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
"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)
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
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.
Sci-fi, mystery and action-adventure fan
I'm always a sucker for a good pirate treasure or swashbuckling novel. Riptide isn't a pirate novel, but it is about the search for pirate treasure.
The story is a bit like a cross between a Michael Crichton novel and a Dan Brown novel in that it features a lot of high-tech equipment with a story that deals with secrets and hidden treasure.
Riptide starts off a little slowly but it picks up pace eventually and reaches quite an exciting (though slightly far-fetched) conclusion.
Overall, a good listen, with narrator Scott Brick providing a solid reading, though it's not his best work.
I like the Preston/Child combo - would still put Relic and a few others (i.e., the Pendergast series) much ahead of this story. It's ok - pretty slow and a not too all exciting experience overall. Reader is fine - if the story was an hour vs 8 hours I'd give it 5 starts.
More action, more creative, less flashbacks which have no bearing on the story...
Reader did a good job
Maybe a made for TV movie
Read the Pendergast books before this one...they are much better.
Yes, I love the Pendergast novels but I will try to avoid books narrated by Scott Brick since I am having a problem divorcing his voice from the Dune novels he has previously recorded.
Though I thought many of the characters were predictable. The overall plot was comforting in its predictability.
This narrator offers the same performance in this novel as he has every other story I have ever heard him narrate. I often forgot that I wasn't listending to a Dune novel but another story entirely. Though I once really liked this narrator, the constant sense of impending doom he broadcasts has started to take away from the storylines for me.
As I haven't finished the book yet and am having a problem motivating myself to do so, I can't comment on the need for a follow-up.
The action and plotting in the story are very good. There are some rough places where characters act ridiculously obtuse or change motivations without warning, and sometimes you wonder if the medicine and science has any basis in fact. Mostly, though, it's a fun story with a fun premise and basic but interesting characters. It's a good book to keep you alert on a long drive.
I LOVE Audible
I am about 3/4 of the way through the story... and just can't finish it. The book seems to go on and on and on. One tense scene after another, it never ends.
Unfortunately I don't think I will finish this one.
Story is ok... a little like the Goonies. Too drawn out.
Narrator sounds like he is leading a guided meditation.
The story was predictable, but entertaining. It was Scott Brick's grating narration that made it difficult to listen to this book. The worst offense was Brick's version of a female with a french accent - did he (and the editors) really think this was a good idea? I have listened to Brick's other books and didn't find them as obnoxious as this one, but I will not be purchasing another book with Brick as narrator.
No It was an entertaining book for relaxation. Usual mystery / thriller type - not outstanding but met my expectations for relaxation. I however would not have purchased if it was not being sold with a special deal.
Scott Brick, who I realize is one of the favorite narrators, is just not my favorite.He sounds the same book to book with the same inflections of voice and tone- sometimes sounds like a whine.I always feel that he plays the same character. He is not my favorite but usually I can listen depending on my purpose and length of the book. However I will often not purchase a book because he is the narrator.
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