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The Gray Ghost (A Sam and Remi Fargo Adventure) Paperback – May 7, 2019
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“The Gray Ghost showcases why readers love the various series of books written by Cussler and his co-authors. Burcell does a wonderful job adding richness and depth to the already established characters of Sam and Remi while telling a rip-roaring story.”—Associated Press
“A fast-paced tale that reaches back to the early days of automotive glory...A complicated and clever plot...The Fargos are great series characters, whip-smart and altruistic...Thriller fans will delight in this latest escapade. Cussler and co-author Burcell have delivered a winner.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Refreshing...[The plot’s] imaginative mix pumps new energy into [the] series.”—Publishers Weekly
“The Fargo novels...deliver the goods for readers seeking action, adventure, and larger-than-life characters.”—Booklist
About the Author
Robin Burcell spent nearly three decades working in California law enforcement as a police officer, detective, hostage negotiator, and FBI-trained forensic artist. She is the author of ten novels, and coauthor with Cussler of the Sam and Remi Fargo novel Pirate and The Romanov Ransom. She lives in Lodi, California.
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"Cussler is over the top..."
Yeah, I've read all the criticisms of Cussler and his adventure novels and, while some of those critiques are probably valid, I really don't care.
The fact is that Cussler, while no threat to win a Nobel Prize for Literature, knows how to create engaging characters and tell a great adventure story.
"The Gray Ghost," featuring two of my favorite Cussler heroes, is an example of what I'm talking about.
The story revolves around the long-ago theft of an early Rolls-Royce prototype and a famous train robbery. Flash forward to the present day when Sam Fargo finds out he is a distant cousin to a British noble family that is in dire financial straits. Skeptical as to the Brit family's motives, he and his wife Remi agree to go to England to at least look into the situation. Predictably, adventure follows leading to a chase through Italy and France in search of that legendary motorcar and a hidden treasure.
Full of dramatic action sequences, colorful characters, and exotic locales "The Gray Ghost" is a fun read; a perfect backpack companion for a day at the beach or a lazy summer afternoon in the park.
In 1906, a Rolls-Royce Gray Ghost vanishes in Manchester, England. Detective Isaac Bell is assigned to the case and tracks down the Ghost. But the mystery doesn't end there, for three men were murdered and a supposed treasure was hidden inside the Ghost.
Fast-forward to the present day, where Sam and Remi Fargo are drawn in to the mystery of the Gray Ghost, for once again, it has been stolen. Sam and Remi travel from the U.S. to England, Italy, and France looking for the elusive car, all the while trying to stay one step ahead of the bad guys. Will they succeed in finding the Ghost and the hidden treasure?
I'm a fan of both the Fargo and Isaac Bell series, and it was interesting to see how Cussler intertwined both of these characters in the same novel. I enjoyed the story, and there's a definite level of excitement as it goes on. The characters are well-developed, and I especially enjoyed seeing Isaac Bell make a cameo. Looking forward to the next Fargo (and Isaac Bell) adventure.
A typical Cussler adventure: containing drama and excitement. The Fargos must find the Gray Ghost Rolls Royce which was stolen first in 1905 and then disappeared soon after World War 2. All the while, trying to save Albert Payton a Viscount arrested for a crime, he was unable to commit. As well as finding The Gray Ghost, and the treasure associated with it all without the financial means necessary. At the same time the Fargos never know who the mastermind is behind this adventure. A excellent multi layered adventure, which never confuses the reader. And still contains the elements of a good Clive Cussler novel. I'm not a big fan of the Fargos adventures but this a good one. Thumbs Up!
This book is about recovering a a stolen car. A STOLEN CAR! A very expensive stolen car, but that’s all it is. Hardly the stuff of adventure.
The plot is shallow and the pace is slow and plodding. Definitely not a page-turner. Reading this book is more of a chore than a pleasure.
I abandoned it twice, but went back, thinking it must get better. It didn’t. I’m about halfway through now, and really can’t force myself to go on. Very disappointing!
Top international reviews
Nice tie in with his Issac Bell series , or is that just more promotion of his other works ? The classic Mr Cussler making a Hitchcock appearance to save the heros or help them on their way was much more enjoyable than this .
But no doubt it's paid for another vintage vehicle to go in his collection .
Anyone thats not tried a Clive Cussler book should as he's an awesome writer.
Bringing in Isaac Bell in the past makes reading other books by the author more enjoyable. Good to see not all Fargo stories include water.