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 ?
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.
The Corporation is soon on the case and eventually determine that the two cases, nuclear bomb and iridium sphere are two different operations.
Activities occur in England, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Qatar and other assorted nations in the quest to ensure nothing is done with these two powerful weapons. Yes the Iridium meteorite is in fact VERY dangerous.
Will the Corporation find out who is behind the theft of the iridium meteorite ? What are these people planning on doing with it ? What about the group with the nuclear bomb ? How does Elton John fit into the plot of this book ? How about the 1947 MGC car ?
Clive Cussler always incorporates what is happening in the world from a political perspective in his books that just lends more credibility to the plot and the action. When added to the plot twists and well developed characters (both good and evil) you have a book that is hard to put down. Cussler's text is always sharp and crisp.
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