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First hardcover edition
|Author||Clive Cussler & Boyd Morrison|
|Series||The Oregon Files|
|November 7, 2017|
|Media type||Print (hardcover)|
|Pages||448 pp (first edition, hardcover)|
|ISBN||978-0399575570 (first edition, hardcover)|
Juan Cabrillo and the Oregon’s crew are imperiled by Filipino communist guerrillas armed with deadly aquatic drones. Owned by the Corporation, which conducts covert missions for the CIA and is led by ex–CIA operative Langston Overholt IV, the Oregon looks like a derelict freighter but is powered by magnetohydrodynamic engines and carries exotic weaponry like Exocet missiles and a 120mm cannon.
The ship is in the Pacific when Cabrillo's called to find a top-secret thumb drive sought by both the Ghost Dragon triad and the Chinese Ministry of State Security. That problem solved, Cabrillo and crew are told Salvador Locsin, the communist New People’s Army chief in the Philippines, has uncovered a lost Imperial Japanese WWII–era superdrug, Typhoon, developed from an exotic Philippine orchid. Typhoon is said to generate superhuman strength and provide "quick blood clotting and accelerated tissue regeneration,” sure to trigger chaos if it gets into the wrong hands. Cussler and Morrison’s superfast scene shifting via dozens of short chapters means tighten your seat belts, because the narrative never slows. Purloined art by Renoir, Monet, Van Gogh, Raphael, Gauguin, and Cezanne bankrolls the assorted communist enterprises.
The book was well received by most critics, including Publishers Weekly which said "Expertly drawn characters and a well-constructed plot make this one of Cussler’s better efforts"  and Kirkus Reviews which said "Cussler and Morrison will always entertain when you're tired of binge-watching TV action shows."