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Riptide: A Novel

3 Ratings: 1.7
Treasure hunting thriller by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child

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.

Author: Douglas Preston , Lincoln Child
Genre: Adventure
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Date Published: July 1999
1 review about Riptide: A Novel

Could Have Been Better!

  • May 6, 2009
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+3
Having read other Preston/Child books, I was disappointed with this book. It centers on Malin Hatch, a middle-aged doctor whose family owns an Island with a buried pirate treasure. The island itself is loaded with booby-traps that have claimed treasure hunters over the years including Malin's father and brother. Each company that has tried to recover the treasure has gone bankrupt trying to overcome all the perils of the island and the traps that were put by its builder.

A team of high-tech fortune hunters approach Malin and convince him to let them try to get the treasure. Malin is haunted by the death of his brother and not knowing exactly how he died. He feels that he may uncover clues to exactly what happened to him. Malin must return to his home-town which is situated in a remote part of Maine (the town is close to the island) and reacquaint himself with the townfolk that he hasn't seen in over 25 years.

Of course as the team starts the operation, almost immediately one of their crew is killed. Then equipment malfunctions and computers seem to not work right. So begins the whisper that the island is cursed and any that try to get the treasure will be doomed. This is enforced when the crew decrypt a message left by the builder of the treasure vault, which says that he specifically built the vault with no way to open it and to kill all those who try.

Unlike Preston/Child's later book, The Ice Limit, this book seems to move at a very slow pace. There seems to be a lot of unfinished business between Malin and some of the townfolk, specifically his old girlfriend. While this seems to be very interesting, the authors chose to keep these interactions to a minimum. Most of the interactions are with the treasure hunters. The captain is as boring as a character can be. The only interesting character is a French archeologist, who happens to be a beautiful woman (is this an oxymoron?). Of course, she is attracted to Malin, but Malin seems to have his mind occupied by other matters such as lingering guilt from his brother's death.

There is some interesting history presented regarding pirates. It is stated that some pirates were Asian and there were many women pirates.

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