Plague Ship (Oregon Files Series #5)

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Clive Cussler returns with a new novel in his New York Times bestselling Oregon Files, as Captain Juan Cabrillo and the motley crew of his high-tech spy ship take on their most extraordinary?and lethal?mission yet.
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Overview


Clive Cussler returns with a new novel in his New York Times bestselling Oregon Files, as Captain Juan Cabrillo and the motley crew of his high-tech spy ship take on their most extraordinary?and lethal?mission yet.
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The fifth installment of the Oregon Files pits Juan Cabrillo and his crew of eccentric geniuses on another danger-packed, sea-based adventure. Ripples with action; too exciting to be ignored.
Publishers Weekly

Cussler, writing with Du Brul, offers the fifth installment of his Oregon series, which follows the exploits of a covert ship that does the government's dirty work as long as the price is right. Scott Brick reads with a flare of the theatrical, at times sending his voice soaring, up, up, up in an attempt to create tension and excitement. Brick's characters are over-the-top and his pronunciation is slightly unbelievable. His reading is certainly entertaining but at odds with Cussler's staid prose that is layered with rich detail and deeply researched information. The story flows well and draws the audience in, but Brick's theatrical performance distracts. A Putnam hardcover (Reviews, Apr. 14). (June)

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Library Journal

Cussler and coauthor Du Brul (Skeleton Coast) lurch through Cussler's latest high-tech fantasy, dropping dozens of subplots into a blender and printing the result. The chief threat? Bad guys intent on sterilizinghalf the world use a trendy zero population/family planning group as cover. Into the breach steps Juan Cabrillo, his supership Oregon, and his loyal cast of special-ops wizards. Did I mention Noah's Ark? So does Cussler. Readers will ask for him by name, so buy accordingly. [See Prepub Alert, ZLJ2/1/08.]


—Andrew Smith
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425226698
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 2/24/2009
  • Series: Oregon Files Series , #5
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 592
  • Sales rank: 146,131
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 1.30 (d)

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)

Good To Know

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2008

    Extremely disappointing

    I happen to be a big fan of most of Cussler's work but sadly this is not among those ranks. The history of the Ark is an article of faith amongst Christians like myself and those of the Jewish faith and to twist it to make a buck is offensive. On top of this the plot was slow and contrived. I've come to expect better of Mr. Cussler. I donated this book to Goodwill and intend to check any future books of his out from the library before I buy.

    8 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2008

    This was a fast-moving tale

    The Oregon series is an offshoot from a Dirk Pitt book and has grown into its own. This fast-paced action was agreat story with underlying tones that it could happen. As with most of Mr Cusslers books they make you thing of things that may/or maynot be true. I have been a fan of Clive's books since Raise the Titanic.

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2008

    A reviewer

    Shhhhh....don't tell anybody but Cussler's Dirk Pitt novels have been a guilty pleasure of mine for years. Not high literature but I can't help myself. In recent years Cusslers branching out and combined efforts have watered down the product some, but I still find his efforts with Du Brul very entertaining (I sense that Mr. Du Brul is the primary author here). Anyway, Plague Ship is light summer entertainment for the beach. Another adventure book I gotta recommend to Cussler fans is the cult thriller 'A Tourist In The Yucatan!'

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2008

    Cussler and Du Brul --What a Team

    The latest addition to the Oregon Files is well worth the wait. Unrelenting action from page one to the end. Classic Cussler. Jack Du Brul's, (author of the Philip Mercer series), input is obvious. I love all of Mr. Cussler's work but find the Oregon Files to be the best of all. Credible and likeable characters combined with a thrill a minute plot provide a thrill ride beyond compare.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2008

    Best of the Oregon Files yet

    Unlike the last reviewer I think this was a great read, it is ficition after all. I could not wait to pick it up agian. This has definitely been one of the best in the Oregon Files I have read yet.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 21, 2011

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    A very fast paced novel

    If you enjoy intrigue, covert shadow former military commandos & religious extremists; this book is for you. This was my first Clive Cussler novel & it was fantastic! A hemorrhagic plague breaks out aboard a cruise ship & a group (the Organization) that is backdoor funded by the CIA checks in to it. They find that the ship was reserved for a religious group called the Responsivists who believe that we (the human race) are breeding ourselves to death & open sterilization clinics all over the world. On the surface, they seem to be doing good when they actually are planning the downfall of half of humanity. There was one survivor from the cruise ship & she is taken aboard the Oregon, an rusted & aging freighter on the outside, but outfitted with the highest technology & weaponry on the inside that money can buy (funded by the CIA). One of the crew's son's is inducted into the Responsivists cult and a rescue commences but with disastrous results; the child's father & member of the Organization being taken hostage. Throughout the novel a plan is uncovered that the Responsivists are engineering a virus that will be released on 50 cruise ships simultaneously , then spread throughout the world that will sterilize half of the world's population. While the leaders and several hundred "chosen" followers are safe & sheltered in a hidden impenetrable underground bunker. This novel is very fast paced, filled with many surprise twists and a dynamite ending. They should make this one in to a movie!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 8, 2010

    Shades of Indiana Jones / Saturday Serials

    One "Cliff Hanger" after another... This would make a perfect movie for George Lucas and Steven Speilberg to consider. An interesting cast of "characters" and great intertwining sub-plots. Once I started to read this book, I couldn't put it down. Completed the reading in just two days.

