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I am a massive fan of Clive Cussler books and have read many of his books. This was one that i had not read before and i was looking forward to reading it. This is the first book in the Oregon files and therefore introduces us to the cast and crew of the oregon ship. The fist page contains a list of all of the characters and who they are. I found this really useful as there are alot of characters in this book and i frequently found myself referring back to the list. The storyline is about an ancient artefact that is stolen from the Dalai Lama as he leaves Tibet to go into exile. The crew of the oregon have been tasked with retrieving the artefact and returning it to the Dalai Lama and to use secret documents hidden inside the Golden Budda to return the Dalai Lama to Tibet and to free Tibet from the Chinese. Overall i thought it was a good book and very interesting. However due to the number of characters and number of things going on i found it a bit complicated.
Golden Buddha is the first novel from the 'Oregon Files' series by Clive Cussler. We are given a list of all the crew members at the start of the book, and this is absolutely essential to have any chance of keeping up with the story. The plotline is fast paced, and is at times hard to keep track of who is doing what, as this is the first time we are introduced to the characters and there are a lot of characters. The plot revolves around a plan to return the Dalai Lama to Tibet and free Tibet from Chinese occupation. In order to achieve this the crew of the Oregon must find a golden Buddha statue which was stolen from the Dalai Lama during his flight from Tibet, and find the hidden compartment within the statue. Inside the compartment are documents which will provide Tibet with the power to get rid of the occupying Chinese power. The documents turn out to show details of oil fields in the mountains. Tibet then forms an alliance with Russia and the USA to negotiate China's retreat from Tibet in turn for a guaranteed supply of oil at a favourable rate to the oil poor nation. The Chinese accept the terms in the face of a growing Russian military force along the Mongolian border and leave Tibet. The Dalai Lama is then able to return in peace to his country. Overall, the story was gripping and an absorbing read. However, I struggled to keep up with which character was doing what as the book shifted to different parts of the plot.