When Dirk Pitt is nearly killed rescuing an oil survey team from a freak wave on Russia's Lake Baikal, it appears a simple act of nature. When the survey team is abducted and Pitt's research vessel is nearly sunk, however, it's obvious there's something more sinister involved. All trails lead to Mongolia, and a mysterious mogul who is conducting covert deals for supplying oil to the Chinese while wreaking havoc on global oil markets utilizing a secret technology. The Mongolian harbors a dream of restoring the conquests of his ancestors, and holds a dark secret about Genghis Khan that just might give him the wealth and power to make that dream come true.
From the frigid lakes of Siberia to the hot sands of the Gobi Desert, Dirk Pitt and Al Giordino find intrigue, adventure, and peril while collecting clues to the mysterious treasure of Xanadu. But first, they must keep the tycoon from murder - and the unleashing of a natural disaster of calamitous proportions.
Filled with breathtaking suspense and brilliant imagination, this novel is yet further proof that when it comes to adventure writing, nobody beats Clive Cussler.
Take another thrill ride with Dirk Pitt.
©2006 Clive Cussler; (P)2006 Penguin
"Dirk Pitt returns in a fast-paced adventure that takes the latter-day James Bond from a Russian lake to the sands of Mongolia in search of the treasure of Xanadu. Meanwhile, a murderous tycoon is bent on world domination, and only Pitt and his crack NUMA team can stop him." (Booklist)
I read all the time, or nearly. I always have, I guess, since I was very young ... and now, getting older, more audio than any other medium.
Dirk may be getting a little long in the tooth, but he's still up for adventure. You can count on Dirk. He'll be okay. And you will have fun along the way ... a few shivers ... a few laughs ... and some ideas definitely worth thinking on. Another winner from an author (now authors) who has doesn't know how to write a boring book. And may he never learn.
I have listenerd to more than 25 of Clive Cussler's books read by Scott Brigg! This is one of the best! Don't know why I waited so long to download. Maybe it was the graphic of the novel? This one has so many twist and turns and sub-plots.
Dirik Pitt always comes through in the end.....he's a novelistic superman!
He helps you live the characters raw emotions.
I love listening to Cussler....they make the day fly by. These audible.com books have lots of titles. I will be buying more every month.
Favs: sci-fi, fantasy, historic, mystery, suspense, classics, non-fiction, and a few westerns. I read a lot of YA (cleaner lang/less smut).
I always enjoy Cussler's books. Lots of suspense, plenty of adventure, the science feels real, and the villains are crazy without being unbelievable. There's very little language and hardly any gore.
I also love the narrator. He does a great job. Lots of inflection and he doesn't trip over the often foreign names of people and places. I think he sounds just like James Garner, who used to co-star in a lot of Doris Day films.
I love CC and, let's face it, if Scott Brick reads it, it is likely pretty decent. But I found this a bit hard to follow--a lot of skipping around geographically.
This isn't about Khan's treasure--really.
Clive Cussler was my father's favortie author, and Dirk Pitt was his favorite adventurer. This alone was the reason why i tryed this book. The story was action packed and thrilling... once it got going. This tale started at almost a snail's pace peppering in a few quick bits of action to still keep you interested but there was alot of build up. this being said however once the story reached its climax it was like riding the craziest thrill ride of action and adventure. i probably would have prefered the abridged version just to bypass some of the more mundane aspects of the story since there was alot of them. as for the narrator i was not a fan i felt that he failed to bring the heroes off the page and give them that third dimension. he did voices for the charictors but they seemed unimaginative and simmilar sounding unless that charictor had an accent. Dirk and Al, the heroes, sounded like a disco scumbag. i half exspected them to finish their lines with "We are two wild and crazy guys!". any charictor with an accent was preformed lazily and almost in a racial tone. in summary god action, slow story, terrible narration.
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