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A power that could destroy the worldA prize that men will kill to possessJuan Cabrillo must find it first... Two opposing groups seek a 50,000-year-old radioactive meteorite known as the Sacred Stone. Muslim extremists have stolen a nuclear device and need the stone to give them the power to vaporize any city in the west. A megalomaniacal industrialist leads a group seeking to carry out the utter annihilation of Islam itself. And caught between the two militant factions is Juan Cabrillo and his crew, who must do whatever they can to stop the impending doom...

Customer Reviews:

  • Another great Craig Dirgo - Clive Cussler book
    I read the other reviews of this book and I am again sad for the readers. If you have been a Clive Cussler fan from the beginning, you know that he is getting ready to retire soon, and has been training many new fine authors, including Craig Dirgo.

    This is not a Dirk Pitt novel. The Oregon files are not about any of the Dirk Pitt characters.

    Our stars in this book are Juan Cabrillo and his gang at the Corporation. A group of self sufficient mercenaries out to save what others have taken. They have concience and are providing a service to the world in a way that entertaines you. Juan Cabrillo and his team at The Corporation, again cleaverly weave their way around the world powers, and save everyone in the end.

    We had several bad guys in this book, the worse a father out for revenge. Halifax Hickman an industrialist, spending millions to bring down those he feels responsible for his sons death.

    Thanks Dirgo and Cussler. Please keep writing the Oregon Files.

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  • Sacred Stone
    I do think this is a little better than the previous Craig Dirgo novel. The whole story had great potential in the right hands, but as Dirgo has shown and written, it can also be a bit entangled.
    The novel itself moved fast and did provide me with a few hours of entertainment, just not the entertainment I'm used to with the Cussler name.
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  • Not up to par
    I hated this book. I forced my way through it and want my time back. The book was boring, hard to follow, and over complicated. There were far too many characters and I had a hard time following the plot and remembering who was doing what. The cast of characters in the beginning (6 pages worth) actually revealed the plot of the book. Do Not Recommend. This trend of ghost writing using other authors is not good....more info
  • Wake me up when Dirk is back!
    I don't know how much Cussler had to do with this book. It sure doesn't seem like his writing. I like the concept of the series and the main story line of each book but it just lacks that Dirk Pitt sense to it. I gave this three stars because I can't give Cussler anything less after all the years of fun books he has given me, but this is just an average read that I fell asleep many times trying to get through....more info
  • Disappointing!
    I have read most of Clive Cussler's novels, but I did not think this was one of his better ones. It is different from his other novels, as it is not a one man show like Dirk Pitt or Kurt Austin, but a group known as the 'Corporation', who have to save the world from the bad guys. I guess this makes the story a bit more believable.

    In this case there are two sets of bad guys. Islamic fundamentalists, who wish to blow up London, and a businessman, who wants to destroy Mecca. Both are trying to get their hands on an ancient piece of Meteorite, that will help with their plans.

    I found the book a bit monotonous in places, something that rarely happens in this author's other books, and a bit of a struggle at times. I felt there was way too many characters involved. I would not say the book was awful, but it is definitely not as good as the author's earlier works.

    If you are new to Clive Cussler, I would recommend, Sahara, Treasure or Dragon as good reads. ...more info
  • Worst Cussler book I've read
    I really enjoy Clive Cussler's books. His character Dirk Pitt is great - anyone given a name like Dirk Pitt has to be in a fun book!

    It's obvious Cussler didn't even read this book but merely put his name to it. There are too many characters doing too many things. Every other short section ends with a paragraph like: "but he couldn't know he would be dead before the day was done."

    The research is non-existent. The writer assigns all sorts of incredible properties to a virus, and even calls the bubonic plague a virus!

    There is no character development at all and very little interaction between characters except for action-style instructions like "go fly the plane", no personal dialogue whatsoever.

    This is the worst book in the series that I've read so far. Usually I avoid books not written by the named author but I made a mistake this time around. Unless you are a masochist buy one of Clive Cussler's own books - they are a lot of fun, unlike this long and boring collection of dreary words.

    In future I'll be avoiding Craig Dirgo....more info
  • Fair, very fair
    This is only my second book from Cussler - the first one I enjoyed "Golden Buddha" but this novel was tough to get through. Spoilers: Everything goes right. Is there ever a single scene where the Corporation has a problem/issue/event that fails. Not in this book!

    I will definitely read the next one in the series "Dark Watch" and hope for the best. ...more info
    Dull and boring. Could not identify with or care about any of the characters....more info
  • Don't waste your money...
    Don't waste your money on this book. I am currently reading it (two-thirds of the way through the book). I am having such a difficult time getting through it that I thought I would check out some customer reviews to see if anyone else felt the same way. Well, lo' and behold... I'm not the only one! This book has way too many characters, too many subplots, is very difficult to follow, and it is boring. It tries to be thrilling and exciting, but it is NOT. Having read the other readers' reviews, I have decided not to waste any more of my time finishing the book. I may skim through the last 50 pages just to see how it ends, but I'm not going to spend any more hours "drudging" through one disappointing chapter after another....more info
  • Reads like a rejected movie script
    Without the Clive Cussler name this book would never have been printed, except by a vanity press. The character development is shallow, with references to known movie stars used as a descriptive crutch in some cases. The "Cast of Characters" carried in the front of the book is fortunate, allowing the reader to keep track of the very forgettable characters. The book reads like a rejected movie script turned novel.

    Cussler again affronts his loyal fans whom he seems to take for granted these days. His writing has become careless, arrogant, and sloppy, beginning with the insertion of himself as a character in stories like Sahara and Valhalla Rising, where he rips the reader out of the adventure and back to reality. He has lost the right to a loyal following.

