Corsair (Oregon Files, #6)
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Corsair (The Oregon Files #6)

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Unabridged CDs ? 13 CDs, 16 hours

The spectacular new adventure from ?just about the best storyteller in the business? (New York Post).

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Published March 10th 2009 by Penguin Audio (first published January 1st 2000)
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Bob
LP 667 pages
Another action adventure by Juan Cabrillo and the crew of the Oregon as they are contracted to locate the US Secretary of State whose plane has gone missing over Libya on the way to an international peace conference. If you haven’t met the Oregon and her crew before, the Oregon is and old rusted, dirty, dilapidated freighter that plies the oceans of the world. But that is just the public view, it is actually a totally modern ship filled with sophisticated technical equipment and arms...more
John
Fun book. If you've never read a Jack DeBrul/Clive Cussler collaboration before it's very similar to a Dirk Pitt/James Bond/Indiana Jones type of plot line - archeological mystery, world or regional crisis, figuring it out, someone saves the day, etc.

Except in these "Oregon Files" novels instead of just one guy figuring things out and saving the day it is a group of mercenaries who have formed a for-profit corporation and take on jobs that governments can't openly do. They do it for profit (the...more
Jeane
Books which Clive Cussler write are for me those comfort books. I know everything will end well and I know that I will enjoy them.
A extra in his books which I always enjoy is the different periods in the story.
Pirates, the 'American' Lafayette...they're all part of the past and make up our history. But in our present time pirates continue to capture ships, freighters... just as in Somalia.
What they hadn't expected of a battered looking freighter is to meet a crew belonging to a state-of- the-art...more
Ossi
I kind of regret reading this book. It was good in that it killed a few hours and I have to admit that I did want to see what happened, but it is one of those ridiculous heroic crap books that Americans like to laugh at when others write them but get gang-ho with teary eyed nationalism when it is about their boys fighting "terrorists".

Anyway, the book:
Corsair is the 6th novel in The Oregon Files by Clive Cussler and Jack Du Brul. The book follows the corporation team's mission to recover the US...more
Thomas Hooker
Corsair follows the adventures of a mercenary, Juan Cabrillo, and his comrades aboard their infamous vessel "The Oregon". Having read a couple other Clive Cussler novels, I knew already to expect an intense level of action and suspense but, this novel blew me away. Following the destruction of a US government aircraft over Libya and the believed kidnapping of the United States Secretary of State by a terrorist group, Cabrillo and his team is enlisted to uncover the truth and retrieve the secreta...more
Huw Evans
Back to the one legged superhero with the toys for boys. The secretary of state has been kidnapped on her way to a peace conference arranged by a Libyan,no less. What? The outcome becomes obvious and inevitable from the middle of the book and the only question that is unanswered at this point is the relevance of the punitive misssion in Tripoli by the American Marines in the late nineteenth century. I did not wait to find out.
Jean Poulos
What I like about Clive Cussler’s books is they always opening with something of the past that relates to what’s going on in the present. I have not check the facts in every book of Cussler’s I have read but the ones I have the facts in the past are correct it is what he does with them in the future that the fun begins. Corsair is the 6th novel in the Oregon series and it’s about a battle with the Barbary Pirates. As a fan of Navel History I am aware of the role the United States Navy and Marine...more
Martin Hill
I haven’t had the opportunity to read a Clive Cussler book since the nonfiction Sea Hunters books. I’d forgotten what a fun ride they offer. In Corsair, written with Jack Du Brule, an aircraft carrying the U.S. Secretary of State disappears somewhere in the Libyan desert on the eve of a major Middle East peace conference. When the plane is found, the secretary’s body is missing. It soon becomes apparent the diplomat’s plane was waylaid in flight, the secretary removed, and the aircraft purposefu...more
Teo Hoppe
Corsair soars above the Oregon's tremendous technology to show the triumph of the American spirit in overcoming surprising challenges, heart-pounding danger, historical mysteries, and seemingly impossible problems. The book contains a little of the spirit of John Paul Jones, the U.S. Marines on the shores of Tripoli, Thomas Jefferson, Nelson at Trafalgar, and the brave men and women who fight terrorists every day. I couldn't put the book down and stayed up late to finish it. Wow, what a rush!

