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The Oracle (A Sam and Remi Fargo Adventure) (edition 2019)
by Clive Cussler (Author)
The Oracle by Clive Cussler
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I must admit that I was disappointed in this book. I thought that it lacked a lot of the excitement of previous Cussler books. It also seemed to jump around quite a bit without a lot of character development. I could tell who the bad guy was from the beginning, so there wasn't a lot of suspense. ( )
There's very little story about treasure hunting/Vandal King scroll - just the last 50 or so pages. Disappointed. Much of the book was devoted to school for girls in Nigeria and kidnapping. The bad guy isn't really a surprise, think readers can easily figure that one. I like interesting proverb in each chapter:
No matter how good you are to a goat, it will still eat your yam. - Nigerian proverb
Sam and Remi Fargo, wealthy treasure hunters and philanthropists, are in Nigeria checking on a girl's school which they sponsor. In Nigeria, the Boca Haram, a terrorist group, are known for kidnapping girls and destroying schools for girls. The Fargos also intend to visit an archeological site in Tunisia where someone has been messing with the accounts for the dig. Plus, one of the archeologists is found dead and an important mosaic was stolen. While in Nigeria, the school is attacked. Remi and some of the girls escape their kidnappers. Sam goes looking for his wife and the missing girls. Lots of action and intrigue in this latest adventure. Although, there wasn't as much archeological intrigue, as in past books. It was a solid entry into the Fargo series, but not the best.
I was definitely disappointed by this one. The synopsis leads you to believe that a lost treasure from the Roman era will play a big part in the book...but in reality the majority of the book takes place in and around a girls' school in Nigeria and the treasure hunt (such as it is) is such an afterthought that its just rushed forward in a few pages. That said, the plot was fun enough (even if the bad guy is really really obvious) and it made for a diverting few hours.
The Oracle, a Sam and Remi Fargo Adventure is a good story. There are good guys, bad guys, suspects and of course an ancient treasure. From the very beginning the reader is pulled into the book with the ancient proverbs from various cultures that perfectly fit the beginning of every chapter. The main problem is that it is just too long, hence only a four star rating here. Even though the book is long, it is still recommended for a good present day adventure story.
The husband-and-wife treasure-hunting team of Sam and Remi Fargo return in a new adventure as they search for an ancient scroll--which carries a deadly curse--in this thrilling addition to Clive Cussler's bestselling series. In 533 A.D., the last Vandal ruler in North Africa consults an oracle on how to defeat the invading Byzantine army. The oracle tells the king that a high priestess cast a curse upon the Vandal Kingdom after a sacred scroll was stolen. In order to lift the curse, the scroll must be returned to its rightful home. But the kingdom falls before the scroll is found, leaving its location a great mystery. . . until a current day archeological dig, funded by Sam and Remi Fargo, uncovers some vital clues. The search for the ancient scroll is put on hold when the Fargos learn that a shipment of supplies intended for their charitable foundation's school has been stolen, and they travel to Nigeria to deliver new supplies themselves. But their mission becomes infinitely more complicated when they run afoul of a band of robbers. The group takes Remi and several students hostage, and there are signs that the kidnapping is related to the missing scroll. The Fargos need all their skills to save the lives of the young girls at the school before they uncover the hidden treasure. . . and lift the deadly curse.
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Melvil Decimal System (DDC)813.54 — Literature English (North America) American fiction 20th Century 1945-1999
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