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IN 1695, a notorious English pirate buried his bounty in a maze of booby-trapped tunnels on an island off the coast of Maine. In three hundred years, no one has breached this cursed and rocky fortress. Now a treasure hunter and his high-tech, million-dollar recovery team embark on the perfect operation to unlock the labyrinth's mysteries. First the computers fail. The then...more
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Published July 1st 2001 by Grand Central Publishing (first published 1997)
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Tale focuses on a group of treasure hunters who are trying to find the buried treasure of a nefarious pirate. It was likely inspired by the Oak Island Money Pit up near Nova Scotia where Captain Kidd or perhaps Blackbeard buried their treasure hoard. Anyway, this treasure hoard is estimated at 2 billion dollars in the late 1990s and the choice item is St. Michael's Sword which is said to kill any mortal who looks upon it. Nobody really knows what St. Michael's Sword is when the novel begins.

Mike Salzman
When I was a kid, I was always really interested in ghost stories and strange tales. Like the Mary Celeste that was found drifting completely empty; no signs of struggle, food left on the plates, no survivors ever found. Or the story of the Japanese soldier who refused to believe WWII had ended and spent 20+ years living in the jungle until his original commanding officer personally came to tell him to come home. This book takes from another famous story I read about when I was young; the water...more
Jeremy Bates
For centuries, treasure hunters have sought the lost horde of the notorious English pirate, Edward Ockham. Clues led to the mysterious water pit on Ragged Island, Maine--but a curse left behind by the long-dead pirate still seems to be working. Every expedition has failed--with the treasure seekers dying in gruesome fashion. Now, however, a new expedition has been mounted with state-of-the-art computer technology and backed by millions of dollars. It will all be worth it if the treasure is found...more
Critter Reyome
Ever hear of the Oak Island mystery? If you haven't, you should look it up. It's a fascinating (and TRUE!) story of buried treasure…or at least a buried SOMETHING, on an island off the coast of Nova Scotia. As I have many times, Preston and Child have taken a more-or-less historic event and built a tale around it, and a fascinating one at that. In fact, outside of the Pendergast books, this is probably my favorite book by P & C. It's gripping right clear through and holds up through repeated...more
Anyone familiar with the works of Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child will understand the basic set-up of Riptide. There is some sort of historical “macguffin” wrapped together with an arcane, esoteric mystery. Modern investigators are trying to get at the former and just enough strange events take place to make one believe that something supernatural is happening. In this case, computer networks that are supposed to be fully synchronized degrade without explanation and expensive scientific instru...more
This book had so much potential! The storyline had really compelling personal stories, opportunities for suspense and intrigue, and creativity along the lines of Michael Crieghton or Dan Brown. And the authors completely botched it!! In the first place, the title is entirely irrelevant to the book. They had multitudinous opportunities to make the reader connect with the characters and they completely neglected this vital point. The complex characters became completely cliched. What could have be...more
Sep 27, 2012 Eric rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone that believes pirate legends are real
A tale of lost pirate treasure in the vein of films such as Indiana Jones and National Treasure. While it started a bit slow, building the history of the water pit and the tragedy that struck all that tried to uncover its treasure, including Malin Hatch's family, it came to a rip-roaring crescendo -- action, adventure, romance, tempests, pirate treasure, double crosses -- it had it all. It also had a great line of dialogue in the closing chapter, which I am not spoiling anything by revealing wit...more
Twenty-five years ago Malin Hatch and his elder brother took a small boat to the family owned Ragged Island. This cursed island, supposed cache of the buried treasure of pirate Red Ned Ockham, was purchased by Malin's grandfather who lost his entire family fortune and his life seeking the pirate's plunder. Malin's brother disappeared during the trip. Now, a commercial treasure hunting company has persuaded Malin to allow them to excavate in return for half the treasure and the possibility of dis...more
Apr 10, 2014 Angie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: action adventure and mystery fans
Recommended to Angie by: Steven
This was great, pirates, treasure and booby traps. It is set on a small island in Maine and about a treasure hunt for a pirate of legends loot. A value of two billion dollar s is a lot of incentive but this is no simple dig. The book has a bit of everything in it. The history of the region and the pirates themselves is fascinating. The characters were all interesting and I really cared about what happens to them and the mystery of how the mechanics of the water pit itself kept you guessing.

