100% Fun! February 4, 2003
Reviewer: Robin Currier
I've read other books by Child/Preston (Relic and Reliquary) and found them fun but the writing just a little rough.
But Riptide, now--Wow! They have really hit their stride on this one. The pacing is great and the thought they put into how to approach the diabolically clever puzzle of the treasure pit is impressive.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book right to the end, even sneaking out to sit in my car at work to finish it!
In the first few pages of the book, we are introduced to the main character, Malin Hatch, as a boy, and see the gruesome tragedy that shadows the rest of his life, but that will not be fully explained until the end of the book. Then we skip forward 30 years. Ladies and gentlemen, THAT's what I call a "hook!" I was certainly hooked until the very end.
I'm certain you will enjoy this roller coaster ride of a book.
Another great book from Preston and Childs. This book is about an island off the coast of Maine that is shrouded in mystery and fog. According to local legends, there is a vast treasure buried in the island. But all attempts to get the treasure have resulted in injury, death and financial ruin. But at last, with millions of dollars in backing, and technilogial power, a task force is formed to retrieve the treasure, and solve the mystery that has confounded all efforts to do so in the past. As the story moves forward, the crew of this task force also sicken, get injured and die. What is at the heart of this island, causing all this suffering? I enjoyed reading this book, and hopefully there will be many more from this wonderful team of authors.
This was a fun, fascinating read by this author team. It's a standalone book (no Pendergast) with great characters. You learn lots of historical facts along the way as it moves toward the breathtaking ending.
I enjoyed the book, but it was one of the least favorite by this fabulous duo. Being least favorite, I still consider it a good book and would recommend it. Different genre than the others.
Excellent book! I've read this at least three times, and a good one to start with Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child.
I really enjoyed this book. This is the first Preston/Lincoln novel I have read but it won't be the last! Loads of action plus a great yarn about a pirate's buried treasure. Highly recommend this one.
Outstanding! I love the writing style and imagery of these two authors.
ACTION,ROMANCE AND ADVENTURE IN THIS DAMNED GOOD PAGE TURNER
The ultimate trap that cannot be avoided. Great read with a mix of treasure hunt, legend, and modern science.
This is one of the authors' best, almost completely believable. A modern-day look at the old story of "buried treasure."
a little slow getting into this novel but hung in there and found an excellent read
Interesting twists and turns but ending was predictable.
I could not put this book down..layers and layers of mysterys from Pirates to Computers....
great page-turner, really enjoyed it
Preston and Child's book kept me up l-o-n-g past my bed time, turning pages to see what was going to happen next. This is not part of the History Museum Series containing RELIC, RELIQUARY and others.
Three hundred years ago a pirate buried his ill-gotten loot on a treacherous island off the coast of Maine. Now a high-tech treasure hunter is bringing his million-dollar recovery team to Ragged Island. They have the best hardware, the best divers, and the perfectly planed operation. There's only one problem: this island kills.
First the computers fail. Then one man dies-and then another. Now the wind has begun to blow and the seas to rise. The mysteries of Ragged Island start cracking open in the midst of a howling Nor'easter.
Inside a rocky fortress of tunnels, traps, and tides, a priceless treasure lies waiting...and so does an unimaginable evil.
I picked this book up because the authors were recommended by a friend as good adventure writers. Pirate treasure, mystery, adventure were sure to be an exciting combination. It seemed to drag a little towards the middle, but the lure of St. Michael's Sword kept me reading. I enjoyed the book and will probably continue to read these authors, but I may just get the rest from the library.
Preston and Child make a grand storytelling team, and Riptide is a good example of their skill. Okay, overall it stretches the limits of credibility; there's a lot of coincidence and superstition to fuel the plot, but it's exciting reading. The faux-historical connection to pirates and treasure lends a lot of interest and atmosphere. The characters are somewhat uneven, stereotypical and sometimes way over the top, but I found myself caring about them anyway, which says a lot about the authors' abilities. Above average escapist reading.
This book is excellent! The author grabs the reader from the very beginning and it has exciting turns and twists to the very end. I have just started reading these authors and have found every book that I have read very exciting. It is extremely difficult to put the book down and then I can't wait to start another book.
I have read one of the Pendergist books and am looking forward to reading the series.
Thunderhead and The Ice Limit are great reads as well.
Check these books out!
My favorite book by Preston and Child! Deserves more than five stars!
This was a wonderful book. The authors know how to keep you reading. You just don't want to put it down and when the book is done you still think of the characters and wonder how they're doing. I loved the setting of Maine too. I highly recommend this book if you enjoy adventure and suspense.
