Just finished myself - took me 3 day to read - slow reader. 1 mistake though (my wife is Chinese), the thing about whether the writing is madarin or cantonese. whats interesting is these 2 spoken languages along with several others all have the exact same written text. so2 people on a train reading the same paper - can't talk to each other in a different dialect. some leader 1000 years ago cam up with this - to communicate with the same text even though speaking different languages in order to better keep the country together. (china is western term given because the early westereners bringing back china glassware didn't know what the place was called so they calledit China after chinese dishes and "china" things. blah blah. Silent Sea was a great book.
I had a lot of driving to do recently so checked out the Silent Sea on CDs from my local library. This was my first audio book in ages... The only challenge is that with a real book it's easier to go back and re-read a sentence or so if my mind drifts, whereas the CD wants to just keep going. There's re-wind on the CD player but I don't always bother with that.
It was also the first Oregon Files book I "read" and
I really enjoyed it. It reminded me a lot of the Dirk Pitt series, in the outrageously good plot. Also, Juan is a likable hero.
There is a lot of discussion about mistakes on this forum, but I'm pretty tolerant of them. While Clancy is probably more realistic/precise, I really enjoy the humor within Cussler novels. I laughed out loud a few times during Silent Sea... one of the best parts was the portly woman who gets knocked down in her chair, her legs bicycling comically in the air.
Nick, I'm sure you enjoyed the scene with the oxygen canister that did NOT explode when shot?
Sep 3, 2010 - 7:20PM
Re: The Silent Sea
"Nick, I'm sure you enjoyed the scene with the oxygen canister that did NOT explode when shot?"
Maybe Cussler finally learned his lesson. It WOULD be about time !!
Jan 11, 2011 - 3:41AM
Re: The Silent Sea
In many ways it is a relief that many of you are complaining about inaccuracies and errors in the Cussler books. In this one I find it annoyingly unnecessary to put the Amazon in Argentina ... there are enough wilderness and rivers in Argentina as is. It is not very accurate to write the Maldives instead of the Islas Malvinas (Falklands) either ...
Well, I'm glad to hear that, Arne. Good for you for speaking up. Too many lazy readers let Cussler get away with all kinds of crap. It's about time we ALL spoke up about it and let Cussler know he should take greater care with his books or retire already.