Matthew Fake
First let me say, this is a fun book. It may never be taught at Harvard, but I’m pretty sure that the authors were not going for that anyway. It is set in Maine, which was great for me as a Mainer, growing up dreaming of finding lost treasure on one of the many islands here. It was nice to see the authors not go overboard with the characters, as so many writers tend to do by trying to use the supposed “Downeaster” accent in the dialog, but in fact it is so generic at time, it would be hard to te...more
I've had this book so long on my library list I had forgotten about it. When it finally came up and I checked it out, I was surprised to find the island, setting and indeed the treasure, is sort of fashioned after the real life Oak Island (I had just started watching the tv show about it). I like nautical stories and what's not to like about pirate treasure? For me the book just missed the mark, written predictably and felt like an audition for a movie. I could actually see the movie in my mind...more
It's alright. In fact, it starts quite strong, and while I know a Preston/Child book will have some sort of woo woo plot twist, there's only the barest hints of such until over 2/3rd of the way through. This made me wish that they'd just written it as a straight up adventure with a reasonable resolution. Ah, well.

Things that were disappointing included the odd handling of the B (c?) plot around Marlin's high school sweetheart. That whole piece could be removed and not harm the rest of the plot....more
Nancy Oakes
Dr. Malin Hatch is a medical researcher, MD from Harvard, yada yada yada. When he was a young boy, he and his brother took a trip to a piece of property belonging to his family called Ragged Island, off the Maine coast. The boys were investigating the site of a pirate treasure burial...a spot called the water pit, where Old Ned Ockham buried a fortune in pirate loot. The treasure site had been worked at fastidiously over a hundred years, with each expedition ending in bankruptcy or death. When t...more
My second novel from the Preston/Child stable.

This was an enjoyable read, though seems to be in the same mould as the "formula" of Preston & Child books. Another reviewer had mentioned in one of his reviews (I am afraid I cannot locate that specific review!) that the "formula" is to make something highly coveted (say, a treasure, or alien technology), and then introduce a character who is obsessed with finding/obtaining that thing, and have a protagonist who gets involved in this process, an...more
2nd story from preston/child...i think i saw some program on television to-do w/a part of this story...the water pit...aaargh...
onward and upward

finished, 9 aug 12, thursday evening, 9:21 p.m. e.s.t.

a fun entertaining read.

early on, when malin's brother is killed--this comes in the first pages--i thought that scene wasn't written as well as possible...something about it seemed...hokey...but the story moved on from there, a lot of mystery, action, the ole captain a kind of modern ahab, looking fo...more
Benjamin Thomas
I think if this had been the first book I had read by Preston/Child I would have probably rated it a bit higher. It's a stand-alone novel (i.e. not part of their Pendergast series) and pretty good tale of modern day treasure hunting, based on knowledge of huge (as in over $2 Billion worth) hidden pirate booty. Not only are we talking about gold, jewels, etc but also a fabled sword of St Michael, said to cause death to any who look upon it.

Of course, said treasure is not so easy to collect, espec...more
What I loved:
>The pace. I was pawing at my phone, flipping pages, skipping lines, trying to find out what happens next.

What I didn't:
>Dr. Hatch. The multi-disciplinary, nautical, artistic, intellectual owner of Ragged Island. Too many 'purrfect' creds for my taste.
>Even I, the most blind of mystery readers, guessed most of the plot points.
>The writing. The whiplash style was good for the pace, I guess but I expected a more fleshed-out version after the promising prologue.
Cursed Pirate Treasure, computer glitches, suspicious illnesses,and a cavern full of traps all combine in an exciting yarn carefully plotted and skillfully crafted to keep the reader turning page after page.

I find Preston and Child to be the type of team who write books that seem to tip their hats to some of Michael Critchton's best novels. Clever ideas for frightening plots with clever scientific foundation.