This one took me a while to get into, but once it got to the action I couldn't put it down. Great summer read!
Excellent book. I ususally like these authors but I really enjoyed this one. Very little if any religious overtones in this one.
For generations people have been trying to get to Pirate Red Ned Ocham's treasure with no luck. When a group raises over $20 mil to get to the treasure they finally succeed but the cost is more than they bargained for!
Great thriller with a couple of pretty cool twists.
For some reason, I remember this book quite well. I usually forget lots of the storyline and sub-characters. Nice story. Not usual plotline/
I enjoyed this thriller set off the coast of Maine. It had pirate lore, secret codes, booby traps - and a sense of impending doom as both the weather and the dangers of the pit's contents become more dangerous by the day.
Very attention holding read. Same author of the Relic.
Pirate treasure! Just the thought makes your heart beat a little bit faster. While just reading the Prologue of this book I had to share it with someone else.
Once the story becomes present day the action slows a bit, but every chapter contains new surprises, and as the layers are removed we are given the clues to aid us in trying to deduce what the real treasure is.
Along with the action and suspense there are stories about people to fill in the spaces between the story legs; past lovers, teachers, friends, all there to tear open old wounds... or to help heal them.
RipTide is a good story, woven into our modern day world, but constantly looking back at the pirates who have built a trap that has conquered every treasure hunter to come before.
Once you suspended logic and allow the fiction of this book to take you, it's a stimulating ride.
An enjoyable read. I have more of their writtings on my TBR list.
Although my favorites are the Lincoln/Child books involving special agent Pendergaast, this one was still pretty good.
Three hundred years ago a pirate buried his treasure on an island and set up multiple hazards to trap anyone trying to get the treasure. Many people die when trying to get the treasure. Lots of plots and great reading!
This is a suspense novel. There is ancient pirate treasure found on an island off the coast of Maine. This is no usual island...it kills.
Excellent!! Always enjoy reading titles from these authors..
This was a very exciting read for me. I am a bif fan of Preston & Child and this did not disappoint.
These guys are lots of fun. They take real science, then tweak it just a little. Not always believable, but always fun.
These guys are the greatest! Excellent thriller with the power to deprive you of your sleep. I had to read this from start to finish.
Bit slow to start, but a great read with an interesting twist.
From Back Cover...
Three hundred years ago a pirate buried his bounty on a treacherous island off the coast of Maine. Now a high-tech treasure hunter is bringing his million dollar recovery team to Ragged Island. They have the best hardware, the best divers, and the perfectly planned operation.
There's only one problem: this island kills.
FASCINATING ... that is the word to describe the plot of this story. I listened to the abridged cassette version. I do wish that it was unabridged and on CDs but since it wasn't I took a chance and ordered the cassette version and I am so glad that I did. The story is narrated by David Birney and he did a really good job of telling the story.
I was fascinated by the details involved in the search and recovery of the long lost treasure. Millions of dollars of equipment and an encrypted manuscript were part of the drama. Someday I may have the time to read the book but in the meantime I am so glad I heard the story.
If you like a bit of mystery and a well thought out plot, you will enjoy this audio cassette presentation.
If you want more information, go and read the rest of reviews under the hardcover or paperback version of RIPTIDE. This is not an Agent Pendergast story, but an interesting story never-the-less.
300 year ago a pirate buried his treasure on a remote island - missions to find the treasure faile - somehow the island kills -
a new team with all modern day computers sets out to retrieve the buried treasure - do they retrieve it or does the island win???
Three hundred years ago a pirate buried his bounty on a treacherous island off the coast of Maine. Now a high-tech treasure hunter is bringing his million-dollar recovery team to Ragged Island.
They have the best hardware, the best divers, and the perfectly planned operation. There's only one problem: this island kills.
First the computers fail. Then one man dies - and then another. Now the wind has begun to howl and the mysteries of Ragged Island are cracking open. Inside a rocky fortress of tunnels, traps, and tides a priceless treasure lies waitng...and so does an unimaginable evil...
I really wanted to like this book but I thought it was boring. Nothing significant happened after 3 chapters so I gave up. There are so many books to read I can't waste my time on something that takes so long to get started. Life is too short!
I really liked this book by Preston and Child. No FBI agents again, but another interesting concept. These guys are great at building suspense.
This was an ok book. The story idea was decent but the writing didn't hold my attention. It had the potential to be gripping, but it just wasn't.
What can I say? This book is THE best! Draws you in from page one and you can't put it down - a definite page turner.
These two hold your rapt attention until the last page. Expert researchers and excellent story tellers. You won't be disappointed in this book.
I read this because I liked The Ice Limit, but this was not as good.