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The Silent Sea

by Clive Cussler

Rated: Mild

by Clive Cussler and Jack Du Brul

A non-Hawaiian island is the center of attention on Dec. 7, 1941, for a young band of brothers living near Forks, Wash. Their discovery starts a chain of events that gathers speed over time, culminating in a final political climax nearly seven decades later.

Book seven of the Oregon Files covers a wide expanse of history, with players and events from China, North America, South America and Antarctica.  Juan Cabrillo and his corporate co-workers are smart, resourceful and not afraid to use deadly force as they scramble to solve a centuries-old puzzle (that has already claimed numerous lives) before militant forces from other countries beat them to it.

Essentially, this is a high-stakes globe-trotting tale of adventure and intrigue. Every time a corporate member (or team) gets into a jam (which is frequent), they devise amazingly creative methods of escape. There is a lot of physical destruction, and a pretty high body count as well. The mystery aspect does not disappoint, although the resolution of the overshadowing political predicament is somewhat weak.

Rated: Mild. A dozen uses of two mild terms, and a handful of single instances of other crude terms. Although there is a lot of death, there are no gory details.

— Reviewed by Craig Smith

Craig Smith is chief medical officer of Tacoma Cat Hospital. In addition to providing book reviews on Rated Reads, he podcasts about feline health issues through iTunes and www.tacomacat.com.

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  • The Silent Sea
  • by Clive Cussler
  • Rated: Mild
  • Genre: Fiction
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