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Mirage- The Oregon Files, Book 9 17707498
By: Clive Cussler, Jack Du Brul
Narrated by: Scott Brick
Length: 12 hrs and 11 mins
Release date: 11-05-13
Publisher: Penguin Audio

Once again I am exploring the action that is a Clive Cussler novel. I’m not sure if it is that my experience in the Navy keeps my interest piqued when it comes to ocean bound adventures that dominate Cussler’s books or just that I’m a sucker for a good action story. No matter what the reason I ventured into the world of the Oregon Files once again.

The Oregon Files are just one of several series of books Cussler writes, they all seem to be tied together in some way or another, you’ve got the Dirk Pitt stories, the Fargo Adventures and the NUMA files which all create action and adventure. Sometimes the stories are an adventure like an Indiana Jones story, sometimes they have some great espionage like a Tom Clancy novel, and sometimes both. No matter what your preference if you ever need a respite from your everyday life, Clive can help. You’ll be on the edge of your seat and biting your nails (that’s the beauty of audiobooks, hands are free for the nail biting) and getting your adrenaline pumping. They are always an exciting adventure.

This book is one of the tales of the ship the Oregon. The Oregon stories feature a ship named the Oregon which Cussler introduced in the Dirk Pitt Adventure “Flood Tide.” While appearing to be a rus-bucket freighter, it’s actually a high-tech advanced ship used by an unnamed and mysterious “Corporation” under the leadership of Juan Cabrillo. The ship is run like a business, with its crew being shareholders, taking jobs for the CIA and other agencies to help stop crime and terrorism. The crew is adept at disguises, combat, computer hacking, and more, to aid their missions.

This time out The Oregon is on the trail of a super weapon developed by Nikola Tesla developed out of the hoax of the Philadelphia Experiment. Or was it a Hoax? The Russians don’t think so. Traveling from Russia to Shanghai to Uzbekistan, the crew of the Oregon know how to follow leads. Throughout all of this creating more and more mystery the story will have you involved and helping to solve the clues yourself. From the beginning of the book to the last page you will be on the run with the crew. In fact the beginning is a breakout from a maximum security Russian prison, and the book starts right in the middle of the breakout.

One of the things I like about Cussler’s novels is that all the team members seem to be best of friends. They rib each other, brag on themselves but at the end of the day they always have each other’s backs. The friendships make these books so real.

Scott Brick as usual gives the listener a reading that will draw pictures in your mind as you listen to the excitement. This makes the experience of the audiobook feel as though the listener is part of the story. Again, I’m a huge fan of Scott Brick, so I’ll never turn down a book read by him.

Publisher’s Summary

In October 1943, a U.S. destroyer sailed out of Philadelphia and supposedly vanished, the result of a Navy experiment with electromagnetic radiation. The story was considered a hoax – but now Juan Cabrillo and his Oregon colleagues aren’t so sure. There is talk of a new weapon soon to be auctioned, something very dangerous to America’s interests, and the rumors link it to the great inventor Nikola Tesla, who was working with the Navy when he died in 1943. Was he responsible for the experiment? Are his notes in the hands of enemies? As Cabrillo races to find the truth, he discovers there is even more at stake than he could have imagined – but by the time he realizes it, he may already be too late.

©2013 Clive Cussler (P)2013 Penguin Audio


The Mayan Secrets (A Fargo Adventure, Book 5)book-review-mayan-secrets-3b0bf93fd1a56806
By: Clive Cussler, Thomas Perry
Series: Fargo Adventures, Book 5
Narrated by: Scott Brick
Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
Release date: 09-03-13
Publisher: Penguin Audio

Clive Cussler can pump out the action stories. Whether it’s the Corporation, The Oregon or Sam and Remi Fargo novels, you are guaranteed an adventure. The nice thing about all of these adventures is that Cussler does his research, and all descriptions of locations are accurate. With a little mystery to solve and a whole lot of danger, this book is no exception to the suspense experienced with Clive Cussler’s stories.

The summary of the book from the audible.com description follows:

“Husband-and-wife team Sam and Remi Fargo are in Mexico, when they come upon a remarkable discovery—the skeleton of a man clutching an ancient sealed pot, and within the pot, a Mayan book, larger than anyone has ever seen. The book contains astonishing information about the Mayans, about their cities, and about mankind itself. The secrets are so powerful that some people would do anything to possess them—as the Fargos are about to find out.

Before their adventure is done, many men and women will die for that book—and Sam and Remi may just be among them.”

You will not want to put the book down or stop listening if you prefer the audiobook. Speaking of the audiobook, the narrator is one of my all time favorite audiobook voices, Scott Brick. Scott has a delivery in all his readings that make the books just as exciting as the actual story. I will never turn down an audiobook read by Scott Brick.

