The Oregon Files series of books are a series of techno-thrillers co-authored by Clive Cussler, along with Craig Dirgo, who co-authored the firsts two books in the series, Jack Du Brul, who co-authored the following seven books, and then Boyd Morrison, who has taken over the reins from the preceding co-authors. The books centre around an organisation simply known as the Corporation, which is led by Juan Cabrillo. The series of books takes its name from the Corporation’s ship, the Oregon, and the series is essentially the case files from the ship, hence the Oregon Files series of books. While the Oregon possesses the look of a broken-down and battered junker, it is, in fact, a seriously high-tech ship, capable of intelligence gathering and covert operations.
Order of The Oregon Files Series
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The Oregon Files entails stories of the Oregon, a ship that Cussler introduced in his 1997 Dirk Pitt novel Flood Tide. The Oregon appears to be a worn-out freighter on the outside but on the inside it is a high-tech ship that uses the latest advancements in technology to navigate the waters and find all sorts of objects.
The Oregon is run by a “Corporation” that is never named nor is it explained as to what the group does. Juan Cabrillo, the chairman of the Corporation, is the head character. There are many other important figures in this organization including Corporation President Max Hanley, helicopter pilot George Adams and communications expert Hali Kasim.
The Corporation essentially works as a business of sorts as it takes jobs from the CIA and works with the intention of fighting crime. The people here work with many functions including computer hacking, sniping and espionage as a means of completing their objectives.
The books are popular among fans of naval literature and of those who are interested in suspense. The stories carry a great deal of international intrigue and feature many memorable characters that are unlike many others around the world.
The first book in the Oregon Files series of books, Golden Buddha, was co-authored by Clive Cussler and Craig Dirgo, and was released in 2003. In Golden Buddha, we are introduced to the Corporation, and their leader, Juan Cabrillo, when they are hired to recover the Golden Buddha, a statue which was, until 1959, in the possession of the Dalai Lama, until it was stolen. However, the Corporation soon realise that the Golden Buddha is far more important than they first realise, and that the future of an entire nation could be at stake. The Corporation must try and outsmart both the Russians and the Chinese in their efforts, and also risk their own lives in the pursuit of a successful mission.
The second book in the Oregon Files series, Sacred Stone, was also co-authored by Clive Cussler and Craig Dirgo. However, the third book in the series, Dark Watch, which was released in 2005, was the first of seven books in which Jack Du Brul joined Cussler as co-author, taking over from Dirgo. Much like Golden Buddha, the Russians and Chinese play a pivotal role as protagonists in the storyline. When a team of Russian scientists are sent out to find ore deposits, and all but one ends up dead, a lot of questions are brought to the fore in one man’s pursuit of riches. Not only that, but in the process of their investigations, the Corporation uncover human trafficking rings and a slavery racket.
Jack Du Brul continued as Clive Cussler’s co-auther on the Oregon Files for Skeleton Coast, released in 2006, Plague Ship, released in 2008, Corsair in 2009, The Silent Sea in 2010, The Jungle in 2011 and Mirage in 2013.
In 2015, Boyd Morrison took over from Jack Du Brul, and the first book he co-authored with Cliver Cussler in the Oregon Files series was Piranha, which sees the Organisation face an attack from an unknown assailant as they fake the sinking of the Oregon. They need to work out how their assailant is always one step ahead of them, while also trying to stop one man intent on world domination.
Best Oregon Files Books
Golden Buddha: The introduction to the Oregon Files series features Juan Cabrillo and the rest of the Corporation working to save Tibet as the Russians and Chinese begin to fight over the country. A golden Buddha statue is needed to help facilitate a compromise as it contains records of various oil reserves in the area. The Corporation has to find and retrieve the statue but there are many other organizations that are out to get it and will stop the Corporation by any means necessary.
Plague Ship: This 2008 book is the fifth series in the Oregon Files stories. A cruise ship is discovered with hundreds of dead bodies all around. The single survivor on the ship is found and reports that there is a cult out there trying to take as many lives as possible. The cult has already taken over the ship and is ready to do even more on land. To make things worse, the plans might have already been set in motion.
Corsair: This 2009 story has the Corporation looking for a missing American government figure in Libya. This soon leads to the discovery of ancient Islamic scrolls that many in Libya have been looking to find for generations. It all leads to a major naval battle with an Islamic terrorist group out to take over Libya and eliminate the American forces.
The Emperor’s Revenge: The eleventh book in the series, this was released in 2016. The Corporation’s finances are stolen and all points lead to a Ukrainian naval officer out to plot a major terror attack. This attack could not only kill millions of people but also cause the world’s economy to dwindle. This all leads to the revelation that what’s keeping this plan intact is a document that was stolen during Napoleon’s attempt at invading Russia.
Other Book Series You May Like
The “Admiral Arnold Morgan” series from Patrick Robinson is a popular series for fans of the Oregon Files books to read. The series is about an admiral who runs a large naval fleet that goes after many terror organizations and others aiming to threaten the United States. Morgan always brings his best men out for fights against those who might destroy civilization.
The “Deep Black” series from Stephen Coonts is the next big series to look forward to. This is about the Deep Black team of NSA agents that use high-end technology to fight cyber threats. The group is always out there to ensure world peace and to stop those who threaten the world.
The “Cotton Malone” series from Steve Berry is a third series for Oregon Files fans. Cotton Malone is an American agent who travels around the world and explores many ancient mysteries that have a direct link to the American government and various other governments from around the world.
Oregon Files FAQs
Q: Who writes the Oregon Files series of books?
A: The Oregon Files series are written by Clive Cussler, along with co-authors Craig Dirgo, Jack Du Brul and Boyd Morrison.
Q: What is the first book in the Oregon Files series of books?
A: The first book in the Oregon Files series is Golden Buddha, which was released in 2003.