The...more
Aldo Ferrante
This novel was a disappointment. I had been impressed with "Skeleton Coast" (a previous one that Cussler also wrote with his friend Du Brul), and this new iteration looked promising enough. But the dialogue in Corsair is very poor and the action scenes - Cussler's trademark - are too far and few between. Whereas "Skeleton Coast" held the promise of some kind of hookup between Cabrillo, the hero, and Sloane Macintyre - a heroin in her own right - Corsair feels a bit empty. If you're looking for a...more
Kayeb
these are alwasy fun and informational, even when I am not sure what is true histroy and what is embellished. There seems to be a theme in various books lately that the pirates of the Barbary Coast moved up and down the European coastline taking slaves, which was certainly nothing I ever learned about in school

I am still not as on board with these main characters as with the Dirk Pitt series....they seem more human in some ways. Even tho I always read his books, he has not yet hit my top authors...more
Kara Jorges
During the days of the Barbary pirates, a brave soldier was washed overboard with the pirate leader Suleiman al Jama, who hated all Christians. The soldier saved the pirate’s life, and they wound up not only living in peace, but becoming great friends. After the experience, Al Jama, who was also a Muslim religious leader, wrote about how Christians and Muslims could live together in harmony, but his writings were lost over time.

In the present day, there is a new pirate terrorizing the seas, also...more
Neil Hanson
Another in the Oregon Files series, right out of the same mold that seems pretty successful for Cussler and DuBrul. While I like the characters, I’ve got to say I’m getting tired of the interjection of the authors’ politics into the characters. There’s no good reason I should object to this – it’s part of the character they’re creating. However, I do find it very objectionable.

I suppose it has to do mostly with the fact that the political bent that is represented is very different than the one m...more
Annalise
There are two main themes in this book. The first is the common good vs evil and how the good always defeats the evil. The second is the call for Christians and Muslims to stop bickering and killing each other; that they can live in peace. Like most good books there is a struggle between good and evil. In this novel, good prevails even when all seemed hopeless. In all of the books Clive Cussler has written that I have read this theme is pushed to get us readers to know that the good will prevai...more
Andy
I'm still reading this book, but may not be able to finish it. The copy I purchased is missing 4 pages and the publisher, Penguin, refuses to help. I work for a book publisher and if we screwed up like this, we would have a file that our customer service staff could send out to customers that contacted us. Penguin sure didn't. They tell me to return the book and buy another one, and since I purchased it in an airport, I no longer have the receipt. Simply ridiculous and I may not buy another book...more
Ally Atherton
This story starts with a historical sea battle and then we are brought right up to the present time when the US secretary of State's aircraft has disappeared and she is presumed dead. An old sea trawler has been boarded by pirates and somewhere in the desert of Libya a group of archeologists bite off more than they can chew and there's also a search for an ancient jewel!

This is the third Clive Cussler book that I have read but it's a long time since I read the fantastic 'Deep Six' and 'Raise th...more
Simon
Not bad. Badly written, of course, but as usual with these books, it pops right along. More than most Cussler's, Corsair reads like the treatment for an action-adventure movie, and while I know the backdrop to the Raise the Titanic fiasco, Sahara was pretty much a decent adaptation of his work, whatever he thought, so I am not sure why some studio or another isn't fighting to option these things.

The plot is the usual Cussler formula: start with an historical incident (in this case, the firing of...more
Geni
I enjoyed the books in this series until this one. Here we find Juan has morphed into a superhero, 10 feet tall, bulletproof and able to leap tall building in a single bound; oh, and impervious to pain. And the plot? A cross between Hunt for Red October with its technical geek weaponry and Indiana Jones and its oogie-boogie ancient artifacts with supernatural attributes. The amazing tricked-out Oregon and the run-of-the-mill terrorist threats weren't enough?
Mary Ann
Any story that contains the "Oregon" is a story full of twists and turns. As always there is history that begins the story and is involved throughout. If I weren't so lazy I'd take the time to do some research and see how much of the history portion is actually true. The political issues are quite timely and makes me pray even more for peace in our world, which would speed up the beginning of the thousand year reign of peace!
Lisa
My favorite of the Oregon Files series so far. I was drawn in from the very first pages, and the action just kept coming until the end. Juan Cabrillo, and his crew, find themselves searching for the missing Secretary of State, whose plane went down in the Libyan desert. Not only is it important to find her, but it is imperative that it happens before a monumental peace accord begins.

