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The unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Clive Cussler and Jack du Brul's Skeleton Coast, the debut title in the ever-popular Oregon Files novels. Read by the award-winning narrator Scott Brick.

1896: Four Englishmen flee for their lives across the merciless Kalahari Desert, carrying a stolen fortune in raw diamonds, and hunted by a fierce African tribe. The thieves manage to reach the waiting HMS Rove - only to die with their pursuers in a vicious storm that buries them all under tons of sand...

The present day: Juan Cabrillo and the crew of the covert combat ship Oregon have barely escaped a mission on the Congo River when they intercept a mayday from a defenceless boat under fire off the African coast. Cabrillo takes action, saving the beautiful Sloane Macintyre - who's looking for a long-submerged ship that may hold a fortune in diamonds. But what surprises Cabrillo is her story about a crazy fisherman who claims to have been attacked in the same area on the open sea by giant metal snakes. What begins as a snake hunt leads Cabrillo on to the trail of a far more lethal quarry - a deranged militant and his followers who plan to unleash the devastating power of nature itself against all who oppose them. In his latest bestseller, Clive Cussler, the Grandmaster of Adventure, shows once again that when it comes to compelling action, he's the man to beat.

©2007 Clive Cussler and Jack du Brul (P)2011 Penguin Books Limited

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"Cussler is hard to beat." ( Daily Mail)
"The guy I read." ( Tom Clancy)

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Absolutely brilliant!!

Loved reading it and now listening to it. Cussler is a genius! Thanks again

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Not what I was hoping for.

My fault for not knowing much about Clive Cussler, but I was expecting a fairly traditional action adventure treasure hunt story set in the African desert, possibly on horses or camels.
What it actually is, is a version of Mission Impossible/The A Team/James Bond - x 10, on steroids. Including something like 1,000 ultra-violent deaths by machine gun, missiles and other high tech deadly devices. All while travelling at high speeds on boats, planes, parasails, or other means.
Basically the fantasy of a boy who loves speed, violence and ridiculously high tech toys and the admiration of beautiful women.
If that's what you're after - this is for you.
If not, leave it off the wish list.

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  • 04-01-2016

Cussler never disappoints...<br /><br />

great to listen to when I'm driving, the story was excellent, and the narrator read at a better speed than some of the slower ones he does

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Perfect way to spend time in traffic!

Another superb Cussler novel with another flawless performance by the narrator. Gripping entertainment from start to finish. Listening to it while sitting in traffic. Best way ever to to escape traffic blues. Cannot wait for the next adventure!

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  • Tim
  • 23-06-2019

Twisting and turning in the plot made this a riveting book.

The crew of the Oregon out did themselves this time. Thanks Clive. Just makes you appreciate all those who do things for us without thanks.

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  • Dr
  • 15-02-2014

Great hero at loose in africa and the atlantic

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I think the character is wonderful but pushing the limits of possibility in his own personal skills. This is superman and James bond together in a middle aged man.

What did you like best about this story?

The descriptions of the African political scene including black mail back stabbing and loyalty. I loved the concept of the crew and ship as an individual service to put right what no one else can do, unhampered by rules and regulations.

What didn’t you like about Scott Brick’s performance?

I found his attempt at the south African accent awful. It was a bit of Scottish, plus I don't know what. Listen to Blood diamond, it is a better attempt. Simple things are easy to change eg a 'V' in Afrikaans or dutch is pronounced as an 'F'. (Visser)

Did Skeleton Coast inspire you to do anything?

Wish that the chairman and his group would bring everyone together to help to wipe out the poachers in Africa. A bit like the manhunt series only with functional guns. Help save the Rhino.

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  • E3D Opperations Dept
  • 22-01-2015

My first Cussler, not disappointed!

What a great story. its like having 3 books in one. very well written and narrated.

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  • Ahsineknagrom
  • 08-12-2016

Never disappointing

Clive, Jack and Scott....always a great combination. looking forward to the next in the series. Great story, I was on the edge of my seat the entire time!

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  • Chris Potter
  • 26-09-2018

Another GREAT story from Clive

An fresh and inventive story that, like so many of Clive Cussler’s books, weave an unpredictable course that keeps you hooked and guessing right to the end. Superb!

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  • Summer
  • 29-04-2015

Brilliant

Jack du Brul and Clive Cussler, another great story from the Oregon files.

The description of the places, characters and the written detail makes these books intriguing and absorbing. Scott Brick as always brings life to the story. I have really enjoyed this book and would recommend it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 28-04-2020

Weak Ending

Very promising story that builds up to a dramatically weak finale. It’s as if Cussler lost interest.

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  • Carôle
  • 12-01-2020

This has to be the best one thus far!

I am totally enthralled by this series. This has to be the best one thus far, and that’s saying something! Great, enjoyable characters, fantastic story, brilliantly narrated.

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  • James
  • 25-04-2019

Standard Cussler

I have an odd relation with Cussler books. I enjoy about 75% of the story but it does drag on. This was very enjoyable but it feels like it stops and starts, especially near the end, where it feels like it could have concluded in many places but seemed to labour on. I love the Corsair files but this one lacked that cohesion in comparison to others. It felt more focused on their "mercenary status" rather than the corporation vibe. The story itself is fun and has plenty of twists and turns and a satisfactory twist with suitable gravitas...but...it would have benefited with less...a more condensed and concentrated story

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