cover image Typhoon Fury: A Novel of the Oregon Files

Typhoon Fury: A Novel of the Oregon Files

Clive Cussler and Boyd Morrison. Putnam, $29 (448p) ISBN 978-0-399-57557-0

Bestseller Cussler’s fast-paced 12th Oregon Files novel (after 2016’s The Emperor’s Revenge, also coauthored with Morrison) opens in the midst of the second battle of Corregidor in 1945. During a U.S. attack on one of the mountainous island’s many caves, Capt. John Hayward, who’s searching for a secret Japanese laboratory, observes that the enemy soldiers who pour out of the cave’s tunnels are furious fighters who don’t drop even when grievously wounded by gunfire. After finding the secret lab, Hayward succeeds in grabbing a file marked Project Typhoon just before the place blows up. In the present, Juan Cabrillo, the captain of the intelligence ship Oregon, is involved in a mission whose object is to find a memory stick containing the names of all Chinese secret agents operating in the U.S. No surprise, Juan’s present-day operation connects to the secret project on Corregidor, and soon he and his crew are fighting to recover thousands of doses of a potent compound that turns men into supersoldiers. Expertly drawn characters and a well-constructed plot make this one of Cussler’s better efforts. Agent: Peter Lampack, Peter Lampack Agency. (Nov.)