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Skeleton Coast (The Oregon Files #4)

4.08  ·  Rating Details  ·  6,678 Ratings  ·  195 Reviews
The explosive New York Times bestselling Oregon Files series returns!

Juan Cabrillo and the crew of the covert combat ship Oregon have barely escaped a mission on the Congo River when they intercept a mayday from a defenseless boat under fire off the African coast. Cabrillo takes action, saving the beautiful Sloane Macintyre-who's looking for a long-submerged ship that may
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Paperback, 544 pages
Published January 3rd 2012 by G.P. Putnam's Sons (first published October 3rd 2006)
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Teo Hoppe
The two best adventure writers currently drawing breath deliver another superb adventure from the Oregon Files. This book bears the distinct stamp of both Cussler and duBrul, which means a great read for us! Though I kind of miss the old format of the Corporation pulling off a multi-pronged heist of some sort, this book's more basic adventure yarn format is a smashing success. Juan Cabrillo is turning into one heck of a leading man.

Like all Cussler novels, this one begins with a story from the p
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Allan
Dec 26, 2008 Allan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: action, adventure
Skeleton Coast is my first Cussler book and I'm a bit underwhelmed. It started off quite well with a decent idea of lost diamonds in the desert but as soon as the unbelievably, too-good-to-be-true heroes of the Oregon show up, all credibility went out the window.
These guys can go without sleep for days, walk through a hail of bullets and still come out the other end gleaming. Sure, there's plenty of action and lots of cheesy dialogue but it's all fairly predictable stuff but if that's your thing
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Morris Graham
Jan 24, 2014 Morris Graham rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome! The books starts in the 1890's with H.A. Ryder, a English opportunist who leads a group of men to steal diamonds from the Herrera tribesmen and their blistering trek across the desert to their pickup point off the west African coast with the Herrera warriors hot on their heels. Fast forward to modern times: The beautiful Sloan Macintyre of the DeBeer Corp. has convinced her company that she can find the diamonds on the lost ship, and heads for Africa to try. Encouraged on by a story of ...more
Katie Chamberlain
Clive's usual tie-in of the back story at the beginning of the book never happened until the very end, it was almost as an after thought. The second half of this book was very detailed, to the point of being boring. The gun fights were cool but only if you were really paying attention and know guns, I thought them to be highly boring and very long. I also didn't appreciate the blood and gore that this book contained, if it was a movie I would have given it a pg-13, maybe even an R rating. There ...more
Edwin Kort
Jul 18, 2016 Edwin Kort rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Ed
May 12, 2015 Ed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, adventure, thriller
#4 in The "Oregon" Files series. Finalist 2007 Thriller Award for Best Paperback. Second entry co-written with Jack DuBrul after author Cussler co-wrote the first two with Craig Dirgo. The Corporation, headed by Juan Castillo, is a group of soldiers of fortune that crew the high tech, heavily armed ship "Oregon", disguised as a tramp steamer.

A Novel of the Oregon Files - Juan Castillo and crew find a cruise ship adrift with all but one occupant dead of a hemorrhagic virus. They rescue second-in-
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Sherrill Watson
Written with Jack du Brul, in 2006. Up-to-date thriller.

Captain Juan Cabrillo runs a giant old derelict ship here and there around the world. At least it seems so. But the ship is as state of the art as it can be, with endless resources and gadgets to overwhelm the reader. Juan rescues a femme fatale, and personally defeats at least 300 men in and around the African coast. The story is worthy of a 007 character. I suppose you have to give his small crew some credit tho nobody is hurt permanently
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Salvatore
Nov 24, 2015 Salvatore rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Allora,come iniziare?!?E' il primo libro di Cussler che leggo e MI HA DELUSO! è 1 dei libri più noiosi mai letti!Il racconto parte a rilento dopo circa 100 pg dall'inizio; un'avventura che passa dal reale all'immaginario all'impossibile su una nave che più perfetta non si può! Non ho avvertito un minimo d'ansia o suspanse in quanto ho anche faticato a capire un linguaggio settoriale della marina militare con descrizioni di vario genere che non finivano mai. Dopo aver saltato qualche pagina dalla ...more
Jonathan
Feb 04, 2009 Jonathan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Kara Jorges
Dec 19, 2012 Kara Jorges rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The two best adventure writers currently drawing breath deliver another superb adventure from the Oregon Files. This book bears the distinct stamp of both Cussler and duBrul, which means a great read for us! Though I kind of miss the old format of the Corporation pulling off a multi-pronged heist of some sort, this book’s more basic adventure yarn format is a smashing success. Juan Cabrillo is turning into one heck of a leading man.

