The Jungle (The Oregon Files, #8)
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The Jungle (The Oregon Files #8)

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The extraordinary new adventure from the #1 New York Times- bestselling author.

Jungles come in many forms. There are the steamy rain forests of the Burmese highlands. There are the lies and betrayals of the world of covert operations. And there are the dark and twisted thoughts of a man bent on near-global domination. To pull off their latest mission, Juan Cabrillo and t...more
Hardcover, 406 pages
Published March 8th 2011 by Putnam Adult (first published January 1st 2011)
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Gabe Redel
I don't read many military thrillers, and this is the first Clive Cussler book I've ever read---so keep that in mind when reading this review. I bought the book a year ago, and, at the time, I was all fired up to read it. But, I didn't get past the first five chapters before I set it aside. I set it aside because I'm a guy who's been training in classic literature. So, commercial stuff wasn't all that interesting to me. However, I picked it up last Friday and read it all in one day. Yup, 406 pag...more
Bernie Davis
Clive Cussler and his co-writers seem to write the same book over and over and over again. Sometimes, someone goes right instead of left. Or up instead of down. Sometimes there is an inkling of romance - but, who remembers?

He is very successful, because he writes - or they write - books that come across like not so bad James Bonds movies - except they are usually around water.

Recommend or not recommend. So many people read his books - because they are fun.
And fun can be good.
Ole Imsen

This is an Action Adventure book, and as such it follows certain rules of that genre. Among those are that what happens isn't necessarily going to be very realistic, and there is a certain amount of "coincidences" that are necessary to make the events in the book happen. In short, Action Adventure is a genre that isn't very realistic, but has much in common with Hollywood Action Thrillers. If you have seen a James Bond, Indiana Jones, or Die Hard movie, you will be aware of what level an Action...more
Isaac

Juan Cabrillo, a former CIA agent, is now head of an organization called The Corporation, a group of people who work as mercenaries for the United States government, and occasionally for other people who pay them to do jobs that nobody else can do. However when they agree to rescue the daughter of a businessman who has gone missing in the jungle, they have no idea what they are getting into. The mission goes horribly wrong. They later discover that a member of their team is a spy, and that they...more
Giovanni Gelati
Me, a huge fan of the Oregon Files? You never have to ask me that question twice, yes, and then again yes. I just love the work they have done with this series from the get go. More on that in a minute: today on The G-ZONE ,our blogtalk radio show, Big Daddy Abel dropped by; catch it on the archives, and on Weds. John DeDakis, author/instructor/ and CNN Producer will be stopping by at 8.30amEST, breakfast with the G-Man. Good stuff, so please join us for the fun , good conversation and merriment...more
Robin Carter
The Jungle by Clive Cussler (Background Blurb from the publisher and review)

Juan Cabrillo and the crew of the Oregon have undergone many hair-raising adventures before - but never one quite like this.

Jungles come in many forms: there are the steamy rainforests of the Burmese highland. There are the lies, and betrayals of the world of covert operations. And there are the dark and twisted thoughts of a man bent on near-global domination.To pull off their latest mission, Cabrillo and his remarkable...more
Kristen
If you're a fan of Clive Cussler's action adventures, you'll love the next installment in the Oregon Files. Here, we're introduced to terrorism, intrigue, espionage, suspense and plenty of drama. Lots of action adventure to keep you guessing on the players. It starts out a non-typical assignment for Cabrillo and his team and ends up, a whole new ball game. From Afghanistan to Myanmar, we're right in the focus on deep jungles in this suspenseful novel. Great descriptive scenery, nice action, and...more
Bob
Like most of Cussler’s tales this one starts out with a bit of “history”, in this case we have Marco Polo witnessing a battle in China where an unusual and devastating new weapon is being used. Jump to now and we have Juan Cabrillo and the crew of the Oregon in Pakistan on a rescue mission that gets dicey and picks up an unexpected rescuee.
Having completed that mission they are contracted to find the daughter of a Swiss millionaire who has gone missing in the jungles of Brunei. At this point thi...more
Cedric Standbridge
{SPOILER ALERT} The Jungle, written by Clive Cussler, takes place deep inside the Jungle, near the Great Wall of China, when Marco Polo witnesses an ancient ruler named Khan, defeat an army by using gunpowder and crystals. Cussler then fast forwards to near present day time on board the Oregon ship- a ship that on the outside looks like a nasty, old, freight ship, but is really one of the most advanced ships on the water, fully capable of defending itself. This is the headquarters for Juan Cabri...more
David Erickson
The Jungle, by Clive Cussler and co-written by Jack Du Brul is one of the Oregon Files series, a spin-off of the NUMA tales.