Interesting characters with an interesting background, a very interesting setting, and...more
Travis of NNY
My first non Pendergast selection from Lincoln/Child and to say I was not disappointed would be an understatement. This book had all it needed. A solid historical background explaining the origin and make up of said treasure. The exciting and suspenseful hunt for the treasure. The human side of both good and evil stemming from projected treasure wealth. Everything tied together in a solid plot for the archaeological thriller and treasure hunting reader is looking for
Matt Wells
This book was simply brilliant storytelling. An incredibly engaging plot that grabbed me right from the beginning. Somewhat reminiscent of "The Ice Limit", but thrown into a blender with pirate stories, archangels stories, meteor stories, and more. Talk about an inventive concoction!

Preston and Child do what they do best in this one, putting together a story full of plot turns, intriguing characters, and big surprises. I'm always surprised at the unpredictability in their tales. I wracked my br...more
Heather Thurmeier
Thoroughly entertaining on every level! I couldn't wait to dig into this one once I read the back cover. While this story was fictional, it was based off a real water pit and now I feel compelled to learn about the real deal. Any reader who enjoys his other books is bound to enjoy this one too.
Laura Ruetz
What a captivating read! Pirates, hidden treasure and a devious trap for any who try to claim the buried treasure. This book has all of the elements of a thrilling story and it never lags. The idea seems to be loosely based on Oak Island Money pit but it takes it much further than that. Instead of a mystery that has yet to be solved, such as Oak Island, here we find the final piece of the puzzle and it is mind boggling. The characters, as always with Preston and Child, are well-rounded, coming a...more
This one was an entertaining, thrilling sea adventure. Ancient pirate lore, an old island curse and modern day treasure hunters with all the latest technology. I haven't read a bad Preston & Child tale yet.
Pure brain candy that mixes a mysterious island, buried pirate treasure, and a deadly curse. Loads of action though not much character development. Listened to the audio read by Scott Brick.
"My Favorite" Adventure Read---
Exciting story with some great twists and turns, even if the writing, as well as the supposed intelligence of the main protagonist, left something to be desired at times. I felt it ended too abruptly, which was a shame (it felt like the ending of a movie, not a novel), but I very much enjoyed the spooky backstory, and found the explanation for such just about satisfying enough (which is quite a compliment coming from me - usually real world explanations for seemingly supernatural things just bor...more
Avant toute chose, il faut savoir que je ne lis pour ainsi dire jamais de thriller et ce pour des raisons que l'on retrouve notamment dans ce roman.
La première raison, c'est le vocabulaire souvent trop spécifique. Il faut laisser ça au style, mais j'ai vraiment du mal avec les sujets qui traitent de... "choses" dont je ne connais pas les noms.
Ensuite, la spécifité du style fait que quand on ne s'y connait pas dans le sujet, qui est souvent la science ou l'informatique - les plus simples bien sûr...more
This officially catches me up on the collaborations of Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. This 4th novel of theirs was one that I got to once before, but as an abridged audiobook, something I try to avoid when I can, but this wasn't a series novel, wasn't considered one of their essential novels, so I just wanted to get a sample. The problem with abridged audiobooks is that it usually includes all the action, but cuts out much of the characterization and back stories that make real fiction so in...more
Bob Milne
I can't remember the last time a book frustrated me so often, and so deeply, yet still managed to be so much fun. If only Preston and Child could have devoted the same amount of attention to character building as to treasure hiding, this could have been a stellar read. What frustrates me is that I know they can do it. Agent Pendergast is one of the greatest characters being written today, and they usually manage to surround him with a solid cast of strong, intelligent, well-rounded characters. H...more
Keith Johnson
I have mixed feelings about this book. Let me point out right off that I listened to this book on audiobook. Sometimes I feel as though the intensity and emotion is diminished when listening to an audiobook rather than reading. Does anyone else feel the same?

Anyhow, I like the idea of this story. Pirates buried a massive treasure on a small island off the coast of Maine. It seems to be cursed because anyone who attempts to retrieve the treasure dies or goes bankrupt. Of course, with today's tec...more
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Douglas Preston was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1956, and grew up in the deadly boring suburb of Wellesley. Following a distinguished career at a private nursery school--he was almost immediately expelled--he attended public schools and the Cambridge School of Weston. Notable events in his early life included the loss of a fingertip at the age of three to a bicycle; the loss of his two fr...more
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