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Juan Cabrillo and his CIA-backed Oregon crew must beat opposing factions to a meteorite that could end the conflict between America and the Middle East in this novel in the #1 New York Times-bestselling series. Two embattled groups seek a 50,000-year-old meteorite first discovered and then hidden by Eric the Red and his Vikings. Known as the Sacred Stone, it has powerful Juan Cabrillo and his CIA-backed Oregon crew must beat opposing factions to a meteorite that could end the conflict between America and the Middle East in this novel in the #1 New York Times-bestselling series. Two embattled groups seek a 50,000-year-old meteorite first discovered and then hidden by Eric the Red and his Vikings. Known as the Sacred Stone, it has powerful radioative properties. 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...

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Juan Cabrillo and his CIA-backed Oregon crew must beat opposing factions to a meteorite that could end the conflict between America and the Middle East in this novel in the #1 New York Times-bestselling series. Two embattled groups seek a 50,000-year-old meteorite first discovered and then hidden by Eric the Red and his Vikings. Known as the Sacred Stone, it has powerful Juan Cabrillo and his CIA-backed Oregon crew must beat opposing factions to a meteorite that could end the conflict between America and the Middle East in this novel in the #1 New York Times-bestselling series. Two embattled groups seek a 50,000-year-old meteorite first discovered and then hidden by Eric the Red and his Vikings. Known as the Sacred Stone, it has powerful radioative properties. 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...

30 review for Sacred Stone

  1. 4 out of 5

    Christine

    NOt up to par with Cussler's usual work; I was confused at the start (and repeatedly throughout the book) as to who was who with the huge cast of characters. Several times one of the bad guys would be in an obvious trap only to reappear elsewhere with no description of how he got away. I really enjoyed the first Oregon files book, but this one made me look to see who Cussler co-authored with. Is he going the way of James Patterson (who I no longer read as his co-authors write abysmally). Guess I NOt up to par with Cussler's usual work; I was confused at the start (and repeatedly throughout the book) as to who was who with the huge cast of characters. Several times one of the bad guys would be in an obvious trap only to reappear elsewhere with no description of how he got away. I really enjoyed the first Oregon files book, but this one made me look to see who Cussler co-authored with. Is he going the way of James Patterson (who I no longer read as his co-authors write abysmally). Guess I'll read the reviews here before investing time in more of Cussler's co-authored books.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Barbara Pelosi

    Disappointment Of all the Cussler books I've read, this is a major disappointment. There are way too many characters. The plot line...actually there were two plot lines...was so boring that the book was overflowing with "filler text". i.e., pages upon pages of dreary scene descriptions. etc. I make a point of finishing every book I start, and that was a hard rule to follow with this book...but I did finish it. Yawn.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Denise Matysek

    The action was fast as promised. However, it distracted from the development of the main characters-- especially those in the corporation. The plot was sloppy toward the end and I did no longer believe that it made sense. There was so many characters that it was hard to keep track of everyone. It did help that the author had a list and explanation for each character. I would have liked to have known more about main character, Juan Cabrillo .

  4. 4 out of 5

    Randy

    Worst book I've ever read, 54 plus different characters is a few to many. Sometimes he would change characters four times on one page. I stayed confused the whole book. The best part about the book was the very beginning and when I finished it. All of the other Clive Cussler books I have read have been good books, but I was disappointed on this one.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Muzaffer

    I read two Oregon Files by Cussler and Jack du Brul before and they were awesome. This one cowritten by Craig Dirgo unlike the rest of the series except Golden Buddha. And you see the difference obviously between two co-writers. Jack Du Brul does a much better job. Still a Cussler book. Joyful, thrilling, lots of knowledge about spying, aviation, sailing, etc.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    "- Head and shoulders - said King by radio. - Shampoo? - asked Adams. - No - King replied - I'm gonna shoot this bastard there. In the head and shoulders." Good part but here's too little of Cabrillo, who's I personally love. Big pluses for Elton John concert and his lines, and Hotel California by The Eagles - who read the book knows what I mean ;)

  7. 4 out of 5

    TyllisX_D2

    The book is about the cooperation between the Oregon crew and federal agencies to stop two criminal forces opposing each other. The plot was well written but it is becoming similar to sci-fi.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Stephen

