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Summary

A centuries-old, cursed pirate's treasure, valued at over $2 billion, lies deep within the treacherous waters off the coast of Maine. Men who have attempted to unearth the fortune have suffered gruesome deaths. Will a high-tech expedition meet the same fate?

©1999 Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (P)2010 Hachette

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"Yo ho ho? get ready for a ripping good yarn.... This nonstop action adventure has all the elements of a perfect summertime thriller - pirate treasure of unimaginable worth, 300-year-old cryptograms written in invisible ink, a legendary curse, and a driven captain who will stop at nothing to reach his goal. The red-hot authors of Reliquary score another big winner." ( Library Journal)

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Loved it

These guys can do no wrong it seems and Brick is absolutely excellent as always, bring him back for the pendergast series! (nothing against Rene)

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Who can resist a Tale of Pirate Treasure

Unobtainable, up until now, Pirate Treasure. The narrator is so perfect for this, he adds depth of character, atmosphere and a fab description of The Storm. I almost thought I was there too.....

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Full blooded Pirate and Treasure story

I’d been searching for a modern pirate story with some meat on its bones, and found exactly that with Preston & Child’s Riptide.
A gripping story, well read by Scott Brick (who I also enjoyed from Jurassic Park) and it would have been five stars if not for the over played conceit surrounding the mysterious illness suffered by those who approach the treasure. I was waiting for the protagonist (a Harvard medical graduate no less) to catch up, and several times thought to myself ‘Surely he’ll get it now?!’, only to be dumbfounded as he missed the blatant clues.
But that aside, it’s a hard to put down audiobook with a satisfying conclusion.
Will be looking for more from this trio!

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Excellent adventure

Really liked this story couldn’t stop listening to this story at the expense of getting a full nights sleep. Scott is an excellent narrator as always now looking for more books by this author

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Riptide

New to audible but already addicted. This book has only made it worse couldn't stop listening. My third book narrated by Scott brick now looking for the next. After this I'm also going to try more by Preston and Child

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Another great original book

Riptide is well written and the audio presentation excellent.
Highly recommended. Another great original story.

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  • 13-06-11

very cinematic. high tech meets pirate treasure.

This novel is centered around a real mystery in Nova Scotia called the Money Pit. The authors have done a great job fictionalizing this real phenom and asking what if some zillionaire with all the most high tech toys and dream-team crew attacked the problem. And then, what might the most awesome truth underneath the treasure actually be, in the most cinematic of circumstances. Well played, I say. My only complaint is that the inevitable "turning evil" of certain people is a touch too predictable, sudden, and extreme. But the thought they have put into the above issues is thrilling in its thoroughness and sophistication. Nice job.

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  • Randy
  • 24-08-10

another awesome preston/child book!

i always love the preston/child books- esp. the pendergast ones. and even though this is not an agent pendergast novel i enjoyed it immensely. worth the money ;)

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  • Matthew
  • 24-08-10

Ripping Yarns

Simply put, this is a classic Preston/Child/Brick story, with many twists and decent character development. The action scenes drag abit, but the story is full of enough historical information and plot development to keep fans of this genre fully satisfied. I recommend this!

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  • MidwestGeek
  • 19-02-12

Too long; too predictable; mismatched narrator.

This was my first book by Preston & Child. The story was interesting and the main characters well developed. On the other hand, it dragged at times with too many irrelevant asides. The length could have been cut by about 25% with a corresponding increase in tension and excitement. The outcome was foreseeable even if the details were not. I am not a doctor, but even I came to anticipate the true cause of the anomalies and illnesses long before Hatch.

Scott Brick is a good narrator, a clear speaker, and I have listened to him read other books. However, his talents are apparently not well-suited to this style of novel. Some things are done quite well, such as emulating a French accent. However, in emotional situations, his voice became softer and artificially higher, and nearly every sentence ended with a falloff in amplitude. It was more irritating than effective. I found myself rewinding and turning up the volume temporarily.

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  • Don
  • 10-09-12

I liked The Ice Limit better

The story was interesting but not without plausability issues. But I do like the authors way of writing and of course pirate books are a fun subject.

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  • Steve
  • 04-12-11

Great treasure hunt mystery.

Would you consider the audio edition of Riptide to be better than the print version?

Possibly, though reading a book will always be better for me.

What did you like best about this story?

Unraveling the mystery of what's hidden in the island.

Any additional comments?

Preston and Child are great at incorporating historical elements into mysteries and creating believable plots.

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  • Alan
  • 24-01-12

Great Story Line

Fully enjoyed this book.
The story was well writen and presented by the narrator.
Exciting and I hated to come to the end would have listen to many more hours of the story.
It's the kind of story I've come to expect from these two authors.
You'll enjoy it I'm sure of it.

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  • Tan
  • 22-02-13

Ripping yarn

I'm always a sucker for a good pirate treasure or swashbuckling novel. Riptide isn't a pirate novel, but it is about the search for pirate treasure.

The story is a bit like a cross between a Michael Crichton novel and a Dan Brown novel in that it features a lot of high-tech equipment with a story that deals with secrets and hidden treasure.

Riptide starts off a little slowly but it picks up pace eventually and reaches quite an exciting (though slightly far-fetched) conclusion.

Overall, a good listen, with narrator Scott Brick providing a solid reading, though it's not his best work.

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  • Book Fan
  • 30-09-12

Not their best

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I like the Preston/Child combo - would still put Relic and a few others (i.e., the Pendergast series) much ahead of this story. It's ok - pretty slow and a not too all exciting experience overall. Reader is fine - if the story was an hour vs 8 hours I'd give it 5 starts.

What could Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

More action, more creative, less flashbacks which have no bearing on the story...

What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

Reader did a good job

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Maybe a made for TV movie

Any additional comments?

Read the Pendergast books before this one...they are much better.

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  • Gailgo
  • 01-09-12

RECOMMENDED BOOK

This audiobook kept me listening, although pretty much from the start, I knew how it would be ending. I've enjoyed listening to Scott Brick narrate other audiobooks. However, he seems to be getting way too dramatic!! His voice gave the main character (as well as other characters) a overall depressed personality. In fact, he turned the book from what could have been exciting, to quite a bit depressing. I'd still recommend the book.

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