Plague Ship (The Oregon Files, #5)
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Plague Ship (The Oregon Files #5)

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"For four novels, Clive Cussler has charted the exploits of the Oregon, a covert ship completely dilapidated on the outside but on the inside packed with sophisticated weaponry and intelligence-gathering equipment. Captained by the rakish, one-legged Juan Cabrillo and manned by a crew of former military and spy personnel, it is a private enterprise, available for any gover...more
Hardcover, 515 pages
Published June 3rd 2008 by Putnam Adult
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Jan 21, 2009 Loralee rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone who enjoys adventure books.
Shelves: adventure, fiction
I have read a few Clive Cussler books in the past, but this was my first book in the Oregon Files series. The Prologue was not terribly interesting to me, but once I got into the body of the work, I was hooked. Juan Cabrillo, captain of the ship is half human/half action hero. He and his crew appear to be one thing to the outside world--a crew on a derelict ship barely functioning, when in actuality, the ship is a technological wonder that is used for top secret missions. When Juan is around, yo...more
Frankly, I've read Clive Cussler books in the past that I didn't care for.....but this is definitely NOT one of them. True, he's really poor at characterization, but OMG what a master storyteller! His ideas and plot are so creative and engaging that it's almost impossible to put this book down. It's just non-stop action all the way! This is the third book in his Oregon Files series, and now I can't wait to read the first two. If you want action, you will NOT be disappointed.
John Gronner
AS far as a Clive Cussler book goes it was excellent, as I am sure you are surprised that once again Juan Cabrillo saved the world!!
Andrew Etheridge
This book is about a abandoned cruise ship that is discovered by a marine agency ship that does top sercet missions. When they find over 100 dead bodies on the ship deck they decide to check out what happened. They find out that a cult is plotting to sterilize 3 billion people.
I gave this book 4 stars because it was a different plot then what I normally read. Not only was it different it had a lot of action parts and a lot of connections to different parts of the world.
"He would if he'd been...more
Dotti Cade
No deep, insightful review. I just love Clive Cussler books! I don't look for character development or inconsistencies like so many reviewers do. My sole criteria is did I enjoy it? I very rarely have difficulty immersing myself in Clive Cussler's books & have immensely enjoyed each of his series of books, including how they sometimes "run into each other."

In case you didn't figure it out, I loved the book. The action was great & had me holding my breath most of the time. I enjoy escapi...more
This book was sort of fun action, as long as you turn your brain off and don't think too much about many aspects.
The heroes pull off James Bond-like feats of skill on a regular basis, which I can get over. However, many of the details are just plain wrong, and could have been made right with a little research. Many of the historical and linguistic points are wrong, and I'm informed that many of the details of the physics and capabilities of weapons are also wrong.
Sanskrit was never written in cu...more
Dan Curnutt
I always enjoy Clive Cussler. While this is not one of my favorites for him it is still a good read with some interesting twists in the plot. If you have never read a Clive Cussler novel you might want to start with some of the earlier ones so that you get some of the character development before jumping into this book.

While this is a novel it is not hard to catch some of the political and social narrative that drives Clive's thinking. If you want this book will make you think about the "evil" t...more
The first book of Clive Cussler I have read.
And most likely the last, which is a shame because I have another one of his works "Black Wind" I need to read.
TERRIBLE, it feels like the people who did the dioluge from "Goosebumps" did it, its not intresting, not funny, not action packed.
However, if you like his other works, I am sure this is for you, but I can see this is not for me, and if your like me you wont need to get far into it before you say the same thing.
2/5 (and thats being kind!)
Teo Hoppe
The Oregon series features Juan Cabrillo and his Corporation. Cabrillo is an ex-CIA operative turned paramilitary mercenary. Along with his hand-picked team he takes assignments mainly from the CIA. Oregon is the Corporation's base ship, a rust bucket refitted for speed, maneuverability and anonymity.

PLAGUE SHIP's plot is built around an organization called the Responsivists, whose aim is to redistribute wealth by population reduction; the plot is too complex to summarize easily but be assured t...more
So far, this is my favorite of the Oregon Files series. There's plenty of excitement and tension with both male and female heroes finding ways to save themselves and the world using their ingenuity, skills and incredible technical tools. It would make a great serial story because there are so many cliffhangars.
It was a little slow on the start and the only reason I continued reading was because I have always enjoyed his books in the past so I plowed on thru the first couple chapters and then it got going. Typical Cussler: some crazy loon is going to take over the world and lots of action. It was fun.
I have enjoyed the Oregon Files series, this one was a little harder to get into than the previous. Overall I enjoyed the book but the different plot lines took a while to come together and were not as easy to follow as other books.
Rick McNeely
Terrible. Absurd action novel full of Manly Men doing Manly Deeds. Laughable prose, one step up from a comic book. Super-Heroes saving the world from Evil Villains and Inept Congress. Fox News Republicans should love it!!
Well, that was fun.
Yvann S
Summary: Juan Cabrillo is busy skippering the Oregon around the Middle East, dishing out his own, CIA-sanctioned form of justice with his elite hit squad, when they happen across a ship apparently ravaged by a fast-acting virus. When his right-hand-man's son is kidnapped, Juan won't stop at anything to get him back... and he wants to know what happened on that ghost ship.

