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Treasure of Khan [Hardcover]

Clive Cussler
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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30 Nov 2006
Genghis Khan - the greatest conqueror of all time, who at his peak ruled an empire four times the size of Alexander the Great's, a vast expanse which stretched from the Pacific Ocean to the Caspian Sea. And now somebody wants it back. Dirk Pitt and the NUMA crew are about to come head to head with their most dangerous enemy ever. A mysterious Mongolian mogul harbors a dream of restoring the conquests of ancient Mongolia. He holds a dark secret about Genghis Khan, his grandson Kublai Khan and the treasures of Xanadu - treasures of gold and also much, much more. His relentless ambition will cause devastation to millions ...unless Dirk Pitt can somehow find a way to stop him.

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  • Hardcover: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Joseph Ltd; 1st Edition 3rd Printing edition (30 Nov 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718149750
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718149758
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.2 x 5.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 630,250 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Clive Cussler is the author of several other books including the Dirk Pitt adventure Black Wind, the Kurt Austin novel Polar Shift and the Oregon series novel Sacred Stone. He lives in Arizona and Colorado.Dirk Cussler, an MBA from Stanford University, worked for many years in the financial arena and has been an active participant in the real-life NUMA expeditions. He lives in Arizona.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Long Time Fan 26 Jan 2007
By Pete A
Ok I admit it I am absolutely addicted to reading books by Clive Cussler ever since I dare say it, chose the first book I read by him by thinking the cover looked good.Recently though I think Cussler has gone through somewhat of a rocky patch.He has recently started to combine his talents with different authors and for me it hasn't really worked.Even when writing with an equally brilliant writer like Jack DuBrul there just seemed that the 2 authors combined were not as good as they are individually.This book is different from that as Clive writes with his son Dirk and the book is very fluid and I was captivated from page one.He is back to doing what he does best and that is grabbing the reader on the first page and throwing them into a complex world of adventure and intrigue. I think what helped with this on this book was that Clive decided to dust down the original team of Dirk Pitt and Al Giordino.Don't get me wrong I think his other characters are Ok but these are the two for me that have made Clive Cussler the greatest adventure writer of his time.Speaking of which it looks as though avid fans like me don't have anything to worry about when the Grandmaster of Adventure does eventually hang up his adventure boots for the last time as his son demonstartes in this book that he is more than capable of taking up his fathers mantle. Some people would compare this novel closely with his previous novel Sahara which was also set in the desert but for me that is where the similarity ends.In summary this is Cussler at his best long may he continue!
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3.0 out of 5 stars More cut glass than polished gem 2 April 2008
Much as I enjoy the series; this I really do feel isnt one of Mr Cusslers better ones - I cant shake the feeling that Dirk Jr and Summer are mainly written by Dirk Cussler. Some of the writing, for example, has dirk and al behaving in ways other than in which you've become used to (Al, for example snarling). A little of the background of the Khans, in relation to the Yuan dynasty is a little off as well.

All the above aside though, if you're willing to suspend disbelief it's an enjoyable book as long as you're familiar with the Pitt universe. However, if you're not; this is a book to buy now and read after you've read a few of the earlier ones.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed 8 Feb 2008
Having read and really enjoyed Sahara, I was looking forward to the next Dirk Pitt adventure I got to read. This one was not up to scratch, in Sahara Pitt narrowly escapes death are few times, in this one you can barely turn 3 pages before he pulls it off with some ridiculous million-to-one coincidence, he even manges the old bible-next-to-your-heart-to-stop-a-bullet trick! When this story turns up another set of characters you are glad of the break from the man who won't die.

In fact he not only won't die, he'll plunge back into the same set of circumstances just to let death have another crack at him!!! I know coincidences make for great adventure stories and I love a good adventure story, but it's just the shear number in this book that just destroys it, and then the author just tosses a few unimportant characters to death just so he doesn't create a total fairy tale and that just makes it even worse because you have no emotional connection with the characters that have just died.

Not wanting to spoil it for anybody but the ending of this book is just terrible.

