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Der Fluch Des Khan (Dirk Pitt #19)

3.84 of 5 stars 3.84  ·  rating details  ·  8,172 ratings  ·  276 reviews
Clive Cussler's dazzling new Dirk Pitt(r) adventure.

Abridged CDs - 5 CDs, 6 hours
Published (first published 2006)
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Scott Rhee
I have never read a Clive Cussler novel until "Treasure of Khan", which is, I think, the 20th novel in his long-running Dirk Pitt series. My Cussler deprivation is not due to any calculated or irrational dismissal of the author; I just never got around to reading him. Starting with the 20th book in the series is probably not wise, as Cussler has reached that "I can basically write a 200-page shopping list and any publishing company will publish it" status, which is never a good thing. For proof, ...more
Morris Graham
One of the Dirk Pitt series, Cussler combines his love of history and extensive knowledge of the sea to spin an amazing yarn. The story starts with the second failed attempt of Kublai Khan to invade Japan by sea, when a kamakaze "divine wind" typhoon destroys the Mongol warlord's invasion, marking the decline of his empire. You actually get an audience in the court of an aging Kublai Khan. Fast forward - NUMA scientists are taking seismographic readings on a lake in Siberia, to walk right into a ...more
Rebecca
Jun 20, 2012 Rebecca rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Rebecca by: My husband
I read this book as part of the June Reading Challenge for one of my GR book clubs. It was recommended to me by my husband. I was intrigued to start with because it is something my husband reads and we normally have very differing taste in books.

This book gets off to a good start by pulling you in to the historical context that will lay the foundation for the entire book. However, around page 150 or so I started to lose interest until about page 550! Too, too much unnecessary detail! This book
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Stefan Ellis
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David Erickson
While I understand that the Cussler novels are mass market and formulaic, I still think the quality of writing matters. Of the dozen or so Cussler novels I've read, this isn't the best written. Yes, it was an entertaining read, but certainly not up to the quality and sheer enjoyment pleasure of, say Spartan Gold or The Chase.

The short of it is, a Mongolian descendant of Ghenghis Kahn wants to return Mongolia to its former glory by cornering the oil markets of major nations. He does this using a
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Zeke Chase
Personal Rating: 1.3 / 10

Abandoned.
The prologue began with some promise, but quickly descended from there. The authors chose to blather on endlessly instead of telling an orderly story. The characters were flat, and the prose was nearly unreadable.
To be fair to the Cusslers, I did ‘read’ the audiobook version, read by voice actor Scott Brick. Mr. Brick has precisely one emotion in his voice: ominous. It gets quite tedious quite quickly.
However, father and son Cussler do share much of the bl
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Jenny
I picked this out at the library when my last audiobook ended. I hadn't read a Clive Cussler book in ages, but I remembered the plots being pretty engaging, so I started it with no small sense of anticipation. The plot did not disappoint, but the writing sure did! I don't know if it was the audiobook format or the grammar snobbery that comes with being a literature major (just kidding! I was a grammar snob long before I was a lit. major!), but the errors were just inexcusable. I mean, there were ...more
Fanda Kutubuku
Baca buku ini kayak makan Gado-Gado deh... semua rasa ada, dan setelah dikunyah rasanya...Wow! Meski dominan di petualangan-sejarah, Clive Cussler juga memadukan science dan thriller juga. Dibuka dengan adegan perang di atas kapal yang menyebabkan Mongol gagal menginvasi Jepang, lalu berlanjut ke situs penggalian arkeologi yang akhirnya menemukan peta kuburan the Great Genghis Khan. Setelah itu hingga akhir buku ini kita akan mengikuti petualangan seru Dirk Pitt dkk menyelamatkan ilmuwan yang le ...more
Tony Fisher
Although the novels can be a bit predictable and have a similar mix of: historic fact updated into a fictional discovery often with a Mr Big or Corporation trying to take over the world I still love the research used by Mr Cussler to bring the events to life. I know the gun-ho action etc is very tongue in cheek and unbelieveable- a cross between Bond and Biggles there is still a good entertainment value in each book. This book has the historical facts based around Gengis Khan leading to a treasu ...more
Kellie
Mar 13, 2008 Kellie rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone looking for an adventure
After reading some deeper books, I needed a break and some mind candy. Clive Cussler always fits that bill. Dirk Pitt and Al Giordino are modern day adventurers who get into impossible situations and keep me entertained the whole time. I can always count on Clive Cussler to deliver a fun book.
Teo Hoppe
SOME of the storyline seemed vaguely reminiscent of 'Sahara' only this time Dirk and Al instead of being trapped in the African desert, they find themselves lost in the Gobi. Other than that, everything else was as original as one could hope to expect from the Grand Master of Adventure Fiction, and now his son. We learn along the way about Seiche Waves and how one may conceivably trigger one on purpose. The entire plot and the association between Khan, his descendents and the oil industry makes ...more
Tiona
Not his usual good writing. I find I'm not even interested in finishing it. Sad.
Toni Osborne
19th Adventure of Dirk Pitt

