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Author: Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
Tide of Obsession — 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 — Tide of Danger — They have the best hardware, the best divers, and the perfectly planed operation. There's only one problem: this i...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780446607179
ISBN-10: 0446607177
Publication Date: 7/1/1999
Pages: 496
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.

3.9 stars, based on 278 ratings
Publisher: Warner Books
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover
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ritaflwr avatar reviewed Riptide on + 16 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 5
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.
Kibi avatar reviewed Riptide on + 582 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
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.
daisymomma avatar reviewed Riptide on
Helpful Score: 4
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.
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Helpful Score: 1
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Helpful Score: 1
The ultimate trap that cannot be avoided. Great read with a mix of treasure hunt, legend, and modern science.
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paulmc avatar reviewed Riptide on + 7 more book reviews
For some reason, I remember this book quite well. I usually forget lots of the storyline and sub-characters. Nice story. Not usual plotline/
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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.
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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!