Treasure of Khan (Dirk Pitt Series #19)

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Genghis Khan almost conquered the world. Now, one man wants to finish the job-unless Dirk Pitt can stop him.

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Overview

Genghis Khan almost conquered the world. Now, one man wants to finish the job-unless Dirk Pitt can stop him.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Dirk Pitt's 19th adventure, the second collaboration between father and son Clive and Dirk Cussler (after 2004's Black Wind), offers a plot as credible as it is monstrous and the kind of exotic aquatic detail that amazes, informs and entertains. The action, and there's plenty of it, ranges from Siberia's Lake Baikal and the wilds of Mongolia to the Hawaiian islands. The treasure is that of Genghis and Kublai Khan, the great Mongolian conqueror and his grandson. The villain is a modern-day Mongol with dreams of restoring national power and pride. The heroes are Pitt, sidekick Al Giordino and Pitt's son and daughter, Dirk Jr. and Summer, all affiliated with Pitt's National Underwater and Marine Agency (NUMA). The exploits of Pitt and company, particularly their narrow escapes, tend toward the larger-than-life, but these are nicely balanced by down-to-earth explanations of such phenomena as seiche waves and oil seeps. 750,000 first printing. (Dec.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Dirk Pitt Sr. and his partner, Al Giordino, take center stage in this latest National Underwater and Marine Agency (NUMA) adventure. The two are on Lake Baikal in Siberia when a massive earthquake disrupts their research. The rescue of a scientific survey vessel and its passengers reveals a sinister agenda somehow tied to the history of Genghis Khan, one of the world's greatest conquerors. As more earthquakes occur around the globe, major oil-supply pipelines are fractured, and the U.S. President and his staff watch as soaring gas prices create a worldwide panic. Can Dirk Sr. and Al repair the pipelines, deduce the culprit, and save the world? The quality fans expect from a Clive Cussler novel is in abundance, even as Clive shares billing for a second time (after Black Wind) with his son, Dirk. Their latest will easily top the best sellers lists. For all fiction collections. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 8/06.]-Jeff Ayers, Seattle P.L. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425218235
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/30/2007
  • Series: Dirk Pitt Series , #19
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 624
  • Sales rank: 162,663
  • Product dimensions: 4.38 (w) x 7.78 (h) x 1.48 (d)

Meet the Author

Clive  Cussler

Clive Cussler is the author of many New York Times bestsellers, most recently The Spy and Lost Empire. He lives in Arizona.

DIRK CUSSLER, has an MBA from Berkeley, worked many years in the financial arena and has been an active participant in the real-life NUMA® expeditions, and served as president of the NUMA® advisory board of trustees. He lives in Arizona.

Biography

Cussler began writing novels in 1965 and published his first work featuring his continuous series hero, Dirk Pitt, in 1973. His first non-fiction, The Sea Hunters, was released in 1996. The Board of Governors of the Maritime College, State University of New York, considered The Sea Hunters in lieu of a Ph.D. thesis and awarded Cussler a Doctor of Letters degree in May, 1997. It was the first time since the College was founded in 1874 that such a degree was bestowed.

Cussler is an internationally recognized authority on shipwrecks and the founder of the National Underwater and Marine Agency, (NUMA) a 501C3 non-profit organization (named after the fictional Federal agency in his novels) that dedicates itself to preserving American maritime and naval history. He and his crew of marine experts and NUMA volunteers have discovered more than 60 historically significant underwater wreck sites including the first submarine to sink a ship in battle, the Confederacy's Hunley, and its victim, the Union's Housatonic; the U-20, the U-boat that sank the Lusitania; the Cumberland, which was sunk by the famous ironclad, Merrimack; the renowned Confederate raider Florida; the Navy airship, Akron, the Republic of Texas Navy warship, Zavala, found under a parking lot in Galveston, and the Carpathia, which sank almost six years to-the-day after plucking Titanic's survivors from the sea.

