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Clive Cussler's Fire Strike

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There are at least five different stories taking place, and none seem to have any relationship to the opening scenario, or to each other. Juan Cabrillo is doing a favor for the CIA by tracking down the brother of a formerly high ranking Israeli agent. The plot revolves around two stolen missiles and one scientist's quest to improve the gene pool of humanity. Although Clive Cussler's novels were pretty generic, they were plotted out well, with almost every situation being necessary to the plot. When Juan Cabrillo, captain of the Oregon, is hired to extract an undercover operative in Kenya, he finds himself on the trail of a deadly international plot.

stars for believability of opening sequence and weird over protectiveness of getting crew into the sick bay. In their quest to stop him, Cabrillo's crew are about to meet their most fearsome adversaries yet: a force of bio-hacked soldiers endowed with extreme strength and stamina and an unquenchable appetite for violence. I stopped reading the Numa files and Fargo books because they were all the same just different locations.Cabrillo’s crew have met their most fearsome adversaries yet: a force of bio-hacked soldiers endowed with extreme strength and stamina and an unquenchable appetite for violence. Like millions of others, I first became a Tom Clancy fan after reading The Hunt for Red October, and began my published fiction career in the same techno-thriller genre, starting with DRONE and the sequels, BLUE WARRIOR, DRONE COMMAND and DRONE THREAT. I half-expected some of the team members to die in this novel, especially "minor" or "supporting" characters onboard the Oregon because the author has "the unthinkable" happen - the Oregon is boarded by a hostile force of four enhanced individuals; I expected a bloodbath to occur at one point but it never happened. And then you had the "mobile attack group" attacking a camp "filled" with these enhanced soldiers and the camp is easily taken out with zero casualties to the Oregon's team(s).

D. in political science from the University of California at Davis, specializing in international relations and comparative politics. As you would expect, eventually these come together to form a semi coherent plot, but it was well past the half way point of the book where that happened.I felt that the author took Cabrillo to an unbelievable "level" of survivability in this book and it took me out of the moment. In this book, we get the intro chapter of the book to discover some of Maurice's earlier military history before he retired from the British Navy and joined Juan Cabrillo's crew. Juan Carrillo and his team of high paid mercenaries are tasked to find the missing brother of an associate that has been reported serving time in an overseas high security prison. At the same time, it was interesting to read about how Juan and his team sought to use non-lethal methods to attack the secret training camp at the abandoned monastery; that was pretty cool and well-written, I thought. I enjoy the stories where the Oregon people are in control, we get some character development, and the enemies have no idea what they are dealing with (and are doing the best they can) because, well, they have no idea this ship and crew exists.

I've enjoyed reading the series to this point, but unfortunately, I'll have to discontinue the series is just "high-stakes action" all the time. I think I had looked up a C-130 landing and taking off of an aircraft carrier before, because that was mentioned in this book, too, and I was, "Bunk! I thought the bad guys in this novel did exceptionally well against the Oregon crew even though they really knew nothing about them. It was sad to read about the damage done to the port as I can only assume numerous innocent civilians and military personnel going about their normal business were killed, but it was still a cool moment. Another story line is our following of the lead doctor ventured into the jungle to locate a friend of hers to deliver pharmaceuticals to her project involving native people.Maurice, the ship's steward, has always been an enigma to me; I have read the books haphazardly, so I have do not know if more about Maurice's background was revealed in prior books. e. even though this is such a sophisticated ship, there is something in each new novel that will sink it), Juan goes solo on missions (which makes no sense, considering the level of talent of the crew and the myriad of injuries he sustains and miraculously can continue to function through the rest of the novel), and, oh yes, he also gets captured somehow in the middle. I grew up working in the canneries, feed mills and slaughterhouses of California’s San Joaquin Valley. I think I've said this numerous times regarding these Clive Cussler originated books, but they're all good easy reading. Had any team members actually died, that would have led to some strong character growth as each surviving member of the crew would have had to process those losses.

When Cabrillo is hired to extract an undercover operative in Kenya, he finds himself on the trail of a deadly international plot. Mike Maden adroitly takes over the reins in his second Oregon Files written under Clive Cusslers name. While CRISPR has been in the news for a while, this was the first book I've read that uses it as part of the story.

A former British Royal Navy/Chief steward on The Oregon but I always knew there was more to Maurice than meets the eye. It is always hard to "develop" an existing character or team of characters in a series of books because they still have to remain true to their core identities so that the readers do not lose interest in them; in addition, there are so many different authors in the books that it can become difficult to keep track of true character development in prior novels. I am glad I started reading this series as it has been a lot of fun to read and I do feel fairly invested in this series of books (maybe not quite like the Dirk Pitt books, but still invested enough). Maybe it would have been acceptable as a standard military action novel, but it does not carry on the enjoyable legacy of the prior Oregon Files novels. Langston Overholt, their CIA contact asked for an off the books favor to find an old colleagues brother that leads the gang into all sorts of trouble.

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