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Spartan Gold (A Fargo Adventure) Paperback – Large Print, September 7, 2010
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About the Author
Clive Cussler (Author) Clive Cussler is the author or co-author of a great number of international bestsellers, including the famous Dirk Pitt (R) adventures, such as Havana Storm; the NUMA (R) Files adventures, most recently The Pharaoh's Secret; the Oregon Files, such as The Emperor's Revenge; the Isaac Bell historical thrillers, which began with The Chase; and the recent Fargo Adventures which lastly included The Solomon Curse. He lives in Arizona.Grant Blackwood (Author) Grant Blackwood is the author of the Briggs Tanner books and the co-author along with Clive Cussler of Lost Empire, Spartan Gold and The Kingdom. He has also co-written Dead or Alive with Tom Clancy, and now writes novels in the Tom Clancy series alongside Mark Greaney. Blackwood is a U.S. Navy veteran who lives in Colorado. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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BUT WHAT SURPRISE. IT WAS COMPLETELY DIFFERENT TYPE OF STORY. WITH TWO MATCHED CENTRAL CHARACTERS SAM AND REMI FARGO TREASURE HUNTERS. ONE AN ENGINEER (MCGARVER) AND OTHER AN ARCHEOLOGY SPECIALIST.
THE STORY STARTS WHEN FARGOS ARE ON ANOTHER TREASURE HUNT WHEN THEY SPOT A NAZI MINI SUBMARINE FROM THERE
THE STORY LINE TURNS TO NAPLOANE BONPARTE AND TWELVE BOTTLES OF WINE WITH A RIDDLE ON LABEL AND BUG ON THE BOTTOM OF WINE BOTTLE. THE VILLIAN IS RUDILIOUS AND A STEP BEHIND THE FARGOS ALL THROUGH OUT THE STORY.
FIGURE OUT THE RIDDLES AND FIND A BUG MARKING THE SPOT AND YOU HAVE A WORTHY CLIVE CUSSLER ADVENTURE.
It’s now modern times and besides the Fargos, a Russian mobster searches for the treasure. The Fargos could get killed, and not just because they visit some dangerous places.
This is a smart adventure. The clues are clever and putting them together requires a vast knowledge of history.
The downside of this book is that some transitions - those from one location to the other and from one danger to another - tend to be boring. The story is sometimes more travel brochure than adventure story.
Thanks, Mr. Cussler for a great read!!
On top of that, Cussler seems to think it is necessary to name drop unnecessary brand names within his writing. It doesn't matter to me that a character is wearing a Patek Phillippe watch if there is no purpose in divulging the brand name other than to let the reader know how insanely wealthy the character is. If the brand name adds nothing to the story, just say "watch." Otherwise, it removes the reader from the story, and we don't like that.
I did like that the historical aspects of the book seemed to be interesting and well researched. It was a compelling storyline that kept me interested despite the previously mentioned flaws. I will give the next book in the series a go, hoping that Clive adds a little more realism.
Some readers like that level of detail. If you want a description of each course of every meal the hero and heroine eat, this is the book for you. But if you're one of those "less is better" people, you might want to pass up Spartan Gold. .