Golden Buddha (Oregon Files Series #1)

Golden Buddha (Oregon Files Series #1)

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Golden Buddha (Oregon Files Series #1) by Clive Cussler, Craig Dirgo, J. Charles

Clive Cussler, creator of the bestselling NUMA and Dirk Pitt series, presents his latest and most intriguing high seas action hero: the enigmatic captain of the Oregon, Juan Cabrillo.

In his first feature-length adventure, it's up to Cabrillo and his crew of expert intelligence and Naval men to put Tibet back in the hands of the Dalai Lama by striking a deal with the Russians and the 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...

Author Biography: Clive Cussler is the author of numerous New York Times bestsellers.

Craig Dirgo has been a special projects director on many NUMA expeditions since 1987 and now serves as a trustee. He is also the author of The Einstein Papers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781423319320
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Publication date: 09/28/2006
Series: Oregon Files Series , #1
Edition description: Abridged
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.00(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Clive Cussler is the author of more than fifty books in five bestselling series, including Dirk Pitt, NUMA Files, Oregon Files, Isaac Bell, and Fargo. His life nearly parallels that of his hero Dirk Pitt. Whether searching for lost aircraft or leading expeditions to find famous shipwrecks, he and his NUMA crew of volunteers have discovered more than seventy-five lost ships of historic significance, including the long-lost Confederate submarine Hunley, which was raised in 2000 with much press publicity. Like Pitt, Cussler collects classic automobiles. His collection features more than eighty examples of custom coachwork. Cussler lives in Arizona and Colorado.

Craig Dirgo has been special projects manager on many NUMA expeditions since 1987 and now serves as a trustee. He is the coauthor of The Sea Hunters and The Sea Hunters II.


Phoenix, Arizona

Date of Birth:

July 15, 1931

Place of Birth:

Aurora, Illinois


Pasadena City College; Ph.D., Maritime College, State University of New York, 1997

