Golden Buddha is the first novel in the Oregon Files and was written by Clive Cussler and Craig Dirgo.
This story had a release date of October 1, 2003.
Golden Buddha book description
Juan Cabrillo’s first adventure with the Oregon – a state of the art spy ship disguised as a nondescript lumber hauler – takes him and his crew into dangerous waters, as they try to put Tibet back in the hands of the Dalai Lama by striking a deal with the Russians and the Chinese.
Cabrillo’s 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…