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Spartan Gold (2009)

by Clive Cussler

Other authors: Grant Blackwood

Series: Fargo Adventure (1)

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Sam and Remi, the spousal protagonists, are 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's fast paced, if a bit predictable. What I found was a tad annoying was the slight repetitiveness of some of the dialogue. Overall, a decent story with some travel and adventure. Going to give the next one a go. ( )
  jessica_reads | Mar 24, 2015 |
I'm not a fan of the genre. But the reader in me has to admit this is definitely a pageturner. The book has everything a good adventure story should have: a fabulous treasure dating back to ancient history, riddles and cryptic hints to be followed, a charming couple of treasure-hunters, a ruthless adversary and action, plenty of action. In a way it reminded me of Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code. Only this novel takes you all over the world and its historic protagonists go back to Napoleon, and even further to ancient Sparta and the Persian king Xerxes I. If you are fond of a mix of history and action, you will like this book. ( )
  chrisgalle | Mar 5, 2015 |
Thousands of years ago, the mighty Persian king Xerxes the Great was said to have raided the Treasury at Delphi, carrying away two solid gold pillars as a tribute to his glory. In 1800, while crossing the Pennine Alps, Napoleon Bonaparte and his army stumble across the pillars. Unable to transport them, Napoleon created an inscrutable map on the labels of twelve bottles of rare wine. When Napoleon dies, the bottles disappear - and the gold pillars... ( )
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  Tutter | Feb 26, 2015 |
Sam and Remi Fargo are professional treasure hunters. In this first novel in a new series by Cussler they use their combined engineering, archaeological, hand-to-hand fighting and marksmanship skills to romp around the world looking for Napoleon's lost wine collection. Conveniently they are also multimillionaires so chartered jets and endless quantities of state of the art equipment are at their disposal at all times. If you can sufficiently suspend your disbelief this is actually hugely enjoyable and very easy to read. ( )
  cathymoore | Dec 13, 2013 |
### Product Description

**An ancient treasure stolen by Xerxes the Great . . .**

** Discovered by Napoleon Bonaparte . . .**

** The clues to its hidden location lost until now . . .**

* * *

** **Adventurers and treasure hunters Sam and Remi Fargo are on a wild-goose chase. Up to their waists in the Great Pocomoke Swamp in Maryland, they're hunting for lost gold. What they find instead is a small Second World War German U-boat.

Inside the submarine they find a body - and a puzzling, incredibly rare bottle of wine. This bottle was one of twelve taken from Napoleon's 'lost cellar'. But it is also a clue to a fabulous, ancient treasure.

One that Hadeon Bondaruk - a half-Russian, half-Persian millionaire - will do anything to get his hands on. For he claims descent from treasure's one-time owner.

It will be his, no matter who stands in his way . . .

### About the Author

**Clive Cussler** is the author or co-author of a great number of international bestsellers, including the famous Dirk Pitt« adventures, such as_ Arctic Drift_; the NUMA├é┬« Files adventures, most recently_ Medusa_; the_ Oregon_ Files, such as_ The Silent Sea_; and the Isaac Bell Adventures, which began with_ The Chase_._ Lost Empire _is the second book in the highly successful new series - the *Fargo*_ _Adventures. He lives in Arizona. www.clivecussler.co.uk

**Grant Blackwood**, a U.S. Navy veteran, spent three years aboard a guided missile frigate as operations specialist and pilot rescue swimmer. The author of the Briggs Tanner series, he's the co-author of *Spartan Gold*, and lives in Colorado.
  Hans.Michel | Sep 13, 2013 |
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The Fargos are interesting characters who should develop along with the series, and Cussler gives us his usual history lesson tied to a fast-moving thriller.
 

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Treasure hunters Sam and Remi Fargo are shocked to discover a bottle of a rare wine taken from Napoleon's lost cellar. However, someone else is also searching for this treasure.

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