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A Good Novel From The Oregon Files
on October 8, 2012
The Oregon Files is one of my favorite Clive Cussler series (along with Isaac Bell and the Fargos), and "Corsair" maintains the fast-paced adventure found in all of Cussler's novels.
200 years ago, the Barbary Pirates ruled the high seas, pillaging ships and capturing their crews. One such pirate was named Sulieman Al-Jama. In a duel with an American ship, Al-Jama's is severely damaged. An American, Henry Lafayette, boarded Al-Jama's ship and grappled with him. The two fall into the water, and Lafayette manages to pull Al-Jama to safety. For two years, the men lived together. In this time, Al-Jama and Lafayette agreed that Christians and Muslims could live together without fighting. Al-Jama wrote his beliefs down and stored them away.
Fast-forward 200 years. A major peace conference is about to take place in Tripoli, Libya. Leading the conference is American Secretary of State Fiona Katamoro. On her way to the conference, her plane crashes with no trace of her. Distrusting the Libyans, the CIA hires Juan Cabrillo and the members of his Corporation to search for her. They manage to find the wreckage of the plane, but the Secretary has vanished. This sets in motion a chain reaction of events, including the discovery of a Muslim terrorist who goes by the name of Sulieman Al-Jama, just like the pirate from 200 years earlier. Corrupt terrorists have also infiltrated Qaddafi's government, hoping to stop the peace conference. Cabrillo and the Corporation face their toughest challenge yet, and the Secretary of State's life depends on them.
I've become a big fan of the "Oregon Files" series. Each book is loaded with action, and the characters are well-developed. The stories almost always are influenced by current world-wide events and it's fun trying to guess how Cabrillo and his team will succeed with their mission.
I recommend "Corsair" very highly. The story is full of plot twists, and just when you think you have the bad guy figured out, Cussler will throw the reader a curve ball. Adventure readers will really enjoy "Corsair".