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"Corsairs are pirates, and pirates come in many different varieties. There are the pirates who fought off the Barbary Coast in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, the contemporary pirates who infest the waters of Africa and Asia, and the pirates ... who look like something else." When the U.S. secretary of state's plane crashes while bringing her to a summit meeting in Libya, the CIA, distrusting the Libyans, hire Juan Cabrillo to search for her, and their misgivings are well founded. The crew locates the plane, but the secretary
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"Corsairs are pirates, and pirates come in many different varieties. There are the pirates who fought off the Barbary Coast in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, the contemporary pirates who infest the waters of Africa and Asia, and the pirates ... who look like something else." When the U.S. secretary of state's plane crashes while bringing her to a summit meeting in Libya, the CIA, distrusting the Libyans, hire Juan Cabrillo to search for her, and their misgivings are well founded. The crew locates the plane, but the secretary of state has vanished. It turns out Libya's new foreign minister has other plans for the conference, plans that Cabrillo cannot let happen. But what does it all have to do with a two-hundred-year-old naval battle and the centuries-old Islamic scrolls that the Libyans seem so determined to find? The answers will lead him full circle into history, and into another pitched battle on the sea, this time against Islamic terrorists, and with the fate of nations resting on its outcome.
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When most of us think of corsairs, we imagine swashbuckling pirates of the Johnny Depp variety. The Islamist terrorist corsairs that populate Clive Cussler's Oregon Files novel, however, resemble nothing seen before. Juan Cabrillo's interest in them originates in a plane crash and a top-level disappearance; the abduction or murder of the U.S. secretary of state propels the Oregon team on a near-frantic race that involves ancient manuscripts and a modern cabal. Full-throttle Cussler.
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When a plane carrying the U.S. secretary of state, en route to a Middle East peace conference, disappears over Libya, the techno-wizards aboard the supership Oregon try to track it down and recover any survivors. Juan Cabrillo and his crew discover a terrorist presence that reaches to the highest levels of the Libyan government. This exciting story translates well into audio format, and Scott Brick's performance enhances the action-adventure. His moderate tone makes for easy listening, and his clarity renders the scientific and political elements-and intrigues-at the heart of the book comprehensible. Brick has narrated previous Cussler novels and his renditions of the characters will be familiar to fans, who will find themselves in the company of old friends. A Putnam hardcover (Reviews, Jan. 26). (Mar.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780141038353
  • Publisher: Viking Penguin
  • Publication date: 2/28/2010
  • Series: Oregon Files Series , #6

Meet the Author

Clive  Cussler

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.

Biography

Cussler began writing novels in 1965 and published his first work featuring his continuous series hero, Dirk Pitt, in 1973. His first non-fiction, The Sea Hunters, was released in 1996. The Board of Governors of the Maritime College, State University of New York, considered The Sea Hunters in lieu of a Ph.D. thesis and awarded Cussler a Doctor of Letters degree in May, 1997. It was the first time since the College was founded in 1874 that such a degree was bestowed.

Cussler is an internationally recognized authority on shipwrecks and the founder of the National Underwater and Marine Agency, (NUMA) a 501C3 non-profit organization (named after the fictional Federal agency in his novels) that dedicates itself to preserving American maritime and naval history. He and his crew of marine experts and NUMA volunteers have discovered more than 60 historically significant underwater wreck sites including the first submarine to sink a ship in battle, the Confederacy's Hunley, and its victim, the Union's Housatonic; the U-20, the U-boat that sank the Lusitania; the Cumberland, which was sunk by the famous ironclad, Merrimack; the renowned Confederate raider Florida; the Navy airship, Akron, the Republic of Texas Navy warship, Zavala, found under a parking lot in Galveston, and the Carpathia, which sank almost six years to-the-day after plucking Titanic's survivors from the sea.

In September, 1998, NUMA - which turns over all artifacts to state and Federal authorities, or donates them to museums and universities - launched its own web site for those wishing more information about maritime history or wishing to make donations to the organization. (www.numa.net).

In addition to being the Chairman of NUMA, Cussler is also a fellow in both the Explorers Club of New York and the Royal Geographic Society in London. He has been honored with the Lowell Thomas Award for outstanding underwater exploration.

Cussler's books have been published in more than 40 languages in more than 100 countries. The author lives in Arizona.

Biography courtesy of Penguin Group (USA)

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Cussler worked for many years in advertising and was responsible for coming up with Ajax's "White Knight" commercial catchphrase, "It's stronger than dirt."

The Board of Governors of the Maritime College, State University of New York, considered Cussler's 1996 nonfiction book, The Sea Hunters, equivalent to a Ph.D. thesis and awarded Cussler a Doctor of Letters degree in 1997.

Cussler is a fellow in the Explorers Club of New York and the Royal Geographic Society in London, and has been granted the Lowell Thomas Award for outstanding underwater exploration.

