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Mirage (The Oregon Files #9)

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The extraordinary new novel in the #1 New York Times-bestselling series from the grand master of adventure.

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 ne
Hardcover, 401 pages
Published November 5th 2013 by Putnam Adult
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Khamneithang Vaiphei
Nov 04, 2013 Khamneithang Vaiphei rated it it was amazing
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Clive Cussler, author of the bestselling National Underwater and Marine Agency and Dirk Pitt series, created his most intriguing high seas action hero: the enigmatic captain of the Oregon, Juan Cabrillo who was introduced with the first Oregon Files series Golden Buddha in 2003.

Juan Cabrillo is Chairman of the "Corporation", a special US Government-sponsored group that operates out of a ship called the Oregon; a marvel of scientific research equipment bristling with state-of-the-art weaponry - b
Bob Milne
Dec 27, 2014 Bob Milne rated it liked it
Although I've always been a huge Dirk Pitt fan - Raise the Titanic was one of the first 'adult' novels I ever read - I've hesitated to check out any of Clive Cussler's other series. Last year I finally got around to checking out the Fargo Adventures, with The Tombs catching my eye with its promise of archaeologists, secret historical sites, and hidden tombs - and I thoroughly enjoyed it. This year it's The Oregon Files wooing me deeper into Cussler's shared universe, with Nikola Tesla and the Ph ...more
Virginia Winfield
Nov 01, 2013 Virginia Winfield rated it it was amazing
Love these books. Always a lot of action. The guys and gals of the corporation are fun. Never a dull moment and they always save themselves and many others.
Bree T
Juan Cabrillo is the leader of the mysterious Corporation, a highly skilled group of people who can be hired to find out information, track someone down, pick up or deliver some goods…basically anything at a price. Cabrillo works out of the Oregon a sea-going vessel deliberately dumbed down to look much slower and older than she really is. Her slightly battered facade hides a highly efficient motor, a shedload of sophisticated and deadly weaponry and an even more highly efficient state of the ar ...more
Nov 16, 2013 Rushita rated it liked it
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Mirage is the latest instalment in The Oregon Files by Clive Cussler and Jack Du Brul. Juan Cabrillo and his distinguished crew are back yet again for another death defying adventure on the high seas. There are explosions, narrow escapes and a mystifying new weapon, however this action packed story was not as satisfying as previous Oregon adventures. Though it doesn’t live up to its predecessors, Mirage is still good read for adventure fans.

The appeal of this story lies in its extraordinary pre
Carolyn Spear
Jan 25, 2014 Carolyn Spear rated it it was amazing
As always, Clive Cussler and Jack Du Brul deliver nonstop, full on action with core characters I care about. The crew of the Oregon is family (as stated at the end) and while they are mercenaries, they are honorable men and women who choose jobs with a conscience.
I never want to give away a book's plot or twists because those are the parts I like the best. I will say that if you like history, science and intrigue woven through your thriller/adventure, this is right series. Cussler and Du Brul c
Nov 23, 2013 Larry rated it really liked it
I’ve probably read dozens of Clive Cussler books. After a while, each of his various series becomes repetitive – same stuff, different location. (I have stopped reading Dirk Pitt and Isaac Bell novels.)

However, I look forward to Cussler’s “Oregon files” books – and enjoy the work of his coauthor, Jack Du Brul. (Du Brul also writes with Tom Clancy.)

