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The Jungle [Hardcover]

Clive Cussler , Jack Du Brul
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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March 8 2011 The Oregon Files (Book 8)
The extraordinary new adventure from the #1 New York Times- bestselling author.

Jungles come in many forms. There are the steamy rain forests of the Burmese highlands. There are the lies and betrayals of the world of covert operations. And there are the dark and twisted thoughts of a man bent on near-global domination. To pull off their latest mission, Juan Cabrillo and the crew of the Oregon must survive them all.

A devastating new weapon unleashed in thirteenth-century China...a daring rescue in the snowbound mountains along the Afghanistan/Pakistan border...a woman gone missing in the jungles of northern Thailand and Myanmar...for Cabrillo and his crew, all of these events will come together-leading to the greatest threat against U.S. security that the world has ever known.


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Praise for The Silent Sea:

"Fast-paced and a lot of fun-delivers the wallop Cussler's fans have come to expect."
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About the Author

Clive Cussler is the author of many New York Times bestsellers, most recently The Spy and Lost Empire. He lives in Arizona.
Jack Du Brul is a graduate of the Westminster School and George Washington University. Trying to add as much adventure to his life as he does to his novels, Du Brul has climbed Masada at noon, swam in the Arctic Ocean off Point Barrow, explored war-torn Eritrea, camped in Greenland, and was gnawed on by piranhas in the Amazon River. He collects zeppelin memorabilia and when not writing or traveling (25 countries and counting), he can be found in a favorite chair with a book and a brandy. Jack Du Brul lives in Burlington, Vermont.

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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By Donald Mitchell #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
"Flash forth lightning and scatter them;
Shoot out Your arrows and destroy them.
Stretch out Your hand from above;
Rescue me and deliver me out of great waters,
From the hand of foreigners,
Whose mouth speaks lying words,
And whose right hand is a right hand of falsehood." -- Psalm 144:6-8 (NKJV)

Most thrillers follow one of these formulas:

1. Superhuman heroes attempt to overcome impossible odds and succeed.
2. Heroes use advanced technology and quick wits to surprise and defeat overconfident opponents.
3. A global plot to dominate the world threatens life as we know it and a small band is all that can stop what's going on.
4. Wisecracking heroes take on tough tasks with panache.

What happens in each case is that the heroes resemble Superman more than any real person . . . combined with an ability to rarely make a mistake. The fun comes from either the surprising ways that the heroes succeed or the appeal of their swagger as they do.

After you've read hundreds of such stories, you yearn for something a little different . . . and that's what Clive Cussler has delivered with Jack Du Brul in The Jungle. Be prepared for some occasional heroic fallibility. It makes for a nice change of pace, without slowing down the action . . . which involves a lot of different venues and story lines.

Each aspect of the story brought at least some tiny surprises that brought a smile to my face.

Why, then, didn't I rate the story at five stars? As in some of the Dirk Pitt novels, the authors' technological imagination goes a little too far to be fully credible. Instead, you lose your ability to stay immersed in the novel from time to time . . . and find yourself watching the story unfold.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Jungle, Clive Cussler May 17 2011
Format:Hardcover
I have always been a Clive Cussler fan. As always, reading this book brought adventure and enjoyment. Sometimes Clive's books are described in such a way that I feel I am part of the action. Is that neat or what? Only one other author has been able to do that with me.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another amazing story by Mr. CC April 7 2011
Format:Hardcover
Excellent book, no slow parts, incredibly hard to put down!!!! If you are an oregon fan this is a must read!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars Sept. 10 2014
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My favourite author and a great book
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5.0 out of 5 stars In the jungle March 9 2011
By Marcus A. Lewis - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
We last saw Chairman of the Board Juan Cabrillo in "The Silent Sea" (3/10), as he was trekking across the frozen wastes of the antarctic. He had become separated from the crew of the "Oregon" and believed dead. The Chairman and his motley crew are all together again in the latest collaboration from Clive Cussler and Jack Du Brul.

