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Corsair (The Oregon Files #6)

4.07  ·  Rating Details ·  6,637 Ratings  ·  313 Reviews
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 March 10th 2009)
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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
The sixth book of the Oregon Files opens with a prologue that involves the Barbary pirates versus the American destroyer, Philadelphia, off the coast of Tunisia in 1803. Fans of the series will realize that something in the prologue will fuel the adventures of the modern day, high tech, Oregon team. A recently discovered letter points to a link between the Barbary pirate Suleiman Al-Jama and Henry Lafayette, a seaman captured from the Philadelphia battle. While trapped together, they may have le ...more
Apr 23, 2017 Eadie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2017
Corsairs are pirates, and pirates come in many different varieties. There are the pirates who fought off the Barbary Coast in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, the contemporary pirates who infest the waters of Africa and Asia, and the pirates...who look like something else.

I liked learning about the history of the pirates in the 18th and 19th century and about Lafayette and the early explorers, Captain William Baimbrige, Captain Stephen Decatur and Admiral Charles Stewart. I th
Jun 23, 2009 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 09, 2009 Bob rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Edwin Kort
Heb dit boek als gesproken boek 'gelezen', en misschien dat daardoor wat van de spanning verdween, maar dit boek is voor mij een van de mindere uit de Dossier Oregon series.

Het boek begint veelbelovend, met een zeeslag tussen Barbarijse zeerovers en twee Amerikaanse oorlogsschepen op jacht om de zeeën van dit ongedierte te ontdoen. Het is de achtergrond van een mysterie dat zijn weerslag heeft op de huidige strijd tegen de terroristen. De Oregon doet zich voor als een prijs voor de hedendaagse
Jan 09, 2011 Jeane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Huw Evans
Apr 09, 2012 Huw Evans rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: unfinished
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.
Apr 21, 2016 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: challenge
This might be my favorite Oregon series adventure so far! A lot of the technical stuff is wasted on me but this was quite the page turner where there were times I didn't want to put the book down because I was wrapped up in the story.
Jan 16, 2016 Beth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent as always!
Ivan Zullo
Mar 21, 2017 Ivan Zullo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Corsair is the 6th novel of The Oregon Files. If possible, this is the most adrenaline-filled saga written by Clive Cussler (here he cowrites with Jack Du Brul).
The main ingredients are a terroristic threat and a never-give-up attitude for Cabrillo and his crew aboard the Oregon, a ship where anything is what it seems.
Clive Clussler succeed in writing a fast-paced story that force you to read it and be surprised with the countless twists in the tale.
Corsair is a 2009 novel, so I admire the coura
Dec 31, 2014 Soho_Black rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed, used-to-own
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
Karolina Mark
Mar 18, 2017 Karolina Mark rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome! Loved the story line.
Morris Graham
Feb 11, 2015 Morris Graham rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 08, 2017 Bob rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good story

Mr. Cussler has done it again, another great story from the Oregon crew. As usual, there is plenty of action and drama. It kept me reading late into the night.
Michael Kelley
Fun book, typical Cussler
Von außen betrachtet wirkt die Oregon wie ein uralter, heruntergekommener Frachter, der es kaum heil nach Hause schaffen wird, im Inneren aber verbergen sich ein innovativer Antrieb, technische Ausstattung vom Allerfeinsten und eine Crew, die unter der Leitung des erprobten Kämpfers Juan Cabrillo allen Eventualitäten trotzt. Denn das Schiff gehört der "Corporation", einer privaten Sicherheitsfirma, die im Auftrag der US-Regierung als "schnelle Eingreiftruppe" unterwegs ist, so wie jetzt gerade i ...more
Jun 19, 2012 Annalise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Clive Custler does not disappoint. Piracy, peace summit in peril of falling apart. Treasure. Fights. This book was awesome.
Jul 14, 2009 Kayeb rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Miss Fox and Mr Bird
J’avais envie de nouveauté, donc quand Un livraddict de lespace a proposé Corsaire en lecture commune en annonçant de l’aventure, je me suis dis aller pourquoi pas. J’avoue que de moi-même, je n’aurai pas fait ce choix car ce livre sort de mes habitudes de lectures de part le sujet abordé. Le terrorisme.
Mais je serais passée à côté de pirates barbaresque, d’une croisade religieuse, d’un complot politique, de mercenaires et d’une chasse aux trésors.

L’intrigue générale est originale, mais je regr
Sep 17, 2014 Xavier rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 10, 2012 Andy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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!

Shirley Yant
Feb 20, 2017 Shirley Yant rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Always love reading Cussler
Kara Jorges
Aug 04, 2011 Kara Jorges rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 01, 2013 Simon rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
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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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The Oregon Files (1 - 10 of 12 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)
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