Reviews: The Oregon Files

The Oregon Files: Corsair

I picked up Corsair at random in the gift shop of a ferry to help me pass the time. What I found, was the most over-the top, entertainingly ridiculous books I have ever read.

Corsair reads like something written by a bored fourth grader, and in this particular case, that's a good thing. Just like the Adam West Batman, the protagonists in this book seem to have whatever device they need to solve any given situation. Instead of coming across as weak and cheesy though, the way it's written just makes you want to cheer. Reading this is simply cathartic. The good guys win, and they win with high-tech gizmos and explosions. The bad guys lose, and it's clear who they are, for the most part.

You wish that your fourth grade daydreams were this awesome, and the best part is the author uses real, cutting edge technology, making it seem that much more believable. You feel a sense of sympathetic accomplishment that the human race has created such marvels.

To summarize, this book is just a wild, entertaining romp. It never jumps the shark, because every time you think it does, it just gets better. At one point, a bad guy escapes from the evil, turban wearing, middle-eastern terrorists by grabbing a convenient nearby evil, turban wearing, middle-eastern terrorist and surfing him to death down a rock-slide. He got there in the first place by punching one of them out when they went behind a rock, then stole their clothes and pretended to be one of them. It just screams of Johnny Quest and other old action shows. Before you know it, a protagonist is having a fist fight with a GIANT, evil, turban wearing, middle-eastern terrorist on top of a speeding train car, while trying to cross a bridge before it explodes, while being shot at by rocket launchers and outrunning an even bigger train, that's on fire. He wins the fight by tearing off his own prosthetic leg and bludgeoning his opponent with it. These sort of situations crop up again and again in this book, and they never feel corny.

My thoughts on the book are represented well by the fact that if the iconic boat "Oregon" had transformed into a battle mech, and flown off into space to do battle with a giant moon monster for supremacy of the earth, I would not have been remotely surprised. In fact, I'm kind of disappointed it didn't. That is what sort of book this is, and it is awesome.