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Golden Buddha (The Oregon Files #1)

3.84 of 5 stars 3.84  ·  rating details  ·  6,242 ratings  ·  231 reviews
Juan Cabrillo's first adventure with the Oregon-a state of the art spy ship disguised as a nondescript lumber hauler-takes him and his crew into dangerous waters, as they try to put Tibet back in the hands of the Dalai Lama by striking a deal with the Russians and the Chinese.

Cabrillo's gambling chip is a golden Buddha containing records of vast oil reserves in the disput
Kindle Edition, 438 pages
Published (first published October 1st 2003)
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If you take a look at the cover of this book, Clive Cussler's name is clearly the focus of the page, but the words inside are, for the most part, certainly not his words. I know the recent trend of some authors is to allow their names to be used as a launch pad for young and upcoming writers (a la Craig Dirgo) but the Golden Buddha is a great example of why this practice is destined to fail. When I pick up a Cussler novel, I want a Cussler plot: action-packed, detailed, and over the top. And whi ...more
Fred Hughes
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 seri
Teo Hoppe
Cussler is one of the few authors who have NEVER disappointed me and I buy his books day of release without fail. I even liked his collaborations with Dirgo as it always seemed to me to be a Cussler book, UNTIL NOW. I totally agree with the reviewer who wrote that the book just died. Reading about the Dali Lama got me hooked as i thought there would be a few plots going on at once and the Dali Lama part could be quite intriguing. Did Cussler even see the book before Dirgo went to publisher?
I kep
Barbara ★
I liked the complicated cons the crew of the Oregon pulled with elaborate costumes and disguises. Seemed more like a troup of actors than mercenaries. However these guys are mercenaries working for profit though usually working towards a worthy goal. They just work "at any cost" to get their objective completed. Some of their actions were terrorist-like and that was disturbing. They were hired to return the golden Buddha to Tibet and then they volunteered to put the Dhali Lama back in power. Thi ...more
In Golden Buddha by Clive Cussler, the story line is rather complex, where a relic known as the Golden Buddha, which is made out of over 600 pounds of gold, is returned to it's rightful owner, and using this relic as a catalyst for change, to free a nation and stop an all out war, and thus, as one can assume, many challenges and dangers are encountered along the way. Through the plot of events, we see that the authors message is that sometimes, some things are not as they appear at first glance. ...more
The first of a great new adventure series by Clive Cussler, about a "Corporation" that is hired by various conutries to take care of situations for them. The Corporation is extremely well-funded and covert, and pride themselves on only excepting jobs that "right wrongs." This story was about them procuring a golden buddha that had been stolen from the Dalai Lama, as well as helping him return to power in Tibet. It was a fun and exciting read.
Aug 17, 2008 Challis rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Challis by: abram
Shelves: adventure
This was pretty enjoyable. I loved the idea of having unlimited funds, firepower, connections, disguises, skills, intelligence etc in order to accomplish your "righteous" mission. I thought the book should've ended about 3/4 or 8/10 of the way through. It got tiresome towards the end when the espionage aspect took over. The who is schmoozing who, how to connive and buy votes and hide money and so forth was not as interesting to me as the ACTION.
Just meh. A bunch of details and nothing to make the thing hang together. It's like a bad summer blockbuster - here's a bunch of explosions and car chases, pay no attention to the plot please. I just never really cared what happened. Some promising ideas splattered here and there, and some other oddball stuff that never develop.
Good. Action packed nail biting fun.
Suzanne Garland
I love this series.
Yalinda Carames
Siempre he escuchado muy buenos comentarios sobre Clive Cussler, lo que me animo a leer unos de sus libros pero lamentablemente para mí y al parecer según los comentarios de sus seguidores, comencé con su peor libro.

La historia no es mala pero después del tercer capítulo se torna aburrida, con falta de acción, suspenso y secuencia en la trama. El autor introduce en la obra demasiados personajes que no dan a lugar y luego no les desarrolla ninguna trama importante, cosa que no entendí y me parece
Every once in a while I make myself read books by New York Times Bestselling authors. For the most part... they suck. In my opinion this one was no different. The first in the "The Oregon File" Series this book follows the members of The Corporation, a group of mostly ex-military mercenaries whose base station is a ship named The Oregon. The Corporation is a private secret service organization that is hired to pull off secret missions, all while hopefully righting the wrongs of the world.

Over the last few weeks I have had the delightful opportunity to read THE GOLDEN BUDDHA, a novel of the OREGON FILES written by CLIVE CUSSLER. This book masterfully interlaces plot and action to give a relaxing feel to the book that often kept me reading about a crew of mercenaries who for a profit hold peace in the world. Things that excited me to read on in THE GOLDEN BUDDHA included the profoundly developed the characters of the Oregon, the anticipation of the book swelling every chapter, the ...more
Nov 10, 2009 Kass rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone who likes adventure, amputees, sea-going folk
Recommended to Kass by: my husband
Call me silly but sometimes a gal just needs to go on a mindless, far-fetched adventure on an old cargo ship that is really a secret, floating, privately held black ops center commanded by a devlishly handsome one-legged man named Juan and his crew of new millenium-style A-Team operatives.

I hadn't read a Clive Cussler novel before but we had a shelf of these and I had spent too much time in Henry VIII's court of late so I picked up Golden Buddha, the first in the Oregon Files series. That was si
Matteo Pellegrini
La prima domanda che mi faccio dopo aver letto questo è quanto di Cussler ci sia oltre al suo nome nel titolo
Intendiamoci questa non è una critica alla storia del romanzo, che ho apprezzato, ma con il fatto che nel romanzo non ho trovato assolutamente niente dei vecchi romanzi di Cussler
La storia è molto semplice, dopo un veloce antefatto e un'azione veloce che serve per presentarci le persone con cui avremo a che fare l'azione entra nel vivo e non finisce fino alla fine del libro, nel senso che
I'm always wary of books by popular authors that are written with someone, such as this initial outing in the Oregon Files, written by CLIVE CUSSLER (with Craig Dirgo). Does this mean Cussler wrote it with Dirgo helping out from time to time, or (as I suspect) did Cussler create the universe and the concept, and then Dirgo actually wrote the book itself? Regardless, this first offering in Cussler/Dirgo's new series starring Juan Cabrillo left something to be desired.

