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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (7,216 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child Narrator: Scott Brick Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2010 ISBN: 9781607884729
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For generations treasure hunters have tried to unlock the deadly puzzle known as the Water Pit: a labyrinth of shafts and tunnels that honeycomb the heart of a small island off the coast of Maine. Reputed to be the hiding place of pirate treasure, the Water Pit possesses an inexplicable ability to kill those who venture into it, from professionals to innocent explorers.

But now one man has made a startling discovery: the Water Pit is actually a carefully designed fortress, conceived for pirates by a renowned seventeenth-century architect who hid his plans in code. Unlocking the code will break the curse of the Water Pit. Or will it?

The most comprehensive, high-tech expedition ever assembled has come to Maine and to Dr. Malin Hatch, owner of the island. While the treasure hunters have their reasons for mounting this assault­­—$2 billion in gold—Hatch has his own motives to join them. For Hatch, whose brother died on Ragged Island thirty years before, the only escape from the curse is through the black swirling waters and bloodstained chambers of the Pit.

With more computing power than a small university, the recovery team slowly chips away at the mystery. But as the seekers try to conquer the Pit men begin to die. And all the while the last, secret chamber of the Pit waits to unleash the most lethal mystery of all.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A perfect blend of atmospheric settings, pulse-pounding action, human conflict, and nerve-wracking suspense…Riptide is exactly what is meant by the phrase ‘perfect summer read.’” 

    Flint Journal

  • “A good action-packed mystery…Preston and Child have once again conquered new territory…and prove that they are talented enough to write within several different genres.”

    Sunday Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)

  • “Machine-gun pacing, startling plot twists and smart use of legend, scientific lore and the evocative setting carry the day…bound to be one of most popular of the summer reads.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A tremendous storm at sea with staggeringly high waves will have you jumping up for a lifesaver. Unstoppable suspense and mystery.”  

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robert Mead | 2/17/2014

    " I enjoyed this book a lot. A lot of twists and turns! Well written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lindsey | 2/13/2014

    " Good, but not compared to their other books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jocelyn Murray | 2/3/2014

    " My very first novel by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, and the one that got me hooked and made me an instant fan. An absolute thriller that has stayed with me all the years since I first read it. The little island: mysterious and shrouded in gauzy mists, superstition, rumors and legend, with jagged rocks and rough tides... could there be a more exciting setting for a thriller? It was riveting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandra | 2/2/2014

    " "The literary equivalent to an event movie...a lot of fun" is what the blurb on the cover says, and that about sums it up. A pirate treasure---now valued at $2 billion--- buried on a treacherous island off the coast of Maine has for three hundred years claimed the lives of its seekers. Now, armed with the latest high-tech equipment, a modern recovery team is determined to crack the code and claim the gold. However, strange things begin to happen on the island. Is it "the curse" or is it sabotage? I'm surprised this hasn't been made into a movie. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Gregg | 1/29/2014

    " This story gets lost numerous times. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ed Wyrd | 1/23/2014

    " Pirate treasure buried on a small island and protected by a devious trap that defies all efforts over the centuries to overcome it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 1/17/2014

    " So cheesy, but I love Preston and Child - their books are the perfect break from more serious fare. A quick, easy read that keeps the fun coming. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kfdowner | 1/17/2014

    " Slow start, but worth the wait "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sigurður G. | 1/1/2014

    " One of the best mystery thrillers I've ready :) loved it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne | 12/8/2013

    " No Pendergast, but great story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peggy Crawford | 12/8/2013

    " Worth the read if you like this genre. Obviously I like Child and Preston! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Twainy | 12/5/2013

    " Not as good as Thunderhead or the first four Pendergast novels but a good book! Treasure hunters! Pirates! A fun read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 10/18/2013

    " Como casi todo lo de estos autores, muy interesante. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 10/18/2013

    " Great book about trying to find a pirate treasure on a small island in New England. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Scubabarb | 7/22/2013

    " I picked this copy up thinking it was a Pendergast novel; it wasn't. There is a brief scuba diving scene that was too short-lived. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Charles | 3/9/2013

    " This would probably make a great movie, but as a novel I couldn't really buy into some of the characters, coincidences, etc. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lauri | 6/22/2012

    " Douglas Preston is generally a good choice for an action/thriller type book, but I prefer his Pendergast series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matt | 6/4/2012

    " Not bad, but definitely not my favorite Preston/Child book. The protagonist is a little milquetoast, and there are a few character pieces near the end that really strain credibility. But it's still a fun page-turner, and I'm not sorry I read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle Rodriguez | 4/28/2012

    " I love the mystery surrounding the real Oak Island. Having purchased this on sale from Audible and knowing nothing about the book I couldn't believe my luck. I've read from this pair only once before and liked their books. It's a good read and very interesting! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Thomas Britton | 4/1/2012

    " one best book that dying to be made into a movie "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nicole | 12/3/2011

    " Started out slow but then picked up pace. Not my favorite from these guys, but it was entertaining. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jill | 9/29/2011

    " Of the non-Pendergast books this one was one of the betters. The whole pirate/pirate treasure story was a nice change of pace. Clunky in some parts but overall not bad. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Charleen | 9/3/2011

    " I was surprisingly disappointed by this book. The entire first half felt extremely sluggish, and by the time it started to get interesting, I almost didn't care anymore. There were some good parts, but overall it definitely wasn't what I expected out of a Preston/Child novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shannon Quinn | 7/26/2011

    " I loved this book. I am obsessed now with the real story of the island. So cool. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nanette | 5/27/2011

    " Excellent read. Great use of suspense, history, technology, and human nature. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jason Miller | 4/27/2011

    " This book has it all! Pirates, romance, adventure, buried treasure, ocean mysteries, and history. Great characters and a fantastic plot that keeps you going from beginning to end. Read it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ed | 4/16/2011

    " Pirate treasure buried on a small island and protected by a devious trap that defies all efforts over the centuries to overcome it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nanette | 4/6/2011

    " Excellent read. Great use of suspense, history, technology, and human nature. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Derek | 3/16/2011

    " Pirates, buried treasure, villains, & heroes! What more do you need in a book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Zach | 2/20/2011

    " Definetly exciting, if you enjoy action movies, you would probably enjoy this book. The author provides just enough back story/character development to get the story moving and keep it moving. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 J.D. | 2/16/2011

    " This was just "OK" for me. Wasn't as good as the Pendergast series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeff | 1/28/2011

    " Great story about pirate treasure off the coast of Maine.

    Lots of ambiance about small town coastal life in Maine.

    "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jill | 1/17/2011

    " Of the non-Pendergast books this one was one of the betters. The whole pirate/pirate treasure story was a nice change of pace. Clunky in some parts but overall not bad. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liam | 1/16/2011

    " Smart, whip-fast pulp of the kind ONLY Crichton could write - this is the only book I've read that measures up to 'Sphere' or 'Congo' in sheer ridiculous fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom | 1/16/2011

    " An awsome read with lots of twists and turns and alot of fun figuring it out. An EXCELLENT book for sure "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rich | 1/14/2011

    " Really enjoyed it. Didn't end like I thought it would. Fun adventure. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beatriz | 12/27/2010

    " Uma caça ao tesouro do século XXI. Uma expedição repleta de contratempos e desastres.
    Tal como o outro livro que li dos autores, este também me cativou e convenceu. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jamissmile | 12/27/2010

    " Surprisingly Good! It kept my interest the whole way through. I came to the same medical conclusions until the very end and then wanted to kick myself for not seeing it before, just like all the characters did. "

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