Dirk Pitt with his sidekick Al Giordino takes us on another wild adventure, a mystery spanning from Siberia to Mongolia.

Cussler opens in his customary prologue, starting in Hakata Bay, Japan 1281 to Shang-Tu, China 1937 and from there things unfold at a fast pace to lake Baikal Siberia 2007.
While surveying for oil seepage a team of geophysicists are caught in the aftermath of a massive earthquake and subsequent seiche... What appears to be a simple act of nature, trigg
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Kara Jorges
Dirk Pitt fans will be glad that this story, like Dirk Pitt adventures of old, is mostly about Dirk and Al, the other characters playing mere cameo parts. In fact, I was 2/3 of the way through the book before Pitt’s children, Dirk Jr. and Summer, put in an appearance.

After the double-historic intro beginning with the death of the Kublai Khan and a later archaeological dig where a map to the burial grounds of Gengis Khan is found and then lost, we join Dirk and Al on Siberia’s Lake Baikal, the de
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Kelly
This book is a little more chaotic than what at this point should be regarded as "old school Cussler" - that is, before he was co-writing novels with other people. In this case, the co-author is his son, Dirk. Add in the fact that there's a son Dirk in the novel, as well, and you're forgiven for feeling like you might need a flow-chart to keep everything, and everyone, straight.

This particular novel follows the traditional format of a Dirk Pitt (senior) novel: begin with a historical setting to
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Aries
Nella mia vita di lettore la parola avventura è quasi sempre stata associata ad un solo nome: Clive Cussler.Scoperto quasi per caso quando avevo 22 o 23 anni mi appassionai velocemente al suo modo di narrare, ai suoi personaggi, alle sue storie; i romanzi di Cussler hanno sempre avuto parecchie caratteristiche da me gradite in un romanzo di svago: azione, avventura e, soprattutto, tanta ironia.Cussler non è e non vuole essere uno scrittore "profondo", ma i suoi libri con protagonisti Pitt e Gior ...more
Kent
Another sea adventure with the fearless Dirk Pitt and crew. This time, NUMA, the National Underwater and Marine Agency, is involved with a mysterious seiche wave that nearly destroys a research vessel. As they investigate, they find the wave linked back to a mysterious oil company that appears to be linked to a chain of earthquakes at major oil production facilities, dramatically affecting oil prices. China, hit especially hard by the sudden economic impact, enters into negotiations with the oil ...more
Stuart Aken
As a writer, I don’t read in the same way as a general reader, so my comments here may not be as helpful as they might otherwise be. Clive Cussler is, of course, a well-known thriller writer with a large number of sales to his name. If Treasure of Khan is representative of his style, however, I have to ask the simple question; why?

In common with most people these days, I have a limited amount of time, and my reading choices are therefore important: I’ve no desire to spend time reading something
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Doug Clark
Treasure of Khan is Clive Cussler’s 19th Dirk Pitt adventure and the second co-written with his son, Dirk Cussler. Dirk Pitt is Cussler’s answer to Ian Fleming’s James Bond. Pitt, now the Director of NUMA (National Underwater and Marine Agency), is often embroiled in the battle against megalomaniacs who are trying to take over the world in one way or another. Pitt, usually with his sidekick, Al Giordino, often finds himself in danger, only to successfully defeat the bad guys. As Pitt and Giordin ...more
Jill Bratcher
NOTE: This review id based on an audiobook.

I haven't read any of Cussler's books other than the Dirk Pitt ones. This is the first I'd listened to on audio. The reader was all I could hope for - consistent characterization or vocalization of characters, good accents etc. the only drawback was he emphasizes so heavily that it almost sounds like he's having to really push hard to get the word out. Not as noticeable with accents but there to a degree in the American dialogues.