In September, 1998, NUMA - which turns over all artifacts to state and Federal authorities, or donates them to museums and universities - launched its own web site for those wishing more information about maritime history or wishing to make donations to the organization. (www.numa.net).

In addition to being the Chairman of NUMA, Cussler is also a fellow in both the Explorers Club of New York and the Royal Geographic Society in London. He has been honored with the Lowell Thomas Award for outstanding underwater exploration.

Cussler's books have been published in more than 40 languages in more than 100 countries. The author lives in Arizona.

Biography courtesy of Penguin Group (USA)

Good To Know

Cussler worked for many years in advertising and was responsible for coming up with Ajax's "White Knight" commercial catchphrase, "It's stronger than dirt."

The Board of Governors of the Maritime College, State University of New York, considered Cussler's 1996 nonfiction book, The Sea Hunters, equivalent to a Ph.D. thesis and awarded Cussler a Doctor of Letters degree in 1997.

Cussler is a fellow in the Explorers Club of New York and the Royal Geographic Society in London, and has been granted the Lowell Thomas Award for outstanding underwater exploration.

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    1. Hometown:
      Phoenix, Arizona
    1. Date of Birth:
      July 15, 1931
    2. Place of Birth:
      Aurora, Illinois
    1. Education:
      Pasadena City College; Ph.D., Maritime College, State University of New York, 1997

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2008

    Treasure of Khan

    Treasure of Kahn<BR/><BR/> This book throws its readers right into the adventurous time of Genghis Khan. Kahn¿s royal ships, filled with treasure, are sunk by a sudden massive hurricane while he is trying to invade his neighbors. Fast forward into modern time times when a Mongolian oil company magnate, Borjin, is mysteriously building his fortune for his company, Avarga, around the site of this sunken treasure. <BR/><BR/>Enter Dirk Pit and his friend Al Gordino, who are working for America in the drilling business. Their adventures are set in a present time when all of the world¿s major oil countries are losing oil because their refineries are being destroyed. Dirk and Al are working on a huge body of water in Russia when they are hit by a tsunami that nearly kills them. After that, they notice that Avarga comes out of nowhere and finds oil where no one expected it. At the same time, a survey team goes missing in Siberia. This starts Dirk and Al out to solve a mystery about how the oil company came to be and where their missing friends from the survey team went. Little did they know the danger they were facing. Dirk and Al race to save their friends and stop the oil company from taking control of all oil in the Middle East. <BR/><BR/>I rated this book a ten out of ten because it was so exciting and just a fun book to read. This was the kind of book that you did not want to put down. If you like history and adventure, you¿ll enjoy it!

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2007

    A reviewer

    OK, Dirk and Giordano get stranded in the desert and walk there way out instead of building a land catamaran out of crashed airplane parts, but they still found the crashed airplane. Not too much different than Sahara. Read this tale of ancient sailing ships and too-big ego bad guy with dreams of empire before. Other than a trip in Mongolia this time and help from the Russian agents there wasn't much new. You can skip this one and wait for a better book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 1, 2012

    check it out

    loved this book, we recommend it

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  • Posted October 5, 2011

    books not received,

    where are the other books i ordered, received all of the dirk pitt series of clive cussler, not received the other ones!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2011

    Disappointing...

    I have read most all of Cussler's books, but this one is the first one I put down before finishing it. Just when I thought Dirk and Al were staying in Mongolia, Chapt. 33 suddenly takes us the the Hawaiian islands and his daughter's adventures there. Not sure what that was all about? Then the title. Most of the book deals with oil field sources and destruction of same, less than 25% deals with the subject at hand, or the lost treasures of Khan. So, hopefully something better will come along, but this one was quite disappointing. Hope it ended well, but I did not hang in there.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 7, 2011

    Treasure of Khan

    Worked for me.Not a great book but a page turner.Maybe a little longer than it needed to be.But a typical Clive Cussler adventure. All in all a positive rating.