Great adventure read, and like always, pretty darn clean for this genre with little to no swearing.
Jt
I thought that this was a really good book. I really like reading Clive Cussler books because they are always interesting, and usually have some type of historical background that goes along with it. I especially like the books from the Oregon Files, like this one. They include a lot of historical background, like about the pirates in the Middle East, the Barbary Pirates. Then, Cussler usually connects a past issue like that to a current issue now, like terrorism. He then goes on to write a very...more
David
These books are always fun, if a bit over-the-top in reality. Modern day pulp adventure would be the category I put this in. In many ways these books remind me of the old Doc Savage novels, after all, each of the characters is a specialist in his own field.

This is the first of the Oregon file novels I have read and though it was fun, I wasn't overly impressed. There were plenty of cool gadgets and a cleverly plotted story, even if the conclusion seemed rushed. The book ends with a discovery tha...more
Ben
This was not up to my pretty lax expectations. When we make software to write Americana action novels, this will be typical of what it will manufacture- uncreative, predictable, silly, 2-dimensional, unbelievable, and uninteresting stories more at home in fan fiction or a high school writing class [D+].
Paul
this series is definitely getting better. The storyline is more compelling and the characters are more developed. The ending is also interesting, although it was somewhat a stretch, but nevertheless, the ending did fit the nature of the story. Would have been better if there was more content on the mix between Christianity and Islam. A good read overall.
Mason
This book was very exciting. It kept pulling me back in, even when I wanted to stop reading. I have read several other Clive Cussler books, and this was definitely one of the best. The book was superbly written, with page turning action and lots of twists and turns. Some of the parts were gruesome, so this book isn't for the faint of heart.

I hope that I am able to get other books in the "Oregon Files" series. This book has a winding, twisting plot, unlike many other action books. The chapter's...more
Michelle
A few notes on Clive Cussler:
I love his books because they are my father's favorites and because they continue to entertain me no matter how many times I read them.
If you're going to start reading his Oregon Files books, start with the first one and go from there. They can be read in any order but the story is much better in sequence.
This book was good, (I loved how many modern day political references were integrated) but not the best. I can't point to anything in particular except that it t...more
Don
On the advice of a hot redhead, every man's weakness, I listened to the audio book of this instead of reading the book like I did other novels in the series. Clive Cussler and Jack Dubrul are just as good in my car as they are in my chair.

The plot is vintage Cussler. Old, lost shipwreck holds the key to some kind of betterment for mankind. The good guys want it; the bad guys want it. They fight for it. Insert action and plot twists here.

More of the same? Yeah, but it's like AC/DC. They play a v...more
Eleanor Gassman
Great fast-paced novel, well-written for the style, easily read and a gripping plot with likeable characters. Certainly nothing world-changing or inspirational, but a great escape novel. The first Cussler book I have read; I am looking forward to enjoying more of his writing.
Jack Henderson
Written in a way that keeps the reader wanting to turn the page to see what will befall the Oregon's crew and the rest of the players in this suspencefull story.
Karen
Clive Cussler is one of my Dad's favorites so I have had this author on my list. Unfortunately he has more time to read than I do. This is my first read-or should I say listen to as I picked it up in audio at the library. Wish it had been the first in the series but don't think it detracted. I really enjoyed the fast paced Bond like action of Juan Cabrillo, leader of the Oregon crew. His corporation is sent on assignment to locate the Secretary of State as she was to arrive at a peace conference...more
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Cussler began writing novels in 1965 and published his first work featuring his continuous series hero, Dirk Pitt, in 1973. His first non-fiction, The Sea Hunters, was released in 1996. The Board of Governors of the Maritime College, State University of New York, considered The Sea Hunters in lieu of a Ph.D. thesis and awarded Cussler a Doctor of Letters degree in May, 1997. It was the first time...more
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