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Publisher's Summary

Oceanic explorers Dirk Pitt and Al Giordino find intrigue, adventure, and peril while collecting clues to the mysterious treasure of Xanadu, the famed capital of Kublai Khan’s empire.

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. But when the survey team is abducted and Pitt’s research vessel nearly sunk, it becomes clear this is no run of bad luck, but the influence of something, or someone, more sinister. In fact, Pitt and the NUMA crew have inadvertently stepped between a Mongolian tycoon and his plans to corner the global oil market, beginning with covert negotiations in China. To ensure the deal goes through, this mysterious businessman will encourage ever-escalating acts of sabotage and violence.

Pitt and Giordino soon learn the magnate’s fury and his power both stem from the same source: a dark secret about Genghis Khan, the greatest conqueror the world has ever known. To Pitt and Giordino the famed Khan’s empire is nearly the stuff of legend and his tomb a forgotten mystery. But the Khan’s legacy is very real. And it’s the treasure of his grandson Kublai Khan that holds the key to stopping this modern-day oil baron from restoring the conquests of his ancestors. That is, if Pitt and Giordino get there first....

Take another thrill ride with Dirk Pitt.
©2006 Clive Cussler (P)2006 Penguin

Critic Reviews

"Dirk Pitt's 19th adventure...offers a plot as credible as it is monstrous and the kind of exotic aquatic detail that amazes, informs, and entertains." (Publishers Weekly)
 

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The best for last?

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

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.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Dirik Pitt always comes through in the end.....he's a novelistic superman!

What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He helps you live the characters raw emotions.

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Great!

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.

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Love Cussler

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.

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A guilty pleasure, par excellence ...

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.

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good book

Very good audio book, I encourage everyone to listen to this audio book. Great new experience

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really like Scott Brick. I did skip through a lot of the beginning it just seemed to go on just a little long.
overall enjoyable.

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great Dirk Pitt novel!

Scott Brick is the reader out there. He is the voice of Clives characters.

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Not what I expected

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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Dirk Pitt Series Is The Best of Cussler

I haven't read a Dirk Pitt novel in almost 20 years. This year I read an Isaac Bell book and a Fargo book, but neither overly impressed me. So I went back to see if there were any Dirk Pitt books that I hadn't read. Luckily there were so I read this one. This reminded of the Cussler books I read years ago. Dirk, Rudy, and Al are by far my favorite Cussler characters.

The first chapter is hundreds of years back in time and very descriptive. I could easily visualize the setting and situation being described. It immediately had me hooked on the story. Although the plot is evident early on and the story is predictable, I still like that the book can teach a little bit of history, science, or geography. As usual, some actions are hard to believe but that has always been the case with Cussler's books.

I did think starting in Part 3 the story started to drag. I would have preferred if the Hawaii part of the story with his kids had been omitted. I think it slowed the story and added an unnecessary layer. There should have been a better way to resolve/avoid the Alaska threat than throwing in his kids in Hawaii. I'm wondering if Clive's son wrote this portion because it didn't flow like Parts 1 and 2.

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I definitely felt that Chapter 63 and beyond were the weakest parts of the book. I don't think the guards would have stood by and done nothing, much less applauded even if Dirk was saving a national treasure. I don't buy that the scientists would be so be passive either since they were guilty of being a part of the seismic attacks. And why did Dirk need help with the old car when Rudy was there with his car? Somewhere the logic went amiss.

Still I enjoyed the book. It was a typical Dirk Pitt book and a fun read.