- Mass Market Paperback
- Publisher: Berkley books (2010)
- ASIN: B004DYSX2G
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 4.1 x 0.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (362 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #944,038 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Spartan Gold Mass Market Paperback – 2010
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As the novel opens, they're hip deep in the muck of a Maryland swamp. They're looking for buried treasure, but what they find is something altogether unexpected. It's a Nazi-era German mini-sub, very, very far from where one would expect to find such a thing. An attempt to get the scoop on local rumors of such an anomaly is aborted by their source's kidnapping right before their eyes. After the Fargos free their friend from the professional operative interrogating him about a shard of a wine bottle he found in the Pocomoke, the plot really takes off.
It comes as no surprise when the Fargos' crack research team (back at their home base in La Jolla) links the wine bottles to "Napoleon's Lost Cellar," and then links these 12 wine bottles, secreted around the world, to a major hidden treasure. This is because we'd seen the great man make his (unseen) discovery of ancient treasure in the novel's prologue. It is this unknown treasure that Sam and Remi are seeking, but they've got competition in the form of a ruthless, Ukrainian crime boss and his henchmen. Unlike the Fargos, Hadeon Bondaruk knows exactly what they're seeking and he'll stop at nothing to possess it. So begins a cat and mouse chase across the globe. It's an epic scavenger hunt with high stakes.Read more ›
However, I have some problems with the Cussler industry and the number of books being turned out in recent months. This is the third one I have read in the last few months - Corsair, Medusa, and Spartan Gold. All were written by co-authors. The books are becoming extremely formulaic, and Spartan Gold is no exception. We always have the following:
- Heroes who perform unbelievable feats. Either two heroes with equal billing or one hero with an equally capable sidekick. Spartan Gold unveils Sam and Remi Fargo, a husband and wife team with great skills and an unlimited budget.
- A back office support team that can provide anything needed in an amazingly speedy fashion
- Plots that grow increasingly convoluted and that usually require considerable historical explanation
- An evil bad guy with huge resources and equally huge plans
- A brief appearance by Cussler himself
Having made those points, I have to admit that I enjoyed Spartan Gold. I would not want to have to take a test on my understanding of all the history, and I found some of the feats slightly hard to accept. I look forward to the day when Mr. Cussler writes the next book by himself and possibly includes some twists and turns that we don't find very familiar.Read more ›
Cussler and Blackwood weaved the history behind this story nicely into the action, and the Lost Cellar riddles were a blast to unravel. I never felt like I was getting a history lesson while I was following the plot, which is something I can't say about all of these kinds of thrillers. I read these kinds of books for their "escapist pleasure" quotient, and SPARTAN GOLD gave me just that.
Highly recommended, can't wait for the second installment of the Fargo adventures.
I have nothing new to reveal about the story's plot, you'll have to discover that for yourself. I like these two new characters, and think you will too.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
What a great adventure. I enjoyed the clues and the search for land answers. Trying to keep ahead of the bad guys kept the story thrilling for me. A good read.Published 3 days ago by sue klus
As expected, it pushes all the buttons. I like the flow. The plot is what you expect from such a good author. Will always read more books from the same author.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Spartan Gold by Clive Cussler
A friend told me how he liked the adventures written by Clive Cussler. Read more
Sam and Demi keep up the Cussler mystique. Love all of "Dads" charactersPublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Clive Cusslers book Spartan Gold. I haven't quite finished it yet, but so far I really like this book. Of course I am a Clive Cussler fan anyway.Published 2 months ago by E Johnson