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El pozo de la muerte

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Dos hermanos: uno, agente prestigioso del FBI; el otro, brillante pero retorcido criminal. Un odio sin límites entre ellos. Ahora, el crimen perfecto y el máximo reto: detenme si puedes...
Published by Plaza & Janes Editores, S.A. (first published June 1st 1998)
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Ginger
Jan 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5 blimey stars from this buccaneer!

Argh mateys! I had to finish it, I was obsessed with pirate treasure by the end.


This book was so much fun, action packed and I loved every damn, scurvy minute of it!

This book was packed with cool science, great engineering theory and practice, historical information and lore on pirates, a vast pirate treasure and a deadly curse on a rocky island on the coast of Maine.

Did they finally get the pirate treasure?
Did anyone survive?
Did they finally find St. Mic
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Matthew
Preston and Child are always amazing - this book was no exception. I was immediately enthralled with the National Treasure-esque intro and all the mystery it presented. Then I was kept holding my breath until the very end. These guys can really spin a tale!

Almost every chapter ended with a cliffhanger. This is typical for Preston and Child, but that is okay with me. I wish all authors could get me this excited about moving on to the next chapter. Usually, the end of a chapter is a good place to
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StoryTellerShannon
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.

To
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J.K. Grice
Oct 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An awesome, stand alone adventure from Preston and Child. What's not to like about a modern day treasure hunt, complete with the latest technology? The authors also throw in a good measure of pirates, curses, history, and great characters. This book reminded me of the Money Pit legend of Oak Island. RIPTIDE is one hell of a fun read!
Mark
Mar 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Riptide a non-Pendergast book by messieurs Preston & Child which concerns itself a group of treasure hunters that wants to solve the riddle of the waterpit of Ragged Island where by lore is told lies the buried treasure of the illustrious pirate Red Ned Ockham. These days worth something around 2 billion dollars and the mysterious Spanish treasure "St. Michael's Sword" that was a secret weapon that could kill anybody.

In the history of Ragged Island there is a long list of failed attempts of
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Critter Reyome
Feb 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Cheryl
Jan 09, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book is not for me. Abandoning it, after half way mark. Sluggish plot pacing. I feel like I'm still waiting for something interesting to happen and the book is half over. Alot of talk about water pumps, pipes, engineering - not my thing. The characters seem a bit flat, too. It felt like the authors were just phoning it in, to meet a publishing requirement. I've read a number of books by these authors, particularly the Pendergast series, and really liked them. I don't know what happened with ...more
Lobstergirl

75% of their thrillers seem to involve subterranean tunnels, caverns, pits, shafts, underground labyrinths, subways, dens, etc. It's getting a little old. This is also the second thriller featuring a weirdo fire-and-brimstone evangelical preacher, which is even more annoying.

On the plus side, there were no hoboes.
John
Apr 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to John by: Ginger
Shelves: 2018
Enjoyed the story. Moved fast not overly detailed.
Johnny
Aug 07, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
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
Mike Salzman
Jan 19, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
C-shaw
May 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A library book. This is a good ole pirate-treasure-hunters story by the author of _The Lost City of the Monkey God_, one of his thrillers written with Lincoln Child.
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Eek! I stayed up until 1 a.m. to finish this, then was too keyed up from the excitement to sleep for a while afterwards. This is my first Preston/Child novel and I'm told it's not their best offering; however, I gave it five stars because it has everything I look for in escapist fiction: adventure, fast pacing, intriguing ch
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Jeremy Bates
Apr 19, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Stephanie
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
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.
Horace Derwent
May 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
the two great minds think wonderful, i really enjoyed this standalone of theirs, but I don't like the ending, hasty
Bob Milne
Apr 19, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: oak-island
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
Oscar
La isla Ragged tiene fama desde hace siglos de estar maldita. Según cuenta la leyenda, el pirata Ockham enterró su fabuloso tesoro en esta isla de las costas de Maine. Durante siglos, los intentos por hacerse con dicho tesoro, así como con la extraordinaria espada de San Miguel, de valor incalculable, han fracasado, saldándose en muchos casos con víctimas. El protagonista de la novela es el doctor Malin Hatch, heredero de la isla Ragged. La historia de sus familia con la isla es terrible, y llev ...more
Eric
Aug 24, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  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
Dagny
Jul 19, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: preston-child
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
John Beta
I abandoned ship a few times on this one, but reluctantly climbed back aboard. About 400 pages of how to retrieve a few billion in treasure from Ragged Island (loosely based on the Oak Island events), finally followed by some mild, predictable action in the end. Not sure why I stuck with it. It was like being caught in a riptide, hoping to be saved. Ha!
Scott Firestone
Sep 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this standalone, non-Agent Pendergast novel, authors Preston and Child have created a fictional adventure based on the very real Oak Island mystery. I went ahead and researched it beforehand so was familiar going into it, and in hindsight, I'd say having a knowledge of that mystery probably helps with the enjoyment.

It's a good old fashioned adventure story, with pirate legends, hidden treasure, diabolical traps, and crazy obsessed "bad guys." It moved along at a breakneck pace, and the adven
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Diego Sánchez Pérez
Una novela de aventuras de lo partículas que es con esos elementos de suspense y ciencia ficción avanzada que me parecieron llamativos al seguirla con los detalles que tiene la isla. Sin embargo de lo entretenida y atractiva que es la lectura no está exento de problemas porque tiene un serio problema con el ritmo es que me pareció demasiado lento principalmente con la interminable descripciones de personajes que termina estorbando montones para la historia que va contando enfocándose excesiva en ...more
Michael Jensen
It's a serious flaw when your book's bit twist is soooooo screamingly obvious as soon as you even hint at it.
Meredith
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.
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Adam
Apr 09, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hmm, this is my third Preston/Child book. Great, as usual, but I'm becoming sensitized to the authors' overall formulaic storylines. I won't spoil it here--those who've read Riptide, Mount Dragon, and The Ice Limit know the formula.

That said, this was a nice treasure-hunt tale. Loaded with historical and scientific research, the book does a decent job of weaving a somewhat eclectic set of characters together into a small town setting, where here comes another greedy avaricious bunch who think th
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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
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Anand
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
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wally
Aug 07, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: preston-child
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
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