This, like The Navigator, was lots of fluffy, suspended-disbelief fun. The fact that almost all the action took place on a shi...more
5 of 5 stars for the fiction novel Plague Ship (Oregon Files #5) by Clive Cussler. First you need a little background on the Oregon. Imagine a very old run-down junker of a cargo ship named the Oregon. It is owned by "the corporation" and "the chairman" is the captain. Oh, did I mention that inside of this junker ship is a high-tech state-of-the-art ship with significant weapons and attack teams? The corporation gets hired by various US government agencies and other people for special missions.

These are not as good as the Dirk Pitt NUMI series. It is the same story - cool ancient thing, Noah's Ark this time, modern bad guys tied to WWII Japan or Nazi Germany, hero triumphs after many unlikely adventures. This one is another bioweapon from Imperial japan coming back in the hands of an exnazi - a toofer.

The book is a long list of MILSPEC parts and targets exmilitary babyboomers it seems. It is a bad Tom Clancy without any complexity in it. It is dull, the characters are dull, and I don'...more
One of the better novels of the genre I have come across but still too full of characters who are capable of any feats, have access to weaponry and tools that only a major nations GNP could afford and storytelling devices used to overcome narrative dead ends. The premise is very good and the thread of the story very plausible, its’ the “unbeatable great American hero “that sticks in the graw.
This is a story of an attempt by a small group of nut heads who think the uncontrolled reproductive antic...more
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The series premise is that the Oregon is disguised as a derelict freighter but actually a high-tech, modern marvel of the seas that is used to undertake tasks governments can't really do legitimately.

In this novel, the crew of the Oregon comes across a cruise liner that has bodies lining the deck. After investigation, the crew discovers a lone survivor of what appears to be a biological chemical attack. But as the crew investigates further they discover the connection to the Responsivists, a fri...more
Another action-packed thriller from Cussler! I always enjoy Cussler's novels and this was no exception. I got drawn into the story from the beginning with the opening sequence of the downed Nazi reconnaissance plane and what appeared to be the discovery of Noah's Ark on a glacier in Norway. It took quite a while into the story for this to tie into the rest of the story but as usual Cussler tied all the loose threads together. The premise of the book was somewhat similar to the last James Rollins...more
This was an okay book. It is a good read as an adventure story but it is plagued by flat and uninteresting characters with no flaws. The book follows a corporation with the heart of gold. (That concept in itself made me chuckle, as I believe most corporations care about one thing only; rolling in their gold and bilking the rest of us suckers out of every dime they possibly can.) But okay, this is fiction so maybe one day it could happen. This corporation is like Blackwater, mercenaries hired by...more
Shane Amazon
This is my first venture into the Oregon Files and I found it to be a fun and enjoyable read. Clive Cussler and Jack Du Brul join forces to create a story full of action and suspense. A team of moral mercenaries aided by high technology take on some of the worlds most dangerous terrorists as they attempt to eliminate half of the worlds population. Using their training, experience and sheer determination the team fight tooth and nail to combat the evil organization as the body count rises.

With mo...more
Bogdan Gavriliuc
I was recommended this by an acquaintance.

I must say that it's fairly action-packed, and military oriented (in the sense of military comradery). I was still left without a full comprehension of the main antagonists actions, but that didn't detract from the protagonists.

Namely Juan Cabrillo, although a typical pretty boy captain with above average morals, proves a decisive man with the leadership required to captain his ship. The ship, being a key component of the story, always has some impressiv...more
Holly Hult
I LOVE Clive Cussler!! He has clean language, no sex, but there is violence to the bad guys. The Oregon Files are my favorite. Juan Cabrillo is one of my favorite heros. He's McGyver-like in that he can get out of any life-or-death situation by thinking on his feet (well, one of them is a prosthesis). Lots of intrigue and fast action.
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Tamara Call
If this book doesn't become a movie, I'll be surprised. It has all the good spy elements-disguised undercover ship with super cool "inside" high tech features (including a chopper), tough and gritty spies with brains to boot, and last but not least, a crazy cult (that goes a little too far, as most do, with their beliefs). Oh, and there's also great gadgets, undercover missions with speed chases, and a bit of the gruesome and crazy stuff that makes you think "that's over the top!" I also like ho...more
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Seminole County Public Library
(submitted in the Summer Reading Grand Prize Drawing at the Northwest Branch - chosen as a staff favorite)

Captain Juan Cabrillo, or the chairman as he is called, sails a covert ship, the Oregon, for any government agency that can afford it. The Oregon is dilapidated on the outside but packed with sophisticated weaponry and intelligence gathering equipment on the inside. After completing a top secret mission in the Persian gulf, the ship comes across a drifting cruise ship with hundreds of bodies...more
Chris Jensen
I really liked this book and I think I will enjoy the Oregon series. The premise is an interesting twist on taking on the world of terrorists. The sea going vessel that is used for the base of operations is full of surprises and so it the crew. Well done!
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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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