I enjoyed how the fathe
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June
A typical Dirk Pitt adventure. Clive Cussler is an interesting author. The one thing I always enjoy about his books is how he works himself into each one as a minor character. Sometimes I think I read the book through quickly at first just to find his one mention of himself. This novel was based on the ever-increasing price of oil, and what would happen to the global economy if the oil-getting process was disrupted. Made me stop and think a little about how much I take gasoline for granted.

One
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Geert Daelemans
Being boring

Oil has always been one of the great motivators for battle and corruption. In a world where oil is getting more and more scarce, newly discovered oil fields are worth more than a small oil company can bargain for. That is why Borjin, the head of such a small Mongolian venture, has concocted a plan to safeguard the discovery of an immense oil reserve in Chinese province of Inner Mongolia. Not only is he negotiating with the Chinese government to re-unite this area with Mongolia, he al
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Louise
This was my first encounter with Dirk Pitt, an action hero who spans the globe. This saga covers air, land and sea from Mongolia to Hawaii and encompasses time from Genghis Khan to the present time. A single plot begins with a tsunami style wave followed by episodes in improbable mansions and industrial sites, a trek over a desert, and towards the end, there is a flood.

Dirk and his side kick Al Giordano are not cyber sleuths. Their technology is mechanical. They can start up any vehicle when the
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Kurt
I figured it was time to try reading a Clive Cussler novel. I knew the character of Dirk Pitt from watching the movie version of Sahara with Matthew Mcconaughey. Not the best movie, but a good enjoyable no brainer type movie. I wish I could say the same about this book.

I found myself skipping large parts of paragraphs because it was just too much pointless information that wasn't needed. Too much explaining about the surroundings for most every scene. Maybe this is what Cussler fans have come to
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Sarah Sammis
Readers of this blog and those who know me personally will know I love Clive Cussler's Dirk Pitt series. Treasure of Khan is his most recent addition and was cowritten by his son, also named Dirk. While I was a little hesitant about reading a father/son collaboration, the book didn't fail to entertain and was the perfect read during those days when I was suffering from a migraine and a nice reread during our recent trip to Eureka and points north.

The typical Dirk Pitt mystery has the following
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Al Gritten
While Cussler's Dirk Pitt adventures will probably never qualify as great literature, I always enjoy the over-the-top fun and escapism that his escapades offer. There is enough historical and geographical information to make what what would otherwise be unbelievable situations into more believable adventures. Pitt and Giordino find themselves yet again enmeshed in international intrigue and treasure seeking, in daring escapes and fantastic rescues, and as always in globe trotting action. The boo ...more
Deb Rainey
FINALLY done with this book! Did it really take me a month to read this? Maybe I forgot about a book? No, I started this before my nephews wedding. it's been over a month. Several friends like this author and I was looking for a change of pace and decided to give this a try. To be fair, the book is part of a series. I thought they were stand-alone books, but maybe if I'd started with the first one there would be enough character development for me to care about the characters. There was some int ...more
Keilani Ludlow
It's Clive Cussler - same old same old - and yet I keep reading them. Bad guy wants amazing amounts of control and power and doesn't care who he kills or devastates to get it, good guys happen to stumble upon the bad guy's scheme and are free to leave what ever they're doing to go and save the world.

What can I say? They're kind of like watching Indiana Jones. Completely impossible adventure and escapes, an unbelievable amount of knowledge about any form of biological, environmental, oceanic, zo
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Marco
Due stelle e mezzo, arrotondate per eccesso a tre...

Sono convinto che sia il figlio a scrivere, firmandosi con il nome di suo padre... È un libro troppo diverso dagli altri! Cosa c'entra la NUMA in tutto quello che succede nel libro? Niente! In 500 pagine di libro meno della metà sono ambientate in luoghi "acquatici", e poco c'entra il fatto che Dirk senior vada in Mongolia così, giusto per capire perché una nave stava affondando.
Poi, dopo la metà del libro, iniziano ad entrare in scena Dirk jun
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Julia
Dirk Pitt reminds me of a moral James Bond. He makes a play on words, hits people unconscious instead of killing them, loves his family, loves cars, etc. Somehow the stars always align for him in his moment of need which could be annoying, but if you just go with it the book is way more enjoyable. The multiple plot lines converging into one story is reminiscent of Tom Clancy and makes for a long, but enjoyable book. I loved how past historical events played into today's politics, ie Ghengis Khan ...more
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