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1Andrew-theQM
sep 5, 2016, 6:03 pm

What are you hoping for from this book?
Where did we last leave this series?

2Carol420
Redigerat: sep 6, 2016, 6:41 am

Golden Buddha by Clive Cussler & Craig Dirgo – Read and Discussed on Leafmarks
The Oregon Files Book #1

Juan Cabrillo is Chairman of the “Corporation”, a special US Government-sponsored group that operates out of a ship called the Oregon; a marvel of scientific research equipment bristling with state-of-the-art weaponry – but disguised as a heap of junk. The Oregon, has a personality and a characterization all it's own.

Cabrillo and his crew are mercenaries with a conscience. They are able to cross the high seas in their rusting tub unmolested, seeking out those beyond the arms of the law and dealing out justice to any who would plot chaos on a global scale.

In this first addition…a priceless object and an ¬entire country’s fate rest in the hands of Juan Cabrillo and his crew.

They have been charged by the CIA with finding the Golden Buddha, a statue of the utmost importance to Buddhism in spite of its somewhat shady history. If they find it, the exiled Dalai Lama will be able to return to Tibet.

There are others that also want the Buddha for darker purposes. The list of characters is long and sometimes confusing.

The Oregon crew manage to play the Russians and the Chinese off against one another and restore the Dalai Lama in the end.

Since this was read and discussed on a different site that is no longer in existence I will use quotes and viewpoints from the 5 people that I found that are a usual part of the group that posted on Goodreads.

“Different from the Dirk Pitt books I'm most familiar with, this has an ensemble cast. Yes, it still has the classic cars and the detailed technical descriptions, but you don't get the same character building. I am guessing that will happen as I get to know the members of the team better in later books. In any case, it was an interesting, enjoyable read that I would recommend to readers who enjoy action adventure (or as my favorite used bookstore labels it, Men's Fiction...lol.”

“One of the negatives of this book for me was that, with the exception of Cabrillo, you never really get to know any of them very well. That may be because this is the first book in the series and is more an introduction to the characters that any sort of development. The book is filled with non-stop action and the plot was very unique.
The authors created some great battles, set in exciting locales, in an engrossing story. If you are looking for an exciting action/adventure novel, this is probably a book you would enjoy. “

“This reads a little bit like a script for a new version of the Mission: Impossible series: a lot of snippets of action in various places with many characters I had difficulty keeping straight, and a complicated plot to put the Dalai Lama back on the throne which relied a lot on misrepresentation and tricks. Though there was quite some action in the book, somehow the story did not really grab me. It felt like a reasonable plot, but the execution was not really well done.”

According to Goodreads there was 1 5 star rating, 1 -3 star rating and 3-4star ratings. Good enough for a first in a series but we all said we liked the third book more with a different co-author.

Sacred Stone Clive Cussler & Craig Dirgo
Oregon Files Book #2

This “Oregon Files” takes place on land, much of it in the Middle East…and because it takes place almost entirely on the land, The Oregon itself is mostly absent from this particular plot.

Two opposing groups seek a 50,000-year-old radioactive meteorite known as the Sacred Stone.

Muslim extremists have stolen a nuclear device and need the stone to give them the power to vaporize any city in the west.

A megalomaniacal industrialist leads a group seeking to carry out the utter annihilation of Islam itself.

Caught between the two militant factions is Juan Cabrillo and his crew, who must do whatever they can to stop them and recover the Sacred Stones.

I thought the opening of this book featuring Lief Erickson and his men finding the cave and first discovering what the stone was capable of was brilliant.
The 6 regular members of the discussion group that posted reviews on Goodreads gave Sacred Stone 5 – 4 star ratings and 1- 3 star.

Their comments:
“The story itself was a fun, easy read with spy action and thriller components. I am looking forward to getting to know the crew of The Oregon better as I definitely see the people, and their various talents/personalities, as a major strength of the series.”

“This book is filled with nonstop action and would make a great movie.”

“I have read all 11 of the books in the Oregon Files series and thoroughly enjoyed each and every one. This was a reread and I have to say the fast-paced action of this story, the crew of the Oregon, and the details the authors pay to the historical and factual settings make this one of my absolutely favorite series.”

Dark Watch by Clive Cussler & Jack DuBrul
Oregon Files Book #3

Cabrillo's newest employers are a consortium of Japanese shipping tycoons who are being threatened by pirates.

The plot includes commercial freighters that are disappearing, missiles that North Korea is selling to Syria, bad guys planting a bomb on a ship that the U.S. wants to destroy, the sinking of a research vessel, covert operations from any number of nations, and the threat of diseases such as typhoid and cholera that could run rampant

As the Oregon crew learns more, Juan realizes that this case of brazen piracy is much more than just this obvious piratical front.

He may be in too deep to pull off this caper as the opponents have heavy sponsors from around the globe using pirates to increase and hide the lucrative international slave trade.

Along with all this other excitement we have an about to erupt volcano and a missing crew member.

All participants said the action and the story was better with the new co-author.

There were 6 participants with 5 people rating it 4.5 and 1 person rating it a 4.

This one is on LT with the link https://www.librarything.com/topic/227836 for the stats.
https://www.librarything.com/groups/darkwatchbookdiscuss for the book discussion

3EadieB
sep 6, 2016, 7:23 am

Thanks, Carol - these notes are very helpful - great job!

4Sergeirocks
sep 6, 2016, 8:04 am

>3 EadieB: I'll second that, Eadie.

5Carol420
sep 6, 2016, 10:13 am

>3 EadieB: >4 Sergeirocks: Thank you both. I really enjoy doing them. I was the only kid in school that liked writing book reports or essays. Too bad I forgot to pick up the book when I was at the library on Friday. I'm listening to it on Overdrive and will get the hard copy on Friday if I don't just decide to continue to listen. I can't believe I did that:)

6Olivermagnus
Redigerat: sep 6, 2016, 4:58 pm

>2 Carol420: - Thank you Carol.

7Andrew-theQM
sep 6, 2016, 5:20 pm

Your notes do help enormously to refresh our memories Carol. A big thanks. 👏

8sushicat
sep 7, 2016, 3:52 am

I'll be sitting this one out and hope to join the next one. Enjoy!