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  • gilwilson 5:35 PM on March 5, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Mirage- The Oregon Files, Book 9 By: Clive Cussler, Jack Du Brul 

    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

  • gilwilson 4:07 PM on August 28, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , australia, , graham brown, nikolai tesla, , , , tesla   

    Audiobook Review “Zero Hour” (a novel from the NUMA files) By Clive Cussler and Graham Brown 


    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.

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