The concept itself is sound:
Forse ho fatto male a scegliere questo libro per avvicinarmi a Clive Cussler, di cui ho tanto sentito parlare, ma di cui non avevo letto ancora nulla... mi si dice che quelli in cui c'è come protagonista Dirk Pitt non sono male (parliamo sempre di letture da ombrellone, sia ben inteso), ma dopo avere letto questo ho proprio voglia e bisogno di una boccata di ossigeno di letteratura, quella vera, non necessariamente impegnata, perchè ammetto che di letture impegnate proprio non ho voglia, ma ques ...more
Jorgen Schäfer
In the adventure novel Golden Buddha by Clive Cussler, the first in the The Oregon Files, an ancient Buddha figure shows up again after having been lost for a decades. A mysterious art trader buys it, but during transport, multiple interested parties try to take it for themselves. The mercenary crew of the Oregon is hired to retrieve the Buddha, as it is needed to help with an international political incident.

Cussler writes the kind of adventure novel I really enjoy, and The Oregon Files add mer
So far, not as good as the later Oregon or Bell books. We were on a road trip and didn't finish. I found the first 1/2 slow. Too many details about the crew and ship etc. which we picked up on easily enough when we started out with later books. Also, many of the crew were unknown to us from later books. Too much going on. The reader was not as good, either. We like the more manly voices of the characters on other tapes. Still a good story, but just long in detail.
Now that we have finished
Sarah Novak
I love reading Cussler's books and my favorite series is the Oregon Files, but this book is terrible. It is obvious that he had no idea of what he had in mind for the series yet, key characters are missing and it has a very different style. If this had been the first Oregon Files I had read I probably would never had read the rest.
The first in a series about a band of mercenaries committed to justice as well as accruing wealth and having great adventures. The corporation does security work / espionage for hire and for the thrill of the game. Led by 'chairman' Juan Cabrillo, a picaresque descendant of the famed (at least in San Diego) Spanish explorer, the crew of the Oregon have a variety of talents. The ship itself appears to be an ordinary tramp freighter, but is loaded with gadgets that would make Q from the James Bond ...more
The beginning of a new (to me) series/set of characters/whathaveyou from Cussler. The Oregon is a boat made up to look like it is falling apart but, in reality, it has all the latest high-tech gadgetry. These are not government employees… unless, that is when they are working for the government. They are mercenaries with hearts and who run the business like a business. The Golden Buddha is a relic of Tibetan culture that went missing when the Dali Lama fled Tibet. It has been recovered by "The C ...more
M.L. Buchman
I've been studying thrillers for a while as a writer, so it's hard to engage me in one as a reader. The opening was a little slow and awkward (by Clive standards, meaning it ripped right along better than most). But I hit the 1/4 mark and next thing I knew I was threw the book. A must for Cussler fans.
Rich Pribyl
This book was just kind of there. A lot of stuff happened, but I didn't find myself really caring much about it. There were a lot of characters to keep track of, the narrative skipped around hopelessly between them all, and none of the characters were developed enough to really keep them separate in my mind. The subject matter was interesting, but I feel like there were a lot of holes in the plot (which I might have noticed had it been interesting enough to really grab my attention). It read lik ...more
Lesley Strom
I actually read the 8th in this series first and so thought I would read book one. I wanted to quit reading this book so often because I just couldn't really get into it. As other reviews have mentioned on this book, I don't really feel like this was written by Clive Cussler but instead he was just a ghost writer. I've always liked Clive Cussler but I feel that these books that he puts his names just lack his style of suspense writing that I've grown accustomed to.
Story starts out with the Dalai
Jun 30, 2013 Jim rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: action
It's been a while since I've read anything by Clive Cussler...several years, anyway. Mostly those books were the Dirk Pitt adventures, with snappy dialogue, interesting characters, impossible situations and uncanny escapes. I really enjoyed these somewhat mindless adventures like a person enjoying a roller coaster ride...just plain fun. The Golden Buddha, however, is not up to those standards. Maybe it the collaboration with Craig Dirgo that flattens the excitement factor. The characters are onl ...more
I liked this book less as it went along. It was a solid 3 stars mostly, but dropped off toward the end. Honestly, the bulk of the action was one operation that went on non-stop and took up most of the book. No character development really to speak of. The characters i loved and got to know starting with book 4, which is the first of this series that i read, seem to be nonexistent here. I think the narrator did an awful job with Lincoln and Murphy, to the point that I was cringing, so that made m ...more
Sarah Doornbos
Absolute worst book I have ever read, total waste of time. Poor character development, slow plot, plot lines that never connect....
and sadly, a terrible narrator who cannot do accents but kept trying anyway (audio version)
Another adventure but with different characters. The beginning was a little confusing with all the different names thrown at the reader and occasionally further into the book too. However, for a light read it wasn't too bad.
Chris Mcleod
For my sins I am a Cussler fan. They are my 'trashy' novels for when I just want to enjoy a good action adventure yarn. I have read most of the Numa files and whilst they are all somewhat predictable I prefer the Oregon files as I think the idea of a destroyer disguised as a tramp steamer is a stroke of genius and I love Cabrillo's rag tag bunch of mercenaries with a conscience. If you are new to Clive Cussler then I thoroughly recommend this series
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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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