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  • Library Binding: 420 pages
  • Publisher: Turtleback Books (October 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1417712139
  • ISBN-13: 978-1417712137
  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 15 x 22.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 590 g
  • Average Customer Review: 2.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)


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By Michael Matthews on Oct. 14 2013
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Clive Cussler is awesome adventure writer . I enjoy reading all his series from Dirk Pitt to the The Oregon which is a spin off from Dirk pitt series
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A group of well financed mercenaries, a boat that looks like a wreck but contains high tech defensive and offensive systems and can travel 70 knots a Golden Buddha that weighs 696 pounds of solid gold, a crooked art dealer, two egotistical billionaires and a standoff between the Russians and the Chinese. Stir it all up and you have a romping adventure.

In Clive Cussler's spin-off series from his Dirk Pitt series he has established another skilful and charismatic hero.

In the first book of the series we start off with a minor assignment for the Chairman of the Corporation (Juan Cabrillo) in Cuba to rescue some political prisoners in an air tight escape proof jail. However to the employees of the Corporation this just meant a little more planning.

With their usual bravado they breached the jail and released the prisoners who were in poor physical condition.

Having the actually carry 5 prisoners on their backs because of the weakened condition they were in the crew were able to get all the prisoners back to the Oregon and swiftly taken to Puerto Rico to be eventually transferred to Florida.

This adventure series is as much about the Oregon as it is about its crew. The Oregon is described as 560 feet long, with a 75 foot beam. It has internal water tanks so it can intake water and sink low so that it looks like it has a load of something on board, or pump the water tanks out and site high. This is particularly important when going for top speed which is noted as 70 knots (approx 80mph).

Also on board are two submarines, a helicopter, ATV's, sea to air missiles, anti aircraft guns and explosives galore.

The main adventure in the book is return to Golden Buddha to the Dalai Lama the religious leader of Tibet.
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By Bob Johnson on Oct. 11 2003
Format: Paperback
I almost never post reviews, but Clive Cussler is my favorite author and I am so disappointed in Golden Buddha, it's not funny. A friend
who used to write book reviews and still gets review copies gave this to me because he knows I love Cussler. Golden Buddha should
have been written as a TV Movie of the Week and Cussler's name taken off of it. I can't believe the so-called 'professional' reviewers
saying this is as good as the Dirk Pitt and Kurt Austin series. Puh-leeze! I am hoping Cussler's newest Dirk Pitt novel, Trojan Odyssey is
tons better than this, or he's lost a loyal fan.
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There comes a time when authors "jump the shark." Tom Clancy's was when he began "writing" the Net Force series (which I fondly call Net Farce); John Grisham did it with The King Of Torts; Kathy Reichs latest, Bare Bones, comes close (her rant at the end is out of character for the main character, Tempe Brennan). For Clive Cussler, it's Golden Buddha.
Although his name is prominent on the cover, this latest book is co-written with Craig Dirgo, who's written with Cussler before on The Sea Hunters books. In those, you can obviously tell which parts Cussler wrote and which Dirgo wrote - Dirgo's parts did not flow as well and sometimes contained inaccuracies in the facts. He should take a writing class.
Golden Buddha is a new series called The Oregon Files, featuring a main character named Juan Cabrillo who is tall, blonde and blue-eyed (much like Kurt Austin in the other spinoff series by Cussler and Paul Kemprecos). He and his crew of the ship Oregon take on "jobs" that most mercenaries wouldn't touch. They all showed up in a previous Dirk Pitt novel , Flood Tide, and I guess Cussler thought it would be a good spinoff. It could've been, but it isn't.
First of all, the book is about putting the Dalai Lama back in power in Tibet, which is why a very large golden Buddha must be recovered - there is a secret compartment in it with important information. I wish the Dalai Lama character hadn't been based on a real person - this made the entire story very unrealistic (if it does come true by 2005, the date in the book, I'll eat my hat). A fictional religious leader would have been a better bet. Also, Russian President Putin is named, but the President of the USA is not - he's just called the President. Who says Putin will still be in power in 2005?
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By A Customer on Dec 2 2004
Format: Hardcover
I just can't believe that i actually finnished the book. I usually really like Clive Cussler books, but this one was something else. So many new bad undeveloped characters, so confusing and poorly written.
Don't bother to read it. Go for a walk or to the gym.
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I'm a relativly new Cussler reader and have been backtracking to read his older books and find the Oregon Files refreshing. I like the new group and the slightly different approach to problem solving they bring to the story. I'll definitly look forward to more books in the series.
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By Werner Schmidlin on July 9 2004
Format: Paperback
The Golden Buddha by Clive Cussler
Over the years I have been reading most of Clive Cussler's adventure stories. They were always very entertaining and some of the descriptions quite beautiful. The stories are at all times fast moving with good development of their often implausible tales. They had a kind of inner truth which an adventure story achieves by good storytelling. Always good fun!
If you are a reader of Clive Cussler's books I need to warn you that "The Golden Buddha" fails on all counts. There is lots of confusing plot, poorly developed, dialogue is so banal that it is an insult to the reader.
Mysterious? The greatest mystery is the question who actually wrote it? Is the name Clive Cussler used only as a brand-name to make a quick buck?
Where is Clive Cussler? Does he still write?
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