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The Mayan Secrets (A Fargo Adventure) [Kindle Edition]

Clive Cussler , Thomas Perry
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (655 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The outstanding new novel from the #1 New York Times–bestselling grand master of adventure.

Husband-and-wife team Sam and Remi Fargo are in Mexico, when they come upon a remarkable discovery—the skeleton of a man clutching an ancient sealed pot, and within the pot, a Mayan book, larger than anyone has ever seen. The book contains astonishing information about the Mayans, about their cities, and about mankind itself. The secrets are so powerful that some people would do anything to possess them—as the Fargos are about to find out.

Before their adventure is done, many men and women will die for that book—and Sam and Remi may just be among them.

Editorial Reviews

From Booklist

Cussler’s husband-and-wife globetrotting adventurers Sam and Remi Fargo return in this fifth novel in the series. Cowritten (like the previous installment, The Tombs, 2012) by acclaimed mystery novelist Thomas Perry, the book is a fast-paced story that revolves around a priceless artifact—a Mayan codex, a book that could shed light on a vanished culture. Of course—and this will come as no surprise to Cussler’s regular readers—various people will stop at nothing to possess the artifact the Fargos have unearthed. Accusations of overreliance on formula are never entirely unwarranted with Cussler, but when the format and story are this much fun, readers won’t mind. Sam and Remi are a likable pair of heroes, and the villains are appropriately villainous (but without taking that extra step into comic-book supervillainy). After the exciting ride that was The Tombs, this new book is a clear indication that the Fargo series, as long as Perry stays involved, will provide fine entertainment for adventure fans. --David Pitt


Praise for The Mayan Secrets
After the exciting ride that was The Tombs, this new book is a clear indication that the Fargo series will provide fine entertainment for adventure fans.”—Booklist
Praise for The Tombs

“Sami and Remi Fargo prove they can wield automatic weapons as well as they can metal detectors in the fun fourth Fargo novel. This adventure series stands as one of the crown jewels in the Cussler empire.”—Publishers Weekly
“The fourth Fargo adventure is the best of the series so far. Danger abounds, of course, but it’s the characters who sell the story. Sami and Remi Fargo, the husband and wife treasure hunters and globe-trotting adventurers, are likable and gutsy. The story moves at a brisk clip, leaping from location to location, with an assortment of colorful villains. This is one his fans won’t want to miss.”—Booklist
 “Cussler and Perry take readers on a trip of discovery, thwarted politics, murder and comic relief. The Tombs is a real adventure filled with bits of personal interaction and intimacy. This latest installment should enhance the Fargo adventure series through good storytelling enriched with a rich historical overview.”—

