Treasure of Khan

Treasure of Khan

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"Genghis Khan-the greatest conqueror of all time, who, at his peak, ruled an empire that stretched from the Pacific Ocean to the Caspian Sea. His conquests are the stuff of legend, his tomb a forgotten mystery. Until now. 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. When the survey team is abducted and Pitt's research vessel nearly sunk, however, it's obvious there's something more sinister involved. All trails lead to Mongolia, and a mysterious mogul who is conducting covert deals for supplying oil to the Chinese while wreaking havoc on global oil markets utilizing a secret technology. The Mongolian harbors a dream of restoring the conquests of his ancestors, and holds a dark secret about Genghis Khan that just might give him the wealth and power to make that dream come true. From the frigid lakes of Siberia to the hot sands of the Gobi Desert, Dirk Pitt and Al Giordino find intrigue, adventure, and peril while collecting clues to the mysterious treasure of Xanadu. But first, they must keep the tycoon from murder-and the unleashing of a natural disaster of calamitous proportions."--Publisher website.
Publisher: New York : Putnam, 2006.
ISBN: 9780399153693
0399153691
9780425218235
Call Number: CUSSLER
Characteristics: 604 p. : ill., map ; 20 cm.
Subjects: Genghis Khan, 1162-1227 -- Fiction.
Adventure fiction.
Russia (Federation) -- Fiction.
Mongolia -- Fiction.
Petroleum industry and trade.
Treasure troves -- Fiction.
Mongols -- Fiction.
Oceanographers -- Fiction.
Pitt, Dirk (Fictitious character) -- Fiction.
Additional Contributors: Cussler, Dirk

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tedrich2921
Jan 26, 2008

This is going to be a mixed review. I did enjoy this book overall, but had two complaints. The book has several subplots which take place centuries apart. It is kind of jarring because the chapters seem disconnected and you get the impression you are reading several books that were knit together. Of course, he finally pulls it together at the end, but I hated switching gears like that (maybe that's why there are two authors; each did different parts).

Also, the major ending (there are things that happen after the ending, but they don't add much value) is totally non-believable. I don't want to give anything away, but even fiction should be half-way believable. I didn't think the book was bad, but there are better books in this genre.

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