The Book Is Done

Speaking of The Golden Buddha. Based on my previous messages, will you be surprised when I tell you the “Corporation” accomplished everything they want to do, as well as avoiding no injuries within the corporation people worse than a couple of cracked ribs? I’m not going to give away the plot, if any of you want to read the book. The ending was very predictable, as well.

This book is definitely trade-in or donate material. It’s the second Clive Cusler that I’ve read where he co-authored the book. The other was with Paul Kemprekos. I didn’t like that one either.

For those of you unfamiliar with the Dirk Pitt and Al Giordino stories, they do some corny things, they get captured, they have to escape, they have to rescue pretty girls, they steal and drive/pilot cool cars and boat. In fact, every car that Cussler writes about that Dirk has in his hangar/garage, Cussler owns that actual car, stored either in Evergreen, Colorado or I think Phoenix, Arizona. And, in most of his earlier books, Cussler also wrote a very small cameo bit for himself in every book.

I’m not giving up on Cussler. I’m just not going to buy a book where Clive is sharing the cover with another author.

My current book

I love to read! Any chance I get to read, I will. That being said, I’m finding it hard to get through my current book.

I’m reading “Golden Buddha” by Clive Cussler. I’ve read tons of his works. The early books he wrote chronicled the adventures of Dirk Pitt and Al Giordino. While his story lines can be far fetched and somewhat corny, they provide a fun read and an escape from reality. This book isn’t a Dirk Pitt book. It’s a Juan Cabrillo book. Cussler introduced Cabrillo in what I believe was his last Dirk Pitt novel. This book is Cabrillo’s first book all about him and his corporation. The cast of regular characters is so long and confusing, Cussler includes a listing of the primary characters in the book, along with their role in “the corporation” (if they belong to the corporation) or their role as villains or heroes in the story. After getting into this book and referring back to the cast of characters on numerous occasions to remember who is who, I find it to be a tedious read. The Dirk Pitt books had a primary cast of 5 or 6 regulars (Pitt, Giordino, Sandecker, Gunn, and Loren (with the violet eyes), Dirk’s on-again-off-again main squeeze.) Now, I haven’t read a Dirk Pitt novel in probably a year or more, but I was able to come up with these names in less than 30 seconds, with no Googling. 🙂 If you asked me more than Juan Cabrillo in this current novel, I’d have to refer to the book.

What all this says, in way too many words, is I’m finding this book challenging to get to the last chapter. When I do, I won’t be picking up another Juan Cabrillo novel again! I picked up one of Cussler’s “Kirt Austin” novels that he co-authors with Paul Kemprecos, and found that almost as annoying as this book I’m reading now.

I should read another Dirk Pitt novel, so I can write some good things about Clive Cussler, because I’ve read over a dozen of his other novels and thoroughly enjoyed them all!