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Golden Buddha (Oregon Files Series #1) 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 169 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You guys do realize this book is the pilot for a new series. How many pilots can you name that were really good? Obviously you've never bothered to read any of the sequels. It usually takes a book or two for an author to fine tune characters that will play a part in subsquent books (just like tv series'). So don't trash a good author over one book, when almost everything he's written has been a great success. Judging by some of the posts below, you morons wouldn't know a good book if it danced in front of you naked.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After reading all the poor reviews I decided to try to give this a fair and unbiased reading - hell, if Cussler can't write a great adventure story, who can. On the minus side is that there is not, as in his other novels, one manly man central hero. The crew of an entire ship is the 'hero'. Most people don't like this, they like to have one central character to identify with - sort of like having your Alice in your Wonderland. Also, in suddenly introducing a large cast of characters it can be hard to keep track of all the players - to deal with this the authors have included a cast of characters at the beginning of the book, something usually only done in the most mind-numbing of British murder mysteries. On the plus side is the simple fact that this may be the most complex switcheroo of a plot I have ever read. The plot is so complex it actually seems to mutate while you read it. You can say many things about this book, but not that it has a boring plot. I think that as readers get used to this new story format it will be come more accepted. I will certainly buy the next 'Oregon File' story - I have got to see how anyone can top this story for sheer mad inventiveness.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yes i agree with revewer #8. ALL THE BOOKS ARE GOOD. But for some reason people are draw towards crappy books like the twilight series. Now i dont read to often ( but i read a hole though good books) but if it says its a good book and it had some big fancy newspaper on the cover. I SAY IT IS GOOD ENOUGH TO TRY IT!!!! Good books reqire fine tuning. Take dirk pitt for example . He slaped a lady in the first book. But he has improved to the point were he has a wife and enough sense to protect her.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I personally liked it it was ia bit hard to keep up with all the charcter names and who they were but it was a good book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is my first Oregon, I am very happy to have chosen the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We listen to audio books in the car and we loved the 3rd in the Oregon series so we went back to the first one. The reader is not even close to the one who's doing it now and the story line is simplistic. Not worth going back for info on the ship, it's explained in the other books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! If you like an intricate, well-developed plot and a fast pace, this is the book for you! The use of a set time frame for completion of the mission is very effective in creating the tension necessary to make this a page turner. There is a large cast of characters that only enhance the plot twists. There is a handy list of characters at the front of the book, although I rarely found it necessary to refer to it. The technology and gadgets are fabulous. As a long time Clive Cussler fan, I found this book to be welcome change from the Dirk Pitt and Kurt Austin series. Cussler fans will not be disappointed! In fact, this new series takes the Cussler fanchise to a new level. Dirk Pitt and Kurt Austin, can you keep up???? I eagerly await the next installment in this new series. Fasten your seat belt and settle in for a great read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I first discovered Juan Cabrillo and The Oregon in one of the Dirk Pitt books. It was a short encouter that left a BIG impression on me. I am ECSTATIC that they have their own series! I hope the series has a long, long run!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Cussler books. This was the first Oregon book i read and it bounced around more than I'm used to. But I really did enjoy it and plan on reading more!
AnneAR More than 1 year ago
Love all the different sets of characters. Each character has their own set of life circumstances. Love the plot lines. Love the exploration, treasure, archaeology, etc. involved in Cussler's works. The Oregon files are a little more on the action side and less on the archaeology, but still enough history, treasure hunting, etc. to keep my reading.
Darlene Morris More than 1 year ago
Very good book. Look out Dirk Pitt fans, another GREAT series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Oregon File series is great. They are all nail biters. Once I get started on the books, I can't put it down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In retrospect I can see what is wrong, at least for me, with this book - character devopment; first, there are no real central characters for you to get involved with, like Dirk, and second, lacking well-developed characters the book takes a plot driven approach, sort of like the old Fu Manchu stories. It's a clever plot, but still less satisfying than a character-driven story. Clive, if you're going to stick with this series give greater weight to one or two central characters so that we can care about them.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the cool plots that the main characters in this story design. Even though it's not as good as Cussler's other books, it was still exciting.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have finished reading this book. I have read every book Cussler has published and would not miss any of his book, however, this one was well worth reading it does not measure up to his previous books. I look forward to another one about the Oregon and hopefully it will be some what better. This is a must read for fans of Cussler. It will keep your attention.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As an avid -- make that REALLY avid fan of Clive Cussler, I look forward to his books like a junkie looks forward to his next fix. When I saw 'Golden Buddha' I was absolutely CONVINCED it was going to be spectacular. I had read Craig Dirgo's 'Einstein Papers' and found it to be a fairly fun story, and figured with the guiding hand of Clive, this team just could do NO wrong. I was only partially right. 'Golden Buddha' picks up more rapidly than pretty much anything else in Clive's massive repetoire of adventure tales. Unfortunately I felt as though I came into a movie theater 20 minutes after it had already started. There was little ground-work laid for the reader, other than a quick note at the beginning reminding us where the characters of the Oregon came from, namely Clive's 'Flood Tide' from several years ago. If you haven't read that particular tale, I recommend you do before attempting to tackle 'GB'. You certainly don't HAVE to, but I think it will help. There are quite a few chapters in the story to make it a quick read, but within each chapter is VERY short segments, sometimes just 1 or 2 paragraphs long, which make for reading a very choppy story. Some of the segments just didn't flow all that well, and there ARE quite a few characters to keep track of, and even with a master list of ALL the major characters at the front of the book I found it sometimes difficult to remember who was who. The clever job of stealing the Golden Buddha WAS entertaining, I have to admit...unfortunately the story jumped about sooo often it became a chore to stop reading and then figure out where I was after I picked up the story an hour later, and was a REAL task to do after waiting a whole day before reading again. I have HIGH hopes for the Oregon Files to pick up and be as all-out fun to read as the Kurt Austin NUMA Files tales, but unlike that series which started off with a great story in 'Serpent', 'Golden Buddha' left me a little flat. I STILL enjoyed the story, however. A half-baked Cussler tale is still better than most other authors BEST works, so I would encourage the die-hard fans of Clive to give this a shot, but just be aware of what you are getting into before you begin. Now if you are like me, you couldn't help but notice the obvious similarities between Dirk Pitt & Kurt Austin, right? Well there just ISN'T that kind of cut-and-paste formula story-line in 'Golden Buddha'. The main character of Juan Cabrillo and his Corporation of hired patriotic mercenaries and how the plot is laid out is unlike anything Clive has written before, so because of that alone, I give this more like 3 1/2 stars. All in all, not a bad way to treat yourself to some brain candy.
BusterIN More than 1 year ago
I have not had any bad reads with Clive Cussler books. Hard to put it down sometimes...
western More than 1 year ago
This is the 1st in a wonderful series and it reads at a good pace. And like a lot of CC books it is highly improbable but he weaves a tail that says " Yes this could happen "!
Bongo77 More than 1 year ago
As a long-time fan of the Dirk Pitt series by Clive Cussler, I was disappointed by this effort. The book contained too many characters without much effort to develop any of them, creating two-dimensional people that I had a hard time caring about.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After reading all of the other reviews I will have to say ditto. I've always looked forward to any of Clive Cussler's book with Dirk Pitt. The last one I read 'Black Wind,' with his son Dirk Cussler was right on the mark. The Oregon Files has too many characters and none of them are DIRK PITT OR AL GIORDANO!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read Every Dirk Pitt book, and was hesitant about the new Kurt Austin, but was more drawn to him in his first book, than to Juan in Golden Buddha. There is no tie to the main character no wonder what will happen next, nor have any desire to read the next page. I wonder if I'll even get the next one in the series of Juan. I would try this at the library before purchasing, no intricate plot to wonder how things were achieved, and the chapters are short, but notu enough to make the book go fast.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's a great change of pace for Cussler.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although I am not a big fiction reader and unaquainted with the Dirk Pitt / Kurt Austin legacy of Clive Cussler, I trusted in the solid reputation of Cussler as I chose some fun reading this past weekend. I WAS NOT DISAPPOINTED! Thankfully I did not ascribe to some of the non-professional reviews, because when the action occured, (and there was plenty of action) I found myself riveted to the scene awaiting the outcome. In particular, the spiked punch-musically challenged-fog filled extrication of the Golden Buddha from a decadent Good Friday celebration was just wonderful as it unfolded. Surely some where along the line there will be a literary 'copy cat' version of this fictional crime. The ultra high tech 'Oregon', its most capable crew and the international principles behind the mayhem added to the overall mystique. Without doubt, as this series continues to unfold we can look for more capable writing from the team of Cussler and Dirgo!
cts827 More than 1 year ago
This the first of the Juan Cabrillo series. It was full of action, thrills and heart stopping adventure. I really enjoyed this book and I highly recommend this to everyone. The characters are well developed (there is a list in the front of the book to help identify everyone). The plot is fast paced and will keep you turning the pages. I got this book out of our local library and I'm glad I did.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago