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Golden Buddha [Library Binding]

Clive Cussler , Craig Dirgo
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Book Description

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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3.0 out of 5 stars Unexpectedly Solid June 9 2004
By Beamer
Format:Paperback
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.
Cussler crafted a world, and is now licensing it out. Truthfully I can't recall the crew of the Golden Buddha from prior novels, but that's neither here nor there. More important is did I enjoy this?
Yes. Yes I did.
The ship fits Cussler's world perfectly. The crew felt less like individuals and more like cloned personalities, but that's understandable. A ship needs a full crew, and each member is given limited time in the spotlight, so they never fully flesh out - a problem hopefully solved in future "episodes."
The caper works. It has twists, it has turns, but it works. Maybe the other reviewers are right, maybe it didn't and I was influenced more by the margarita's and Acapulco sun than I thought, but nothing in this plot felt too "out there." Sure, the ship isn't believable, and the fact that there are experts in everything on it might not work, but it's explained in the plot ($$$), so it works well enough.
If you're a Cussler fan itching for a fix I recommend this whole-heartedly. It isn't up to Cussler snuff, but it's written a bit more fluidly than the Kemprecos spinoff.
If you aren't a Cussler fan you won't like this.
And if you've yet to discover Cussler's work start there, but remember to return here after you've gone through his novels.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not as bad as I had expected April 19 2004
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
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 a fairly good read. I was looking more for escapism than great literature, and that's what I got.
The short choppy chapters and paragraphs, and the overpopulated cast of characters, were wearying, as other critics here have noted. More irritating was that none of the characters seemed very deep--I don't mean unrealistic, just two-dimensional. Eddie Seng did not seem like an Asian, Lincoln did not come across like an African American, Cabrillo did not seem Hispanic other than in name. The female characters especially seemed fetchers of coffee, or collectors of farewell letters and last testaments (Ms. Crabtree), or else just pretty bods to sleep with the enemy for information. (Oddly, none of the heroes seem to get anything going in this line, while Cussler generally has his hero at least flirt with a trophy woman.)
Also annoying were the blatant giveaways. "Rhee had no way of knowing it, but he'd just made the biggest error of his life." "President Putin had been promised the meeting would be worth the effort. Cabrillo would not fail to deliver." "And Winston Spencer had no way to know he had less than a fortnight to live." This frequently leaves the technology the only point of interest, since the reader knows how the chapter will end.
I did like, however, the fact that so much of the action took place away from the sea; this allows much more scope for sequels.
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1.0 out of 5 stars clive cussler didnt write this book!! March 23 2004
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
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. I think Clive just added his name to the book and let his co-author Craig Dirgo write the lion share of the book.
Case in point: Clive manages only 3~4 main charaters with 1-4 secondary charaters, Craig has 20-30 main charaters with more secondary/main charaters coming in every chapter.
The story starts out making the reader think that this is a small band of people, using a ship as a floating base, fighting to correct evil with NO goverment ties or is a shadow goverment agency.
But as the story progress, more and more charaters are introduced, every possible problem that can hinder the heroes in their quest to recover a stolen Golden Budda, is thrown in the story and soon this 'small' band of people fighting evil turns into a large multi national agency with some ties to the goverment and/or is a arm of a shadow goverment agency.
I wish the auther Craig had cut out about 40 charaters and stuck with the small band of people instead of dragging the story down with so many new charaters and so many details that the reader is hard pressed to keep track of much less care about.
I hope that IF Clive Cussler allows Craig Dirgo to co-write another book or a sequel to Golden Budda that Craig cuts down on all the extra details, charaters and prodding story line and makes the story more enjoyable to the reader.
I think I will stick with Dirk Pitt and Kurt Austin adventures from now on.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Sterling Start to a New Adventure Series! Feb. 19 2004
Format:Audio CD
I listened to the unabridged version of this story and found myself waiting for the next surprise. I was very impressed by the storyline and the variety of "characters" in the Corporation. Also, things didn't always 'go according to plans' as they do in some books. I have read or listened to all of Clive Cuussler's fiction and found this book to rank right near the top, ahead of most Kurt Austin adventures and even a couple of Dirk Pitt stories. I found the main characters to be very developed and skilled with many different abilities. Mercenaries with a conscience, Robin Hood on the high seas, Pirates for Profit and Humanity. There were points in the book where it looked like their plans were headed South, only to see that they had covered all the contingencies. I found this book to be a much better effort in the adventure genre than most recent entries, including Tom Clancy's latest terrorist infested effort. I await very hopefully the next effort in this series. I would strongly recommend this book to all avid readers of Cussler, Higgins, and Clancy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars awesome book
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
Published 10 months ago by Michael Matthews
4.0 out of 5 stars STUNNING Adventures at Sea, Land and Air MUST READ
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... Read more
Published on Jan. 16 2012 by fastreader
1.0 out of 5 stars Who wrote this bad book?
I just can't believe that i actually finnished the book. I usually really like Clive Cussler books, but this one was something else. Read more
Published on Dec 2 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Different But Good
I'm a relativly new Cussler reader and have been backtracking to read his older books and find the Oregon Files refreshing. Read more
Published on July 11 2004 by Jennifer Holton
1.0 out of 5 stars don't bother
The Golden Buddha by Clive Cussler
Over the years I have been reading most of Clive Cussler's adventure stories. Read more
Published on July 9 2004 by Werner Schmidlin
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 14 2004 by J. Taylor
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 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
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