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
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
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
Of course, said treasure is not so easy to collect, espec...more
>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.
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
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
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
Das ist eine Formel, die sich bewährt hat, und die auch hier ganz gut funktioniert, allerdings für eine gewisse Vorhersagbarkeit sorgt. Apropos vo...more
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 foun
Nog nooit is het iemand gelukt om levend terug te komen uit de Put, het raadselachtige labyrint van met water gevulde schachten en tunnels diep onder een klein eiland voor de kust van Maine. De Put, waarin een enorme goudschat verborgen ligt.
Een opzienbarende ontdekking geeft mogelijk nieuwe kansen: de ontcijfering van het geheimschrift uit de zeventiende eeuw, waarin de bouw van de Put beschreven staat.
Kapitein Gerard Neidelman organiseert, met gebruikmaking van de modernste hightech-app...more
The basic plot is that there is a treasure buried on this island that has defied being found for several hundred years. People die horrible deaths when searching on the island, and many companies have gone bankrupt. The is...more