This novel was quite different than other Cussler novels in that it wasn’t one continuous flow of ‘edge-of-your-seat’ action and was void of most of the technical details that had become, for me, an constant irritant.

Juan Cabrillo, a mainstay of the NUMA series, is running the Oregon, a highly technical and cutting edge vessel disguised as a tramp steamer, operating as an i...more
Barbara
I've read a number of Cussler adventures and like Juan Cabrillo and the Oregon ship adventures the most. So I was looking forward to this new addition to the episodes.

What a disappointment. The plot, plot development, dialog, and character development were so poor that I kept looking at the title page for evidence of a ghost writer. I also kept wondering how this book made it past the publisher's editorial development. I'm thinking I'm finished with Clive Cussler books...
David
A typically high-standard Clive Cussler adventure novel featuring Juan Cabrillo and the Oregon team. We all know the good guys are always gonna pull through and the bad guys are gonna get complacent and come unstuck - this is Cussler after all, but his writing skill, the tie-ins with the past and the non-stop adventure will always keep readers like me coming back for more!
Gary L. Utsler
Oregon file "The Jungle"

I try to read all of the books by Clive Cussler. I particularly like the Oregon files because of the unique settings in the various episodes. There is intrigue and suspense right down to the last page of the books that leave you sitting on the edge of your chair. I find it very hard to put down any of the books once you get into the action. the action and flow of the story was very good and the characters always seem to mimic the real time people that always have a hand i...more
Anna Mari
Except the ending, 1 star to the end. Please reconsider the direction this is headed.
Robert
Cussler is a quality brand.
Iain Harley
The Jungle is a Clive Cussler book. It's not deep, it's not going to be literary gold decades from now, but it is just good fun. It's a little more toned down than his Dirk Pitt novels, which are basically James Bond based in water, but still pretty fantastical stuff. A group of ex-CIA, Special Forces people make up the Corporation whose base of operations is a tramp of a boat that is actually the fastest, and most advanced boat in the world. They hire themselves out to wealthy people/corporatio...more
Kathy Davie
Eighth in the Oregon Files action-suspense series.

The Story
Oops, the Corporation thought they were invincible and they screwed up on that last job. The President has written them off and Overholt isn't allowed to even mention them. Certainly explains why they keep taking on these kidnapping jobs. And it seems that all the bad guys know just what suckers they are for a helpless female as the Corporation gets duped into this madman's evil world-shattering plans.

Betrayal after betrayal hits the tea...more
Kirkus MacGowan
I can now say I completely understand why Cussler's books are listed under Action and Adventure on Amazon. It took me all of three days to fly through this one. Action-packed fits this book well.

This is the first book I’ve read by Clive Cussler. After this first taste, I know when I want a heart-pounding action and adventure I can go back to him and expect more of the same.

Even as filled with action as it was, the part I enjoyed the most was the characterization. Each of his characters was uniqu...more
Richard Ross
Another thriller by Clive Cussler/Jack Du Brul does not disappoint. Getting tired of reading free books, I decided that you generally get what you pay for. Based on a Marco Polo discovery, the authors weave a fantastic plot of the bad guy using that obscure information to develop a technological breakthrough to take over the world and create a worldwide Muslim "empire."