This book was just over 10 hours time for the audiobook, but it was so fast paced it was over way too soon. The good thing is, that Clive Cussler has lots more stories to choose from, so, on to the next.


Audiobook Review “Zero Hour” (a novel from the NUMA files)

By Clive Cussler and Graham Brown

Read by Scott Brick

Published by Penguin Audio

Approx. 10.5 hours


I still can’t believe it took me this long to get hooked on Clive Cussler’s novels.  His novels are so much fun, great escape from reality, full on action and adventure, and great characters.  This is what books are all about, and with Scott Brick bringing the characters to life in this audiobook it makes it that much more enjoyable.


First allow me to praise the reader, Scott Brick.  I’ve been a fan of his for many years now, back when I listened to “In Cold Blood” with him doing the narration.  He is able to capture voices and emotions in his presentation that is extremely rare in a single reader audiobook.  His inflection is always just right for the subject, whether it is a dark murder mystery, a science-fiction novel or in this instance an action/adventure novel.   His voice is unmistakable, yet each book he reads he creates a completely different audio aura.


As for Clive Cussler, well the best way to sum up his novels is pure fun and adventure.  This book, “Zero Hour,” is from “The NUMA Files” series of novels.  This series  focuses on Kurt Austin, Team Leader of NUMA’s Special Assignments division and his adventures. Some characters from the Dirk Pitt novels appear such as Sandecker, Rudi Gunn, Hiram Yaeger and St. Julien Perlmutter. Even Dirk Pitt makes brief appearances in some of the books.  NUMA is The National Underwater and Marine Agency, which was originally an organization within the fiction of author Clive Cussler.  Now it is a private non-profit organization in the United States. Cussler created and leads the actual organization which is dedicated to “preserving maritime heritage through the discovery, archaeological survey and conservation of shipwreck artifacts.”


As is true with most of the “NUMA files” books there is some fact that the fiction is based on.  This time that fact is a form of energy that surrounds us all the time, it is called zero point energy and is pretty much unlimited.   Nikolai Tesla had theories about it but nobody has ever found a way to tap into it, until one scientist discovers a way, but the energy is relatively untamable, the problem is, his machines also cause great earthquakes, even fissures in tectonic plates. One machine is buried deep underground; the other is submerged in a vast ocean trench. If Kurt Austin and Joe Zavala and the rest of the NUMA team aren’t able to find and destroy them, and soon, the world will be on the threshold of a new era of earth tremors and unchecked volcanism.


Soon the NUMA team, led by Kurt Austin, goes on a race against time to find the machine and save the world.  Through Austin’s quick action and even quicker thinking he leads the team in their effort to save the world.  All told in non-stop action through this thrilling book.



Audiobook Review:

“The Storm”

By Clive Cussler and Graham Brown

Read by Scott Brick

Published by Penguin Audio

Approx. 11 hours


Whenever you are looking for a good suspenseful action/adventure novel go out and grab one of my newly found guilty pleasures, Clive Cussler.  I have only recently started on the novels by Cussler but I have been having fun listening to them in audiobook form.


So far all the ones I have heard have been read by Scott Brick, and if any of you are familiar with audiobooks you have probably ran into something read by Brick.  Scott Brick has a style of reading audiobooks that is unmatched.  His voice is perfect in every way, from simply relaying the books text to applying subtle vocal changes that never leave a doubt as to when the dialogue changes between characters.  He is also able to relay the emotions and drama experienced by all the characters as needed throughout all the books he reads.  He is the reason I started listening to Clive Cussler books, because I knew with Scott Brick reading, it would stay interesting.  I’m pretty sure I would listen to Scott Brick read the dictionary.


As for this book, it is a novel from the NUMA files by Clive Cussler.  NUMA (National Underwater and Marine Agency), originally an organization within the fiction of author Clive Cussler, is a private non-profit organization in the United States. Cussler created and leads the actual organization which is dedicated to “preserving maritime heritage through the discovery, archaeological survey and conservation of shipwreck artifacts.


The NUMA adventures started with the novels featuring the lead character, Dirk Pitt, but the author has branched out to where the employees of NUMA now have their own adventures.  They still contact Dirk for important matters, but for the most part, they are able to have their own adventures and if this book is any sort of reflection of the other 10 books in the series, they are some fun adventures that will keep you on the edge of your seat.


Cussler is able to create not only a great plotline but the characters are all very unique and make for a great combination to push the plot along.  The plot of this story is introduced as a NUMA ship is doing routine testing in the Indian Ocean and discovers water temperature anomalies.  Just as the crew of the ship sends their information and settle down for a meal, the ship is attacked by what appears to be an oil slick, but that oil slick then sort of resembles an attacking swarm of insects.


