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Riptide. por Douglas Preston
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Riptide. (original 1998; edição 2001)

por Douglas Preston (Autor), Lincoln Child (Autor)

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An attempt to recover a pirate treasure from a booby-trapped hiding place, a water pit in Maine. Many have died attempting to enter it, including Martin Hatch's father and brother. Now Martin himself tries, using the latest in computer technology.
Membro:SnowyJen
Título:Riptide.
Autores:Douglas Preston (Autor)
Outros autores:Lincoln Child (Autor)
Informação:Droemersche Verlagsanstalt Th. Knaur Nachf., GmbH & Co. (2001), 504 pages
Colecções:A sua biblioteca
Avaliação:****
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  5083mitzi | Mar 19, 2021 |
A treasure buried underground and underwater in an ingeniously designed engineering marvel that would have put the Great Pyramids to shame. All set on a mysterious and sinister island that has taken lives for 300 years; more recently 3 generations of a single family, the owners of the island. I am not alone in believing the island, or the treasure, or both are cursed. Death stalks the treasure hunters, it always has and it always will.

This was a 2-1/2 star book from the very beginning because I thought it was quite silly and you could see where it was going and what was going to happen essentially from start to finish. The impossibly complex, booby-trapped treasure chamber makes zero sense on why it was built or how it was built... it’s the whole “riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma” type thing. Ugh, spare me.

All the characters are a stereotypers wet dream: the driven and haunted Dr. Hatch (owner of the island and presumably the treasure as well), the successful, upright and slightly mysterious MacArthuresque sea captain / expedition leader, the irascible and faithful pint-sized bulldog of a project manager, the beautiful and sophisticated French archeologist (née Siren), the machismo and fashionably correct Italian diver, the unhealthy and unclean, and socially inept computer programmer genius, the tweedy and proper English historian, the bearded and bear-like outdoorsy geologist, the quiet and severe engineer, the uptight and indignant minister full of fire and brimstone, and the entire zipped-up Maine locals and lobstermen who are suddenly the outsiders in their own town.

I found most of the book nonsensical. Through arrogance and haste they endeavor to succeed. Through sheer bungling, ineptitude, and luck they will find this treasure and solve this centuries old mystery.

If a movie were made of this novel, it would certainly be called “Raiders of the Lost Pirate Treasure” or “Raiders of the Lost Sword.” Someone might be able to come up with a better title, but it would definitely have to start with something original like “Raiders of the Lost (fill in the blank)”.

I was obviously not enthralled by this book, but by the end I bumped it up to 3 stars. I was ultimately smitten by Isobel Bonterre the French archeologist, the only character I found even remotely likeable, but then again she is a Siren so it’s not like I had any choice in the matter. Also, there were two very good, unexpected plot points at the end that I could not have foreseen. ( )
  Picathartes | Feb 25, 2021 |
Excellent thriller. ( )
  lynngood2 | Feb 14, 2021 |
Right out of the pages of the History Channel, the search for the lost treasure of of of; hmm, well it is sort of like being close inside while watching The Curse of Oak Island. The big difference is, Preston and Child have made is so much more exciting. There isnt the drama of waiting and waiting and waiting. Yes there are failures and seeming impossible obstacles, yet in Riptide the reader sees them over come by modern technology. The story is very straight forward and there is nothing particular surprising about it. The real story is the writing and the characters.

From something that sounds interesting Preston and Child have forged a very interesting and exciting adventure. The search for the treasure can encounter all types of barriers and obstacles, we all expect that BUT the background, the who what when where why and how are all covered in the story. We know the legend of the treasure and how it was accumulated by one of the most viscous to sail the seas. Yet the pirate and all his mates all died under strange circumstances prompting legend and the curse on the treasure. The mysterious sword that is part of the treasure and center of the curse. The list of failures to find the treasure all thwarted by obstacles put in place to protect the treasure. And one interesting piece of information, why did the pirate put so much trust in renowned 17th century architect to construct an impenetrable fortress for his treasure. A fortress that has managed to baffle and stymied all who tried to unlock the secret and get the treasure over the centuries. Will modern technology prove to be the answer to find the treasure or will the curse continue taking its toll in human lives.

Did not really know what to expect when I picked up this book outside that have always found Preston and Child's stories and writing has always been enjoyable and that they come up with some of the most fascinating and unique situations stories and solutions to apparent insolvable problems. Well to say the least, they did not disappoint me. Was very impressed by how the so smoothly covered all the bases and brought the reader a great thriller. Needless to say, yes I really enjoy this book. ( )
  can44okie | Aug 28, 2020 |
Ever hear of the Oak Island mystery? If you haven't, you should look it up. It's a fascinating (and TRUE!) story of buried treasure…or at least a buried SOMETHING, on an island off the coast of Nova Scotia. As I have many times, Preston and Child have taken a more-or-less historic event and built a tale around it, and a fascinating one at that. In fact, outside of the Pendergast books, this is probably my favorite book by P & C. It's gripping right clear through and holds up through repeated readings…and I ought to know, I've read it four times now. I'd say it's the perfect vacation book, but it's awfully distracting. Perhaps the perfect "cold winter day" book?

Interested in reading the "in fact" basis of the story? Here's an excellent article, courtesy of Doug Preston His Own Self:

http://www.prestonchild.com/books/riptide/Death-Trap-Defies-Treasure-Seekers-for... ( )
  Jamski | Jul 18, 2018 |
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Preston, Douglasautor principaltodas as ediçõesconfirmado
Child, Lincolnautor principaltodas as ediçõesconfirmado
Brick, ScottNarradorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Contreras, SusanaTradutorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Garène, MichèleTradutorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Houweling, MarcellaTradutorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
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An attempt to recover a pirate treasure from a booby-trapped hiding place, a water pit in Maine. Many have died attempting to enter it, including Martin Hatch's father and brother. Now Martin himself tries, using the latest in computer technology.

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