Product Details

  • File Size: 2221 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Adult (September 3, 2013)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00C5R75JA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,416 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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32 of 38 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars More than disappointed. September 8, 2013
I have been an avid fan of Cussler's works since I first read, "Raise the Titanic" some years ago. Since then I have bought every book he has written, even the children's books, in spite of the fact that he lately has been pairing up with other authors which dims his genius for telling tales. I have read with great enthusiasm the adventures of Dirk Pitt, Juan Cabrillo, Kurt Austin and the Fargos. I have struggled to accept his new characters and series including the Fargos. He seems to have completely dismissed Dirt Pitt and his adventures. Although, I will grant that he did a very good job of aging his characters. However I found "Mayan Secrets" one of the worst stories Cussler has developed. In what, I suppose, was to be an exciting and captivating closure, the book fell flat. Throughout it seemed totally lack luster. Not Cussler's usual panache for excitement. It jumped around to different locales too quickly. In the final encounter to save a Guatamalan town he introduces a new phase of Sam Fargo's life that has never been developed in prior Fargo adventures. I suppose the "phantom" help he receives is from the crew of the Oregon and Juan Cabrillo, but that is left to the reader to discern. Cussler merely states that confidences of prior lives must be kept, even from spouses.
"Mayan Secrets" falls flat and is not an interesting read. For me it was a revelation. It took me five days to finish reading. I usually cannot put down Cussler's novels until I read the last page. I would not recommend this book and will be more careful before buying another of his works even if he is the sole author.
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26 of 31 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars This one isn't a good Fargo adventure. September 6, 2013
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Sam and Remi Fargo find, by accident after an earthquake in So. America, an unknown Mayan Codex that has unknown Mayan sites. The codex is stolen by a self centered socialite who wants to find the sites for her own glorification and spotlight in the public. Sam and Remi race against her and her gun happy minions to find the sites first. The plot is not new, the action is not surprising or suspenseful, the attempts at humor fall flat, and the ending is so predictable. This collaboration of Cussler and Thomas Perry does not work. The writing is more like a first year grad student that a seasoned writer. Cussler books have been going downhill since he started collaborating with other authors (like Patterson's has). This is the last Cussler book I will buy. Don't bother with this one!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I want Grant Blackwood back! October 26, 2013
The first Cussler book I read that was done with a cowriter may have been a "Fargo" book- I'm not sure. 5 in the series now and I find myself wanting original writer Grant Blackwood back, Thomas Perry may do well enough under his own name but as "Cussler" he's a mess.
The first three books might not be up to Clive/Dirk Cussler standard but they were pretty good, #4 "The Tombs" made it obvious that a new writer had moved in- a sloppier one.
This book is even worse, getting 3 stars mostly for the potential the plot holds, it does manage to be OK on an empty afternoon. The story elements are there but there's so much editing that needed to be done. You could often find yourself reading a five paragraph page and finding about three paragraphs worth of filler material (things like what Remi wore, what/where they ate & so on- filler that Clive/Dirk books have very little of).
Others have commented on how the Fargos' get things done- such unlikely stuff ( On page 110 Selma arranged for concealed weapons permits, and handguns, for their trip to Guatemala- quickly! Try getting that done legally in this country let lone Central America). Sam Fargo used to be ex CIA , on page 339/40 we find that he was actually part of some secret Special Ops group (private?), at least one reviewer has speculated that it's Juan Cabrillo's people from the "Oregon Files" series. If it is supposed to be them Perry hasn't been paying attention-Cabrillo's group didn't have Apache helicopter gunships!
So many good story elements, so much sloppiness- I'm on a budget and I'll be waiting awhile on this one, reading the library's copy makes me leery of spending the money on my own copy just now. If the next Fargo is no better I may even quit them entirely.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Raiders of the lost codex September 18, 2013
Someone once wrote "There's nothing so bad as something that's not so bad." Having said that, "The Mayan Secrets" is not so bad. Don't get me wrong, I really enjoyed the story but the Cussler-Perry hybrid misses the mark when it comes to characterization and plot development. Let me offer a few examples. I have read every installment of the Fargo Adventues, but I still don't know what Sam and Remi Fargo look like. However, I do know that Remi has auburn hair that she likes to wear in a ponytail. At one point in the story, Remi says "I could feel them staring at us." Sam replies "You could feel them staring at you, more likely. You should be used to that." (page 206) From that one tidbit I was led to believe that Remi Fargo is smoking hot, but I felt I needed more. Later in the story I found out that Selma is a middle-age woman (page 234), but that was it. Never mind Selma's two assistants, who might as well be nameless we know so little about them. Then there's the plot line. The first twelve or so chapters all begin with some variation of "Sam and Remi did..." Only then do readers get an idea of what's happening anywhere else in the story. Sam and Remi are married, but they are not in a relationship with each other. For a man that has a wife that looks the way Remi, the best Sam can do is kiss her on the cheek several times during the story. Maybe once in the story they kiss each other on the lips, but not deeply. Cussler-Perry gives us two mummified bodies that would seem to be major plot points, but they simply become red herrings. The second of those remains seemed to be a gunslinger of some type...very curious. In my opinion, a major missed opportunity occurred when Remi speaks Hungarian to her German shepherd. If you didn't read "The Tombs," you would not know why Zoltan understands her. Read more ›
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, good read
Great book, good read. Finished it in two days. I hope he has many more books coming out. I have read every one he has written.
Published 3 hours ago by Jennifer H. Lopata
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Nice read.
Published 1 day ago by rtcharger007
5.0 out of 5 stars Typical Cussler---- good adventure fiction
Just a fun book---- a Cussler book follows certain patterns and this one is on point for recreational reading ----- i read on my kindle while my wife is sleeping ----
This... Read more
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2.0 out of 5 stars Predictable
Predictable page by page. It sometimes reads like a high school lit class project.
Published 4 days ago by LazeerMan
5.0 out of 5 stars great book!
great book!!!!!!!!! great story!!!!!!!!!!!
Published 7 days ago by kirby hayward
5.0 out of 5 stars A real page turner!
As always, Cussler and Perry provide all the drama and suspense you'd expect from a Fargo adventure. Can't wait for the next one!
Published 7 days ago by James L Stratford
3.0 out of 5 stars Three stars
Not sure I liked th book. I expected a lot, and I was disappointed.
Published 8 days ago by P R Srinivasan
1.0 out of 5 stars I've read pretty much every book by Clive Cussler
I've read pretty much every book by Clive Cussler, and while entertaining, they are by no means literary masterpieces. Read more
Published 9 days ago by R. Bud Koch
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Published 16 days ago by Sandy Agronow
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
It is not what I have expected from Clive Cussler
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More About the Author

