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Sacred Stone (The Oregon Files #2)

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Clive Cussler debuted his new series, The Oregon Files, with the incredible adventure of Golden Buddha. Now he follows that triumph with Sacred Stone, a rollicking new tale featuring the enigmatic captain of The Oregon, Juan Cabrillo.

In the remote wastes of Greenland, an ancient artifact possessing catastrophic radioactive power is unearthed. But the astounding find puts
Paperback, 406 pages
Published October 5th 2004 by G.P. Putnam's Sons
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NOt up to par with Cussler's usual work; I was confused at the start (and repeatedly throughout the book) as to who was who with the huge cast of characters. Several times one of the bad guys would be in an obvious trap only to reappear elsewhere with no description of how he got away. I really enjoyed the first Oregon files book, but this one made me look to see who Cussler co-authored with. Is he going the way of James Patterson (who I no longer read as his co-authors write abysmally). Guess I ...more
Apr 17, 2013 Muzaffer rated it really liked it
I read two Oregon Files by Cussler and Jack du Brul before and they were awesome. This one cowritten by Craig Dirgo unlike the rest of the series except Golden Buddha. And you see the difference obviously between two co-writers. Jack Du Brul does a much better job. Still a Cussler book. Joyful, thrilling, lots of knowledge about spying, aviation, sailing, etc.
Dec 25, 2016 Giuls rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Questo è il primo libro di Cussler che leggo dove il protagonista non è Dirk Pitt.
E devo proprio dirlo: mi è mancato.
Juan Cabrillo non mi è sembrato un protagonista all’altezza di Pitt (probabilmente ha a che fare con il fatto che Pitt sia stato il mio primo book-crush, o come si dice, e figura ancora nella lista degli uomini che vorrei fossero reali). L’ho trovato, come dire… meno d’impatto, più spento. In alcuni punti come se non ci fosse.
E poi mi sono mancati i continui riferimenti al mare, a
May 12, 2016 Carol rated it it was amazing
I have read all 11 of the books in the Oregon Files series and thoroughly enjoyed each and every one. This was a reread and I have to say the fast-paced action of this story, the crew of the Oregon, and the details the authors pay to the historical and factual settings make this one of my absolutely favorite series. On a lighter note…. something that rather amused me was that at the beginning of the book, Eric The Red needed two men to lift the meteorite when it was first discovered. Centuries l ...more
Brenda H
May 14, 2016 Brenda H rated it really liked it
I was a bit concerned when I started this as many of the reviews commented on it being disjointed and hard to follow due to the large number of characters but I actually found that it worked well. The storyline was structured with multiple discrete episodes that each was pulled into the main storyline as needed.

the story itself was a fun, easy read with spy action and thriller components. I am looking forward to getting to know the crew of The Oregon better as I definitely see the people, and th
Jun 14, 2011 Megan rated it did not like it
Ancient natives find a meteorite and build a shrine, a possible pathogen could be released from the destruction of said meteorite that would consume the oxygen in our air (and a really cool lab experiment gone awry that discovered that) seems to be a page turning premise as far as I'm concerned. Sprinkle in some middle eastern intricacies, some rocking cool military turned private contractors and it seems like story with something for everyone.

Alas, if the author could have blown up a few more t
May 10, 2016 Eadie rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2016
This is the 2nd book in the Oregon Files and was a very enjoyable read. It is easier to follow the plot and more interesting than the first book, The Golden Buddha. The only problem I had with this book was that some of the incidents seemed a bit unrealistic. Even with this problem, I would have to say that the book still is a great adventure read. The characters are unique and the plot is exciting. I will definitely continue with this series and look forward to reading the next installment.