Like all Cussler novels, this one begins with a story from the p
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Neil Hanson
Jun 14, 2012 Neil Hanson rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The storytelling is severely hampered by the silly political sermonizing of the author. I'm sure great propagandists from Stalin or Hitler would be proud of how the author has taken a group of "good guys", and created fiction that turns them into villains.

The essence of the story is that Cabrillo and crew must save the world from eco-terrorists. The author then proceeds to look for every opportunity to deliver a sermon about the evils of all the conservationists and environmentalists in the worl
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Huw Evans
Apr 07, 2012 Huw Evans rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I don't think I have read any Cussler before but, whilst this passed away a snowy day in Derbyshire, I had to wonder whether CC is sponsored by the arms manufacturers whose products he so lovingly details, or perhaps by the named clothing outlets he repeatedly cites. If anything all this detail is unnecessary and actually detracts from the story overall. Suffice it to say that if this were a computer game it would have all the activities to make a brilliant multiplayer shoot'em up! The key chara ...more
Greg Bascom
The story begins in 1896 with the theft of a fortune in uncut diamonds from the Herero king in then the Bechuanaland Protectorate (now Botswana). After a treacherous escape across the Kalahari Desert, the five thieves, all Brits, reach the HMS Rove, their chartered escape vessel. But as soon as they board, they are trapped by a violent storm and their pursuers attack. Officially, the HMS Rove is lost a sea, but the story narrator reveals it is buried eight miles inland in the desert.

In the prese
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2walker_tristan
Sep 15, 2013 2walker_tristan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Skeleton Coast
Clive Cussler
This book is about a privately owned special ops team that is a partner with the CIA. Juan Cabrillo is the captain of the Oragon, an old run down cargo freighter on the outside and the most high tech and luxurious battle ship in the world on the inside. This book is about 5 thieves who stole gems from an African tribe and got lost in the desert. Although it is very difficult to sum up the book briefly, it is about different people trying to find the gems before anyone
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Tbradas
Nov 30, 2011 Tbradas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't oftenly read books for entertainment, but this one might change all that. This is one great book. Fourth in the Oregeon Files action/adventure series, it deals with a lot of things ranging from corrupt African government, enviornmentalists, diamond-hunters and much more. Best not get into that now...
Anyway, it has a lot of action in it and one who does not like the action genre might find it a little cheesy. However, this one is not that bad, for it encorporates a great amount things li
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Reba
May 18, 2015 Reba rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Penny
Aug 22, 2009 Penny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
1896: four englishmen flee for thier lives acrooss the Kalahari desert, carrying a stolen fortune in raw diamonds, chased by a fierce African tribe. The thieves manage to reach the waiting HMS Rove - only to die with thier pursuers in a vicious storm....
Present day: Juan Cabrillo and the crew of the covert combat ship oregon have barely escaped a mission on the congo river, when they intercept a mayday from a boat under fire off the african coast. cabrillo takes action, saving the beautiful sloa
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Michiko
Jul 13, 2012 Michiko rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adventure
Skeleton Coast was an okay summer read, a bit of adventure to pass these long, hot days.

It's a standard Clive Cussler, filled with daring action sequences, all the top weaponry, and some cool survival scenes - nothing ground breaking. There's a bit of an environmental twist to this, due to the nature of the antagonist being an eco-terrorist, but it wasn't a bash you over the head with environmental issues type thing like the Avatar movie, or what's become of the Maximum Ride series.

Really, it w
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Glen
Another exciting entry in the Oregon Files series.

After rescuing a beautiful woman in distress, Juan Cabrillo and company go looking for diamonds, metal sea serpents and an abducted billionaire. They find a radical environmentalist group trying to stop climate change...by producing climate change and killing a whole bunch of people.

Of course, Cabrillo and Crew stop it cold.

