Mirage is the new heart-in-the-mouth adventure thriller in the Oregon Files from Clive Cussler.
October 1943. A US Navy warship vanishes at sea off the coast of Philadelphia. Its disappearance was rumoured to have been a result of a classified military experiment into the effects of electromagnetic radiation. The story has long since been considered a hoax.
But Juan Cabrillo and his colleagues aboard the top-secret spy ship Oregon aren't convinced.
Now, a powerful new weapon is for sale - one linked to genius inventor Nikola Telsa, who was working with the Navy when he died in 1943. Was he responsible for the original Philadelphia experiment? Are his notes in the hands of his enemies?
As Cabrillo and his crew race to unearth the truth they discover that stakes are dangerously high. And it may already be too late . . .
Offering an irresistible combination of breakneck pace and audacious plotting that Clive Cussler has made his own, Mirage is state-of-the-art action-adventure. The ninth title in the Oregon Files series, it is preceded by The Jungle and The Silent Sea.
Praise for Clive Cussler:
'Cussler is hard to beat' Daily Mail
'The Adventure King' Sunday Express
'Clive Cussler is the guy I read' Tom Clancy
All the familiar elements are in place in bestseller Cussler's eighth Sam and Remi Fargo adventure (after 2015's Solomon's Curse), coauthored with Burcell: a king's treasure lost in the mists of time; an ancient book that hints at the location of the treasure; and a wealthy evildoer, Charles Avery, who will stop at nothing to find it. The handsome Sam and the beautiful Remi engage in their trademark comic banter, but the action comes across as labored and the quest something of a grind. The scene shifts from 1216 Norfolk, England, to present-day San Francisco, where Remi acquires the ancient tome from a bookseller who ends up dead shortly after the transaction. The Fargos jet to Nova Scotia, a Brazilian island, and Jamaica; they are almost constantly in deadly danger from Avery's minions, who are one step ahead in the treasure search. Good guys and bad guys end up in a cavern beneath Nottingham Castle for a grand shoot-out. Along with the Fargos, readers will heave a sigh of relief that the end has finally arrived.
Being a fan of this series (and most things Cussler), I was looking forward to the latest Oregon Files adventure. Whist finding it a reasonably enjoyable read, I was disappointed to find this a fairly pedestrian and predictable tale. Not up to the usual standard of previous Oregon tales unfortunately.