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Craig Dirgo (Author)
Craig Dirgo is the best-selling author of numerous books and novels including The Einstein Papers, The Tesla Documents, Gunnison Grit and the New South Britain series. He has also co-written Sacred Stone and Golden Buddha with Clive Cussler. He resides in Crested Butte, Colorado high in the Rocky Mountains where he enjoys snow skiing, hiking, bicycling and motorcycling.

Clive Cussler (Author)
Clive Cussler is the author and co-author of a great number of international bestsellers, including the famous Dirk Pitt (R) adventures, such as Odessa Sea; the NUMA (R) Files adventures, most recently Nighthawk; the Oregon Files, such as Typhoon Fury; the Isaac Bell historical thrillers, which began with The Chase; and the recent Fargo Adventures which lastly included The Romanov Ransom. He lives in Arizona.

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Cussler and Dirgo, coauthors of two nonfiction books (The Sea Hunters; The Sea Hunters II) team up this time to debut a new action-filled series, dubbed the Oregon Files, equal to any in the Cussler franchise. An organization of intelligent and superbly proficient mercenaries, known as the Corporation, is headquartered on the ship Oregon, a seagoing marvel of science and technology disguised as an ancient, rust-bucket cargo vessel. The leader of the Corporation-cool, brainy Chairman Juan Cabrillo-explains the mission of his organization: "We were formed to make a profit, that's for sure, but as much as we like the money, we are also cognizant of the chances that arise for us to somehow right the wrongs of others." They've been secretly hired by the U.S. government to find and acquire an ancient statue known as the Golden Buddha, stolen from the Dalai Lama upon his ouster from Tibet by the Chinese in 1959. An intricate plan is then set in motion culminating in the defeat of the Chinese in Tibet and the ascension of the Dalai Lama to his rightful place as the leader of the country. The list of characters, both good and evil, is long and sometimes confusing, but a useful directory is supplied. Cabrillo and crew are adept at high finance and diplomacy, playing the Russians off against the Chinese and winning over the United Nations. But it's the technology, real and imagined, that steals the show with awe-inspiring secret weapons and spy gear that the Defense Department would kill for. Readers will burn up the pages following the blazing action and daring exploits of these men and women and their amazing machines. (Oct.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo is a lightweight, and so is his first story from Cussler. His ship, the deceptively derelict Oregon, may hold a bonanza down in its hold, but the tale lacks the wild excitement we've come to expect from Dirk Pitt's creator. This is a ho-hum account of a Golden Buddha that is supposed to hold the secret to mysterious gold fields and how Juan and his band of spy guys must somehow persuade China to release its control over Tibet and let the Dalai Lama return. One chapter of a Dirk Pitt novel has more action in it than this whole book. Reader J. Charles doesn't help at all; even though his pronunciation of Chinese and Tibetan words is admirable, he does a lousy Texas accent and an even worse British one. This may be the first of the "Oregon Files," but Dirk Pitt fans everywhere will fervently hope that this is just a temporary detour. Not recommended.-Joseph L. Carlson, Allan Hancock Coll., Lompoc, CA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

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