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  • Posted August 1, 2010

    Not much here unless your already into the series.

    This book had more macho one liners than a typical Schwarzenegger action flick. If your into the series from the previous books then I can understand wanting to follow it up and I say go for it, your already into the series.
    I on the other hand only bought my first Clive Cussler book "Treasure of Khan" as a discount bargain meant to be a quick beach read. Well, honestly there was nothing about the book that kept me turning the pages. It really didnt have much to do with Khan and not a whole lot to do with treasure. Mostly what you get from this book is an average story of characters with more lives than your average cat (9 I believe is the accepted), they simply can survive anything! Reminds me of the Edgar Rice Burroughs books I read growing up, theyre thrilling when your young but nothing beyond that as you finally grow out of fantasy land. Ive been on the last 50 pages for over a month yet just cant find the interest to finish it, but I wont quit till its done.
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  • Posted January 23, 2010

    Clive Cussler

    My sister and I thoroughly enjoy all of Clive Cussler's books to date. A good read for anyone.

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  • Posted June 11, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Always Fun

    Although a mediocre book in the Dirk Pitt series, Clive Cussler is never dull or boring. Enjoy!

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  • Posted May 26, 2009

    Historical fiction

    It is a page turner. You always know that Dirk and Al are going to win, no matter how great the danger.

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  • Posted January 28, 2009

    Huge Cussler fan!!!

    A real page turner and fantastic ending! You'll really "Treasure" your time well spent reading it.

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  • Posted November 22, 2008

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    Good if your a fan of the series

    I enjoyed this book because I am a fan of all Dirk Pitt books. But I believe that Cussler's earlier additions in this series were much better.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2007

    Great Book

    It was a great book...finally something that was clean with minimal bad language. All in all, the plot fit nicely together. I can say I truly enjoyed this book!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2006

    What has happened to Clive Cussler

    It just isn't the same since his son started writing the books. The magic is gone. Hard to stay focused. Like black wind, I won't finish this book. Dan

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2006

    Not that great

    I am a HUGE Clive Cussler fan, but this book was a bummer. I have gotten about half way through and probably won't finish it. Where's the action? Where's the banter between Dirk and Al? I probably won't shell out the money for a new Dirk Pitt adventure until it comes out in paperback...just isn't worth the money anymore.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2007

    Clive, leave the cars and go back to writing your books

    All of his recent books do not live up to what his readers have come to expect. If he doesn't get this problem figured out, he will lose the fans he worked so hard to get.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2007

    A excellent book!

    I really enjoyed the plot and how he tells different tails then combines them all at the end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2007

    Better Than Black Wind

    I won't repeat the negative criticism of the recent Clive Cussler work, some of it is valid. The Treasure of Khan is certainly better than Black Wind and Polar Shift, but is somewhat mediocre in terms of the Dirk Pitt novels, it's no Sahara or Dragon. I hope that Clive Cussler will again write about Dirk and Al and let Dirk Cussler, who doesn't seem to be a bad writer, take on another of the Cussler franchises such as the NUMA files or Oregon Files. Treasure of Khan isn't a bad book, it just doesn't measure up to the high standards Clive has set. Khan is worth a read though.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2007

    Very Disappointing !!

    Are you sure Cussler really wrote this book? It felt more like he had a guest author for each chapter as the story flow was so disjointed. I wanted to read about the treasure of Khan, not some jumbled mess about oil here, Mongolians there, Summer here, Al there. What a mess!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2007

    Cussler still the best! any Cussler!

    Even though Dirk Cussler has taken much of the writing duties over , he did learn from the master! I am a HUGE Cussler fan and have been for years , this book while short on some of the action of older Pitt novels is still a fantastic read. I think the slow down in action has come as Pitt ages and is mentioned several times through out this book and also Black Wind. Cussler , any Cussler is still light years ahead of anyone else in the game!

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