    If it is made into a movie, Mr. Cussler should ensure that the movie follows the book (unlike the recent rendition of "Sahara.")

    After finishing the book, I gave it to a neighbor who is a former NASA engineer, knowing the scientific details, as well as the adventure itself, would keep him intrigued and entertained.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 8, 2010

    Great lite summer reading

    This book like the previous ones in the series offers the readers the opportunity to get lost in the story. It is a great light summer reading. One which you can sit by the pool or beach and get lost in for a while, put down and then pick right back up without missing a beat.

    The characters are expanded from previous works in the series and the reader is quickly engulfed in the story line. If you are into spy fiction works along with technological possibilities of military and intelligence agencies around the globe then this will make your day. I truly enjoyed the flow of this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 5, 2010

    Excellent story, fun to read on a raining afternoon or sitting beside the pool or lake. Hard to put down once you start it.

    Fun story to read. The initial setting is typical of what Cussler writes and leaves you wondering how this will tie into the main story line. The characters in this book were new to me. I have read a lot of Cussler's books, but this was the first one I had read with these characters. The story line was fitting based on what is going on in he world now. The overall plot is believable and leaves wondering if something like this could happen. If you ae not into social issues, this is still a fun read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2010

    Clive and Jack are amazing adventurer's

    I have read all of Clive Cusslers books and as I read more of his books with Jack DuBrul, I look forward to the next adventure and the next. Excellent read for those of us who are Clive fans. The Silent Sea is also an excellent read and especially the ending, just had to laugh at that one.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 16, 2010

    Typical Cussler

    As always, Cussler provides us with history,entertainment, thrills and a great group of believable characters. Haven't missed one of his books yet.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2009

    Excellent Read!

    This was only my 2nd Cussler book I've read, and I will be sure to read more of them. This book has everything to keep you interested from start to finish. Hard to put down. Really liked the characters and the story itself was great. Highly recommend this one!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 1, 2009

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    Cussler Excels Once Again

    I have read more than a handful of Clive Cussler's novels, and never have I been disappointed. Once again Cussler has produced a story that easily hooks the reader, and doesn't relinquish hold until the final page. The fifth installment in the Oregon Files once again follows the adventures of Juan Cabrillo and the crew of the Oregon, a hightech, futuristic ship disguised as a tramp freighter. Cabrillo too toys with disguises, making himself appear as an old, fat captain when any outsider boards his ship. His crew, on the other hand, knows the Captain for who he really is. The man is the perfect figure to head the Corporation, an underground militant organization that operates as a "for-hire" business to any government that can afford it. He has a stern, unwavering composure, and strength and determination that allow him to be successful in situations where many others would fail.

    In Plague Ship, the Corporation is pitched against a group known as the Responsivists. The group plans to unleash a deadly virus, with the intention of seriously dented the quickly growing population. The crew is lead on a chase throughout many countries, facing many challenges along the way. Cussler's signiture plot twists and cliff hangers will be sure to keep you from setting the novel down, and his characters and plot once more will be sure to leave any fan impressed.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 9, 2009

    plague ship

    As always Cussler really delivers. Great reading

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2009

    Clive Cussler at his BEST!

    You can always expect alot of action and excitement from Clive Cussler - this one certainly doesn't disappoint!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 22, 2009

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    Review of Clive Cussler's 'Plauge Ship'

    Clive Cussler has really kept me entertained with the 'Oregon Files Series' and 'Plauge Ship' was one of my favorites. It's always non-stop action, like a good movie, only better!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2009

    Typical Exciting Cussler Book

    Well written story; good concept. Book keeps your interest from beginning to end. Characters are interesting. Excapes from disasters are thrilling and ingenious. Enjoyed the book alot!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 20, 2009

    Be careful when starting this novel!

    To coin a common phrase: A real page turner.
    It is hard to put down once started and it keeps the interest to the last page.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2014

    Austin

    Cant see headlines so if you could put your name in the post like this ~Austin

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2014

    Adain

    "Steers red boat"

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