The Golden Buddha by Clive Cussler and Craig Dirgo

Picked this book up as an audio book for a couple of car trips a few years ago. Cussler is always a fun and safe bet. It’s the first book in the Oregon Files series.

Published: 2003

Genre: thriller

Length: 527 pages

Setting: Cuba and Tibet, present day

Summary: We are introduced to the Corporation as they take their ship, the Oregon, into Cuba. The Corporation is essentially a crack mercenary team that takes on very difficult assignments for large sums of money. They decide to steal the Golden Buddha (which had been stolen from the Dali Lama) and give it back to the Dali Lama. After that caper, they stage a coup in Tibet to oust China and get the Dali Lama in power.

Final thoughts: A fun romp, as per usual, although I don’t enjoy the more recent Cussler books as much as his older books. I can tell he’s phoning it in at times. Even so, the action pushes the story forward quite enjoyably. As a bonus, the audio recording even had sound effects.

Title comes from: The Golden Buddha was a 600-pound ancient Buddha statue that was a central character throughout most of the book.

Reading challenges fulfilled: none since this was a book read and reviewed in a previous year

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