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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: SIMON & SCHUSTER LTD (1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0684819481
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684819488
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 15.6 x 4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 680 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (142 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,073,939 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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AS IF SHE WERE STRUGGLING out of a bottomless pit, consciousness slowly returned to Ling T'ai. Read the first page
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By Nicole Laliberte on May 19 2013
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
Great Book.Being a fan of the Oregon files series,I Now know how it all began.I can't wait for their next adventure.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Keith Hunt on Jan. 8 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
A ship carrying priceless Chinese art treasures sinks in a storm in 1948. Decades later, locating this lost ship becomes one of the goals of a super-rich, greedy Chinaman. In walks the infallible super wonder, Dirk Pitt. He just happens upon one of the many dastardly deeds that super greedy evil Chinaman is doing in efforts to amass his immeasurable fortune: the smuggling and enslavement of Chinese immigrants to America. Pitt saves the day by fouling and exposing his smuggling operation and beating the rich, evil scumbag to the location of the lost ship.
Dear reader will recognize a predictably formulaic Cussler story, but nonetheless enjoy it, as he has all his other creations. They are a consistent source of non-stop action and adventure! There is never a straight line of chaos in a Cussler story. There always seems to be a multitude of misdeeds going on all at once. Flood Tide remains consistent, since Dirk Pitt manages to play a hand in the corruption of all these dirty deeds and save the day. It is quite an enjoyable story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By pmuehling on Dec 20 2003
Format: Hardcover
I have been a CUSSLER fan for years and I will continue to read his novels, however, this is not one of Clive's strongest novels. The flow is lacking. The classic Cussler tie from history to current era does not flow well. The treasure recovery is a side bar to maintain his traditional pattern but really is secondary to the story. Even with the red herrings the plot is predictable. I think the hand was tipped early when he spoke of the Mississippi in the early chapters. After the that we didn't guess what would happen but read to find out how. I also was surprised to see Clive refer to the world famous RCMP as the "Canadian Royal Mounted Police". I would still recommend this and will continue to read his novels. Not every book will be a five.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David W. Nicholas on Sept. 29 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Maybe I'm getting jaded. I used to like these novels back some time ago, with the silly preposterous chases and the historical settings and artifacts. You get everything from a battleship turned into a monument turning its guns on the capital to the ghost of a WW1 flying ace strafing a U.S. Air Force base and getting revenge. I mean everything. The main character is a cross between Jacques Cousteau and Indiana Jones, except he has more sex appeal than James Bond. Everything's always very lurid, with the hero (Dirk Pitt) getting horribly upset and desiring revenge at the expense of the villain.
The plot doesn't make much sense, or really matter that much. In this instance, Pitt's vacationing at a lake in Oregon when a billionaire Chinese lunatic tries to use the lake as a dumping ground for useless illegal Chinese immigrants (I kid you not) and of course Pitt rescues them. It turns out that the government wants Pitt and his team to explore the billionaire's operations (by one of Cussler's patented preposterous coincidences) and so off we go.
There are many adventurous things in this book, chases involving boats, cars, submarines, ultralight gliders, and so forth. Gunfire and sex abound (though the sex is tastefully done, I will say that) and the humor is kind of lame.
If you're into this sort of thing I suppose this was fun. Somehow, I think I've reached my threshhold of disbelief.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By "gseattle" on Jan. 25 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is another of Clive Cussler's Dirk Pitt novels. While not fine reading, it is extremely entertaining. All the Dirk Pitt novels follow the same basic storyline, but that doesn't mean you know how Dirk will solve the mystery or defeat the bad guy (which he always does)!
This story starts out (after the chapter describing a scene from the past that figures into the culmination of the book) with Pitt vacationing on a small lake in Washington State (I especially like that since I am a native Washingtonian). Immediately he is pulled into trying to discover the secret behind a Chinese shipping mogul's secret resort. After finding the lakebed is covered with dead bodies, Pitt predictably tries to find the answer to the mystery. This only pulls him in deeper and he ends up rescuing the heroin of the story, an INS agent posing as an illegal Chinese immigrant who is destined for the bottom on the lake.
Through many twists and turns (literally) and close calls, Dirk and Julia (the INS agent) end up breaking the smuggling ring, solving the mystery of lost treasure, and destroying the "bad guy." What more could you ask for?
For light reading that gets you away from reality and even gives you a laugh sometimes it's a great book. If you're looking for serious reading I wouldn't recommend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Peterson on Sept. 24 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I liked this book a lot. It took me FOREVER to read, but that's because I was really busy. The story moved fairly quickly, with the usual background before the actual story. The images that were evoked during the course of this book were hair raising--from Orion Lake to the Great Lakes.
In this book, Dirk fights the dastardly Chinese multi-billionaire Qin Shang. Qin Shang is importing illegal Chinese immigrants, and is also in pursuit of priceless Chinese artifacts. Dirk is also fighting the White House, and his injured/tired body.
All in all, a good read--sure Cussler has a "formula" going, but that doesn't stop him from crafting a great story with many twists and turns.
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