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 loved the book, but the narrator takes the book too seriously. Every other word is emphasized as if it is the most important word in the book and contains the key to the mystery of life. I forced my way through the book because the book is amazing, but I will read them in print from now on. Hated to give the overall just two stars but the narrator was just soooo bad.
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.
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