The “Corporation" and Captain Juan Cabrillo are back! The plot doesn’t matter. I enjoy the characters…a bunch of SEAL-type mercenaries with a conscien
Jul 03, 2014 David rated it really liked it
One of the better Clive Cussler & Co books I have read of late. It was great to catch up with Joe Cabrillo and The Corporation for another one of their bonecrunching adventures.
Dec 02, 2014 Bandit rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
After listening to Fargo audio adventures, I thought my expectations for Cussler's books were set adequately low, yet still this one managed to disappoint. Apparently this is number nine is series, didn't matter, it worked as a stand alone, it just didn't really work overall. Fargo series is made tolerable by history, this barely had any, intriguing beginning, but then pretty much nonstop maritime (and otherwise)action. I probably wouldn't even want to watch it as a movie, definitely don't want ...more
Scott Liddiard
Jan 06, 2014 Scott Liddiard rated it it was amazing
This was an amazing book. It kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time with a good sense of realism. It wasn't too far out there for me to not want to keep reading. It went into pretty good detail to describe the things that it had in the book. Anywhere from weapons and injuries to boats and clothing. It also gave a little bit of conspiracy to get you thinking. It has constant surprises that blow your mind. The hero isn't invincible either. He gets injured and needs help. It isn't just some ...more
Feb 02, 2014 Mary rated it really liked it
Another solid Oregon Files hit. Tons of action and adventure and interesting characters made for a fun ride. The Oregon File books have been Cussler favorite's of mine since Juan Cabrillo and his crew were first introduced and I've remained a fan even after I drifted away from his Pitt, Austin and Bell characters. And while I really liked this book I am only giving it 4 stars because of the way the authors drifted off topic about half way thru. I loved the side story but failed to really connect ...more
Dec 27, 2013 Jeffrey rated it it was ok
Decent, typical plot line for a Cussler novel, but a serious deviation in the Oregon Files. This time it's personal, so Cabrillo acts like a one-man band in this one. The support from the rest of the Corporation receives short shrift, and I was truly disappointed. The feel of a collective effort was nonexistent and, though a good read, this wasn't the usual writing that makes a Cussler novel hard to put down. That, and the ending is among the worst contrived in any of Cussler's oeuvre. Very unsa ...more
Feb 15, 2014 Ed rated it really liked it
Shelves: adventure, action
#9 in the Oregon Files series (#7 co-authored by Jack Du Brul). Juan Cabrillo and the members of "The Corporation" pack a lot on their mercenary plates for this outing. An escape from a super-max Siberian prison, investigation into the heritage of Nicolai Tesla, the Philadelphia Experiment of 1943, American George Westinghouse's yacht found in the dried bed of the Aral Sea, a potential war between China and Japan, and a rogue Russian Admiral provide a sampling. Non-stop action provide an irresti ...more
Steven Allen
Oct 23, 2015 Steven Allen rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-to-go, not-kept
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Jean Poulos
Oct 29, 2014 Jean Poulos rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, audio-2014
This is book number 9 in the Oregon series. In this story we start out in Siberia with Cabrillo attempting to rescue a Russian Admiral Yuri Borodin from prison. Yuri is a friend of Cabrillo. Our protagonist Juan Cabrillo is handicapped with only one leg. But his leg prosthetics comes loaded with an array of weapons. His ship the Oregon is made to look like a derelict freighter but is really a high tech ship loaded with lots of fancy and exciting weapons, copters, boats and other secret toys.

Anne Wright
Apr 09, 2015 Anne Wright rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: adventure, fiction,
Mirage by Clive Cussler

I gave this book 5 out of 5

I loved this book and could not put it down. Clive Cussler never disappoints there is always a story that entertains and keeps you reading till the end, wonderful.

1902 and Captain Charles Urquhart is woken by a knock to his door only to realise that the engines had shut down but the boat had yet to come to a stop.

On deck he sees an eerie light on the horizon that reminds him of St Elmo’s Fire.

A metal object falls to the deck and as he bend to pic
Jan 31, 2014 Chrisrodriguez rated it it was amazing
Clive Cussler wrote an amazing book called Mirage. The theme of the story is always be on your guard and not to trust people that you really don’t know. Clive Cussler is a long winded writer and he is very detailed in his books so they are long but they are very interesting. They story’s that he makes up are mostly mystery’s and he balances out the action from the main story line very well. The book mirage written by Clive Cussler is a book that keeps you reading because there are plot twists ev ...more
Feb 25, 2014 S rated it liked it
I didn’t feel like Mirage was one of Clive Cussler’s best books. I thought it fell short of his normal outstanding quality; however, it was still an ok read. It had a good plot, but almost everything in the book happened to Juan Cabrillo. Don’t get me wrong, Juan is great, but this was just a little too much going here and there throughout the read. Sure hope his books get better instead of like this one since I normally enjoy them so much.
Kyle Ohlsen
Jan 29, 2014 Kyle Ohlsen rated it it was amazing

Mirage was written by Clive Cussler along with Jack Du Brul in 2013. Mirage is a work of fiction that was published by the Penguin Group. Mirage is about a high tech boat that is run my mercenaries that are out to save the world from a retired American businessman who is selling technology to the Chinese.

The book starts off on a boat off the coast of the United States that experiences an unusual phenomenon. A blue light appears on the horizon and slowly blankets the entire sky. All the me
Nov 07, 2013 Bob rated it liked it
Juan Cabrillo and the crew of the Oregon take on a Russian Military Officer who is operating outside the government. Typical Cussler fare with loads of action as the Oregon crew work on several tasks one of which putts them all in danger from their opponents. As usual the back story includes a secret device from the files of Nicola Telsa that the Russian s built and sold to the Chinese.
Christian D.  Orr
Dec 02, 2014 Christian D. Orr rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another fun-filled, action-packed, fast-paced adventure of Juan Cabrillo and his intrepid "Corporation," i.e. the crew of the tramp steamer cum super spy ship "Oregon." This time the plot involves a corrupt Russian admiral, naval stealth technology and a historical connection with the late unsung (relatively, that is) scientific genius Nikola Tesla and the mysterious (and probably apocryphal) Philadelphia Experiment.