I'm always impressed with the apparent knowledge and necessary research that goes into creating the advanced technology utilized...more
Annalise
The Jungle, by Clive Cussler is a stupendous novel that is full of adventure, humor, and cunning men and women who risk their lives every day in treacherous areas such as the Burmese rainforests. In this particular novel, the theme of technology advancement consistently occurs in the text as we read about the super computer’s strange human-like behaviors. The author is trying to tell us that the technology that we have created will soon catch up to us and have a mind of its own. If you have seen...more
Woodwhisperer
"The Jungle", the most recent offering from Cussler and Jack Du Brul, is another fun, day read with the usual cast from "the Oregon Files" and the also mandatory hunky guys and lovely women. It has a satisfactory amount of stuff blowin' up real good and gunfire from behind barrels. It also has the usual twists and turns of international intrigue with a few interesting twists. I will say that for the second time in a Cussler novel - this one from the local library, I have been FORCED to PEN (as o...more
Michael Shore
With Cussler now, i find i have to decide whether to read or not based on the co-author. Many of the series are burned out and boring now compared to the original Cussler books but this one with DeBrul is pretty good. I enjoyed it although it took me while to find it interesting but when i did, i was glad i read it.

The problem is none of the books compare to the first 10 or 15 original Cussler books and much of why i read him now is due to the goodwill built in by my being such a HUGE fan of him...more
Paul
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Kelsey
The Oregon Files are perhaps my favorite of Clive Cussler's series. I could not put this book down for the life of me! You just have to know whether Juan Cabrillo will get out of whatever scrape he and his team get into. In this book, the team gets a new member after they rescue him. Of course there is action -lots and lots of action- which keeps you on the edge of your seat and just a bit of an adrenline rush when they get into intense situations. Which happens to be about three-fourths of the...more
Linda
I have a weak spot for action adventure, but I like it served up properly sterilized (without too much blood). I, certainly, don't want it to take itself too seriously, and a bit of an Indiana Jones vibe doesn't hurt either. Cussler delivered on all accounts. This book was so unrealistic that it bordered on silly, but the fun of it took the edge off of a very long drive last weekend.
Jeffrey
Pretty good - follows the usual format which is enjoyable. Nice to pick up some Marco Polo and Genghis Khan history, although could have used even more.

This story follows the Corporation and the ship The Oregon which is enjoyable and a bit different than the Dirk Pitt books, but still good adventure.

Ending wraps up kind of quick, but still, a fun summer read.
Richard
Apr 22, 2011 Richard rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People who like adventure, action, mystery, stories than throw in bits of history and science .
Recommended to Richard by: I read much of Mr. Cussler's work.
There is hardly time to take a deep breath in this thriller that spans the globe from the 13th Century to today as Mr. Cussler and his co-author Jack Du Brul tell a tale full of deception, lies and great danger. This rivals The Raiders of the Lost Ark in an exciting search for an unknown treasure.

Much of the story is believable, although the good guys are always victorious, even against overwhelming odds, and the bad guys always fail. The conclusion is a bit fantastic, but then there are many pa...more
Lindsay
Uggh! I was really disappointed in this book. I enjoyed the beginning but i found i ultimately didn't care because i hadn't been given time to hate the bad guy and I didn't really care a lot of the good guy team. The ending was also a little too sci-fi but not in a believable way. Bummer cause I really wanted a new adventure team series!
David
This was a pretty good spy/action thriller. I never did comprehend how the crystals used as a "superweapon" in the story, somehow graduated to usage in a Supercomputer-- but I wrote it down to my own lack of comprehension.

Sadly, there are times when the Team figures out stuff that they absolutely could not really know and do stuff that is above and beyond normal human endurance. Things like hoping around because the bad guys have your prosthetic leg-- or somehow enduring water boarding---

I like...more
Ed
#8 in the Oregon files series. The Oregon is a heavily armed, futuristic warship disguised as a tramp steamer. Owned by The Corporation, headed by Chairman Juan Castillo, the Oregon carries its crew around the world in the fight for justice, sometimes under contract to the CIA. A far-fetched, but interesting, page-turner.

A Novel of the Oregon Files - To pull off their latest mission, Cabrillo and the crew of the Oregon must survive a devastating new weapon unleashed in thirteenth-century China ....more
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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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