    While this second installment of the Oregon Files series has a narrative that’s somewhat easier to follow than that of its predecessor, it suffers from the same problem: too many undeveloped characters and too many compressed scenes. The new characters walk on and then off in an endless parade from stage left to stage right, especially during the first ninety pages or so, and never do we get an inkling of who they are as people, which fails to arouse interest in them. The novel might as well be While this second installment of the Oregon Files series has a narrative that’s somewhat easier to follow than that of its predecessor, it suffers from the same problem: too many undeveloped characters and too many compressed scenes. The new characters walk on and then off in an endless parade from stage left to stage right, especially during the first ninety pages or so, and never do we get an inkling of who they are as people, which fails to arouse interest in them. The novel might as well be a cartoon, because without adequate development these characters are as flat as Saturday-morning heroes and goons. Whap! Kapow! Biff! A president strongly suggested to be George W. Bush comes across as articulate, thoughtful, authoritative, and in command. If that’s not revisionist history in the Cussler brand name known for revisionist history, I don’t know what is. Cussler’s brand of revisionist history is fun, of course, but George W. Bush as articulate, thoughtful, authoritative, and in command? Hmm. You know the novel has a problem when the best developed character is George W. Bush. Still, the chase to recover a radioactive meteorite and the nuclear bomb it apparently will fuel is, in a matinee sort of way, interesting enough to keep turning the pages, especially the scenes at Loch Ness. Not a total bummer, but I hope the Oregon Files series shows some improvement with the co-author who replaces Craig Dirgo for the next installment.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Giuls

    Questo è il primo libro di Cussler che leggo dove il protagonista non è Dirk Pitt. E devo proprio dirlo: mi è mancato. Juan Cabrillo non mi è sembrato un protagonista all’altezza di Pitt (probabilmente ha a che fare con il fatto che Pitt sia stato il mio primo book-crush, o come si dice, e figura ancora nella lista degli uomini che vorrei fossero reali). L’ho trovato, come dire… meno d’impatto, più spento. In alcuni punti come se non ci fosse. E poi mi sono mancati i continui riferimenti al mare, a Questo è il primo libro di Cussler che leggo dove il protagonista non è Dirk Pitt. E devo proprio dirlo: mi è mancato. Juan Cabrillo non mi è sembrato un protagonista all’altezza di Pitt (probabilmente ha a che fare con il fatto che Pitt sia stato il mio primo book-crush, o come si dice, e figura ancora nella lista degli uomini che vorrei fossero reali). L’ho trovato, come dire… meno d’impatto, più spento. In alcuni punti come se non ci fosse. E poi mi sono mancati i continui riferimenti al mare, alle immersioni e l’utilizzo di tutti quei termini tecnici e quei marchingegni di cui ho sempre adorato scoprire l’esistenza grazie a questi libri. Cioè, mi spiego: in realtà il mare c’è, una nave c’è, ma è solo di sfondo, il mare non gioca alcun ruolo fondamentale. E devo dire che questa è stata una grande mancanza del libro: come se mancasse quel tocco in più a renderlo un vero libro firmato Cussler. Per quel che riguarda l’avventura, questa segue la solita trama di Cussler: un avvenimento del passato porta ad una scoperta ai giorni nostri. I buoni e i cattivi lottano per mettere le mani per primi sulla scoperta. Certo è che la suspense e l’azione non mancano, e tu non puoi che stare incollato al libro, perché devi sapere che cosa succederà dopo (non importa che sia la mattina di Natale e forse sarebbe il caso di prepararsi e uscire…) Nel complesso un buon libro d’avventura, per quanto non mi sia sembrato davvero un libro di Cussler.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Carol

    I have read all 11 of the books in the Oregon Files series and thoroughly enjoyed each and every one. This was a reread and I have to say the fast-paced action of this story, the crew of the Oregon, and the details the authors pay to the historical and factual settings make this one of my absolutely favorite series. On a lighter note…. something that rather amused me was that at the beginning of the book, Eric The Red needed two men to lift the meteorite when it was first discovered. Centuries l I have read all 11 of the books in the Oregon Files series and thoroughly enjoyed each and every one. This was a reread and I have to say the fast-paced action of this story, the crew of the Oregon, and the details the authors pay to the historical and factual settings make this one of my absolutely favorite series. On a lighter note…. something that rather amused me was that at the beginning of the book, Eric The Red needed two men to lift the meteorite when it was first discovered. Centuries later, the Corporation and their enemies juggled the stone as if it were a pizza: one person handling it with no difficulty whenever and wherever it was moved during the adventure; up hills, into and out of helicopters, trains, cars…. Try lifting a 100 pound, bowling-ball-sized, smooth-sided sphere. I can only conclude that all of the characters in the book, with the exception of Eric the Red's men, had exceptional strength.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Brenda H