Rant over...
buy one of the others instead, the two stars here were only because the first half of the story were quite exciting.
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2.0 out of 5 stars First and Last and Always 23 Jan 2008
By Andy C
My first Cussler (bought for me as a birthday present) and my last. 2 stars for the effort (I couldn't write a novel), but a hackneyed plot, dire characterisation, predictable one liners - all in all an easy, but uninspiring read. Not good fiction, not a good story and not well written. Sorry Clive - yawn.....
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2.0 out of 5 stars Hmmm - Feel a little let down 14 Jan 2008
I have read every previous Cussler novel and have - over the past few titles - become increasingly dissapointed. I had come to expect the white knuckle ride of Pitt's adventures to continue but I feel as if Cussler is now coasting - can't be bothered to make the effort. Don't get me wrong, writing a novel is a huge effort, especially considering the detail Cussler goes in to, but this title in particular highlights the difference between earlier Pitt novels where the goal (always intriguing) was set out at the start and half the excitement was the build toward the climax of discovery. In this novel it seems as if he ran out of narrative steam two fifths of the way in. If you're new to Cussler - buy this - you'll enjoy it. Cussler purists - leave it well alone - find another thriller writer - I think our guy has done his best.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good recommendation for all timedivers 30 Jun 2007
"I've never yet found drinking in a bar to be a waste of time....."

(Albert Giordino)

In the year of 1281 a "gods' wind" destroyed the fleet that has been sent by Kublai Khan for an invasion of Nippon.....

.....656 years afterwards the Imperial Japanese Army succeded in forcing ahead from her Chinese satellite state Mandshukuo, that was founded n 1932, to Shang-Tu and occupied the eastern part of the so called "Mongolia Interior".....

These historical facts are serving the authors for two opening short stories and background of the 19th adventure around Dirk Pitt, meanwhile married an head of the "National Underwater & Marine Agency" an his buddy Al Giordino. At the beginning of the plot (Which starts, regarding the publication of the novel, in the near future, namely June 2007) the two NUMA-veterans are saving a patrol exploration team from an enormous wave on the sibirian Baikal Lake. The overnight disappearance of the rescued explorers is followed by several mysterious earthquakes in the Gulf of Persia, which cause a big loss of petrol production and a huge rise in prizes. Meanwhile Dirk Sr. an Al pickup the trail that leads them in the Republic of Mongolia, Pitt Jr., his sister Summer and their colleague Jack Dahlgren are discovering an archeological sensation in the Keliuli Bay of Hawaii....

With "Treasure of Khan" Clive Cussler and his son Dirk again are presenting a plentiful action and tension loaded thriller that connects three different time levels in an intelligent way. Beside usual technical details and ironic elements the original and logical story this time also shows a cameo scene with Clive Cussler (together with his "Dachshund") as a bus driving development aid worker.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Clive Cussler at his best
Have always been a fan of Clive Cussler and know I'm not going to be disappointed with this book
Published 18 days ago by Radio Fan
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great book
Published 1 month ago by M. Coakley
3.0 out of 5 stars A good read
I had some difficulty in getting into the story, but once there enjoyed the passage through the book. Well constructed.
Published 7 months ago by Norm
2.0 out of 5 stars Cusslers worst..... a country mile.

A weak storyline, forgettable characters and in need of a severe editing. Read more
Published 24 months ago by An avid reader
2.0 out of 5 stars Too long!
Not a bad yarn, but the literary style is atrocious, the characterisation naive and the plot largely predictable. In other words, it's a pot-boiler.
Published on 28 Dec 2010 by OWR
1.0 out of 5 stars Wow... This is bad...
I read 'The Chase' recently and it was actually quite good, so decided to read this one and I was astonished how different and full of amazing coincidences there are in it... Read more
Published on 26 May 2010 by P. Hallidie
4.0 out of 5 stars Predictable page turner
Easy read, with predictable outcome. Superhero Dirk Pitt on another adventure with his able sidekick Al.
Published on 8 May 2009 by K. Harford
3.0 out of 5 stars All Action Novel!
In Treasure of Khan a mysterious Mongolian tycoon is set on cornering the oil market, by destroying oil terminals, using secret technology, thus severly disrupting oil... Read more
Published on 8 July 2008 by J.Flood
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast Paced
Well I have read the reviews on here.


I beleive the book to be very good. Read more
Published on 31 Jan 2008 by R. Holdcroft
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