The fire-scorched ship is soon discovered drifting without a crew.  When the folks at NUMA hear this they are dispatched to find what has happened to the crew.  They soon discover a plot to change the climate of the great desert area of Northern Africa by a “terrorist” using micro-bots.  The crew is then split and some are held captive on an artificial island, some arrive in Egypt trying to save the Aswan Dam and some are marooned on island with a tribe of Cargo Cult natives loyal to President Roosevelt.  The race is on to save the world from micro-bots built to attack and change the climate.



“The Thief” (An Isaac Bell Adventure)
by Clive Cussler & Justin Scott
read by Scott Brick
published by Penguin Audio
Approx. 10 hours

I have only recently discovered the adventure novels from Clive Cussler and am sampling each of the different lead characters. Cussler writes a few different adventure types revolving around different lead characters. While most of these take place in the present, the stories with Isaac Bell take place in the early 20th century.

This story, “The Thief,” takes place in 1910, as the world is moving toward war. Several Van Dorn detectives, lead by Isaac Bell, are on the ocean liner Mauretania escorting a prisoner from Europe to New York. By accident Bell interrupts the attempted kidnapping of two scientists, who, it turns out, has invented a completely functional talking picture machine. A group of Germans desperately want this machine for use in their propaganda efforts, and their leader will stop at nothing to seize it, including killing one of the scientists while aboard the Mauretania.

The only working machine is destroyed in a fire aboard the Mauretania. Bell’s new wife (they marry onboard the Mauritania) sees the potential for this invention and with Isaac’s help manages to convince the Van Dorn detective to invest in the invention and the surviving scientist. The rest of the book covers the Bell and the scientist trying to break the Edison trust and create a talking pictures machine as an independent. The problem is the Germans follow and the murder and mayhem ensue. Bell spends his time uncovering the plot to steal the machine.

Through the many twists and turns in the plot and discovering who the real spies this book will keep you involved in this book. At times I would think I wasn’t interested too much in the story and was going to stop listening, but then something would happen and I just had to keep listening to find out what happens. While at first the subject matter didn’t interest me the writing would be enough to keep me hooked.

What also helped was the outstanding performance by Scott Brick. Brick’s ability to narrate an audiobook goes beyond description. His vocal gymnastics are enough to give each character a voice that would reflect all the goings on in the story and their psyche. Brick is an award winning audiobook reader and every time I hear his voice I can hear why. His voice alone was a reason to listen to this audiobook, but teamed up the Cussler’s skills at writing a story that keeps you hooked makes the audiobook of “The Thief” worth putting on your to-read list and soon.



“The Tombs”
by Clive Cussler and Thomas Perry
read by Scott Brick
published by Penguin Audio
11 hours and 21 minutes

When it comes to global trekking adventures I have found a new favorite author in Clive Clussler. This is the second book by him I’ve heard, and it will definitely not be my last. If you are a fan of the world-travelling, clue-solving, treasure-hunting adventure novels (which made Dan Brown famous) then check out this thrilling author and especially this novel.

Clive Cussler has several adventure novels and from the two I’ve read they are a thrill a minute ride into mystery. The one I read before this was in the world of Dirk Pitt and the NUMA (National Underwater and Marine Agency) personnel. The Dirk Pitt novels run more along the line of a detective stories where as this novel, “The Tombs,” is the fourth in the adventures of Sam and Remy Fargo.

The Fargos are world renowned treasure hunters who spend their time not hunting treasure for profit, rather, they hunt the treasure for the thrill. They also have a penchant for running into egomaniacal evil men seeking the same treasures. This time around they run into not one but two evil egomaniacs all while hunting for the treasures of Attila the Hun.

Legend has it that Attila was buried in a gold coffin which was surrounded by jewels then placed in a coffin of silver surrounded by the treasures of many kings conquered by the Huns and then that coffin was placed in a coffin of iron. The final resting place of Attila is a mystery and lost to the ages, until a German Archaeologist discovers a massive burial site with a thousand Hun warriors that may contain a clue to the final resting place of Attila the Hun.

Along the way Sam and Remy Fargo must battle a group of thieves wanting to jump any treasure claims, a Hungarian crime lord who believes himself to be a direct descendant of Attila, and a Russian mob boss bent on kidnapping Remy for the treasure. This adventure takes the reader/listener on a clue-solving treasure-hunting trip through Eastern Europe. Along the way they will be riddles and digging up tombs while dodging bullets and bad guys.

The book is read by Scott Brick, who is one of the best audiobook voices available. Brick’s talent for bringing out all the emotion and portrayal of various characters makes this book come alive. This performance from Brick combined with the writing from Cussler creates a story that will keep you on the edge of your seat and hammering out clues until the very end.

