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Oregon Files , Book 16
 
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MontanaMick | 5 outras críticas | Jun 30, 2024 |
Mercenary Juan Cabrillo and his Oregon crew confront a ship carrying contraband, which leads to uncovering the Pipeline, a massive smuggling enterprise. As fans of the series know, the Oregon is a 590-foot “rust bucket" tramp steamer on the outside and a technological marvel on the inside. It can move like a speedboat and can even change colors. The plot is complicated to say the least, and I will admit that I quicky lost most interest trying to follow all the "bad guys" and "might be bad guys". The main antagonists are two businessmen.... Hakobyan and Katrakis, one is Armenian, and the other is Greek. They have known each other for more than 50 years. Their "Pipeline" is a conduit for transporting arms, munitions, and meth, making it “the envy of the criminal world.” The Armenian has a plan to achieve “wealth beyond imagination” and avenge the genocide of Armenians by the Turks at the same time. Their plan is to steal a 100-megaton bomb and set it off underwater in the Bosporus, causing a tsunami that will “drown sixteen million Turks in a flood of their own radioactive water". It will happen when the U.S. President and the Turkish president are in Istanbul. Turkey can and will, blame Russia and that will surely start a war, dragging in NATO. World War III will be in full swing, and the two crooks will become richer than who knows by rebuilding atop the rubble, I guess. Their plan diffidently has a few holes. Cabrillo and crew learn of the nuclear-tipped torpedo, and of course the clock is now ticking. Spectacular fighting scenes ensue, with ex-SEAL Cabrillo displaying tenacity and skill worthy of the best of the fictional heroes. The evildoer Hakobyan will “do business with the Devil himself if it turned a profit,” Juan Cabrillo will never do anything against America or American interests. I wondered several times where the name "Hellburner" came from since it only occurs twice near the end and doesn't seem to be reverent in any way to the storyline, but hey...it does make a good title. This story, as all the Oregan Files stories, is fast-moving, entirely implausible, but still, lots of fun.½
 
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Carol420 | 5 outras críticas | Apr 17, 2024 |
I find that the books written in TC's name to be close to the Clancy way of writing and intriguing but somehow just aren't Clancy worthy. But I still enjoy them all the same. JR Jr. is a chip off the old man and deserves accolades! Well worth the time to read!
 
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subguy | 8 outras críticas | Jan 28, 2024 |
The bulk of the book seems like an advertisement for tourism Singapore. An ad good enough I'd love to visit now...

The plot has holes you could drive an unmarked semi through, and the computer related portions, well, read them quick and don't stop to think about it.

Overall it was a fun romp - just what you'd expect from a book like this.

It was nicely personal, with only a couple main characters, and small situations handled somewhat believably.

A good quick read that's exactly on point (sorry)
 
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furicle | 8 outras críticas | Aug 5, 2023 |
Great story from beginning to the end. Full of suspense.
 
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BrianJackson | Jul 24, 2023 |
Hellburner is another great Oregon Files book. The characters are all likeable. The settings are described well. The situations, like always, require superhuman strength and fast thinking. Even though there is a superhuman quality about the characters, which is usually unbelievable, the story is still thrilling. Four stars are awarded to this book with a highly recommended for thrill seeking readers.
 
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lbswiener | 5 outras críticas | May 14, 2023 |
The crew of the Oregon fight against time as terrorist attempt to start WW3. A fast moving entertaining story.
 
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dswaddell | 5 outras críticas | Feb 9, 2023 |
I really wanted to like this book. And for the most part, I did. It just wasn't the same. Like most people, I envision scenes while reading and I just couldn't imagine some of the scenes that Juan was in as they were just way over the top. Of course, he saved the world....once again.
 
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travelgal | 5 outras críticas | Jan 23, 2023 |
 
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MustangGuy | 5 outras críticas | Dec 20, 2022 |
 
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MustangGuy | 19 outras críticas | Oct 10, 2022 |
Typical Tom Clancy fare. We have a great build-up, that seems to include several unrelated events, and they all come together in an ultimate triumph of good over evil. It is still rousing and compelling reading and was fun.
 
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DeaconBernie | 6 outras críticas | Jun 18, 2022 |
 
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fwbl | 5 outras críticas | Oct 12, 2021 |
This book was a mess. It may be due to my reading so many Tom Clancy/Jack Ryan's in a row. It may also be due to the number of books being written. I suspect if more time is taken, the books would be better. This was at the end of the book: "Thanks to what you and Gavin did, we avoided a global economic apocalypse, recovered the five trillion, and stopped a potential holocaust." Pretty impressive I guess, but it was comical even though I don't think it was suppose to be. Every book a female detective befriends the main character and then dies. I think that would be what gets talked about the most.
117 members; 3.79 average review; 9/7/2021
 
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mainrun | 6 outras críticas | Sep 23, 2021 |
Enemy Contact is a very strong book. It could have earned four stars but I did not like the beginning or the end. The book started with Jack Jr visiting a friend and agreeing to do a favor. The book ended with Jack doing the favor. Cripes! What a strange thing. It was out of the blue, and the way the favor ended up being 'related' to the mission was bizarre / almost comical in a bad way. Such a good action/suspense story, but the WTF material was costly. I rated this three stars when it should be four.
7/20/2021; 130 members; 3.16 average rating
 
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mainrun | 5 outras críticas | Aug 30, 2021 |
I like the Jack Jr. books, but you have to suspend your belief when Jack's protagonists, whether official
or otherwise don't think twice about arresting shooting etc. when he is identified. I want to scream at the book "what part of he is the son of the President of the United States don't you understand." No matter what Jack is doing there will be hell to pay for harming him in any way
 
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psmith65 | 8 outras críticas | Jul 20, 2021 |
I picked this up as it was just added to overdrive. I haven't read this series aside from two junior novels. As a thriller it is a solid one. In Firing Point the bad guy was trying to ruin the global financial system, a good thriller with good action. It just hard to wrap my head around the fact that POTUS's son running around taking out bad guys.
 
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xKayx | 6 outras críticas | Dec 14, 2020 |
 
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aldimartino | 8 outras críticas | Nov 24, 2020 |
They are so not what they used to be
 
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aldimartino | 5 outras críticas | Nov 24, 2020 |
 
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Andy_DiMartino | 8 outras críticas | Nov 24, 2020 |
I think this was Mike's best effort by far since taking on Jack Jr.!!!
 
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aldimartino | 6 outras críticas | Nov 24, 2020 |
They are so not what they used to be
 
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Andy_DiMartino | 5 outras críticas | Nov 24, 2020 |
I think this was Mike's best effort by far since taking on Jack Jr.!!!
 
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Andy_DiMartino | 6 outras críticas | Nov 24, 2020 |
My first Tom Clancy book. Not bad.
 
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MustangGuy | 5 outras críticas | Nov 13, 2020 |