"The Jungle" begins with one of the better Prologues of a Cussler novel in some time. Set in Eastern China, 1281 A.D. We are eyewitnesses to the battle tactics of General Khenbish, who is in the employ of the great Khan. We learn the history of the three tents that precede each battle; and the first known uses of lasers and dynamite on the battlefield. A walled village is obliterated because its leader dared to provoke the wrath of Khan. It is the independent observer who accompanies Khenbish that is the real surprise at the end of the opening chapter.

The story leaps from the past into the present, just four months ago. The tendrils that connect the two begin to reveal themselves; and the adventure begins.

The summary of "The Jungle" alludes to their many types: real, imagined, physical, and politcal. Readers will enjoy finding their way through all of them. It's easy to see why the "Oregon" files have eclipsed the Dirk Pitt series. The writing here is far superior to what the two Cusslers are generating together. A hat tip to Upton Sinclair, whose book inspired the title.
62 of 66 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent effort March 14 2011
By Zahara - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Cripes....will you people who trash a book because of the price get a clue? Amazon does not set the price of the book and that includes the Kindle version. So stop complaining and review THE BOOK.

Finally a decent effort after a couple of really poor books. It's the Clive we've come to expect. So if you want 'literature' this isn't it. If you just plain like action novels this fills the bill decently.
43 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chairman Cabrillo and team save the world, again. March 11 2011
By William D. Curnutt - Published on Amazon.com
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I always love a good Clive Cussler book and have really learned to enjoy the addition of Jack DuBrul to the writing team. The Oregon Files are a great series and just when you thought there couldn't be a group to top NUMA along comes The Corporation with The Oregon.

After their last adventure the crew of The Oregon find themselves needing work. Their contracts with the U.S. Government have dried up because the President doesn't particularly like them, especially since they went against everything he asked in the last adventure and succeeded when no one should have. So, now the Corporation is taking on more and more private jobs. But they have one particular preference, they won't work for criminals or people they consider bad. That leaves them with slim pickings. But they receive two jobs right in a row to rescue children (one a teenager and one a young adult) of some very wealthy people. Each case is unique and not tied together. Or are they.

During the first job to rescue a young teenager from a life in the Taliban they team not only rescues the boy but rescues a Private Security Company Employee who was captured by the Taliban and going to be used as their next TV broadcast of a beheading of an infidel. Juan and his team rescue the young MacD Lawless as well as their clients son. MacD proves to be a great find for them as during their escape he proves his calmness under fire and even saves the whole teams lives with a heads up move to divert a sure missile strike.

Juan offers MacD a job since they are one team member short (after loosing a team member in the last book). They have to vet MacD first, but in the meantime they hire him on probation and put him to work. He proves to be a highly useful tracker as well as an experienced warrior, he is a former Army Ranger. I love the way that Cussler and DuBrul weave in a new character and make him a part of the team so well.

Unfortunately during the time it turns out that MacD is a spy for someone trying to take down the Corporation. Or is he really a spy. That has to be determined.

Then we discover that not only is the Corporation tracking down to missing children but they have stumbled across the beginning of a world terrorism plot. A group has discovered how to create a Quantum Computer that has 10,000 times the computing power of anything the U.S. Government has. This computer can hack into anything and take over control of anything. This group is trying to hold the U.S. Government hostage. They threaten acts of terrorism unless the U.S. President bows to their desires and terms.

Unknown to the President, The Corporation is already at work tracking this threat down. They have figured it out before anyone else, it seems (of course). But then Langston Overholt comes on the scene and the CIA is again asking The Corporation for help.

The plot is wonderful. The pace is fast. The characters are amazing and the new ones that are woven into the story add to the team without distracting from the plot.

Cussler and DuBrul have again hit another home run. This is a must read for any Clive Cussler fans.

Enjoy!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Will keep you on edge from start to finish March 25 2011
By Bookreporter - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Clive Cussler, in collaboration with Jack Du Brul, has written a new Oregon Files novel that keeps readers on edge throughout. Cussler's knowledge of water-submersible vehicles becomes pivotal in guiding us through his latest adventure, which begins in Eastern China in 1281 A.D.