Pretty good stuff.
Michelle
Aug 22, 2008 Michelle rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Um...I feel sort of like a jerk doing this. But I have to warn people. I wish someone had warned me. Clive Cussler is CHEESE BALL. His characters, at least the "hero" of his story in this case, are so incredibly beyond believable. They go through days on end of brutal conflicts against man and nature, never sleep a wink, and still come out on top, beating down the bad guy with a whole lot of self-righteous oratory. I get it. You are supposed to suspend your disbelief when you are reading fiction ...more
Karyn
Jul 31, 2008 Karyn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009-n-before
The best part about any Clive Cussler book you pick up is that the initial intrigue you start off with will go on until the last page. He keeps you guessing and as always when reading a clive cussler book, i find it very hard to put the book down and go off to work the next day..I keep wondering whats going to come next the whole day through.
I've resorted to reading him only on the weekends - the whole book at one go.

This is my first Oregon book, and i quite like Chairman Juan. The Oregon's crew
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S.R.R. Colvin
Apr 30, 2010 S.R.R. Colvin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was attracted to this book by the title. I've toured the Skeleton Coast in the area near Kolmanskop, Luderitz, and where the Eduard Bohlen now rests inland, being swallowed by the Namib Desert. There's a lot of history and diamond intrigue there.

I loved the book. 5 stars to Skeleton Coast! Main character, Juan Cabrillo, is EXACTLY what I am looking for when I read an adventure. He's handsome, smooth, skilled in all things important, you name it! Juan's adventures can take me there (and keep me
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Annette McIntyre
Juan Cabrillo and his crew of mercenaries are in Africa selling arms to a renegade army - with the knowledge, permission and assistance of the government. And it all goes wrong. And things continue to go wrong when they overhear a report of a kidnapping, then of an environmentalist who has crossed the line into eco-terrorism. Will the Corporation on the Oregon stop all the trouble?
Linda
Aug 01, 2014 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to read the Oregon File series for a while now. I heard a small part of the Jungle on book radio and was captivated by the adventure.
Each book gives you a glimpse into other world culture and geography. The books are filled with , on the edge of your seat, adventures. The characters are tough with great integrity and morality
Don
Jan 17, 2016 Don rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another audio book, another reader and a different style of presentation. However, as with most of Clive Cussler 19s books this was also a great adventure. Beautiful women, savages and murder along with bags full of diamonds. What more could one ask for. Of course 13 an environmental terrorist. Well worth the read.
Don
Dec 27, 2008 Don rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Oregon Files has gotten better since Jack DuBrul joined Clive Cussler on this series with the third book (this is book 4 in the series). The writing is more focused with DuBrul.

There is a lot of action in this one! The only reason I didn't give this 5 stars is because there are just too many coincidences in the storyline this time. Had this story been a plan that was just executed to perfection it would've gotten 5 stars but instead it is a plan that was never completely formed and just seem
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Aldo Ferrante
Dec 07, 2013 Aldo Ferrante rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good action/adventure novel. Completely unrealistic, but still very enjoyable... Clive Cussler can write action scenes like no one I've ever read before. You can literally see everything unfold in front of your own eyes when you read his descriptions. Everything is tightly woven and the rhythm to his story is just amazing. One letdown: the heroin in this book (named Sloane Macintyre) turns out to be just a prop, after all. But I suspect she might have been introducted to play a bigger role in ...more
Sarah
May 20, 2014 Sarah rated it liked it

I enjoyed it, Clive Cussler always does fun adventures, but I found some of this one a bit difficult to digest. Am I really suppose to believe Juan was able to function and push his body through all that abuse? And what about all the convenient coincidences? That may be why I wasn't able to shake the feeling that NOTHING really bad was ever going to happen to Juan, he was always going to do the right thing and come out on top.
The middle was a bit slow for me, but it all came together rather nice
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James F.
Feb 19, 2016 James F. rated it really liked it
Other than the fast-paced action, and the interplay of science and military force, what I like most about this series of novels is having, at my fingertips, a detailed atlas of parts of the world.
Steven Schaefer
Nov 25, 2015 Steven Schaefer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The fourth trip out with Juan and the boys. This one is typical of the series, a very enjoyable read with only a few minor holes (most having to do with the way the world has moved on since the tale was written). I found the wrap up on this book to be much better than the previous one. (No "hints" at the next adventure.
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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 ...more
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