Corsair by Clive Cussler and Jack Dubrul is the sixth novel in their co-authored Oregon Files series. Captained by Juan Cabrillo, the Oregon is a modern-day Trojan Horse – a vessel that, on the outside, appears broken down and in disrepair, but actually holds sophisticated equipment and powerful weaponry.
Corsair opens with a prologue set during the Barbary pirate war, in which American ships raid a heavily defended port. The battle and ensuing chase are told in Cussler’s trademark thrilling style, and serves as an enticing appetizer for the story to follow.
Like all Cussler books, particulary the co-authored novels, action is paramount. Dubrul writes action sequences well, and pays a bit more attention to details about weaponry and technology than do Cussler and his other co-authors. Consequently the Oregon Files books will hold more appeal to fans of military fiction than will some of the other Cussler titles. I enjoy more mystery and less combat, but that is a matter if personal taste, and doubtless there are plenty of Cussler fans for whom the reverse is true. The plot is moderately engaging. I never reached a point where I wanted to put the book down, nor did it keep me up at night. Characterization is not a strength. Cabrillo is a solid action hero, but no one else in the remaining cast of characters stands out. Overall, Corsair is an above-average adventure story, and a relaxing way to spend a few evenings or a weekend.Powered by Sidelines