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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:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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