Before I start writing about Skeleton Coast let me write briefly about Clive Cussler. Clive Cussler is one of my all time favourite authors, I grew up reading my fathers Clive Cussler books, I have continued to read them as they are released and between us we own all of the books. Originally Clive Cussler’s books concerned Dirk Pitts adventures working for NUMA (National Underwater and Marine Agency). Aswell as a few Non Fiction books. Clive Cussler has expanded his writing with co authors Jack Du Brul, Dirk Cussler (his Son), Paul Kemprecos and Craig Dirgo which has enabled him to release more books each year.
Aswell as the Dirk Pitt series he now authors Kurt Austin adventures (another member of NUMA!) and The Oregon Files aswell as a few standalone books.
Skeleton Coast is one of the Oregon Files. The Oregon first appeared in the Dirk Pitt adventure Flood Tide but has now spanned into its own series of which Skeleton Coast is the forth book. The Oregon is a hi tech covert “Warship” (for want of better words) disguised as a tramp steamer. It is owned by “The Corporation” a group of mainly ex CIA individuals headed by Juan Cabrillo hiring themselves out to governments and individuals who share their ideals to make the world a safer place while turning a healthly profit.
Here is the teaser from the inside sleeve of Skeleton Coast
Juan Cabrillo and the crew of the covert combat ship Oregon have barely escaped a mission on the Congo River when they intercept a mayday from a defenseless boat under fire off the African coast. Cabrillo takes action, saving the beautiful Sloane Macintyre-who’s looking for a long-submerged ship that may hold a fortune in diamonds. But what surprises Cabrillo is her story about a crazy fisherman who claims to have been attacked on the open sea by giant metal snakes in the same area.
What begins as a snake hunt leads Cabrillo onto the trail of a far more lethal quarry-a deranged militant and his followers who plan to unleash the devastating power of nature itself against all who oppose them.
Amazon readers rate this book with 4 out of 5 stars but I think it is better! While I love the Dirk Pitt novels for focusing on Dirk Pitt after 20 books they can get a little similar though it was great to see his life progress. The Oregon Files is Cussler at his best again, he isn’t constrained by such a character back story and each Oregon adventure has taken the crew to different places where they have faced different challenges. Skeleton Coast is a great book with many twists and turns and tension all the way!