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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...more
Paperback, 406 pages
Published October 5th 2004 by Berkley Trade (first published January 10th 2004)
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Megan
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...more
Christine
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
Jose
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
Denise Matysek
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 .
Muzaffer Bayraktar
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.
Sarah
Didn't like this one as well as the first, but still a good read.
Kara Jorges
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
Jake Chinitz
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
Michael

" 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...more
Fred Hughes
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 ?

STORY ATTRIBUTES:

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...more
William
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
Andy
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
Jorgen Schäfer
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...more
Christie
Feb 29, 2008 Christie rated it 5 of 5 stars
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...more
Mattit
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...more
Amit Shetty

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 b...more
Mel Raschke
I just love Clive Cussler as an author and I love his Oregon files story line. Reader, be prepared for an adventure to Asia. The crew of the Oregon once again saves the world in reclaim a Sacred Stone for the Dali Lama. I enjoyed the story line, plot and characters of all his stories.
Rickb
This is one mediocre book. Mediocre only because part 1 wasn't half bad and part 2 was awful. Personally, I was rooting for the antagonist in part 2. Oh well. That combined with a really clumsily handled plot had me checking the pages and wondering when this trial would be over.
Mary Ann
Years ago I was fascinated by a movie called Medicine Man with Sean Connery because it focused on cures found in the tropical rain forests. Now Cussler comes along with a story that finds a cure in our oceans. It makes one wonder how much we have yet to learn about our world.
Paul
Another of the Cussler/Dirgo Oregon File series. It is written to a formula of creating several scenarios, then going back and forth between them describing their actions, to keep the reader busy with lots of action. Technical and proofreading accuracy were good.

So nothing really exceptional, just a fairly good quick read.
3.5

Peter
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...more
Greer Andjanetta
A better than usual story by Cussler, actually two separate stories in one. Some historical research evident (as usual) but not as much unbelieveable heroics of the Dirk Pitt variety. This time the bad guys are trying to locate and steal an ancient, radioactive meteorite which has magical powers when certain gifted individuals are in touch with it.
Mandy
This series was recommended to me so I gave it a try. I needed a break from YA books. I loved how actioned packed it was. I also love the idea of brilliant private spies out there keeping us all safe. I will definitely read more in this series. Very detail oriented book with lots of characters.
Harry Morgan
Awesome story with some incite to the Muslim Faith and its tenets. Spell binding story in the Oregon series and typically a Cussler great.
Gopal Iyer
I like Clive Cussler's imagination. It is my kind of book, lots of action, lot and lots of toys to support the hero. The pattern of the book is purely Clive. The hero (Juan Cabrillo) faces insurmountable odds, fights valiantly, always has a plan and is supported impeccably by his Oregon Team.

All in all good guys beat the bad and save the day again!!!!!

The plot is easily understood, what keeps you hooked is the way Cussler builds his characters.

Cusslers books are best read in the series as they h...more
Lily
I'm a fan of Clive's Oregon Files series, but the subject matter and plot of this book were not my cup of tea at all. Skimmed through the majority of it. You could just turn on today's news for your fill of what this book had to offer. For that reason only, giving it one star.
Laurence
I do enjoy Clive Cussler's work but I have a preference for the Dirk Pitt and Kurt Austin Novels as they generally have better progression and character development. The problem for me was that there were too many threads and characters trying to grab attention in this novel, at times it was difficult to differentiate between the character groups and individual plot lines. There was simply too much going on at times with the meteor and nuclear warhead with Cussler's deception skills thrown in it...more
Benjamin Schupp
Way too many characters to keep track of. It seems as though Craig Dirgo was the main author, not Cussler.
Kimberlie
Here's a big clue about this book: Before Chapter 1 is a list of characters. A LONG list of characters.

Any book that starts out like that, is bound to be convoluted and full of people you won't get attached to. It's got Cussler's action hero style, but I did NOT need to know the names of every single character that sneezed within 10 feet of him.

I read the whole thing, but only because there was nothing else readily available on my shelf. Skip it if you are looking for a good book. Go for it if...more
Rff
Great story as usual, but man the writing is so unrefined compared to the later novels.
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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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