- Paperback: 560 pages
- Publisher: Penguin UK (Oct. 1 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 014102819X
- ISBN-13: 978-0141028194
- Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 4.1 x 18.1 cm
- Shipping Weight: 381 g
- Average Customer Review: 13 customer reviews
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About the Author
Clive Cussler (Author) Clive Cussler is the author and co-author of a great number of international bestsellers, including the famous Dirk Pitt (R) adventures, such as Odessa Sea; the NUMA (R) Files adventures, most recently Nighthawk; the Oregon Files, such as Typhoon Fury; the Isaac Bell historical thrillers, which began with The Chase; and the recent Fargo Adventures which lastly included The Romanov Ransom. He lives in Arizona.Dirk Cussler (Author) Dirk Cussler, the son of Clive Cussler, has an MBA from Berkeley. He is the co-author of Crescent Dawn, Black Wind, Treasure of Khan, Arctic Drift, Poseidon's Arrow and Havana Storm.
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Dirk Pitt with his sidekick Al Giordino takes us on another wild adventure, a mystery spanning from Siberia to Mongolia.
Cussler opens in his customary prologue, starting in Hakata Bay, Japan 1281 to Shang-Tu, China 1937 and from there things unfold at a fast pace to lake Baikal Siberia 2007.
While surveying for oil seepage a team of geophysicists are caught in the aftermath of a massive earthquake and subsequent seiche... What appears to be a simple act of nature, triggers further investigation...From there, we embark on a wild and never ending ride.
While Dirk Pitt and his teammate Al Giordino are tracking the lake's currents, they are nearly killed. Our heroes set out on the trail to find the mysterious mogul behind this sinister plot.... The adventure is full of intrigue as they face one peril after another and in typical Cussler fashion, they encounter an army of trained warriors and obstacles, naturally, they manage to outwit everyone....
The action is rolling on every page with surprises, lots of history, implausible bravado and close calls of his heroes. The story is just plain fun and enjoyable, you find everything you come to expect from a Clive Cussler's novel. Not only we have the familiar cast of lovable characters in Dirk and Al and some villains to hate, we find Summer and Dirk Jr as supporting characters in some very tight and exciting situations.
Cussler is a master at delivering the unimaginable, a mind controlling fantasy, the ultimate ride to the end.
Here's the good news: Treasure of Khan is mostly about Dirk Senior and Al Giordino rather than Dirk Junior and Summer. Here's the bad news: The swagger is mostly missing.
Treasure of Khan follows the proven Clive Cussler recipe for a Dirk Pitt Adventure, but in a coolly scientific way, rather than with passion. The physical action is often strangely cerebral rather than gut-wrenching. That's the main disappointment in this book.
But many of the elements work well: Opening sequences from historical times that create and illuminate modern mysteries; excellent choices of technical solutions to complex, time-limited problems; great looks at vintage vehicles; explaining about scientific phenomena that can create bizarre results; and dressing the modern villains in historical color. In many ways, Treasure of Khan may be the best researched and explained of the Dirk Pitt books.
The plot to tie it all together barely works, however. Any reader will punch big holes in this plot. It often makes almost no sense, except to tie together story strands that might otherwise have remained untied. The problem is that the authors have probably tried to tie a few too many things together. A more focused story would have been more interesting and compelling.
Another lesson of this book is that forays away from water should be brief. An extended desert journey just slows the story down.
Any Clive Cussler fan will be glad to have read this book, even if it isn't the best one in the series.
I loved the exotic settings that brought the reader all around the world. There is some mystery to this novel. I found myself wondering what the villain's motiviations were and where the story was going. I liked the introduction of the secondary characters throughout the book. It is not often that a Cussler novel deviates from the standard cast of characters and I feel this brought more realizism to the novel. You always know that Cussler and his band of merry men - and women - will always make it out alive but these new characters introduced a hint of drama. I didn't know their fates and this suspense was quite nice.
Now, this is still a Cussler novel so expect unrealistic story and plot, super human acts of heroism and a little romance. If you are planning on spending some time on a beach with a book. This wouldn't be a bad choice.
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