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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Long Time Fan
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...
Published on 26 Jan 2007 by Pete A

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3.0 out of 5 stars More cut glass than polished gem
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...
Published on 2 April 2008 by Tom Story


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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Long Time Fan, 26 Jan 2007
This review is from: Treasure of Khan (Hardcover)
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
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Tom Story (UK) - See all my reviews
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed, 8 Feb 2008
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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
This review is from: Treasure of Khan (Hardcover)
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
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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
This review is from: The Treasure of Khan (Paperback)
"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. Apart from Admiral James Sandecker, meanwhile US-Vice President, also heavy weighted St. Julien Perlmutter, NUMA-Vice President Rudi Gunn and computer freak Hiram Yeager are appearing as old acquaintances.

A good recommendation for all timedivers and fans of Cussler, Pitt, NUMA etc. or those who are still willing to become...

4 Amazonstars.
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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. Apart from Admiral James Sandecker, meanwhile US-Vice President, also heavy weighted St. Julien Perlmutter, NUMA-Vice President Rudi Gunn and computer freak Hiram Yeager are appearing as old acquaintances.

A good recommendation for all timedivers and fans of Cussler, Pitt, NUMA etc. or those who are still willing to become...

4 Amazonstars.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Creaky Plot Ties Together Historical, Scientific and Technical Riches, 29 Jan 2007
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This review is from: Treasure of Khan (Hardcover)
As the book opens, Kublai Khan's forces are preparing to subdue Japan. But a storm intervenes and the invading fleet is destroyed. One of the ships makes it unexpectedly to a faraway isle . . . and eventually returns. Next, as the Japanese march through China in 1937, a British archeologist finds a clue to the burial site of Kublai Khan. From there, Dirk Pitt, Sr. and Al Giordino are on Lake Baikal in Siberia helping to measure lake currents when an underwater avalanche sets off a rolling tower of water that threatens a boat that doesn't hear the warning to clear the lake. Dirk and Al ride the rescue . . . but find themselves facing new threats before the next dawn. These new troubles lead towards Mongolia and a rendezvous with history. Along the way, the world faces another crisis that only Dirk and Al can solve. Before the book is over, you'll travel to the Middle East, across the Gobi desert, through the ocean next to the big island of Hawaii, and into the corridors of power in Washington, D.C.

Here's the good news: Treasure of Khan is mostly about Dirk Senior and Al Giordino rather than Dirk Junior and Summer. Here's the bad news: The swagger is mostly missing.

Treasure of Khan follows the proven Clive Cussler recipe for a Dirk Pitt Adventure, but in a coolly scientific way, rather than with passion. The physical action is often strangely cerebral rather than gut-wrenching. That's the main disappointment in this book.

But many of the elements work well: Opening sequences from historical times that create and illuminate modern mysteries; excellent choices of technical solutions to complex, time-limited problems; great looks at vintage vehicles; explaining about scientific phenomena that can create bizarre results; and dressing the modern villains in historical color. In many ways, Treasure of Khan may be the best researched and explained of the Dirk Pitt books.

The plot to tie it all together barely works, however. Any reader will punch big holes in this plot. It often makes almost no sense, except to tie together story strands that might otherwise have remained untied. The problem is that the authors have probably tried to tie a few too many things together. A more focused story would have been more interesting and compelling.

Another lesson of this book is that forays away from water should be brief. An extended desert journey just slows the story down.

Any Clive Cussler fan will be glad to have read this book, even if it isn't the best one in the series.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars All in all, the Treasure of Khan was a fun read, 29 Nov 2007
This review is from: Treasure of Khan (Paperback)
I always buy any new Clive Cussler book the day that it arrives in stores. The last few years, I've been dissapointed with each new addition to the series. Don't get me wrong, Clive Cussler is still my favorite author, but his writing just seems very stale and fomulaic lately. This book was still very formulaic along the lines of almost all past books, but it had a lot more character to it that made it seem like I was reading an old friend again.

Dirk Pitt and Al Giordino are getting older in the series, but I'm one fan that is hoping they continue to have more adventures in the years to come. The idea of bringing in the kids of Dirk Pitt (Dirk Jr and Summer) seems to be not really coming together well. They are given bit roles and not fully introduced if they are going to be the main characters in future books. All in all, the Treasure of Khan was a fun read, and it was nice to feel like Clive was back writing with more character!! Also, if you missed reading Tino Georgiou's masterpiece--The Fates, go and read it.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cussler is back!, 2 Dec 2006
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D. Carter "humbugmike" (Far north Scotland) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Treasure of Khan (Hardcover)
Hooray, after a couple of lost years, CC is back in fine form; the original and genuine Dirk and Al ( no franchise extending pseudo-sprogs here) battle a megalomanic mongol horde with more booms, bangs, whooshes and pings than you can shake your doxa at! Ignore the patchy research ( Lake Baikal hasn't looked like that in 30 years, sadly), suspend your disbelief and enjoy the ride!
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