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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

Critic Reviews

"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

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.

14 of 14 people found this review helpful

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Tragedy

There are several twists and turns in the science involved in this book, which I can not discuss or it will ruin the book for you. The odd science is the main reason I like to read P&C. The odd science in Relic, Mount Dragon and Ice Limit lead me to buy several P&C novels when they went on sale last year. What is cool about most of these books is that these weird science anomalies are usually based on some small fact or myth.

With this book and a couple of others though I have been distracted by the poor characters and plots that surround the science. Most characters are cliche and plots predictable. In this book the main character is a tragic figure. Bad things happen to this guy and people around him die. This leads him to be a really true Sad Sack. In this story his high school sweetheart marries another man who quote "Has never laughed". The sorry thing is I know women like this, who are attracted to sad characters and then later wonder why their lives are so sad.

P&C string you along, by giving you a mystery you want to see solved, but you have to suffer through all this other sad crap they throw in and (sorry P&C fans) truly bad writing. Why two science guys think they can write romance is beyond me. If they would stick to science they could write some truly great books. At least in this book, unlike "Still Life With Crows" they got the small town right, except the church. They treated the small town a little better in this book, I guess since it is on the East Coast and not in Fly Over Country.

Part of the book reminded me of Gold Rush on Discovery Channel. Just as soon as you think you are getting somewhere something breaks or goes wrong. It amazed me how often the characters would celebrate, just to have something go wrong. Every time they celebrated I would mentally cringe, knowing that something tragic was about to happen.

Scott Brick whose narrating style fits P&C books, held back a little on his usual dramatics, making the book a little easier to listen to .

13 of 13 people found this review helpful

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  • Randy
  • harvard, IL, United States
  • 08-24-10

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

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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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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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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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.

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  • Alan
  • Tracy, CA, United States
  • 10-16-12

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.

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Story Slow, Narrator Irritating

The story isnt bad but can be slow and not in the way that it would increase suspense. The narrator reads the entire story with a depressing overly dramatic affectation of doom. Right from the start his voice seems to tell us this story won't end well. Reminds me of the way Vincent Price use to talk.

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RECOMMENDED BOOK

This audiobook kept me listening, although pretty much from the start, I knew how it would be ending. I've enjoyed listening to Scott Brick narrate other audiobooks. However, he seems to be getting way too dramatic!! His voice gave the main character (as well as other characters) a overall depressed personality. In fact, he turned the book from what could have been exciting, to quite a bit depressing. I'd still recommend the book.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Robert Thompson
  • 04-27-15

Loved it

These guys can do no wrong it seems and Brick is absolutely excellent as always, bring him back for the pendergast series! (nothing against Rene)

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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