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Riptide Lib/E Audio CD – Unabridged, 1 September 2010
For generations, treasure hunters have searched for the key to the Water Pit, the labyrinth of shafts and tunnels that honeycomb Ragged Island. But the Pit is reluctant to give up its treasure, and many will die before its secret is revealed.
A high-tech treasure hunt complete with adrenaline-laced action and the age-old battle of good and evil...An adventure of imagination, spiced with thrills, sprinkled with glimpses of history, and perfected with nonstop action.-- "School Library Journal"
A summer blockbuster...a lot of fun.-- "Washington Post Book World."
Machine-gun pacing, startling plot twists, and smart use of legend, scientific lore...bound to be one of the most popular of the summer reads.-- "Publishers Weekly"
The action, romance, and adventure are infectious.-- "Rocky Mountain News"
There is no more fascinating story than an adventure involving a search for a great treasure. Riptide is a saga that sweeps the reader over the falls and makes him wish he was truly along for the ride. A great read.-- "Clive Cussler, New York Times bestselling author"
Thrilling adventure...Unstoppable suspense and mystery.-- "Kirkus Reviews"
About the Author
Douglas Preston, a regular contributor to the New Yorker, worked for the American Museum of Natural History. He is an expert horseman who has ridden thousands of miles across the West. He and author Lincoln Child have cowritten numerous bestselling thrillers.
Lincoln Child is the New York Times bestselling author of The Forgotten Room, The Third Date, Terminal Freeze, Deep Storm, Death Match, and Utopia, as well as coauthor, with Douglas Preston, of numerous New York Times bestsellers, including Fever Dream.
Scott Brick, an acclaimed voice artist, screenwriter, and actor, has performed on film, television, and radio. He attended UCLA and spent ten years in a traveling Shakespeare company. Passionate about the spoken word, he has narrated a wide variety of audiobooks. winning won more than fifty AudioFile Earphones Awards and several of the prestigious Audie Awards. He was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine and the Voice of Choice for 2016 by Booklist magazine.
- Publisher : Hachette Book Group; Unabridged edition (1 September 2010)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 160788951X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1607889519
- Dimensions : 14.73 x 5.03 x 17.91 cm
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The basic story line follows 'the water pit', a complex construction supposedly housing an infamous hoard of pirated treasure from centuries ago. For two hundred years many people have tried to reveal its secrets and treasure at the bottom of the pit, and all have ended in bankruptcy, tragedy or death. The island's owner Malin Hatch and an ambitious General are the latest treasure hunters with the technology and finance to try and make the expedition a success. Malin has his own reasons for expediting the dig - his brother was killed in the water pit some 30 years prior. But is that his only reason for returning? As the dig gets underway and accidents happen - questions arise as to whether there is any truth to the supposed curse on the treasure. As they get deeper and deeper, the mystery of ragged island and the water pit unfolds and personalities begin to change, finishing with an explosive climax.
The book is loosely based on the legendry oak island treasure and the money pit, of which I had heard of and read about previously. Being a famous unsolved mystery of the world, the background was a subject instantly appealing. The story has understandably changed names - Oak island becomes Ragged island, Money pit becomes Water pit, but the essence and a lot of details I recall are the same or similar. Knowing that the foundation of the story is based on truth and as to date the money pit / water pit mystery is still unsolved, makes the read so much more intriguing to the extent of wondering, 'could it be true?' and a heightened feeling of 'what happens next'.
The term 'unputdownable' seems to get thrown around a lot in book descriptions - however I can only describe this read as unputdownable. I took it to work - read it in lunch hour, I read late into the night, when I woke up, over breakfast - I was gripped by the tale especially the on-island dig parts of the adventure. Whenever the action went to the mainland - I was urging for it to return. Would thoroughly recommend to anyone eager for a great read - especially those fans of Lincoln Preston - this is another hard hitting adventure with a great character mix from this genius pair. <goes to find next Lincoln Preston novel>