or Austin. They are quite completely interchangeable as they charge around the world repeatedly saving the planet from some or other nefarious crook with a seriously big time disaster in the works.

Cussler doesn't do things by half as he churns out page after page of preposterous heroics, but his books have never pretended to be anything more than escapist fun and on this score "Skeleton Coast" is up to standard.

Of course it's tripe. Nobody would confuse this with literature as Juan Cabrillo and his so-called Corporation foil a dastardly plan which involves deliberate massive oil spills, a monster hurricane, illegal arms dealing, you name it. Amid all the mayhem and the obligatory (beautiful, of course) damsel-in-distress we have all the usual fun-of-the-fair as Cabrillo & Co. perform one wholly unbelieavable act of heroism after the other.

The bounds of coincidence are stretched beyond breaking point as in the whole vastness of the Kalahari Desert our hero Cabrillo just happens to come across a friendly armed force on its way to springing a benign Zimbabwean politician from the middle-of-nowhere prison where most of Cabrillo's own men are also jailed. Yeah, right. That's about as likely as stumbling across a wild zebra in France, but who cares?

The scene were Cabrillo comes to the rescue of his team moments before they are due to face a firing squad are just plain loony even by Cussler standards, but if this kind of thing worries you then you have no business reading a Cussler book!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Make no bones... 13 Nov 2006
This an Oregon files novel and as usual it has Cussler's high standard of reader engagement and pulsating thrills of the crew.

It is a shame that it is not available in the small standard UK paperback, but that it is very minor issue.

Returning to the novel itself, Juan and the intrepid crew of the Oregon find themselves caught up in an eco-manic's plan to demonstrate to the world how we are destroying the environment. Juan is his usual self right in the thick of the action with crew also heavily involved. Reading it, I thought that Juan was going to throw in towel at the end of the story but I was wrong!! He actually gets, no I won't say that(!), it will ruin the end.

Happy reading cusslerites, it took me 1 day!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read at last 11 Sep 2008
By Davie
Well this book was a real surprise, as I tend to buy Clive Cussler books to fill in between good books. I'm not saying his previous books are rubbish but I guess they would command 3-4 stars at best.

This book is a real page turner and a thoroughly good read. It still is written in the American BS style, and you do have to take the laughably coincidental twists in the plot (read it you'll know what I mean) with a pinch of salt. However this book hangs together better than most of his previous books (I have not read all).

However I note 1 review giving this 1 star and all books are very subjective to the reader. Buy it, read it and let yourself be immersed in a jolly good tale.
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3.0 out of 5 stars All Action Adventure Story 15 May 2009
By J.Flood
I was not too enthusiastic when I first picked up this novel. I had read only one other novel involving the Corporation, and that was Sacred Stone, which I found to be a disappointment. However, if you can get your head around the improbable scenario of environmentalists allying themselves with a brutal African dictator, Skeleton Coast is not too bad an adventure story. Certainly an improvement on Sacred Stone.

The novel has the usual Clive Cussler traits, the damsel in distress, the good guys having large amounts of luck, and convenient coincidences. It also has a lot of action, as expected, and kept me interested, pretty much throughout.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
What do you want in an adventure story? If you're like me, you want lots of exciting action that's unexpected. You also want to be dazzled by advanced weapons and defenses. In addition, chances are that you enjoy unlikely heroes. Naturally, if the fate of the world is at stake, life gets even better. Adventure stories are for us what Crusader songs were for the troubadours during the Middle Ages.

Clive Cussler has an unequaled ability to conjure up stories that are tied to, evoke and feed on the sea. Skeleton Coast's premise and plot show the masterful Cussler hand. Jack Du Brul is one of our most talented action writers. He takes action and makes it more human . . . without wasting time or words. Du Brul's action on top of Cussler's expertise makes for a combination that neither could reach along.

In this book, I found myself swept along by the story in a way that I don't remember happening since the first few times I read an Ian Fleming novel about James Bond.

Here's the set-up. Dying men are crossing the Kalahari Desert in 1896 carrying a fortune in diamonds that have been stolen from a local tribe. As they plod forward, they know the tribal hunters are getting closer. Next, cut to today, where a biotech billionaire is looking over one of his labs' latest inventions . . . a new way to treat water to reduce pollution. From there, head to the Congo River where a scruffy crew is delivering weapons to rebels in exchange for a fortune in uncut diamonds. What do all these situations have in common? Things are not as they seem.

Before long, the three story lines begin to intertwine in glorious ways that remind me of watching Rhythmic Gymnastics in the Olympics as vivid ribbons swirl and kiss one another.
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Excellent could not put book down I am a big fan of Clive cussler I have other books by him can not wait to get started on another one
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5.0 out of 5 stars ... this book but Clive Cussler is one of the best for my taste
Yet to read this book but Clive Cussler is one of the best for my taste. Book condition is fine.
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Prompt delivery, great stuff thanks
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A fantastic read the action never stops from start to finish with a lot of twists in between with a fantastic ending couldn't put it down for those people who like non stop action... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Adrian Smart
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun read for summer!
Cussler does it again with the Oregon crew and dashing Juan Cabrillo! A fast-paced fun read with twists, turns and a plethora of characters! Read more
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