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    1. Hometown:
      Phoenix, Arizona
    1. Date of Birth:
      July 15, 1931
    2. Place of Birth:
      Aurora, Illinois
    1. Education:
      Pasadena City College; Ph.D., Maritime College, State University of New York, 1997

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  • Posted October 22, 2009

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    A pirate story with an Islamic twist

    The story begins with America's first contact with Islam and what today is called terrorists. The Barbary Pirates.

    Thomas Jefferson sent a squadron from the new U.S. Navy to teach the pirates to respect the stars and bars. After firing the captured USS Philadelphia in Tripoli' s harbor, A U.S. frigate tangled with Al-Jama's ship. The first officer and Al-Jama fight and fall overboard. Stranded on the desolate beach, the two men learn to respect each other and learn about each others religions. Al-Jama, a feared pirate that delighted in killing infidels begins to think the two religions, Islam and Christianity, can peacefully coexist. Later, myth has it that Al-Jama, who is also a respected imam, writes a fatwa that say this is true. A second myth has it that Al-Jama has the "Jewel of Jerusalem."

    Fast forward to today, and a new terrorist who has taken the name Al-Jama. His mission in life is to prevent a peace conference to be held in Tripoli from happing. At this point the usually cast of Oregon File characters enter the story.

    This is a fast paced, page turner with heros, villains and weapons larger than life. An enjoyable read.

    I recommend two other books that include Islamic terrorists and North Africa.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 7, 2009

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    A hardcover, at last!

    Up till now all of Cussler's "Oregon" books have been big paperbacks. This is the first to merit a "hardcover" of it own. The story is more of the Dirk Pitt kind, where the action is non-stop in many places at once. This book has more action than others in the Oregon series. And this is the first that it feels "comfortable" to read, as there are so many characters in these stories, unlike in the Pitt and Austin books. One finally knows whose specialty does what.
    A first time reader of the Oregon books may have trouble keeping up with "who's who", but the story, like all Cussler books, is fast-paced. Plus his "behind the story" story is topical today. And his attention to detail is meticulous.
    A quick read that can be read in 3 or 4 days, as the action is non-stop.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 4, 2011

    first "oregon" series for me

    I've read quite a few Clive Cussler offerings.I'm a fan.If the rest of the "Oregon" series are as good as this, I'll be reading the rest. Plenty of action and historical background.I always love the tie-ins to ancient history in Cussler's books.Combined with fast action and a good story, his books are always worthwhile reading.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 10, 2010

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    Awesome imagination

    Custler just keeps getting better. Every new adventure is is a whole new world. Some same characters on a totally different mission. Next page couldn't come fast enough.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 1, 2009

    CUSSLER DOES IT AGAIN!

    Clive Cussler is one the best action novelists of all time! His ability to create identifiable, lovable, and also despicable characters is second to none. The Oregon Files series (co-written with Jack Du Brul) is as good as the other Cussler series starring Dirk Pitt or Kurt Austin. Great action, superb plot twists, heroic fetes...buy anything with Cussler's name on it, and you will not be disappointed!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 21, 2009

    Cussler Does It Again

    Another great adventure story by Cussler. Would love to see this series in the movies, but we all know what Hollywood can do!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 4, 2009

    As usual Clive and Jack grab your attention at the first sentence and don't let go until the last page.

    I bought this book because I have never read one of Clive Cussler's books that weren't worth reading again and again.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 20, 2009

    Quick easy read

    Intresting up to date subject,easy to read, will hold your attention.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 13, 2009

    Outstanding audio book! Does not get any better than this

    The books plot is well written and very exciting. I actually want to read it again.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 23, 2009

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    Tops

    Although it's not a truly Clive Cussler/Dirk Pitt novel, this story from the files of the Oregon, is pretty great. For those familiar with the Oregon series, this one is the best of the 6 published so far. Although classically unbelievable, as all Cussler associated novels are as far as their unrealistic action, it is a lot of fun to read and has no slow spots. Lots of actions to keep this book moving forward.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2014

    Geart

    Must read

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  • Posted March 16, 2013

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    Good Oregon Files Story

    This is my second Oregon Files read and I enjoyed it very much. Rich story telling with a broad cast of characters to follow really wove a tight story. Exciting throughout and rich in detail. Cussler continues to write fast paced and intricate suspense stories that brings the reader in.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2013

    We need more Oregon Files books!

    Dirk Pitt is great, but the Oregon Files are the best. Clive... please keep them coming! :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2013

    THEY'RE GRRREAT!

    Juan Cabrillo and his crew on the Oregon are the BEST!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2012

    Recommended reading.

    great writing, Once I started reading, it was hard to put down. Action packed and suspense filled.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2012

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    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2012

    GRREAT

    AS usual

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2012

    Shem

    This is the best book ever

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  • Posted January 29, 2012

    Cussler is a fabulous story teller!

    The Oregon Files should be developed into movie series, or TV show. All are engrossing, informative and very entertaining. I vote for Michael Waverly (NCIS) to play Juan Cabrillo. So hello screenwriters/adapters-get this moving! Thanks Clive for yet another exciting adventure with the Oregon Team!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2011

    great book

    story keeps your insterest.

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