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Treasure of Khan

(Dirk Pitt #19)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  12,150 ratings  ·  404 reviews
Black Wind continued Dirk Pitt's meteoric career with one of Clive Cussler's most audacious, and well-received novels yet. But now Cussler takes an extraordinary leap, with one of his most remarkable villains ever.

Genghis Khan-the greatest conqueror of all time, who, at his peak, ruled an empire that stretched from the Pacific Ocean to the Caspian Sea. His conquests are t
Hardcover, 552 pages
Published November 28th 2006 by G.P. Putnam's Sons
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Laurel No, the story predominantly features Dirk Sr. and Al. The reader doesn't see Dirk Jr. and Summer until the last third of the book.

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Feb 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
A scientific expedition, led by a beautiful woman as usual in these books, on Lake Baikal in Siberia is swamped by a huge wave. Of course, Pitt and Giordano just happen to be in the area, and come to the rescue.

Then a mysterious force sinks Pitt's ship and kidnaps the scientists. Pitt's pursuit takes him o Mongolia, where he vies for Genghis Khan's treasure with a power mad billionaire.

Very exciting. A worthy addition to the Cussler canon.
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
Stefan Ellis
Aug 06, 2009 rated it did not like it
Shelves: boeke
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May 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: action-adventure
James Bond meets Indiana Jones in another fun action/adventure! Clive Cussler and Dirk Pitt just keep getting better with age! Cussler delivers in Treasure of Khan!

Dirk Pitt along with his children and sidekick Al Giordino, this time are up against a corrupt Oil company headed by a Mongolian Tyrant who is aiming to take over the world Oil Market, who has his hands on a deadly weapon that is capable of causing earthquakes all across the globe, sending the oil economy sky high! The secondary plot
Stuart Aken
Oct 31, 2011 rated it did not like it
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
Anthony 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
Dec 28, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: audiobooks
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
Zeke Chase
Dec 18, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction
Personal Rating: 1.3 / 10

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
David Erickson
Apr 21, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Jun 13, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  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
Morris Graham
Jan 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book received a lot of bad reviews recently, but I'd disagree. As a fan of the Dirk Pitt series I thought this one was quite good. We're not looking for Hemingway writing here. It's action-adventure with goofy one-liners and over-the-top criminal scenerios that are clearly improbable in a real world. Hey folks, it's fiction! You know, make believe? Anyway, Pitt battles an oil tycoon who is creating earthquakes that damage his competitors reserves. He tracks down some history and treasures o ...more
Oct 19, 2009 rated it it was ok
The only Clive Cussler novel I've read. I like his writing style and plot development, but the resolution was very disappointing in that it depended so completely on outrageous luck. I appreciate that Cussler is a moralist--this book was very clean in terms of language, sex and violence. He even went out of his way to not kill anybody off (except at the climax where is was kind of necessary)even though the circumstances would warrant it. It felt like a kid's action cartoon that way--tough talk, ...more
Greg Brown
Feb 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a very exciting book and typical of a Clive Cussler novel. If you like multiple story lines with an exciting ending for each then this is your book. This novel allows you to sit down and to immediately become part of the story and you can visually see what is happening with how the book is written. A very easy read and it is over before you know it.
Fredrick Danysh
Dec 14, 2016 rated it liked it
Dirk Pitt is in the area of thee Caspian Sea where he has to rescue a survey team from a Mongol oil tycoon with the goal of conquering the world's oil market. The Mongol holds a secret of the burial location of Genghis Khan and will use the information for world conquest. This is a fast paced adventure story.
Jan 30, 2008 rated it liked it
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.
Jul 25, 2009 rated it it was ok
Not his usual good writing. I find I'm not even interested in finishing it. Sad.
Robert Litchfield
Apr 06, 2014 rated it liked it
Not a bad story though the "Cussler" formula is really obvious in this one. At one time I would pick up a Cussler book the moment it was released, the formula is starting to wear thin.
Chris Haak
Jun 27, 2015 rated it liked it
Action packed light reading. As with all of the Cussler books I've read, it's a little too implausible.
Kat Ryker
Aug 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I read my first Cussler book when someone gifted me with the hardcover of Raise the Titanic, which was far more exciting in the book than in real life, lol. I have been a huge fan of Cussler's all of my life (check out when Raise the Titanic was published and you'll get a glimpse of how long that has been). My interest has been whetted by the methods of transportation he has written into his novels - sometimes cars, airplanes, boats, and trains, all highly interesting and campy to the max.

Nov 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Holy mothballs! This was one amazing book. It did run true to many of the things we've come to expect from the super adventures of Dirk Pitt. Other than the fact that no one real would perhaps survive what Pitt and his team survives, this book had everything that kept me at the edge of my seat at well paced intervals.

