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Golden Buddha [Library Binding]

Clive Cussler , Craig Dirgo
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October 2003 1417712139 978-1417712137
The New York Post called him "just about the best storyteller in the business." Now, Clive Cussler, creator of the bestselling NUMA(r) and Dirk Pitt(r) series, presents his latest and most intriguing high-seas action hero: the enigmatic captain of the Oregon, Juan Cabrillo. Only Cabrillo could convert the interior of a nondescript lumber hauler into a state-of-the-art spy ship -- and only he could take the helm on the dangerous covert missions it carries out for whichever US agency pays the price. In this first feature-length adventure, Cabrillo and his crew of expert intelligence and naval men must put Tibet back in the hands of the Dalai Lama by striking a deal with the Russians and Chinese. His gambling chip is a Golden Buddha containing records of vast oil reserves in the disputed land. But first, he'll have to locate -- and steal -- the all-important artifact. And there are certain people who would do anything in their power to see him fail . . .
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Cussler and Dirgo, coauthors of two nonfiction books (The Sea Hunters; The Sea Hunters II) team up this time to debut a new action-filled series, dubbed the Oregon Files, equal to any in the Cussler franchise. An organization of intelligent and superbly proficient mercenaries, known as the Corporation, is headquartered on the ship Oregon, a seagoing marvel of science and technology disguised as an ancient, rust-bucket cargo vessel. The leader of the Corporation-cool, brainy Chairman Juan Cabrillo-explains the mission of his organization: "We were formed to make a profit, that's for sure, but as much as we like the money, we are also cognizant of the chances that arise for us to somehow right the wrongs of others." They've been secretly hired by the U.S. government to find and acquire an ancient statue known as the Golden Buddha, stolen from the Dalai Lama upon his ouster from Tibet by the Chinese in 1959. An intricate plan is then set in motion culminating in the defeat of the Chinese in Tibet and the ascension of the Dalai Lama to his rightful place as the leader of the country. The list of characters, both good and evil, is long and sometimes confusing, but a useful directory is supplied. Cabrillo and crew are adept at high finance and diplomacy, playing the Russians off against the Chinese and winning over the United Nations. But it's the technology, real and imagined, that steals the show with awe-inspiring secret weapons and spy gear that the Defense Department would kill for. Readers will burn up the pages following the blazing action and daring exploits of these men and women and their amazing machines.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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It all started with Raise the Titanic (1976)--the point at which avid readers of adventure fiction date their "fanship" with Cussler. This, his third book with Dirgo, is the first novel in a new series called the Oregon Files. The cast of characters is headed by one Juan Cabrillo, the so-called chairman of the board of the Oregon, ostensibly a regular hauler but really a state-of-the-art intelligence-gathering ship that carries secret cargo and is armed with missiles and torpedoes. Working for the CIA, Cabrillo and a crew of former naval officers have been asked to return Tibet to the control of the Dalai Lama by making a deal with the Chinese and the Russians. This depends on finding a golden Buddha that contains maps and records related to Tibet's oil reserves. There's lots of talk about modern technology and stolen art, and the novel has its share of narrow escapes. What is evident from the start is that the good guys will prevail in the end, but even with the dearth of suspense, Cussler fans won't be disappointed. George Cohen
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars awesome book 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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1.0 out of 5 stars Why a new series? Oct. 11 2003
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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1.0 out of 5 stars Too commercial Oct. 7 2003
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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1.0 out of 5 stars Who wrote this bad book? Dec 2 2004
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Different But Good July 11 2004
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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1.0 out of 5 stars don't bother July 9 2004
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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1.0 out of 5 stars I don't know who wrote this, but it was Clive Cussler
I am a huge Cussler fan, but I am terribly disappointed in this book. I am sorry I wasted a gift certificate on it. I don't know who wrote this, but it certainly wasn't Dr. Read more
Published on July 7 2004 by Chris Leber
4.0 out of 5 stars Trying on a new pair of shoes...
We have all become so comfortable with Dirk, Al and now Kurt that maybe we were expecting the comfortable ol' sneaker that seems to always fit just right. Read more
Published on June 15 2004 by J. Taylor
3.0 out of 5 stars Unexpectedly Solid
Wow, not a very well liked book. I'm tempted to give it more stars just to bring the average up, but I'll stay true to how I feel. Read more
Published on June 9 2004 by Beamer
5.0 out of 5 stars Jeez You Guys!
I don't understand all the negative reviews. I loved that this was different and with so many characters. Read more
Published on June 3 2004 by Stranjer
2.0 out of 5 stars Very Disapointed
I listened to this book on CD. I cannot comment on how it comes across in print. On the CD, it is a cross between Mission Impossible and Charlies Angels (albeit male angels). Read more
Published on May 5 2004 by The Reader
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as bad as I had expected
I had read several negative reviews and, thinking Cussler had just allowed a lesser writer to use his name to sell the book, I was expecting something really bad, but it turned out... Read more
Published on April 19 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars A Good Yarn, Unravelling
Mr. Cussler's literary efforts have helped me across the Atlantic and Pacific and Indian Oceans numerous times. Read more
Published on April 16 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars clive cussler didnt write this book!!
The book cant have been written by Clive Cussler!! There is none of the quick witty banter, the touches of humor and fast pace story that Clive is known for. Read more
Published on March 23 2004
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