Once again Dirk Pitt and his faithful sidekick Al Giordino are back in this action adventure thriller, Treasure of Khan, by Clive and Dirk Cussler. As always with a Cussler book it starts of with somewhat of a history lesson. Whether fact or fiction I’m not sure but it sounds good as I am not a history buff. The book starts out back in the time of Genghis Khan and his brother Kublai Khan. The Mongolian army is trying to invade Japan and once again is thwarted by mother nature. One of the intrepid warriors is on a ship that is blown way off course and is ravaged by a typhoon. They are blown so far off course that they end up in Hawaii. There they stay for many years until a native shows them that they still have the ship they arrived on. They arrive home in time to see Kublai Khan before he dies. The emperor is then buried and his treasure with him and on to the modern day the book goes. Dirk is nearly drowned by a monster wave on Russia’s Lake Baikal as he and his Numa crew are doing a survey on the lake. The wave is caused by an underwater earthquake which a crew of another vessel sets off as they are trying to disrupt the worlds flow of oil. Dirk and Al then set off on a quest to find out how and who caused this wave and why. Their travels take them through parts of Russia, and then on to Mongolia where they find the man in charge of the people that set off the quake. They are then chased off the property by the man’s Mongolian guards only to be stranded in the Gobi desert without food and water. Once again they escape death only to gather more clues on their journey back to the estate of the oil tycoon. All this time they are trying to rescue some oil consultants that have been kidnapped by the same oil tycoon. Do they get out this time or is this the end of the duo? You’ll have to read or listen to the book to find out.
Scott Brick is the reader of this audio book. He has many credits to his name. He once again has done a wonderful job of reading this book. He is subtle with his accents and inflections to where you almost don’t even realize he is doing it. He just has an entertaining voice and way of reading the book that just gets you lost in the adventure, and you nearly forget that you are being read a book. I have listened to other books that Mr. Brick has read, and they have all been the same way. I enjoy listening to his performances, and am excited when I listen to a new audio book read by Mr. Brick.
I enjoyed Treasure of Khan along with many others Dirk Pitt adventure series, as Treasure of Khan is the 19th book in the series. They are among my favorite books to read or listen to in this case. The author has a fantastic way of getting and keeping you absorbed in the book. The little history lesson at the first isn’t my favorite, but then I have never been a fan a history. However whether the first of the book is fact or fiction it gives you a little background on the setting of the book with also letting you know what Dirk and his crew are going to be looking for, or sometimes happen to stumble onto. There is also always a villain that has to be battled at some point which provides the adventure, and the wondering if Dirk and Al are going to make it out yet again provides the suspense. The book switches story lines right at the right time and makes you want to just keep putting in the next cd and listen some more. The only thing that I didn’t like doesn’t have anything to do with the author or reader of the book, but the condition of the cd’s. At the first exciting part in the book the cd started to skip and made it very hard to tell what was going on, but that is an audio book from the library for you. Overall it was a clean book both with language and romance. The language just refers to how the characters curse without actually using the swear word, and the romance is just merely hinted at and non descriptive at all. I would highly recommend this book to just about anyone that is capable of reading a book on this level. I give it five stars and a big thumbs up all around. Now I just hope that Dirk Pitt adventures continue for myself and all other fans to enjoy.
Dirk Pitt Adventures Novel:
Normally I post a list of the books in order but there are 21 Dirk Pitt novels so far so I am not going to, if you are interested in the reading order check out the authors website.
Title: Treasure of Khan
Author: Clive Cussler and Dirk Cussler
Read By: Scott Brick
Format: Audio (unabridged)
Length.: 18 hours
Publisher: Penguin Audio
Release Date: November 2006
Available for purchase: Amazon, Audible.com