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The Silent Sea (edition 2011)

by Clive Cussler, Jack B. Du Brul

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Title:The Silent Sea
Authors:Clive Cussler
Other authors:Jack B. Du Brul
Info:Windsor (2011), Edition: Large type edition, Hardcover
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From The seventh Oregon Files adventure thriller begins on December 7, 1941, when five boys encounter tragedy while looking for buried pirate treasure on a small island off the coast of Washington State. Flash-forward to today: Juan Cabrillo, captain of the Oregon (a high-tech vessel posing as a tramp freighter), is in Argentina, trying to recover a downed NASA satellite. Well, don’t you know, Juan stumbles on something he totally didnĂ‚Â’t expect to find, and soon heĂ‚Â’s chasing after the secrets of an ancient curse that might still be causing trouble. Fast-paced and a lot of fun, the latest Cabrillo novel delivers the wallop CusslerĂ‚Â’s fans have come to expect. Cabrillo himself—he shares his name with a sixteenth-century Portuguese explorer, by the way—makes a fine protagonist, sharp-witted and two-fisted. Considering the Oregon Files novels involve action, exploration, and high-tech gadgetry, itĂ‚Â’s surprising no one has turned them into movies yet. The prolific Cussler, who, like James Patterson, now employs coauthors (Du Brul in this case), is often accused of writing by the numbers, but this time those numbers add up to entertaining fare for high-adventure fans. --David Pitt Product Description The thrilling new adventure from the #1 New York Times- bestselling author. Clive Cussler's tales of the Oregon and its crew-"the clever, indefatigable Juan Cabrillo and his merry band of tough, tech-savvy fighting men and women" (_Publishers Weekly_)-have made fans of hundreds of thousands of readers. But the Oregon's sixth adventure is its most remark­able one yet. On December 7, 1941, five brothers exploring a shaft on a small island off the coast of Washington State make an extraordinary discovery, only to be interrupted by news of Pearl Harbor. In the present, Cabrillo, chasing the remnants of a crashed satellite in the Argentine jungle, stumbles upon a shocking revelation of his own. His search to untangle the mystery leads him, first, to that small island and its secret, and then much farther back, to an ancient Chinese expedition-and a curse that seems to have survived for more than five hundred years. If Cabrillo's team is successful in its quest, the reward could be incalculable. If not . . . the only reward is death.
  Hans.Michel | Sep 13, 2013 |
this was a pretty good book. i'm a fan of his van dorne detective series and thought i'd try one of these too. i wasn't as happy with it and didn't enjoy the writting as much but it was still a really good book. it may be because i'm used to the other and the story was really interesting and cool. takes place for the most part in the arctic, which i love. ( )
  krushkelsey | Mar 11, 2013 |
What does a treasure pit in Washington, a blimp in Argentina and a sunken Chinese junk in Antarctica have in common? That is the mystery Clive Cussler solves for us in the action packed adventure.

While not my all time favorite of the Cussler novels I've read, it's still an entertaining read and just what Cussler fans desire. Since the characters were introduced to me in a previous novel, this one offered the comfort of familiarity and was as much fun as I expected it would be. It also didn't slip into the 'made-for-TV, unstoppable super hero and bad guy' stereotype. I have to thank the writers for that.

Good read. ( )
  DavidLErickson | Nov 17, 2012 |
“Good thing they shot you in the head, otherwise they could have hit something important”

In this seventh of the Oregon Files thrillers, Juan Cabrillo and his team move from the Argentine border, past a few islands and on to Antarctica in their range of assignments from clearing up a NASA snafu to protecting sovereignty of oil fields and finding a medieval Chinese wreckage.

I always find Cussler's novels enjoyable (see my reviews of The Navigator and Plague Ship) and this was no different. This plot was stronger than Plague Ship because it is a little darker – a crew member dies and the ending is rather sombre. The action also remains on the eastern side of the Pacific Ocean rather than having the crew flying all around the world on hunches.

I do like the Oregon team – Cussler has crafted a clever and cohesive team where the characters play off one another well. Juan is a great leader – strong, a little enigmatic, prone to maverick moments of following his own interests rather than doing what would be best for the crew. Man Hanley works well as his sidekick – prone to worrying, happy to be Juan’s subordinate but still a leader to the rest of the crew. Mark Murphy and the rest of them all are developed piecemeal over the series but are each easily separated in the reader’s mind.

The cold open was also well done - it is unusual to have a group of children as the scene setting team, rather than warring tribes.

Standard Cussler fare – plenty of fun. ( )
  readingwithtea | May 20, 2011 |
This was another enjoyable read from Mr. Cussler or was it really Jack DuBrul. One never knows with a co-authored book. In any event all of these c-authored books tell a good story, somewhat beyond reallity, and are filled with lots of action. ( )
  TomWheaton | Mar 27, 2011 |
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Cabrillo, chasing the remnants of a crashed satellite in the Argentine jungle, stumbles upon a shocking revelation that leads him in search of an ancient Chinese expedition--and a curse that seems to have survived for more than five hundred years.

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