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Treasure School & Library Binding – Oct 15 1989


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  • School & Library Binding: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Turtleback Books (Oct. 15 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 061329372X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0613293723
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 3.2 x 17.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 295 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,059,874 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When the great Library of Alexandria was ordered sacked in A.D. 391, could some of its fabulous art treasures and volumes from its magnificent library have escaped the flames and been ferried across the Atlantic? It's an improbable if intriguing notion, but probability is not the strong suit of this wild charade of a novel that features the greatest treasure hunt of all timesome 1600 years after the fabulous riches disappeared. The narrative also encompasses the bloody attempts of two supposedly religious fanatics (who turn out to be brothers in a "criminal dynasty") to seize power in Egypt and Mexico, respectively; the kidnapping of the legitimate presidents of those two countries aboard a cruise ship; and the dazzling exploits of the green-eyed Dirk Pitt, a super-James Bond type whom "no woman could completely possess." These exploits include tracking the cruise ship to Tierra del Fuego, defeating, with the aid of some Special Forces agents, hordes of Arab and Mexican terrorists in several brutal encounters, and locating and saving the treasure. It's essentially schoolboy stuff, and it leads one to surmise that Cussler, author of the bestselling Cyclops, may have been so intent on packing his tale with action that he forgot about credibility altogether. Paperback rights to Pocket Books; Literary Guild main selection.
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'Much fun, crisply told, with exciting special effects' Kirkus Review 'A page-turning romp that achieves a level of fast-paced action and derring-do...solidly entertaining' Publishers Weekly 'Clive Cussler is the guy I read' Tom Clancy 'Clive Cussler and Dirk Pitt are the first names in adventure' Stephen Coonts --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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I have recently just started reading Clive Cussler's series of books about Dirk Pitt and his adventures. This is about the 5th book I've read in the series and I have loved every book so far, and this book is no exception.
Treasure includes everything you would expect from a Dirk Pitt novel; action, suspense, mystery and comedy. I loved all of the action and suspense, which was on almost every page of the book, plus I was able to laugh at the jokes and humor in the book. It kept me reading the book for hours at a time, never able to put it down.
If I had to pick out the worst points in the book, I would choose the parts that had to do with politics. I found those parts to really bore me. I would rather read more about Dirk Pitt and his adventures than about politicians in Washington having a meeting. But those parts only do show up a few times in the book so it's not too bad.
Overall Treasure was exciting and like most of Clive Cussler's books, was a great read. Now on to the next Dirk Pitt adventure!
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Dear reader, you are well warned: If you are on vacation and you see Dirk Pitt... get the heck out of the man's way! Something spectacular is about to happen and he will most certainly find himself involved.
Here we go again... Same, same, same, same... Cussler starts off with an historical perspective to a mystery (the lost library of Alexandria), brings us to present day with the almighty Dirk Pitt (a plane crash and ancient ship wreck in the arctic). Somehow Pitt falls face first into something that is about to be the destruction of everything we know if he doesn't race in by superhuman means and save the planet from certain destruction.
Did this guy learn to write books after memorizing 1930's comic books or Doc Savage novels?
The action and adventure keep you reading, as usual. As far as adventure and storyline go, this may be one of the more entertaining Cussler selections, but dear reader may find as I have that with invincible characters and action such as these, it is difficult to read one Cussler book right after another. If you can't stomach much more, go and read about ten really horrible books and then pick up a Cussler novel. It will seem like the best thing you've read in a long time. Any person's opinion of a story is only a reflection of what they have already or recently experienced.
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Wow! What a premise...what if the biggest and best treasures of the Alexandria Library were spirited away and hidden someplace NOBODY would EVER think to find them...? We are talking about THE greatest artifacts known to the ancient world, and could they actually be in TEXAS?!? Well that is just a PART of what is happening here. A fanatical Mexican leader is brewing up a volcano that is about to erupt on the American/Mexican Boarder with potentially catastrophic results. But this too is just a PART of what is happening in this wonderful novel. As usual Pitt comes across an amazingly terrible bad guy (I just wonder HOW Cussler makes these guys even worse than the previous guys...) who is not above ANYTHING to get what he wants. The difference here is that we don't have just ONE bad guy, but TWO. From our first meeting with Dirk Pitt's Father (Senator Pitt) to a hair raising will-they-make-it-or-won't-they death trap at the bottom of the world aboard a cruise ship that literally disappears...if you wanna know more, you just HAVE to pick up this complex thriller. A bit more than the usual plot-twisting for Cussler, but don't worry, he doesn't fail in his resolve to give us what we want: a FUN BOOK TO READ. Way to go Clive! As far as reading this book goes, JUST DO IT!
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By A Customer on July 22 1998
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I felt the same way about this book that I felt about books that I was forced to read in Junior High; you feel you have to read them to get some sort of credit (grade), but there is no real enjoyment involved. I had to read this book (not this particular book, but any cussler book) to see what the big deal was. I had seen people read him on the bus I ride to work and I read a few of the reviews here and wanted to see if I was missing anything. Turns out I wasn't. I read Treasure with disappointment and started Shock Wave but couldn't finish it (got to page 78 before my interest just simply dwindled away). I wish someone could articulate (without the flowery prose contained in these reviews) what this guy's attraction is. I found him to be totally lacking in the skills that writers such as Tom Clancy and Thomas Harris show so effortlessly. His audience seems to be foursquare in their praise for him, however, and that mystifies me. It really does...
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By A Customer on May 29 1999
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TREASURE was the first Clive Cussler novel I had ever fully read. I'd got SHOCK WAVE out of the library but my interest wandered after about five pages because it was so boring. I then read TREASURE. The opening sequence is better than most. Most of them have a boring sequence of a boat sinking, but TREASURE opens with a battle scene which is far better than any other. The next thing to happen is an airline disaster, then a zany car chase down a ski slope (it's the best scene in any Dirk Pitt book of the three that I've read), a shootout at a chalet in the snow, another shootout in a mill, and finally and hand-to-hand fight scene inside the library of Alexandria. As I read the other Clive Cussler books, I realised that the dialogue was terrible for an experienced author (my favourie exerpts are "His diabolic mind" and "a sandy beach")and there are many, MANY boring scenes with politicians in every single book. Okay.
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