The Treasure of Khan by Clive Cussler and Dirk Cussler
Series: #19 in the Dirk Pitt Series
Publisher: Penguin Audio
Publication Date: 2006
Read by: Scott Brick
The Short Version:
Classic Cussler adventure story with Dirk Pitt and his team against a power hungry maniac who wants to be a modern day Genghis Khan.
Why I Read It:
I’ve been reading this series for years and I still enjoy the heck out of it.
From the Publisher:
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.
I’ve enjoyed this adventure series for years. Ever since I first read Raise the Titanic, I’ve been a Dirt Pitt fan. The adventures are always over the top and unrealistic but they’re always downright fun.
Every book starts out with a prologue from the past, then really kicks off in the present day. There is always some power hungry maniac who wants to take over the world in some way. This time around it’s a Mongolian decendant of someone from the prologue who is out to cause havoc in the oil market and make is fortune and restore Mongolia to it’s 12th and 13th century heyday all at the same time.
Think of is as a Saturday afternoon black and white adventure movie in book form. Add in plenty of technical mumbo jumbo, enough underwater action to make fit within the realm of Pitt’s National Underwater Marine Agency (NUMA) despite the fact that much of it takes place in Mongolia and the Gobi desert.
I’m so glad I’ve switched to audio for this and the other Cussler series I read (the Kurt Austin series). Scott Brick does a wonderful job with the characters and the feel and tone of the story. I will be unlikely to return to written format for either of these series because of his talent as a narrator.
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