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Eric the Red's A.D. 1000 discovery of a radioactive meteorite has present-day life-or-death ramifications in Cussler and Dirgo's second novel (after Golden Buddha) featuring the Oregon, a state-of-the-art warship disguised as a rusty tramp steamer and manned by some of the world's finest ex-military and intelligence operatives. Known collectively as the Corporation, the men and women of the Oregon—"mercenaries with a conscience"—offer their services to various countries and individuals with specialized security and military needs. The Corporation's chairman, series hero Juan Cabrillo, has several pressing concerns: supply security for the emir of Qatar, who is attending a conference in Iceland; track down a nuclear bomb that has gone astray; and pick up the aforementioned meteorite, which has just been found ensconced in a mysterious shrine. These jobs become dangerously complicated when industrialist Halifax Hickman, a man fueled by revenge and hatred, enters the picture. The meteorite, the atomic bomb and a vial of plague are to be used in attacks on holy sites—Israel's Dome of the Rock and Saudi Arabia's al-Haram mosque—and at an Elton John concert. It's a deadly game, but the brilliant Cabrillo is a master player, moving his pieces at lightning speed on several boards until he outmaneuvers his opposition in this action-packed page-turner.
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This is the second novel in the Oregon Files series featuring Juan Cabrillo as the chairman of the Corporation, a group of ex-military and intelligence operatives who hire themselves out to countries and individuals needing specialized services--"a private army of mercenaries with a conscience." The Oregon is a 500-foot-long cargo steamer with a state-of-the-art communications and command center and a helicopter. The group's mission is to pick up a meteorite and deliver it to the CIA. It might be made of iridium, and iridium can be used to construct a "dirty bomb." Muslim terrorists who have stolen a nuclear device may use the radioactive material in the meteorite to vaporize a large Western city. Another group, led by a demented industrialist, seeks to destroy the Islamic world. As always, the plot covers many locales around the world, and the dialogue contains lots of military jargon. The large cast of characters includes Elton John and Eric the Red (yes, the legendary explorer). Even though the good guys always win, Cussler fans will remain engaged. George Cohen
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Ps. The critic cited is obviously an ideot primate or blood relation from what I can tell.
ORIGINALITY (standard, high, stellar) - HIGH - the twist and turns are epic
ACTION (none, some, lots) - LOTS - catch your breath if you can because the characters are non stop on the gas from start to finish
SEX (none, some, lots) NONE
PROFANITY (none, some, lots) NONE
The first adventure in the book involves the Corporation in Iceland providing security for the emir of Qatar while also in Iceland a scientist is looking for the cave of Gods which was said to hold an orb from the gods. Which of course has to be a meteorite. John Ackerman was working on his doctorate in anthropology and had been on location for 91 days so far looking for what he thought was a meteorite as referenced in old documents.
Ackerman succeeds in finding the meteorite but not understanding that it is highly radioactive Iridium. When he reports his find over what he thinks is a secure line a mystery figure secures the information and sends someone to pick up the meteorite and get rid of Ackerman.
While this is going on another group is plotting to kidnap the emir and in fact are successful despite the best work of the Corporation.
In another part of the world a stolen nuclear bomb is being transported towards Europe.
The meteorite is stolen and connecting the meteorite and the stolen nuclear would result in a so called dirty bomb.Read more ›
You know there are good authors out there who can't get a publisher to read their manuscripts while this rubbish pollutes the shelves. Sad, very sad.
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This is another gem about the Oregon crew fighting the evil that lurks in the shady areas of life. Highly recommended.Published 20 months ago by Kerry Davies
As always I enjoy Cussler's books. I learn a lot when reading them because a lot of the information on the different countries and civilizations are accurate. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Christi Hall