    I was a bit concerned when I started this as many of the reviews commented on it being disjointed and hard to follow due to the large number of characters but I actually found that it worked well. The storyline was structured with multiple discrete episodes that each was pulled into the main storyline as needed. the story itself was a fun, easy read with spy action and thriller components. I am looking forward to getting to know the crew of The Oregon better as I definitely see the people, and th I was a bit concerned when I started this as many of the reviews commented on it being disjointed and hard to follow due to the large number of characters but I actually found that it worked well. The storyline was structured with multiple discrete episodes that each was pulled into the main storyline as needed. the story itself was a fun, easy read with spy action and thriller components. I am looking forward to getting to know the crew of The Oregon better as I definitely see the people, and their various talents/personalities, as a major strength of the series. the only significant issue I've had so far -with both books - is the the endings are a bit anticlimactic as the mission is completed.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Megan

    Ancient natives find a meteorite and build a shrine, a possible pathogen could be released from the destruction of said meteorite that would consume the oxygen in our air (and a really cool lab experiment gone awry that discovered that) seems to be a page turning premise as far as I'm concerned. Sprinkle in some middle eastern intricacies, some rocking cool military turned private contractors and it seems like story with something for everyone. Alas, if the author could have blown up a few more t Ancient natives find a meteorite and build a shrine, a possible pathogen could be released from the destruction of said meteorite that would consume the oxygen in our air (and a really cool lab experiment gone awry that discovered that) seems to be a page turning premise as far as I'm concerned. Sprinkle in some middle eastern intricacies, some rocking cool military turned private contractors and it seems like story with something for everyone. Alas, if the author could have blown up a few more things and described just a few zillion more weapons I think I may have tracked down that other worldly virus and set it off myself. Ugh. I can't believe even men want to read this. Must. renew. my. library pass.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Alexis Stephenson

    Good book. can be quite a page turner during action sequences. However too many characters to keep track off. Also goes into POV and backstories of characters the are not needed. For example, the drunk guy who lends him a snow vehicle. Also not a fan of how he likes to start chapters without identifying the character until a few paragraphs in. Also enjoys finishing early chapters with a reference to the ending. "little did he know that it would be his downfall". "he didn't know the next doctor he Good book. can be quite a page turner during action sequences. However too many characters to keep track off. Also goes into POV and backstories of characters the are not needed. For example, the drunk guy who lends him a snow vehicle. Also not a fan of how he likes to start chapters without identifying the character until a few paragraphs in. Also enjoys finishing early chapters with a reference to the ending. "little did he know that it would be his downfall". "he didn't know the next doctor he would see would actually be a coroner". I found this annoying as it jarred me out of the story.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Eadie

    This is the 2nd book in the Oregon Files and was a very enjoyable read. It is easier to follow the plot and more interesting than the first book, The Golden Buddha. The only problem I had with this book was that some of the incidents seemed a bit unrealistic. Even with this problem, I would have to say that the book still is a great adventure read. The characters are unique and the plot is exciting. I will definitely continue with this series and look forward to reading the next installment. 4.25 This is the 2nd book in the Oregon Files and was a very enjoyable read. It is easier to follow the plot and more interesting than the first book, The Golden Buddha. The only problem I had with this book was that some of the incidents seemed a bit unrealistic. Even with this problem, I would have to say that the book still is a great adventure read. The characters are unique and the plot is exciting. I will definitely continue with this series and look forward to reading the next installment. 4.25 stars

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jose

    To be honest i kind of liked the idea of someone in the world trying to make a terrorist attack to the muslims... although and don't get me wrong... I think it will be something wrong to do... and not all muslims are terrorists.. but it was kind of fun to think about it at least... Other than that I feel that the book is better than the first one and it had better plot. The only thing that gets me is how they win all their fights... maybe in future books they will have some upsets... this series To be honest i kind of liked the idea of someone in the world trying to make a terrorist attack to the muslims... although and don't get me wrong... I think it will be something wrong to do... and not all muslims are terrorists.. but it was kind of fun to think about it at least... Other than that I feel that the book is better than the first one and it had better plot. The only thing that gets me is how they win all their fights... maybe in future books they will have some upsets... this series kind of reminds me of the A-Team..