    Cussler's annual "Just In Time For Christmas" novels are off my gift list. I'll take pleasure in the search and discovery of other worthy adventure novelists who, I'm sure, are out there.
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  • Don't read what the subcontractor wrote
    I have read all the novels in the Dirk Pitt and Kirt Austin series and enjoyed most of them. This is the first, and last, of the Oregon Files series that I will ever read. Cussler subcontracted this novel out to Craig Dirgo and it is terrible. Most Cussler plots are far fetched, but at least you could believe that Dirk and company could save the day. This group called "The Corporation" is so far over the top that the author makes them seem like the only competent people in the entire intelligence or counterterrorism community on the planet. Do yourself a favor and pass by any novel that Cussler subcontracts and instead reread the Dirk Pitt series. ...more info
  • Complex plotting but little character development
    This novel is better than the first Cussler/Craig Dirgo collaboration(The Golden Buddha)but not up to the standard of Cussler's Dirk Pitt novels.It provides an entertaining read but stretches the bounds of credulity in places. There are two major plot streams. One involves the discovery of an iridium meteorite in Greenland in a shrine built by Eric the Red and subsequent attempts by a vengeful American industrialist Halifax Hickman to use it to replace Abraham's Stone in Mecca and help bring about the destruction of three sites sacred to Islam. The other involves the theft of a tactical nuclear warhead from the Ukraine and an attempt by a radical Islamic group to destroy the heart of London on New Year's Eve. The schemes intersect in the first part of the novel but Juan Cabrillo and The Corporation (mercenaries with a conscience)track down the would-be perpetrators of a London massacre and avert disaster. Tracking down the meteorite and divining the identity and intentions of Mr. Hickman, and preventing the destruction of Islam's three holy sites, prove more challenging. But with a lot of luck and much ingenuity Juan Cabrillo and his team thwart the attempt to destroy the foundations of Islam....more info
  • Plenty of food onboard.
    I am reading the Oregon files out of order, making it all the more fun for me. Here are some quick observations: The best of the bunch, hands down, is "Plague Ship"; in that novel, Juan Cabrillo's prosthetic limb is mentioned more than once, and yet there's no mention of it in "Sacred Stone"; there are way too many characters in these books to effectively keep track of even with the lists at the beginning; and finally, the crew of the Oregon never stops eating. I think there's at least one reference to food on every page.

    "Sacred Stone" is a terrific summer read. It's not literature or even what I would call hard fiction. It's like a movie-matinee experience. ...more info
  • Author is an obvious novice
    This book was tedious. It is more formula than even Cussler's other work. I wonder how much he had to do with the book, because it is not up to his usual fun romp! The last line of many chapters (and even more paragraphs) pulled you ahead so that there are no surprises or suspense building. For instance, "The man had no way of knowing the next doctor he'd see would be a coronor." and "He had no way of knowing that this sleep would be his last until the big one." and "By the time it was over, a nation would be threatened, and people would die." and "For Ackerman, ego tinged with self-aggrandizing would be a deadly combination." and "Cabrillo had no way of knowing that within twenty-four hours he would be traveling across a frozen wasteland to the east - or that the fate of a city by a river would hang in the balance." and "And it would be years before that played out." (First 20 chapters). Part way through I wanted to scream every time the phrase "had no way of knowing" was used yet again! Other distractions like a character viewing a comet streaking across the sky (with the story about a meteorite, no less!) pulls one away from the story line. Where was a critical editor?...more info
  • I can write this
    I started this book 4 weeks ago and today I just gave up. Very weak. No fun and I think this was just written to make money. With the books that have been out before, you would think they would try.....well, will see what the Pitt book is all about, but if its like this I am done with the series. Have them all and love them....just not this one.

    PS Golden Budda rocked...more info
    When you walk into your local book store, and you walk past the B-C-D's in the fiction section, that stench that you smell is this book.
    The premise sounded great, but the story of this book would have been much more impactful had it been told in 100 pages instead of the bloated 500 that it took Craig Dirgo to tell it in. It seemed as though the only association that Clive Cussler had with this book was his name emblazoned upon the cover of it.
    This book was long, boring, almost completely without action, and a complete waste of time.
    So the next time you look for books, hold your nose as you pass this one bye. This one stinks!...more info
  • Pretentious, mediocre Cussler or should I say Dirgo fare
    "Sacred Stone" obviously written by Craig Dirgo was a bombastic adventure novel that tried to impress with the complexity of the plot. The book unfortunately got bogged down in a tangled, confusing morass of characters that frequently had to be identified in an index as to who they actually were. The plot while topical was a bit much even for a Cussler type book.

    The story commences with the discovery of a meteorite unknowingly emitting lethal doses of radiation by the uncouth, brusque Viking explorer, Eric the Red in Greenland. After much death surrounding the tenders of the meteorite it was sealed and entombed in a cave.

    Fast forwarding to the present, the iridium containing meteorite was uncovered in an archeologic dig financed by wealthy industrialist Halifax Hickman. This lethal stone was to be the method of retribution used by Hickman against Muslims for causing the death of his son Lieutenant Chris Hunt fighting exremists in Afghanistan.

    At the same time a Muslim extremist group had pilfered a nuclear bomb from the Ukraine and had designs on detonating it in London.

    As these plots became revealed, the Corporation a contingent of ex-military and intelligence operatives who hired out their specialized services became mobilized. Under the employ of the U.S. government, they were commissioned to thwart the dual threats. Based on a technologically sophisticated converted 500 foot cargo steamer, the Oregon and led by Chairman Juan Cabrillo they launched a multi pronged effort to foil the potential disasters....more info