A review by Steve.
Plague Ship is the 3rd installment of the Oregon Files series by Clive Cussler and Jack Du Brul. It continues on with the adventures of the CV Oregon, a merchant ship that is more than she seems, and its crew of mercenaries. When the entire population of a cruise ship dies under suspicious circumstances, the Oregon is dragged into a plot of planet- changing proportions. Led by Juan Cabrillo, chairman of the organization, this diverse and well fleshed out cast of characters brings suspense, curiosity, and action to the hearts and minds of the reader. Thrown into the mix are both historical and geographical descriptions that I believe are second only to museums and PBS broadcasts.
Cussler is a master of action and intrigue, creating well-rounded and engaging characters. His ability to make you empathize with the protagonist(s) and delight in their triumphs is reminiscent of Tom Clancy. He creates a world that you can dive into, learn, enjoy, and thirst for. I thoroughly enjoy all of his writing, including the Dirk Pitt and the Isaac Bell novels. From modern day technology and intrigue to turn of the century historical who-done-it, Cussler makes you want more.
My only major critique of the Oregon Files series is the sheer number of main and secondary characters. It can get somewhat confusing at times, trying to remember who does what and is where. It is nowhere as daunting as Game of Thrones by any means, but it still takes an organized and literary mind to process. The authors make a helpful addition in the front of the first two books by compiling a list of each main character and their job/ role about the CV Oregon. It makes keeping track a lot easier. He also throws you deep into their story while explaining each character’s background story well enough that you feel like you know them personally. Other than that, these books are well structured, imaginative, historically accurate (from everything I have researched), and very entertaining to enjoy both sitting on the beach or in front of a warm fireplace. Please pick up one of his books and read it when possible, because you will not be disappointed.
Rating: 4.5/5 stars
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