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Plague Ship - Clive Cussler

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Author: Clive Cussler / Genre: Fiction

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      04.10.2009 12:20
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      One of Clive Cusslers best books¬

      Plague ship is a novel from the Orgeon files by Clive Cussler. As a fan of both the books and the author i was looking forward to reading this book and it didnt disappoint. I believe this is the 5th book from the Oregon files.
      The book is based of a ship (The Oregon) and its crew, who are all ex CIA or military. The ship is sailing through the Persian Gulf when it comes across a cruise ship adrift at sea - when they look closer they find that there are hundreds of bodies littering the decks that all appear to have died from some sort of plague. They manage to recover one survivor and get off the ship before the ship is destroyed by explosions. The crew of the Oregon then set about finding the source of the plague. The clues lead them to a cult who have a secret plan to reduce the earths population by releasing a deadly virus. The story is a race against time as the crew of the Oregon try to stop this from happening.

      Any fans of clive cussler or the oregon files will love this book Its fast paced and addictive! The only negative is that there isnt a list of characters at the beginning but i soon worked out who was who. I found the plot quite believable and exciting and found it hard to put down at times. Not a book i would read again but definately worth a read.

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      15.07.2009 21:31
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      Slightly different to previous novels, but still an enthralling read

      Plague Ship is the fifth novel by Clive Cussler from the Oregon Files series. An action packed, fast moving plot that will be enjoyed by those who have read previous Oregon Files novels and those who are completely new to this author.

      The only real negative to the book is that I find it hard to know who is who as there is no 'cast list' at the start of the book

      The central charater is the rakish captain Juan Cabrillo, who along with his team of highly specialised ex-forces crew act as mercenaries for hire. They don't do this for the money, they do it because it gives them opportunities to do good deeds that they could not have done if they were still operating under the military.

      The plot revolves around a group of fanatical extremists, called Reformists, who follow the beliefs of Dr Lydell Cooper and believe that drastic measures must be taken to stop the population from increasing.

      Cabrillo and his crew are all that stand between this group and achieving their goals, and it is a battle that gets personal when the son of one of the crew becomes involved with the group and the crew member is then kidnapped whilst trying the rescue his son from the group's compound.

      The novel is a little different from other books that I have previously read by Cussler, but as always I found it an enthralling read.

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      29.07.2008 23:24
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      Existing fans won't be disappointed, newcomers should enjoy a high action adventure

      Cussler's latst novel has us once again joining the crew of the Oregon for a fast paced, high-tech, and high action adventure.

      The Oregon is no ordinary ship. Resembling the dilapidted freighter she once was, an extensive refit sees her kitted out with revolutionary technology and enough weapons to sink a small navy. Her crew is no less impressive; Captained by the enigmatic, charming and daring Juan Cabrillo they comprise ex-special forces and the cream of their respective fields to provide a 'black' ops mercenary force to right wrongs, counter terrorism, save the world and of course rescue beautiful women who are first caught up in, then prove essential to the plot.

      In Plague Ship, a fundamentalist group called the 'Responsivists' are determined to slow down or reverse the increase of worldwide human population as they believe we are breeding ourselves to extinction. Following the teachings of one Dr Lydell Cooper, this well funded and well equipped group hatch a devious plot to protect the earth's future from overpopulation.

      It's up to Juan and his people to stop them - and it seems pretty straightforward until the son of one of the key members of the Oregon's crew is kidnaped by the very group they're trying to stop...

      Plague Ship is a little darker than many of Cussler's previous outings, yet still pushes the boundaries of action-fiction and mixes a good romp with high tech and dry humour. It's good, clean fun and should appeal to long-term Cussler fans and newcomers alike.

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