Treasure of Khan - Dirk Pitt, Bk 19 Author:Clive Cussler, Dirk Cussler From Publishers Weekly: — Dirk Pitt's 19th adventure, the second collaboration between father and son Clive and Dirk Cussler (after 2004's Black Wind), offers a plot as credible as it is monstrous and the kind of exotic aquatic detail that amazes, informs and entertains. The action, and there's plenty of it, ranges from Siberia's Lake Baikal and ... more »the wilds of Mongolia to the Hawaiian islands. The treasure is that of Genghis and Kublai Khan, the great Mongolian conqueror and his grandson. The villain is a modern-day Mongol with dreams of restoring national power and pride. The heroes are Pitt, sidekick Al Giordino and Pitt's son and daughter, Dirk Jr. and Summer, all affiliated with Pitt's National Underwater and Marine Agency (NUMA). The exploits of Pitt and company, particularly their narrow escapes, tend toward the larger-than-life, but these are nicely balanced by down-to-earth explanations of such phenomena as seiche waves and oil seeps.« less
Another enjoyable Cussler novel! Although some of the events were quite far-fetched and more than coincidental (i.e. Dirk and Summer just happened to discover the wreck of the Chinese ship in Hawaii at the same time Pitt was involved in related events in Mongolia), this was still all that a Cussler book should be -- full of action, interesting ideas, and fun. And I did learn a few things from this book about the Mongol empire, Genghis and Kublai Khan, and the geography of Siberia and Mongolia. I especially found interesting the facts about Lake Baikal. It is the largest (by volume) fresh water lake in the world and contains over 1/5 of the world's fresh liquid surface water!