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)
Cussler really loves to jump around and build slowly, and sometimes it gets a little distracting and boring. Also the action was even more unbelievable and unrealistic than usual with slightly excessive cute banter. Overall still enjoyable. Love the subject matter.
Vast treasure, faraway places, thoroughly bad guys, the twins, Al, Rudy, and a great hisric mystery to be solved -all packed into 1 book. What else do you need for a fun read?
HI I'm Robert I'm 51 I'm retired - disabled, so now I enjoy a softer life style like reading or listening to books, gaming and cooking.
Yes I would, it was a enjoyable story
Any of the past Dirk Pitt novels. I would rank it in the top ten Dirk Pitt novels
DIRK PITT of course
I'd say hooked, I binged it in two sessions. " yes some sad and funny parts "
Whether you read it or listen to it, Its a good story that will keep you going chapter after chapter.
Many explorations and adventures await!
I'm a sucker for fiction, Clive Cussler does it well with Dirk and crew. I bite every time I see a new yarn.
For new reads of Pitt novels this will be quit enjoyable. I found the performance excellent. As usual Summer comes across as a bit ditsy and written by a male chauvinist and preformed that way was well. Over all a good time was had by all
Clive is my favorite author, by far. He will be sorely missed. This book was surprisingly excellent! Unusual story line. Excellent review of history.
Always enjoyable. Particularly enjoyed the descriptions of Hawaii. Also enjoyed the reference to China's seemingly insatiable need for oil.
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