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The Tombs (A Fargo Adventure Book 4) [Kindle Edition]

Clive Cussler , Thomas Perry
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (759 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Sam and Remi Fargo return in this astonishing new thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Clive Cussler—and embark on their most daring quest to date.

When an archeologist friend requests their help to excavate a top-secret historical site, the Fargos are intrigued. But they have no idea that their discoveries will set them on a hunt for a prize beyond all imagination.

The clues point to the hidden tomb of Attila the Hun, who was reportedly buried with a vast fortune of gold, jewels, and plunder: a bounty that has never been found.

As they follow a trail throughout Europe, it leads them not to one tomb, but five. The Fargos also find themselves pitted against a thieving group of treasure hunters, a cunning Russian businessman, and a ruthless Hungarian who claims direct descent from Attila himself—and will stop at nothing to achieve his destiny…

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It could be the switch in coauthors (veteran mystery writer Perry takes over for Grant Blackwood), or the rather nifty story (an excavation of a historical site leads to a modern-day quest to find the lost treasure of Attila the Hun), but either way 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. Sam and Remi Fargo, the husband-and-wife treasure hunters and globe-trotting adventurers, are likable and gutsy, not merely Indiana Jones–style stereotypes. The story moves at a brisk clip, leaping from location to location, with an assortment of colorful villains (including one extremely unpleasant fella who thinks he’s descended from Attila) and plenty of verbal interplay between the two leads. Cussler seems to have entered the period in his lengthy career where he relies heavily on his collaborators—and Perry is an A-lister—but some very good books have been appearing with his name on them, and this is one his fans won’t want to miss. --David Pitt


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"This adventure series stands as one of the crown jewels in the Cussler empire."—Publishers Weekly
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Product Details

  • File Size: 1602 KB
  • Print Length: 374 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0399159266
  • Publisher: Berkley; Reprint edition (September 4, 2012)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007T99OO8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,080 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Average September 12, 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
While I'm generally never disappointed in a penned thriller by Clive Cussler, this time around it barely meets an average score. The story line had a lot of potential but I thought it was written rather amateurishly. It seemed to just skip through some of the plotting. While the history of the Huns and some of the action was enough to get me through, it wasn't enough to get this co-written thriller off the ground. Especially with a Cussler name on the cover.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Stinks October 10, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I don't expect literary brilliance from Cussler's newer "co-authored" books, but they are generally at least entertaining. However, I couldn't even enjoy "Tombs." The writing can best be described as wooden and cliche-ridden, with zero character development. Even the author's brief attempts to introduce character development come across as disjointed and perfunctory, and fail to tie into the storyline (i.e., random short descriptions of exotic meals the Fargos enjoyed, clothes they purchased, etc). The storyline is poorly developed and completely un-believable; even the villans seem implausibly incompetent. I'm not sure what kind of reader this book is geared towards but is probably best enjoyed by young teenagers or by adults with a low IQ. This book is nothing like Cussler's earlier works; readers expecting as such will be sorely disappointed.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The Tombs September 17, 2012
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Clive Cussler set the standard for this genre and I`m a long time fan, but unfortunately, this effort falls far short of the bar. The villians are more comically inept than villainous, the heroes monotonous in their infallibility, and a less than credible supporting cast. This book is more of a page skipper than a page turner.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not Your Father's Custler! September 17, 2012
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I have long enjoyed Clive Custler's work. His penchant for using rip-roaring narrative to generate minute by minute tension has provided hours of entertainment. That is, I have enjoyed his work until now. I find "The Tombs" to be an amateurish tome filled with cliches and drivel. The dialog is akin to the style of an elementary school Dick and Jane reader of the 1950's. "See Sam run. See Remi run too.'" "I'm going to put on my wet suit, said Sam. Me too said Remi." Multiple plotting with primary and secondary themes is absent. The reader must plod through boredom inducing repeated circumstances and inane conversations. Custler clearly did not write this manuscript. I suspect he sold his name for use on the book's cover by a here-to-fore little known author. While this is not unusual for established authors nor the first time for Custler, most of his other thus branded books were of much better quality.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars just forget it! September 16, 2012
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he's finally done it! I'm off the wagon. What a piece of nonsense.
I only hope the next Dirk Pitt adventure has more substance, otherwise this
was the last CC book I bought.
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41 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cussler can write! September 5, 2012
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I am thinking that Clive Cussler has to have a bad book in him somewhere and some day it will pop out on the printed page but this book
is not it. Another good one.
The good guys are good and the bad guys are, well, just rotten to the core bad.
The good guys are trying to save the ancient cultural treasures of the world and the bad guys want to get there first and get it melted down.
Typical Cussler-a good read that you will be glued to until done.
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26 of 33 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Slow and Predictable (Spoilers) September 8, 2012
The first 30 chapters are very predictable and somewhat boring with minimal action, and cover the search for four tombs where the bad guys always seem to get there first, but the Fargos are able to steal the treasure back. At the end of the book, the bad guys try to get revenge (I won't spoil it for you but it is classic Clive Cussler work). The last four chapters are actually very good and a real page turner. Too bad you had to plod through 300+ pages to get there.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By J. Cora
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The Tombs by Clive Cussler is the fourth book in the series depicting adventures of Sam and Remi Fargo, a couple of millionaires who enjoy archeology and treasure hunting. This time they are set against Eastern European mafia in a race across Europe and Asia to uncover the tomb of Attila the Hun.

