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Riptide (Agent Pendergast series) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 1. Juli 1999

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Preston and Child have crafted a high-pitched, fast-paced plot with vivid description, intriguing characters and vibrant scenes...The suspense never lets up. Bangor DAILY News Their most exciting thriller yet...plot twists and likable characters drive this story to its stunning conclusion. on The Scene, Albuquerque NM Machine-gun pacing, startling plot twists and smart use of legend, scientific lore (including cryptanalysis) and the evocative setting carry the day...bound to be one of the most popular of the summer reads. PUBLISHERS WEEKLY Unstoppable suspense and mystery.'-Kirkus Reviews 'Yo ho ho-get ready for a ripping good yarn!. This nonstop action adventure has all the elements of a perfect summertime thriller..The red-hot authors of Reliquary score another big winner.'

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Three hundred years ago a pirate buried his bounty on a treacherous island off the coast of Maine. Now a high-tech treasure hunter is bringing his million-dollar recovery team to Ragged Island. They have the best hardware, the best divers, and the perfectly planned operation. There is only one problem: this island kills. First the computers fail. Then one man dies - and then another. Now the wind has begun to howl and the mysteries of Ragged Island are cracking open. Inside a fortress of tunnels, traps, and tides, a priceless treasure lies waiting...and so does an unimaginable evil...

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I first read Child and Preston's The Relic a few months before its horrible counterpart of a movie came out, and I decided that it was perhaps the best book I had ever read outside of Stephen King's Dark Tower Series. I bought its sequel, Reliquary, with high expectations, and I was not let down. I saw this book in the bookstore and almost bought it once, but I did not really understand the plotline at all from the synopsis, so I refrained from purchasing it at that time. I saw the hardback edition on sale in the local bookstore about a year later (I have this urge to buy just about any good book--or presumably good book--that is in hardback for my collection) and so, of course, I bought it, expecting the best from such fantastic authors. Once again, they did not let me down. Riptide is, if you can't figure it out as I could not, a story about a high-tech treasure hunt for two billion dollars worth of "Red Ned" Ockham's treasure, buried at the bottom of the lethal, ingenious piece of architecture known as the Water Pit, on the gloomy Ragged Island, off the coast of Maine. The main character and owner of Ragged Island, Dr. Malin Hatch, is not a great hero or anything, and I did not like him as much as the characters in Relic or Reliquary, but he was okay. He is approached early on by the enigmatic treasure hunter Captain Neidelman, who wants to find the Ragged Island treasure. I truly expected Neidelman to be the great savior of them all, but it does not turn out that way. They do begin the hunt, though, and it starts out nice and orderly, but chaos quickly develops, and the body count rises. Is it a curse, or is a perfectly explainable force killing these people? I won't tell you.Lesen Sie weiter... ›
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So far, I really liked most Preston & Child novels (especially Tyrannosaur Canyon and Thunderhead), but this one is really nonsense - and I can't understand where the positive reviews come from.

It's hardly thrilling, much too long, full of superfluous and very uninteresting descriptions, takes ages to get going (if you can call it that), the climax is disappointing, and even though I can stomach quite a few logical gaps, this book - and especially the climax - is so highly illogical that I kept thinking "what kind of idiot do you take me for?!"

SPOILER: A sword with a perfectly crafted hilt that is so deadly it kills by just LOOKING at it? So how did anyone craft it? An upside-down cathedral with a built-in self destuction built inside an island - in 16-odd?! Guys, are you kidding me?? SPOILER END
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A great read; the story zips along at a brisk pace, and manages to be both terrifying and fascinating at the same time. I stayed up most of the night reading it; I had to see what happened next! One of the best things about this is that while the writers expertly move the story along, they don't cheat you of the journey. They give enough information to get your imagination going, then leave it alone for you to mull over for a while. Don't worry - you won't be left hanging forever.This works especially well in scenes involving Hatch's brother. We don't know exactly what happens to him (we know it isn't good), but it is far scarier not knowing than having it immediately described in dreary graphic detail. The eventual resolution of that part of the story makes for some of the most nightmarish and poignant scenes in the book. Everything feeds into an explosive climax, of course, but getting there really is more than half the fun. Get it. Read it. You won't be sorry.
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Preston and Child do it again!
As a fan of this duo since THE RELIC, I eagerly snatched up this book while looking for a July 4th read. I've loved the tale of Oak Island and the bookjacket synopsis read like a dream. I hoped I wouldn't be disappointed.
Luckily, I wasn't and any fan of Michael Crichton or Clive Cussler won't be either. While the tale is stocked with the characters you'd expect, from a crusty treasure hunter to a lusty French diving archaeologist, the plot grabs you just as easily as the title suggests. I finished the book, cover to cover, in a little over six hours.
I hesitate the five star rating simply because five stars is perfect and this book isn't perfect. The ending is a bit over the top with action that strains your suspension of disbelief to its limits. However, if you take it with a grain of salt, you'll find the time spent with this book seems too short.
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It probably would have been better for the authors of this book to simply skip the book stage of their project and sell the movie rights directly to Hollywood. Their concept is certainly exciting, and there a few (though not a lot) of twists in the plot that could keep moviegoers on the edges of their seats.
But as a novel, this work leaves a lot to be desired. The characters are about as sterotyped and one-dimensional as possible, perhaps as part of the authors' unrelenting efforts to appeal to the Lowest Common Denominator. Much of the plot is highly predictable, and brings to mind a very conscious attempt to combine elements of "Jaws," "Jurassic Park," and (yes) "Moby Dick."
It's a fun summer-read-at-the-beach kind of book, so lots of people will surely enjoy it. But a GREAT book it is not.
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