In this first feature-length adventure, the enigmatic captain of the Oregon, Juan Cabrillo and his crew of expert intelligence and naval men must put Tibet back in the hands of the Dalai Lama by striking a deal with the Russians and the Chinese. His gambling chip is a Golden Buddha containing records of vast oil reserves in the disputed land. But first, he’ll have to locate – and steal – the all-important artifact. And there are certain people who would do anything in their power to see him fail…
Received this book as part of a two book swap on PBS. It looks interesting, I’ve only read one Cussler book before and really loved it. I hope this one is just as good.
New York City, 1972 – Catherine Velis is a computer expert for a Big Eight accounting firm. Before heading off to an assignment in Algeria, Cat is approached by an antiques dealer with a mysterious offer: His anonymous client is trying to collect the pieces of an ancient chess service, purported to be in Algeria. If Cat can bring them back, there will be a generous reward. The south of France, 1790 – France is aflame with revolution, and two young novices – Mireille de Remy and her cousin Valentine – burn to rebel against their constricted convent life at Montglane Abbey. Now their means of escape is at hand. Buried deep within the abbey are the pieces of a chess service once owned by Charlemagne. Whoever has all the pieces can play a game of unlimited power. But to keep the Game a secret from those who would abuse it, the pieces must be scattered throughout the world.
This was the second in the two book swap from PBS and the one that I really wanted. I’ve had this one on my reminder list for quite some time and jumped at the opportunity to finally get it. I hope that it’s as good as I think it will be!