The Treasure of Khan is the second Clive Cussler novel that I have actually checked out of late. The initial was “Black Wind,” a book that I located slightly entertaining. So, I guess what I was doing right here was either confirming my point of view of Mr. Cussler or offering him a 2nd opportunity.
Yes. I was giving Mr Cussler a second opportunity to hook me with his protagonist Dirk Pitt. I don’t recognize how others really feel but also for me, it’s the personalities rather than the actual tale itself – though it is a bonus when the tale is a tearing yarn as well.
Story Begin in Hakata Bay
The Treasure of Khan begins in Hakata Bay, Japan in 1281 AD. From there, pretty much it goes like a James Bond novel – all over the place. We get to see Siberia, Russia, China, Hawaii, Mongolia as well as even the mythological Xanadu. Most of the activity is in Mongolia – a place where all the names have as several vowels as consonants. For instance, the funding Ulaanbaatar. Is that a mouthful, or what?
In Mongolia we satisfy the wicked descendant of Genghis Khan as well as Kublai Khan. Through a method that I will not go over so I do not ruin it for meaning viewers this crook (like – what else could he be with an ancestry like that?) is making use of valuable treasures from Great, Great, Great (include ten even more “Greats”) Grand-pappy Genghis to fund a method of oil exploration. He hits the mark and also expects to make an even larger ton of money by selling the oil to the Chinese that are hopeless for it – many thanks to a few other things that he organizes along the way.
I saw in the previous novel that Clive Cussler offered his own name a little cameo appearance. He does so once more in this book. I in fact such as this suggestion. It’s absolutely nothing much more than a fleeting reference however it is skillfully done. It’s a bit Hitchcockish.
Another point that I couldn’t assist but see was several referrals to AK-74 attack rifles. I do not know who proof-reads Mr Cussler’s drafts yet I assume they missed out on that. Definitely, he implied AK-47 attack rifles – every half-decent terrorist’s weapon of selection. There are various other mistakes also, such as:
“Like an oasis nourishing a heard of parched camels …”.
You will not obtain a reward off me for picking the evident mistake in the 9 words quoted verbatim over. Hmm, maybe I am just way as well picky!
Then there was the exceptionally UN-believable battle scene in between the 20 year-old swimsuit clad Summertime Pitt (our hero Dirk’s little girl) and also a mean, heavyweight, evil punk greater than two times her age and two times her weight. Cussler’s description of the so-called techniques used in that encounter made me flinch (Side bar: I have 36 years’ experience in these issues). There is simply NO WAY on God’s environment-friendly earth that it might happen. Utterly absurd.
All in all I located the story hopped along, the characters were relatively common and the circumstances rather extra-ordinary. I do not assume I will bother reviewing anymore of Clive’s books. The characters are just as well woody for me. And Cussler trots from country to nation more frequently than I make brows through to the corner store.
Rating of The Book
The Treasure of Khan gets a pass mark however only just – 5.5 out of 10. I was going to note it a 5.0 but I did discover a few fascinating features of seismology, particularly the term seiche wave. For anyone interested it is the freshwater lake matching of the ocean’s tidal wave and also it is smaller in size.
See? You can still learn things from books that you do not especially like.