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kevin Marsh

    I did not care for this book much. I found the writing style strange and the plot not up to the usual Clive Cussler standard. At times I found the quality of writing poor with words repeated regularly in the same paragraph. It reminded me of a badly written self published book in need of some serious editing. I usually thoroughly enjoy reading Clive Cussler books, especially featuring Dirk Pitt so I won't let Sacred Stone put me off.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Evi

    This book is one of my all time favourites, it deserves all the love in the world

  18. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    Didn't like this one as well as the first, but still a good read.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Rod

    Sorry Clive...usually love your books but only completed this one out of respect and the hope the next one will be back to your usual standard. One of the most confusing books, character wise, I have read. At times I had no idea what was happening or where it was heading. A frustrating read with a dull colorless ending. The twists and turns and vibrant characters usually associated with Clive’s novels were simply not there. What the heck happened to ‘The Chairman’? Usually a fabulous character, h Sorry Clive...usually love your books but only completed this one out of respect and the hope the next one will be back to your usual standard. One of the most confusing books, character wise, I have read. At times I had no idea what was happening or where it was heading. A frustrating read with a dull colorless ending. The twists and turns and vibrant characters usually associated with Clive’s novels were simply not there. What the heck happened to ‘The Chairman’? Usually a fabulous character, he had little spunk and little impact. He was utterly colorless and hardly raised a sweat. Really hope the next one makes up for this one.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Denise Spicer

    This book gives us Cussler’s usual action-packed, page-turner. Even at over 400 pages it’s a quick, easy read. The usual Corporation Team characters make their appearances in this convoluted plot involving an age-old meteor, hidden in a cave in Greenland, and the other sacred stone, the Kaaba in Mecca. A plan to blow up London during a live Elton John concert on New Year’s Eve is another plot twist that adds to the excitement. Great fun, though the characters are sometimes hard to keep straight. This book gives us Cussler’s usual action-packed, page-turner. Even at over 400 pages it’s a quick, easy read. The usual Corporation Team characters make their appearances in this convoluted plot involving an age-old meteor, hidden in a cave in Greenland, and the other sacred stone, the Kaaba in Mecca. A plan to blow up London during a live Elton John concert on New Year’s Eve is another plot twist that adds to the excitement. Great fun, though the characters are sometimes hard to keep straight. Luckily the authors included a “Cast of Characters” for easy reference

  21. 4 out of 5

    Nikki

    I always enjoy books by Clive Cussler. I've read some of the later 'Oregon Files' books and am now working my way back to some of the earlier ones in the series. I will say that the audio version of this one was not read by the narrator (Scott Brick), whom I'm used to reading this series. I found that it took away from my enjoyment of the book. And, I have come to really appreciate Scott Brick's talent in making Clive Cussler's book come alive.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Ken

    Pretty decent read once again. I don't always like how Cussler will end a chapter with a blatant shadowing of events to occur later in the book. I'd rather the book just progress and allow the reader to imagine what could possibly happen--subtlety has its benefits. Still enjoyed the book overall as any Cussler novel.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Sheryl Smith

    I haven't read a Clive Cussler in years, but this book was laying around and I wanted something to read with my lunch, so I read it. Cussler's disjointed style of writing had me lost sometimes because there were so many different players. Overall, it was a good story with a believable premise. At times it was edge of the seat reading, but it was mostly just a good read.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Emilia

    It was an entertaining adventure and it was written in a way that almost made it feel like watching a film. This was apparently the second book of a series, but I had no problem following the plot or the characters even tough I sort of jumped right into it. A nice in-between-books book to read something different for a change.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kelly Bragg

    Good international intrigue, but... I generally LOVE everything this guy writes, and speed through it only to be sorry when it is over. But this one took me a month to get through. Some of it was typical gripping Cussler stuff - yea! But there seemed to be quite a bit more setup & description than normal (or necessary IMHO). Not sorry I read it, but definitely NOT my favorite book by Cussler.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Mike

    Zooming around Europe and the U.S. Juan Cabrillo and his crew prevent international incidents the way a good restaurant wait staff prevents unhappy clients. They take care of an emirate's threatened demise, a radioactive meteor and a plot to upset the Muslim world. (Seemingly before lunch) Slow, confusing, tangled, uninteresting. This book confirms my dislike of Clive Cussler books.

  27. 4 out of 5

    John Anthamatten

    Not Cussler. Too much Dirgo, I guess. Stayed confused nearly the whole read because of too many “agencies” and too many “agents” to keep up with and who was where when and how they got there. List of characters in the front didn’t help much. Seems all the good guys got away though, either in a Pepsi truck or a Ford pickup.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    Hmmmm. Good action story, typical of the genre; would make a tremendous movie. BUT way too many characters to keep straight, and we don't need backgrounds on every bit player. It becomes hard to know if it's an important tid bit you need to remember or it's just filler. Half way through you give up and figure everything is just filler.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    The Corporation Strikes Again A long, intriguing novel with a number of separate but interlocking stories. The adventure and action us non-Stop as in all Clive Cussler books. Looking forward to The Oregon Files Book 3.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Darrell

    Very long Wow this was a very long story with 2 plot twists and I kind of lost interest at second part 43rd chapter and went to last chapter and just finished it off . I have read almost all of Clive’s books and never lost interest but this one was long and drawn OUT !

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