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Riptide | [Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child]

Riptide

A centuries-old, cursed pirate's treasure, valued at over $2 billion, lies deep within the treacherous waters off the coast of Maine. Men who have attempted to unearth the fortune have suffered gruesome deaths. Will a high-tech expedition meet the same fate?
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Publisher's Summary

A centuries-old, cursed pirate's treasure, valued at over $2 billion, lies deep within the treacherous waters off the coast of Maine. Men who have attempted to unearth the fortune have suffered gruesome deaths. Will a high-tech expedition meet the same fate?

©1999 Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (P)2010 Hachette

What the Critics Say

"Yo ho ho? get ready for a ripping good yarn.... This nonstop action adventure has all the elements of a perfect summertime thriller - pirate treasure of unimaginable worth, 300-year-old cryptograms written in invisible ink, a legendary curse, and a driven captain who will stop at nothing to reach his goal. The red-hot authors of Reliquary score another big winner." (Library Journal)

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    Allan Los Angeles, CA, United States 06-13-11
    Allan Los Angeles, CA, United States 06-13-11 Member Since 2010
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    "very cinematic. high tech meets pirate treasure."

    This novel is centered around a real mystery in Nova Scotia called the Money Pit. The authors have done a great job fictionalizing this real phenom and asking what if some zillionaire with all the most high tech toys and dream-team crew attacked the problem. And then, what might the most awesome truth underneath the treasure actually be, in the most cinematic of circumstances. Well played, I say. My only complaint is that the inevitable "turning evil" of certain people is a touch too predictable, sudden, and extreme. But the thought they have put into the above issues is thrilling in its thoroughness and sophistication. Nice job.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Randy harvard, IL, United States 08-24-10
    Randy harvard, IL, United States 08-24-10
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    "another awesome preston/child book!"

    i always love the preston/child books- esp. the pendergast ones. and even though this is not an agent pendergast novel i enjoyed it immensely. worth the money ;)

    16 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew SEATTLE, WA, United States 08-24-10
    Matthew SEATTLE, WA, United States 08-24-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Ripping Yarns"

    Simply put, this is a classic Preston/Child/Brick story, with many twists and decent character development. The action scenes drag abit, but the story is full of enough historical information and plot development to keep fans of this genre fully satisfied. I recommend this!

    15 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Steve Portales, NM, United States 12-04-11
    Steve Portales, NM, United States 12-04-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Great treasure hunt mystery."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Riptide to be better than the print version?

    Possibly, though reading a book will always be better for me.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Unraveling the mystery of what's hidden in the island.


    Any additional comments?

    Preston and Child are great at incorporating historical elements into mysteries and creating believable plots.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Alan ORANGE PARK, FL, United States 01-24-12
    Alan ORANGE PARK, FL, United States 01-24-12 Member Since 2011

    Really enjoy listening to these books sure am glad I was introduced to Audible. Best dollar I've ever spent.

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    "Great Story Line"

    Fully enjoyed this book.
    The story was well writen and presented by the narrator.
    Exciting and I hated to come to the end would have listen to many more hours of the story.
    It's the kind of story I've come to expect from these two authors.
    You'll enjoy it I'm sure of it.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    MidwestGeek Ann Arbor, MI, United States 02-19-12
    MidwestGeek Ann Arbor, MI, United States 02-19-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Too long; too predictable; mismatched narrator."

    This was my first book by Preston & Child. The story was interesting and the main characters well developed. On the other hand, it dragged at times with too many irrelevant asides. The length could have been cut by about 25% with a corresponding increase in tension and excitement. The outcome was foreseeable even if the details were not. I am not a doctor, but even I came to anticipate the true cause of the anomalies and illnesses long before Hatch.

    Scott Brick is a good narrator, a clear speaker, and I have listened to him read other books. However, his talents are apparently not well-suited to this style of novel. Some things are done quite well, such as emulating a French accent. However, in emotional situations, his voice became softer and artificially higher, and nearly every sentence ended with a falloff in amplitude. It was more irritating than effective. I found myself rewinding and turning up the volume temporarily.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Alan Tracy, CA, United States 10-16-12
    Alan Tracy, CA, United States 10-16-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Otherwise dependable Brick lays a brick, here."

    Ok, this is my first review. I've listened to well over 300 audiobooks, but never felt compelled to open my big mouth. However... I'm only a about a third of the way through Riptide, but Scott Brick's reading is about to make me scream! EVERY line, from the mundane to the truly dramatic, is delivered with the same tone of over-the-top gravitas, as if each and every sentence was the most important line in the book. There is no nuance or shading, no sense of the rise and fall of tension in the story. That takes some work to listen to, because you have to constantly weigh each utterance for content...is THIS line really as gripping as Brick wants me to believe? I've listened to about 15 other books narrated by Brick and have never had much of an issue with him until now. I have to suppose that it's an aberation. I won't write him off just yet. Oh, about the story...I'd say it's a passable 'read' for my commute. Not great, but somewhat engaging. Another reviewer mentioned listening at 2x speed. Maybe that's not such a bad idea.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    tore sarpsborg, Norway 12-04-10
    tore sarpsborg, Norway 12-04-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Hard to pause"

    Again a good Preston/Child book.. I like this book werry much, it keeps the suspense from start to
    finish, Its hard to press pause and put down, Scott Brikk lso does a good narrator job..
    You cant go wrong with this buy.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Yurgel queen creek, AZ, United States 10-19-10
    Yurgel queen creek, AZ, United States 10-19-10
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    "they did it again"

    Wow they did it again after reading The Ice Limit I didnt think they could top themselves but they did here!

    Great characters. Great story very thrilling. And best of all . the ending is amazing

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Brewster, NY, United States 01-19-11
    Mark Brewster, NY, United States 01-19-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Please Read!!!"

    I have listened to almost 200 audio books over the years, and I must say this is one of the best yet. Great story and great narration. Well worth burning a credit on this book.

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
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