The Boyd Morrison/Clive Cussler combo had me worried when I reviewed TYPHOON FURY, #12 in the Oregon Files Series, a while ago when I found it to be just too much to swallow, exciting as it was. Shadow Tyrants is, for me, a much more believable plot. It, of course, also involves the past butting brutally into the present; in this case when an Eastern Emperor avoids an assignation attempt and entrusts the nine scrolls of wisdom to nine trusted families, known as The Nine Unknown Men, who carry the knowledge faithfully for hundreds of years to the present day where the wheels fall off. Some of the Nine want the ultimate power that will be unleashed by combining the scrolls once again and eliminating the opposition.
Knife edge stuff, of course, and it’s up to Juan Cabrillo and the crew of the Oregon to thwart the threat to the world. The characters we know and love, as well as the baddies, are well sketched, the action is so tight, it’s almost a relief to know that Juan and his crew will make it through with just a few bumps and scrapes to fight again – and entertain us! – another day. Er, volume.
Thank you to Penguin Random House, South Africa for this ARC. ISBN: 978-0-241-34953-3.
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