The storyline of "The Tombs" is very simplified, to the point of being more appropriate for a cartoon or kids comic book than a novel. In the beginning of their adventure the Fargos conveniently meet Tibor, a Hungarian taxi-driver, who can instantly provide them with anything they want, no matter how illegal it is. As the story progresses, Tibor procures a set of uniforms used by security personnel of a Hungarian drug lord, Czech-made pistols with live ammunition, a boat, numerous cars and trucks, a protection-trained German Shepherd and a helicopter with a pilot. He is like Rico from The Penguins of Madagascar, but speaking impeccable English.

The Fargos, as all millionaires, can travel anywhere in the world with no need for almost any paperwork, have the most sophisticated scientific equipment instantly delivered to their current hotel, and own cell phones that work everywhere, from the forests of Transylvania to the plains of Kazakhstan. They can also shoot anyone who stands in their way with no legal consequences. No wonder that they they dispose of mafia hit-men with efficiency of a SWAT team.

I think it's obvious that I haven't found any value in this book. It's too naive to be enjoyed by even most undemanding adults, and has no educational virtues to be suitable for kids.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Believable Fiction
I enjoyed the book because the author made me feel the story was derived from historical facts even though the book is fictional.
Published 3 days ago by Eva Shoemaker
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great service and quality part
Published 3 days ago by Patricia Mapp
4.0 out of 5 stars Fargo Fun
Another fun Fargo adventure. These are easy reads and always predictable but still very enjoyable. I call this one a great "beach read", easy to read, fun and not to deep... Read more
Published 5 days ago by NVGirl
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read!
Sam and Remi lead the reader on an adventure to find ancient treasures while being pursued by a mad man. Brilliant plot twists make this a hard book to put down. Enjoy!
Published 5 days ago by Midwest Amazon Fan
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book!
Published 5 days ago by Whirleyc
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 10 days ago by Jan Peder Fosen
5.0 out of 5 stars A very exciting adventure with my favorite couple. Surprising what...
A very exciting adventure with my favorite couple. Surprising what happened at the end and it's a good thing they can afford to replace things! Wow!! Read more
Published 14 days ago by Linda Marshall
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A great book and fast service!
Published 16 days ago by Don K
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Cussler is always a home run.
Published 21 days ago by Robert J. Karigan Sr.
5.0 out of 5 stars Action action action
There is something wonderful about non-stop excitement and action. Great story with good characters and plotting. You'll love this book
Published 21 days ago by Msth
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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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