As eminently readable as all the other Oregon Files novels. However, a few techn
Jun 25, 2015 Tracy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It doesn't matter who Clive Cussler has for a co-author, his books are always an exciting, informative read. Sure, the protagonists are super-human. So what? If Juan Cabrillo can speak Arabic, Russian, Spanish and a myriad of other languages all fluently because he "has a good ear" for languages and I can't even achieve a modicum of fluency in Arabic after years of study, well, more power to him.

Not only was this a great story, I got to learn more about Nikolai Tesla and about the Aral Sea. I kn
Meg Morden
Juan Cabrillo is at it again with the help of his covert ship, The Oregon, and its exceptional crew. Even the waiters are exceptional! Cussler (with Jack du Brul) is at it again with an amusing melange of history, current events and lots of cool diving adventure. Starting with a daring jailbreak from a Russian Siberian prison, to the Aral Sea, The Atlantic, Singapore, to the South China Sea, there are lots of exotic locales with lots of nail biting suspense. Cussler always has one or two histori ...more
Tobin Deering
May 10, 2014 Tobin Deering rated it really liked it
I thought this was a very interesting book. It was a very easy read and a very cool book. The book is about a United states naval destroyer which supposedly vanished with an experimental weapon that was designed by Nikola Tesla. The story takes place and is an interesting combination of mystery and adventure as the main Characters try and find out what truly happened to the Destroyer and how the can stop the weapon that was designed off the Original notes of the experimental weapon that was desi ...more
Monique Snyman
Feb 10, 2014 Monique Snyman rated it it was amazing
There are certain authors that simply become synonymous with their genres. Stephen King is a horror/thriller genius, Tom Clancy knew more about military tactics and espionage than the Secretary of Defense, George R.R. Martin knows how to blend alternative history and fantasy together like no other… and when it comes to Clive Cussler, well let’s just say that nobody can write an adventure quite like he can.

Mirage revolves around the mysterious tale of Juan Cabrillo, who is on a dangerous mission
Wheeler Feer
Oct 16, 2015 Wheeler Feer rated it it was amazing
The book Mirage by clive Cluster is a fast paced and action book about a ex C.A.I. agent named Juan Cabrillo. He has a ship called the Oregon and a team of mercenaries including ex marines,ex seals, ex navy officers and much more. My favorite seen was when Juan and his team were in the indian ocean and they were fighting a Chinese stealth ship. At the same time the U.S. navy was trying to sink them. This is because the Oregon is discised as a freighter and the navy did not know that they were tr ...more
Lots of things that go, things that blow up, and a regular dose of weirdly over-detailed equipment, menu and personal clothing descriptions .
Feb 03, 2014 Cardmaker rated it it was amazing
This is the first of the Oregon Files books I've read and I enjoyed it very much. Since it's # 9 in the series, I guess there must be a lot of background of the main characters in the previous eight books but not knowing about them didn't hinder my enjoyment of this story at all. I would have to say that the books must stand alone very well. This one certainly did.

There was lots of excitement and mystery and the characters were very easy to keep in my head. I usually have a bit of a problem keep
Jul 02, 2015 Dave rated it really liked it
I have mixed feelings of marking this 3 or 4 stars. I really like the Oregon Files and this for the most part was a really good story involving Juan and the crew. The problem I have is with the plot. Some of this science and theory was pretty far out there. Yes, I agree Tesla was a genius, but some of the leaps taken were pretty big ones. Especially the teleportation theory bantered around for a while. Also one of the ways I rank Cussler books is how well the antagonist gets what is due to him. ...more
Bob Nielsen
Jan 10, 2014 Bob Nielsen rated it really liked it
I really enjoy the Oregon Files Cussler books and this one is one of the best in the series. As much as I enjoy Cussler's work I have grown a bit weary of some of his other series, but I find myself really enjoying the Oregon series the most.

Jack Du Brul (with help from Clive Cussler) gives us another fantastic novel in the Oregon Files. This time Juan Cabrillo and his crew of the Oregon are not just saving a friend, but they inadvertently are also saving the world. Just like any Clive Cussler
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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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