As a bit of a side note, I’ve discovered that Clive Cussler writes himself as a character into each novel. Each time the Clive Cussler character is a bit of a Deus-ex-Machina character providing help for the hero when the reader/listener thinks there is no hope. This time around he just happens to be at the right place when all chips are down and is able to help Sam and Remy escape. This makes for a fun piece in the books that also is a bit of comic relief in the form of an inside joke.



“Poseidon’s Arrow”
Book #22 in the Dirk Pitt Series
by Clive Cussler and Dirk Cussler
Read by Scott Brick
Published by Penguin Audio
Approx 13 hours

I have to start this review off by saying; I have never before read a Clive Cussler novel. Yes, this was my first Cussler novel and I now have to admit, this guy can write a thriller. If all his novels are like this, (which I’ll be finding out soon) this is the author to go to when you want a non-stop, action hero, suspense story. This book not only kept me on the edge of my seat, but while listening to the audiobook while commuting to and from work I kept having to take my foot off the accelerator pedal because I would get so caught up in the action I would find myself driving 65 or 70 mph on a rural highway marked for  55 mph.

I have had several people tell me I would like Cussler, but I’ve never been completely sold on the idea. I saw the movie “Sahara,” which was based on the Cussler novel of the same name but was not really impressed. Maybe that is why I have never tackled one of his novels. With that in mind you may wonder what made me want to give this latest novel from Clive Cussler a listen. When Penguin Audio sent out their list of new releases I saw this novel listed and at first just skimmed over it but when I saw who was doing the reading of the book, I did a double take and put the book on my list.

There are many audiobook readers that I really enjoy hearing and this book’s reader, Scott Brick is one. I think the main reason I like Scott Brick is that through his voice alone it can sound like a multicast performance. Brick is able to present each character vocally in such a manner that there is no question as to who is speaking and when. Brick’s vocal talent not only can let the listener know the difference between character’s voices but he is also able to bring out the emotions and intensity of the story through his voice. I’ve heard him read science-fiction, murder mystery and now an action/suspense story and I will definitely be keeping him in my top 5 audiobook readers. If nothing else, he definitely sold me on this story and made me want to seek out other books by Clive Cussler.

If you are a fan already of Cussler then you probably know about Cussler’s way of weaving several subplots together into one big story and by the end of the book they all come together to form the story. I did not know this and just thought it was unique to this story, but after doing some research before writing this review, i realized this is his way of working. That is also another reason I am going to be reading some more from Clive Cussler. It was really interesting to hear sections introduced that didn’t seem to have anything to do with the main story but as the book came along they all fit in perfectly.

“Poseidon’s Arrow” opens up with three events that seem unrelated; one is of a rare earth mineral mining company being blown up by what seems to be terrorists another event takes place during World War II onboard an Italian Submarine working for the German army under attack and sinking. Finally the third event is that the U.S. Navy has just unveiled an experimental submarine that even the President is just finding out about. This sub is a completely different design which uses an undetectable engine that is capable of propelling the sub underwater at a couple of hundred knots and stealth underwater technology that makes this sub a threat to any nation. These events do eventually fit into the story but before that all happens we have to be introduced to the hero of the story, Dirk Pitt.

In this book the intro to the hero finds him and his wife enjoying some time on the ocean. As Dirk dives down for a couple of lobsters for dinner, a wayward cargo ship is on a course to collide with his boat, his wife signals him by tapping out a crude S.O.S. as he comes out of the water he sees the ship and realizes it is too late to maneuver out of its way so he and his wife dive into the water and fight to avoid being sucked into the ship’s propeller. When they surface they find their boat intact and race to keep the ship from doing further damage. Seeing that the ship is unmanned and on a collision course with a cruise ship, Dirk rams his boat into the ship’s rudder to make it change course.

Once the ship is grounded a new mystery is uncovered. The ships rare earth minerals cargo is mostly missing and there are dead crew members onboard, and so the adventure begins.  From this point on hang on to your seat, because this thrillride doesn’t stop until the end of the book.

When a rich mine owner wants to destroy America he does so not with bombs but by piracy on the high seas. In a series of ships gone missing, all carrying rare earth minerals, the murder of a man who has the only plans for a new design of a stealth submarine, and the destruction of an American mining site, all signs point to the mine owner and it is up to Dirk Pitt, with the help of some federal agents to solve this mystery and stop the collapse of the world’s supply of rare earth minerals and the theft of one of America’s greatest secrets in submarine technology.

This high seas and even some land-locked adventure is a thrill-a-second ride that will keep your rooting for the good guys and on the edge of your seat for the entire book. Dirk Pitt is the action hero we’ve always wanted.

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