Aug 26, 2012 Jose rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cussler-clive
To be honest i kind of liked the idea of someone in the world trying to make a terrorist attack to the muslims... although and don't get me wrong... I think it will be something wrong to do... and not all muslims are terrorists.. but it was kind of fun to think about it at least... Other than that I feel that the book is better than the first one and it had better plot. The only thing that gets me is how they win all their fights... maybe in future books they will have some upsets... this series ...more
Kevin Marsh
Mar 10, 2016 Kevin Marsh rated it liked it
I did not care for this book much. I found the writing style strange and the plot not up to the usual Clive Cussler standard. At times I found the quality of writing poor with words repeated regularly in the same paragraph. It reminded me of a badly written self published book in need of some serious editing.
I usually thoroughly enjoy reading Clive Cussler books, especially featuring Dirk Pitt so I won't let Sacred Stone put me off.
Denise Matysek
Jan 21, 2013 Denise Matysek rated it liked it
Shelves: adventure
The action was fast as promised. However, it distracted from the development of the main characters-- especially those in the corporation. The plot was sloppy toward the end and I did no longer believe that it made sense. There was so many characters that it was hard to keep track of everyone. It did help that the author had a list and explanation for each character. I would have liked to have known more about main character, Juan Cabrillo .
May 02, 2016 Randy rated it did not like it
Worst book I've ever read, 54 plus different characters is a few to many. Sometimes he would change characters four times on one page. I stayed confused the whole book. The best part about the book was the very beginning and when I finished it. All of the other Clive Cussler books I have read have been good books, but I was disappointed on this one.
Mar 03, 2008 Sarah rated it liked it
Didn't like this one as well as the first, but still a good read.
Nov 04, 2016 Jacque rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
An ancient meteorite, revenge, and terrorism all mix in this story. It should have been an exciting read, the story seemed to go on forever. The author also repeatedly used foreshadowing with phrases like "little did he know, this would be his last sleep." I usually enjoy Cussler's adventures, but not this time.
Jack Laschenski
Dec 08, 2016 Jack Laschenski rated it it was amazing
Very contemporary Cussler adventure.
Islam is saved from destruction!
Fred Hughes
Dec 14, 2011 Fred Hughes rated it really liked it
In the second book in Clive Cussler’s Oregon Files series we find the Corporation up against an antagonist who seems to have unlimited funds, world wide resources to draw on, and connections in multiple key nations throughout the world. Has the Chairman Juan Cabrillo met his match ?


ORIGINALITY (standard, high, stellar) – HIGH – the twist and turns are epic

ACTION (none, some, lots) – LOTS – catch your breath if you can because the characters are non stop on the gas from start to
Jake Chinitz
Oct 24, 2012 Jake Chinitz rated it did not like it
When I picked up the Clive Cussler book Sacred Stone, I was sure that I would enjoy it. I had every reason to: I had read another series by the same author and loved it. This book was not at all like the ones I had previously read, though. The premise was similar, with a man saving the world from a sort of, but not quite realistic danger. In many cases, the villains possess a particular object to carry out destruction. The books were full of action, adventure, and mystery. This book, however, wa ...more
Sep 24, 2016 Ronald rated it it was ok
read some time in 2005
Kara Jorges
Aug 04, 2011 Kara Jorges rated it really liked it
Clive Cussler retains his title as the grandmaster of adventure fiction in the second installment of the Oregon Files, stories of the adventures of the covert organization, the Corporation. While the plot was more complex than in Golden Buddha, the first Oregon Files book, we have less of a glimpse into who our protagonists are. The book is nonstop, high-adrenaline fun, however, as our Corporation friends anchor off Reykjavik, Iceland, on assignment to protect the Emir of Qatar, when a call come ...more
Edwin Kort
Jun 05, 2016 Edwin Kort rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, audioboek, 2016
Tweede deel uit een serie van elf boeken in de Dossier: Oregon serie.

Dit boek is nogal verwarrend, en zeker niet een van Cussler's beste werken.

De Oregon is een state-of-the-art oorlogsschip vermomd als een oude stoomboot. Niemand zou ooit denk dat het bemand is door voormalige militaire en special forces agenten, die bekend staan als The Corporation, onder leiding van Captain Juan Cabrillo.

Een meteoriet land na een miljoenen jaren durende toch op Aarde en wordt in het 1000 door Eric de Rode in
Sacred Stone is the second of the Oregon Files novels. The Oregon is a state-of-the-art warship disguised as an old tramp steamer. No one would ever guess that it's manned by former military and special forces operatives, who are known as The Corporation, headed by Captain Juan Cabrillo.

