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Corsair (The Oregon Files #6)

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For five novels, Clive Cussler has brought readers into the world of the "Oregon," a seemingly dilapidated ship packed with sophisticated equipment, and captained by the rakish, one-legged Juan Cabrillo. And now the "Oregon" and its crew face their biggest challenge yet.
Corsairs are pirates, and pirates come in many different varieties. There are the pirates who fought o
Paperback, 536 pages
Published February 1st 2010 by Penguin Books (first published 2009)
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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
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
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
Morris Graham
This book starts with the U.S. as a fledgling nation, in debt because of the war for independence, and no navy of its own. The Barbary Coast pirates are plundering all non-Muslim ships and taking prisoners, seizing their vessels, and taking their crews as slaves. The European nations are all paying tribute to the pirates to let their ships alone. After gaining independence from Great Britain, the new colonial government no longer falls under the protection of the treaties paid to the pirates by ...more
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
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
Really enjoyed this one! Non-stop action from start to finish. There were several story-lines going throughout the book and I thought they were all well-done. These included the first part of the book about the capture of a Somalian pirate - then the main story-line of the terrorists who capture the Secretary of State on her way to a Libyan peace conference and the quest for the Barbary pirate's or "Corsair's" lost writings that could help pave the way for peace. Some of this was straight out of ...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
In Corsair by Clive Cussler, the story line is rather complex. Basically, a terrorist wants to form an Islamic state in the middle east, and a government official from the United States of America is going to a conference in Libya, when the plane carrying the official gets shot down by an unknown group. This is seen by a group of archaeologists who race to find where the plane had crashed, and get captured when they crossed the Libyan border, and this plays a larger role in the story later. The ...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!

#6 in The Oregon Files series. The fourth in the series co-authored by Jack DuBrul after the first two were co-authored by Craig Dirgo. The Oregon is a armored ship disguised as a tramp freighter. Juan Castillo and his crew, "The Corporation", are free lance mercenaries often hired by the CIA to provide deniable espionage activity.

A Novel of the Oregon Files - Juan Castillo and crew search for the kidnapped American Secretary of State on the eve of a peace conference in Libya. A state department
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
Having read and enjoyed Cussler's latest in the Kurt Austin series, a character I'd encountered previously, I looked forward to meeting one of his recurring characters I hadn't come across before. Juan Cabrillo is captain of a ship called the Oregon and ''Corsair'' is the sixth in the series known as ''The Oregon Files''

Although Cabrillo is a ship's captain, the story was a lot more land based than much of Cussler's work. Heading for a peace conference in Libya, the American Secretary of State's
A rather typical Cussler potboiler. Lots of action, not very well proofed, implausible details, and editing problems.
For example, the onboard Oregon's helicopter is described as an MD-520N, a single engine model. But the Epilogue reads, "Gomez killed the turbines".
There are a number of typos in the e-book version. Maybe this is a device formatting problem...
This novel has some striking similarities to Indiana Jones scenes, specifically scenes with a runaway car on rails, a runaway boulder under
Jordan Bender
I've read a few Cusslers, but this is the first with a co-writer. Normally I really enjoy Cussler's writing, but this one didn't do it for me. The book is poorly written with inconsistencies that could have been avoided with a competent editor's red pen. The characters were barely two-dimensional. The storyline wasn't fully developed and entire subplots were tied up with single sentences. I haven't read any Du Brul, but I don't think I'd give him a chance after reading this and my confidence in ...more
It has been a while since I read my last Clive Cussler novel. And "a while" means something like 5-6 years here. So, what can I say? Starting reading "Corsair" was like coming home after you've been a Long time abroad. You know exactly what is to come:
The prologue is an historic event, like in any Cussler story. Then, the main story is located in present days.
Juan Cabrillo, and his Crew are searching for the american minister of foreign affairs, who has been kidnapped by the terrorist Al-Jama.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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!
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.
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
Allison Ann
I've been reading Clive Cussler since I was a kid - I always wanted to read what my dad was reading. So I have a soft spot for adventure and mystery. This ticks all the boxes for typical Clive Cussler with the added bonus of him writing it after his midlife crisis was over so the MC Juan Cabrillo is much less Mary Sue-ish than good old Dirk Pitt. :) I love the research and history parts of Cussler's novels and it was just the perfect amount in this novel. Good book.
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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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Other Books in the Series

The Oregon Files (1 - 10 of 11 books)
  • Golden Buddha (The Oregon Files, #1)
  • Sacred Stone (The Oregon Files, #2)
  • Dark Watch (The Oregon Files, #3)
  • Skeleton Coast (The Oregon Files, #4)
  • Plague Ship (The Oregon Files, #5)
  • The Silent Sea (The Oregon Files, #7)
  • The Jungle (The Oregon Files, #8)
  • Mirage (The Oregon Files, #9)
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