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Descent from Xanadu

3.23  ·  Rating Details  ·  288 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
Judd Crane is ruthless, sexually irresistible, the wealthiest man in the world... and determined to conquer man's last frontier--eternal life. He pursues his dream on a dangerous, obsessive journey, from Yugoslavia to China, from his lush island to a secret atomic city in the Brazilian jungle. Crane is willing to spend billions, risk death, outwit foreign agents, lose his ...more
Paperback, 407 pages
Published September 1st 1993 by Pocket Books (first published 1984)
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Aug 30, 2012 Laura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of mens adventure paperbacks, people who find dated smut funny,
tl;dr review: don't read this for the sex, you'll be bored out of your mind trying to find 'the good bits'. read it because it's funny, and when you're done imagine how it would have been different had it been written by Michael Crichton.

long review:
This is how I imagine Harold Robbins outlined Descent from Xanadu on scrap paper:
book: model on The Andromeda Strain but forget once in a while that you aren't writing erotica for personal use and shoehorn in some male fantasies and drug
Agustín Fest
Este es uno de esos libros que se leen a escondidas. Me lo llevé a un Vips y de repente, encontré que la gente notaba (con distintas y variadas expreisiones) en la portada como una modelo ochentera se tapaba los senos con una manita. El sexo abunda, así como los chispazos sardónicos que se avienta el personaje u otros que están alrededor de él.

Judd Crane es un billonario que gasta toda su lana en buscar la inmortalidad. Maneja sus negocios (que son tan variados como sea lo que necesite en el mo

The storyline and characters for this book would have been brilliant, if not for Robbins' terribly cheesy "erotic scenes". He could have expanded upon Judd's search for immortality and taken us across the world. He could have come up with some fascinating science fiction, business/political conspiracies, and shown us more of Judd's character development.

But no. He did not. While all of the above was present to an extent, it was much weaker than it could have been.

The erotic scenes did not help
May 20, 2014 Mona rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is fun to read something from the 1980's occasionally.
Oct 05, 2015 Gloria rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Feb 11, 2015 Amanda Alexandre rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandoned, owned
I'm abandoning Harold Robbins for good.

The beauty of enjoying cheesy books is that, when you're not liking them, you can easily replace them by another cheesy book.
Oct 16, 2011 Janna rated it it was ok
Tried to stay with it! Read half way through and just couldn't finish it! Had some very erotic parts, but just did not have much of a storyline for me.
Aug 21, 2013 Anthony rated it liked it
The book was sizzling and very entertaining.. Looking forward to the pirates..
May 17, 2007 Bibliovixen rated it liked it
Shelves: personallibrary
A guilty read that's are all of Harold Robbins' books.
Nov 20, 2012 Connie rated it it was ok

I didn't get it... .??
Juan Pablo
Feb 02, 2007 Juan Pablo rated it really liked it
A powerful man's search for inmortality
Greg Wolfson
embarrassingly trashy fun
Gary Turner
Jun 27, 2013 Gary Turner rated it really liked it
Just read it, you will enjoy.
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Born as Harold Rubin in New York City, he later claimed to be a Jewish orphan who had been raised in a Catholic boys home. In reality he was the son of well-educated Russian and Polish immigrants. He was reared by his pharmacist father and stepmother in Brooklyn.

His first book, Never Love a Stranger (1948), caused controversy with its graphic sexuality. Publisher Pat Knopf reportedly bought Never
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