The story starts in Greenland in the year 1000 when Eric the Red discovers a radioactive meteorite that tragically affects his group. A thousand years later it's rediscovered by an archaeologist, which sets off a
Jun 05, 2013 Michael rated it really liked it

" Sacred Stone" By Clive Cussler is an action sci-fi realistic fiction book in which we witness the expedition of a pilot of the "Oregon" as he and his team try to retrieve an ancient meteor from falling into the wrong hands of both a terrorist group and an evil organization. The story is confusing for a reader of my level, which I believe should have been done better as for more readers to want to read the book. The plot is brilliantly told but some of the locations are fake and really off. The
Nov 14, 2013 Andy rated it liked it
One of the first Oregon Files stories, the writing is still fresh and the style a bit different - presumably due to the co-author. A lot going on in this one… maybe too much for one book. If this story idea would have come come up later, I bet it would have been made into 2 books. Anyway, we have a terrorist trying to blow up London and a terrorist trying to destroy important Islamic sites. The terrorists trying to blow up London are your garden variety fundamentalist extremists. They, of course ...more
Feb 09, 2011 William rated it did not like it
Again, this is a Clive Cussler book that is not written by Clive Cussler, but by Craig Dirgo. Dirgo needs to study Clive's method more carefully, and learn to focus on one set of main characters, and not fifteen; more action; slightly more plausible plot. Hey, I can accept Cussler's often asinine plots, but this one just had so many holes in it that I thought I was reading a piece of Swiss cheese. The heroes / villains alike would formulate these incredibly elaborate plans to accomplish a goal t ...more
Oct 14, 2015 Jerry rated it it was ok
Very disappointing. I am a fan of Cussler and the over the top exploits of his characters. However, this book was full of factual inaccuracies and physical impossibilities. For example, there is reference to a 50mm machine gun. It doesn't exist and couldn't be handled if it did. 50mm is about 2 inches in diameter. There is also a part about a small piece of meteorite that is cut open and starts to extract all air from a room. Where did the air go? Who knows? Simple physics will tell you that it ...more
Amit Shetty
Sep 24, 2012 Amit Shetty rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

A major disappointment

Clive Cussler is my top author and it really hits you in the guy when some crap like this is written. The plot made no sense at all, the characters made no sense at all and the turn of events made no sense at all. I was sincerely hoping that this would do something to salvage my image of the Oregon Files ever since Golden Buddha left a bad after taste, but alas.

After reading this book I can safely say the Oregon files is the worst series written by Cussler, his best work
Jorgen Schäfer
Feb 22, 2013 Jorgen Schäfer rated it liked it
Shelves: adventure
In Clive Cussler’s Sacred Stone, an archaeologist discovers a meteorite that used to be worshiped in Greenland. When he relays his discovery and notes that it is highly radioactive, multiple different groups are interested in the object—not all of which with good intentions.

Another book in the Oregon Files series, this book combines fast-paced action with military planning and the use of high-tech gadgets to solve difficult problems. While not exactly sophisticated, the book is still enthralling
Steven Schaefer
Sep 25, 2015 Steven Schaefer rated it liked it
I freely admit to being a fan of Clive Cussler's works. It's been a while since I first read this book, but a recent purchase of one of the later books in the series prompted a revisit to times past. I enjoy the fast pace of the Oregon books and marvel at how many of Cussler's tales pull together from many directions.
That being said, I found this tale a little off, though in some ways this is a factor in many shared endeavours. The pacing seemed stilted in the middle of the tale with much more
Mar 18, 2011 Mattit rated it really liked it
So far, I'm really enjoying this one, more so than other Cussler books. The key reason - humor. There is A LOT of humor in this one!! Another fun fact about this book is that there are several factoids placed in the narrative parts, such as scientific definitions. For a geek like me, it makes the story all the more fascinating and fun. I could see this one made into a movie without too much trouble.

(audiobook) The narrator for most of Cussler's books (through Penguin Audio) is Scott Brick. This
Oct 03, 2007 Christie rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: intrigue readers, adventure buffs
Recommended to Christie by: me
This is Cussler's 2nd Oregon Files story and the details, intrigue and character interaction will keep you on the edge of your seat (or recliner :). I love how the character keep evolving from one story to the next and how the relationships/friendships are so integral to what happen from moment to moment.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and Juan Cabrillo definitely has a hold on my brain when I'm reading about him because I try to second-guess his next move and I congratulate myself when I'm close
Feb 24, 2010 Peter rated it liked it
Cabrillo and his team are back chasing down weapons of mass destruction all over Europe and the Middle East, while employing trucks, planes, helicopters, boats and hand-held weapons. Can they stop the terrorists before the weapons are used?

Many times better than the first Oregon book, this one was still marked by amateurish writing styles such as an awkward cliff hanger at the end of every chapter (and many sections): "Little did he know that the next doctor he would visit would be a coroner." A
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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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