Dark watch – Clive Cussler


The author of the bestselling NUMA and Dirk Pitt series returns with an all-new novel of adventure and intrigue featuring his unbeatable hero of the high seas-Juan Cabrillo.

Cabrillo and his motley crew aboard the clandestine spy ship Oregon have made a very comfortable and very dangerous living working for high-powered Western interests. But their newest clients have come from the Far East to ask for Cabrillo’s special brand of assistance: a consortium of Japanese shipping magnates whose fortunes are being threatened by brutal pirates trolling the waters of Southeast Asia.

Normally, such attacks on the high seas are limited to smaller ships and foreign-owned yachts-easy targets on the open ocean. Now, however, giant commercial freighters are disappearing. But when Cabrillo confronts the enemy, he learns that the pirates’ predations hide a deadly international conspiracy-a scheme of death and slavery that Juan Cabrillo is going to blow out of the water.

Review From Booklist

Cussler’s back, this time with coauthor Dubrul. For those readers who are still counting, it’s Cussler’s twenty-eighth book. This one involves the clandestine spy ship Oregon, whose crew–led by one Juan Cabrillo–work for what Cussler describes as “high-powered Western interests.” Cabrillo’s newest employers are a consortium of Japanese shipping tycoons who are being threatened by pirates. The plot includes commercial freighters that are disappearing, missiles that North Korea is selling to Syria, bad guys planting a bomb on a ship that the U.S. wants to destroy, the sinking of a research vessel, covert operations from any number of nations, and the threat of diseases such as typhoid and cholera that could run rampant–and that’s just the first 100 pages. These are a few trite lines (“We can’t see diddly,” for example) and an ending that doesn’t come as a surprise, but Cussler’s countless fans won’t care. George Cohen