General Khenbish has been ordered to capture a walled village when the local warlord refuses to pay the Mongol Khan his entire tax burden. The Khan has sent his emissary, Marco Polo, to witness the battle. Two wooden boxes, each containing an octagonal crystal, are pointed in the wall's direction and, when the order is given, fired at the fortress. Blinded by beams from the crystals, fighters behind the wall cannot react when the General's arrows strike and ignite bags beneath them containing Fire Medicine, or gunpowder. Polo decides that the mystery of the crystals may follow him to his grave.

Cussler fast forwards to London in the present time, where an American professor lectures a meager group about his research into Polo's discoveries. He believes that an Italian writer named Rustichello, who was imprisoned with Polo, wrote down Polo's censored information about China's superior achievements in medicine, engineering and warfare. Professor Cantor tells of his limited access to Rustichello's Roman de Roi Artus, where Polo has described the Khenbish battle using a crystal that funnels sunlight into a blinding beam. A mysterious stranger has attended the lecture, offering the professor a ride at the end. Authorities make no mention of the missing Rustichello notes when Cantor's battered body is discovered a month later.

The scene now shifts to northern Waziristan, Afghanistan, where Juan Cabrillo and his Oregon crew are hired to rescue wealthy Indonesian businessman Gunawan Bahar's son from the Taliban's control, as the mentally challenged young man was now groomed as a suicide bomber. Cabrillo's corporation is being paid a hefty sum to return the youngster, Seti, to his father and holds what appears to be a captured and wounded American soldier. With the threat from an unmanned drone above and Taliban fighters on the ground, Cabrillo, Linda, Linc and Eddie secure the two prisoners with stealth and speed. They drive out of the village in a commandeered ancient bus but are halted abruptly at a Taliban checkpoint. They race the old bus past the roadblock into a harrowing series of switchbacks, chased closely by a Taliban pickup armed with a machine gun. Cabrillo, in a quick-thinking move, arms a pre-set bomb and explodes the pickup behind them. MacDougal Lawless, the rescued American soldier, grabs the steering wheel, jams the bus off the road and into a ditch, saving them from eradication by an errant Hellfire missile. Back on board the Oregon, Lawless is formally thanked and welcomed to the crew.

The Oregon's appearance is that of a battered, worn-out cargo ship, barnacles and scraped paint as testimony to many years at sea. Underneath, she is a sleek ship, complete with new-age technology that most nations would drool over. The crew already has a new client, a Swiss financier whose adventurous daughter has vanished in the jungles of Myanmar, formerly Burma. Msr. Croissard believes that Soleil is in grave danger, but insists that his bodyguard, John Smith, accompany the Oregon crew. A reluctant Cabrillo accepts the challenge. Soleil's last communication states that they are close, but to what? At the same hotel, a jihadist terrorist opens fire and Cabrillo's men are drawn into a gunfight. However, the attack is seemingly unrelated to his upcoming mission. Cabrillo soon sets foot on foreign ground, whose dictators do not recognize the American government.

Far into the jungle, they maneuver rapid rivers, waterfalls, tangled jungle undergrowth, and finally come across an ancient holy Buddhist site. Soleil's bullet-riddled tent and mangled camping items suggest a vicious and deadly attack, but there are no dead bodies. The Oregon crew is soon under attack and separated; Cabrillo and Lawless find themselves in a Burmese prison camp. Surviving waterboarding torture, Cabrillo reflects back on recent events and concludes that they've been set up. But why?

Clive Cussler draws colorful word pictures of the surroundings, the jungle, the water travel and his cast of characters. The lone annoyance is Lawless's southern use of "Ah" for "I." Before the final word is read, the bizarre and unlikely puzzles congeal with chilling consequences, and villains and heroes are not necessarily as clear-cut as they may seem. International weapons deals that have deadly strike potential form the novel's undercurrent. Slithering through tough jungle terrain, Cabrillo sorts out the tangled mysteries that endanger his crew and the entire free world. Material in the prologue about Marco Polo becomes pivotal in the convoluted solution of THE JUNGLE, which I highly recommend.

--- Reviewed by Judy Gigstad
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Cussler hit March 13 2011
By steves38 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The way I rate a book is how hard it is to put down and how quickly I want to return to reading. This is one of those books. It is a little more violent than previous ones. Previous books were like the 1940's westerns where there was mostly knocking people out or shooting he gun out of their hands. The story line is very interesting. This is another Cussler hit.
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