I love it when a book is paced so that you have plenty of action, but also plenty of backdrop which builds narrative and character arcs, while also serving as a contrast against th
Tara Carpenter
Jul 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Ah, my old friend, Dirk Pitt - sticking his nose where it doesn't belong, foiling criminal masterminds, saving the world, discovering historical treasures - in every book!

I haven't read one of these in five or ten years but I'm not sure why I stopped reading. While completely fantastic and beyond the realm of realistic (not even in the same galaxy) I always love the adventure and history and world wide travel. Each new coincidence and crazy plot point just makes me chuckle - of course Dirk and h
D.A. Fellows
Mar 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5/5 stars. This was going along really well until page 400. It had the good old Dirk Pitt adventure aspect to it, but it felt different to the other books in the series lately...and on book 19, different is good. The overly hi-tech science had been somewhat toned down, and Pitt’s two children, who add very little but cheesiness, were nowhere to be seen. In fact, only one of the usual litany of secondary characters had made an appearance, and most of the others hadn’t even been mentioned. Then ...more
Stephen Roger Powers
The two historical prologues and Part I are classic Cussler—they’re readable and visual without getting bogged down in descriptions that aren’t essential to the action. The prose is serviceable in Cussler’s usual way, but a handful of badly written sentences do pop up. After Part I some major scenes, like a trek across the desert, feel like retreads of previous Cussler novels (there’s even a joke, muttered by one of the characters, that shows Cussler and his co-writer are aware of this). A coinc ...more
Sep 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paperback, dirk-pitt
It's been awhile since I enjoyed a Clive Cussler penned novel, so it was time to revisit Dirk Pitt and Al Giordano for another action packed adventure. In this one, the NUMA boys are drawn into a devious plot by the descendants of Genghis Khan to monopolize the World's oil fields and, to do so, they employ a secret weapon that creates earthquakes. Pitt and Giordano narrowly avoid death on a number occasions and confront the Mongolian criminals in an epic finale that only Cussler could design. Ch ...more
Christine Mathiesen
Jan 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I picked this book up out of sheer luck - mostly because my dad picked it up from his boss' office because it was free - but, boy, am I glad I did. It has opened up a whole new world of wonderful Action/Adventure novels and Clive Cussler may even have stolen the spot of my favourite author. His stories are wild and imaginative and yet, still feel rooted in believability. He transforms (admittedly already quite cool) historical facts or stories and creates a whole new story based on them, which c ...more
Connor Ward
Mar 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Treasure of Khan, by Clive and Dirk Cussler, is the 19th adventure starring Dirk Pitt, the head of NUMA (National Underwater and Marine Agency) and his partner in crime, Al Giordino. From a priceless discovery, to a plane crash, to a machine that can cause earthquakes with sound, follow Dirk and Al as they try to save their friends, and the world oil economy, from a man obsessed with ancient Mongolia, and hell-bent on keeping his secrets safe. Clive Cussler does an amazing job getting to feel ho ...more
Alberto De Rojas

Plot very unbelievably childish. Not only it is unrealistic to have too have so many heroes all in one family and organization but to have them stop a fiendish villain traveling from Russia to Mongolia to foil his plan discover G. Khan tomb get on a plane to Hawaii recover a sunken treasure vessel that holds the tomb of K Khan is a bit too much in and fiction novel. Not even going to bring up the yet un invented earthquake machine.

I expect better plots from any writer.

Michael Eschbacher
This is my first Dirk Pitt book so I might have missed out on the world-building and character development of the earlier books, but this certainly was overwhelming with the number of characters that come and go in this book, particularly when his son (Dirk Jr, whom they call Dirk) shows up. It took a considerable amount of time to know that Dirk and Pitt were two different people, despite the main character being named Dirk Pitt.

The actual adventure was fun, but it was sadly surrounded by so mu
Sep 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
The introduction to this book is set in the sea off of Japan in 1281 A.D. A update is set in China in 1937. The present day part involves mysterious earthquakes and the greed of one person to control oil distribution for the entire world. Also, it concerns the quest to find the burial spots and artifacts of Genghis and Kublai Khan. The heroes of the story are Dirk Pitt and his side-kick, Giordino. This is definitely an action thriller with few descriptive passages or development of character. My ...more
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Cussler began writing novels in 1965 and published his first work featuring his continuous series hero, Dirk Pitt, in 1973. His first non-fiction, The Sea Hunters, was released in 1996. The Board of Governors of the Maritime College, State University of New York, considered The Sea Hunters in lieu of a Ph.D. thesis and awarded Cussler a Doctor of Letters degree in May, 1997. It was the first time ...more

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