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Sacred Stone [Library Binding]

Clive Cussler
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Book Description

October 2004 1417665017 978-1417665013
Clive Cussler debuted his new series, The Oregon Files, with the incredible adventure of Golden Buddha. Now he follows that triumph with Sacred Stone, a rollicking new tale featuring the enigmatic captain of The Oregon, Juan Cabrillo. In the remote wastelands of Greenland, an ancient artifact possessing catastrophic radioactive power is unearthed. But the astounding find puts the world at risk. Caught between two militant factions bent on wholesale slaughter, Juan Cabrillo and his network of spies known as The Corporation must fight to protect the stone – and prevent the outbreak of World War III…
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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.
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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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
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read June 3 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is another gem about the Oregon crew fighting the evil that lurks in the shady areas of life. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful Feb. 17 2014
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
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. I do understand it can not all be but what a great read
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3.0 out of 5 stars Sacred Stone. April 28 2013
By letitia
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
It has far too many factions and characters. I got dizzy trying to sort out who was who and doing what. Normally I enjoy Cussler, but this one not so much. This was my Book Club pick for May, we will see what they think.
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By fastreader TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
In the second book in Clive Cussler's Oregon Files series we find the Corporation up against an antagonist who seems to have unlimited funds, world wide resources to draw on, and connections in multiple key nations throughout the world. Has the Chairman Juan Cabrillo met his match ?

STORY ATTRIBUTES:

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.
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