Clive Cussler began writing novels in 1965 and published his first work featuring his continuous series hero, Dirk Pitt(R), in 1973. His first non-fiction, The Sea Hunters, was released in 1996. The Board of Governors of the Maritime College, State University of New York, considered The Sea Hunters in lieu of a Ph.D. thesis and awarded Cussler a Doctor of Letters degree in May, 1997. It was the first time since the College was founded in 1874 that such a degree was bestowed.
Cussler is an internationally recognized authority on shipwrecks and the founder of the National Underwater and Marine Agency, (NUMA) a 501C3 non-profit organization (named after the fictional Federal agency in his novels) that dedicates itself to preserving American maritime and naval history. He and his crew of marine experts and NUMA volunteers have discovered more than 60 historically significant underwater wreck sites including the first submarine to sink a ship in battle, the Confederacy's Hunley, and its victim, the Union's Housatonic; the U-20, the U-boat that sank the Lusitania; the Cumberland, which was sunk by the famous ironclad, Merrimack; the renowned Confederate raider Florida; the Navy airship, Akron, the Republic of Texas Navy warship, Zavala, found under a parking lot in Galveston, and the Carpathia, which sank almost six years to-the-day after plucking Titanic's survivors from the sea.
In September, 1998, NUMA - which turns over all artifacts to state and Federal authorities, or donates them to museums and universities - launched its own web site for those wishing more information about maritime history or wishing to make donations to the organization.
In addition to being the Chairman of NUMA, Cussler is also a fellow in both the Explorers Club of New York and the Royal Geographic Society in London. He has been honored with the Lowell Thomas Award for outstanding underwater exploration.
Cussler's books have been published in more than 40 languages in more than 100 countries. His past international bestsellers include Pacific Vortex, Mediterranean Caper, Iceberg, Raise the Titanic, Vixen 03, Night Probe, Deep Six, Cyclops, Treasure, Dragon, Sahara, Inca Gold, Shock Wave, Flood Tide, Atlantis Found, Valhalla Rising, Trojan Odyssey, Black Wind, Treasure of Kahn and Arctic Drift (the last three with his son, Dirk Cussler) as well as The Chase; the nonfiction books The Sea Hunters, The Sea Hunters II and Clive Cussler and Dirk Pitt (R) Revealed; the NUMA(R) Files novels Serpent, Blue Gold, Fire Ice, White Death, Lost City, Polar Shift, The Navigator and Medusa (written with Paul Kemprecos); and the Oregon Files novels Sacred Stone and Golden Buddha (written with Craig Dirgo) and Dark Watch, Skeleton Coast, Plague Ship and Corsair (written with Jack Du Brul).
Clive Cussler lives in Arizona.

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