I recommend this book highly. I am a fan of Clive Cussler novels, however recently they seemed to fall into self-parody with characters that have been through it all and are showing their age. This book is vastly superior due to two reasons: (1) The co-author and I believe the true author is Grant Blackwood. He has a large body of his own work that is under-appreciated and really quite excellent. So you have a fresh author with fresh dialogue and fresh ideas. (2) You have a married couple, the Fargos. They are young (read not middle-aged like the Dirk Pitt series) and funny, loving, cute and very smart.
The plot involves a race around Europe to stay ahead of a real nasty villian and to find an unknown treasure. The plot device of a treasure hunt with clues at each waypoint reminds you a little of the Da Vinci Code, with hidden meanings, codes and geography to understand. It has that nice device of a cliff-hanger on many chapter ends and the book is seamless in the story-telling.
The plot focuses on the Fargo's activities and you find tagging along on their adventure fun and surprisingly become able to suspend disbelief.
This book is a huge step above the current Cussler mega-complex of at least four series entries. It does make me sad that a fine author like Grant Blackwood has to join the Cussler franchise to reach an appropriately large audience.
Da Vinci Code, smart intellectuals chasing clues against a fierce villian nipping at their heels.
Both of the Fargos. Scott Brick is a world class performer. His renditions are always something special. I like his voice and he can do both masculine and feminine characters well. He delivers the Fargo's humor very well.
Spartan Gold. The book's title is excellent as I see it.
Well worth your time and money. For me, this was excellent entertainment.
I am a retired psychologist with lots of time on my hands, thus I listen to a lot of books.
I was disappointed with this book. There were too many implausible escapes for this couple. And the whole premise of the reason for their putting themselves in danger so many times seemed not worth their lives. I have listend to many of Clive Cussler books but this seemed like his books but the quality of writing wasn't good. I will avoid books he writes with Grant Blackwood now.
I don't have time to read print versions. It is great to listen as I Drive.
The Fargo's trip through the Oubleetts
Sam, he seems to be a little more fleshed out.
I drive allot and books help pass the long miles
A little long in the front (details) but it pays off later
good book against all odds they win my kind of Book
Typical Clive Cussler, and typical is good!
The Bahamian connection, I have been cave diving there.
Flawless as usual!
It is a very good read.
Yes, there were lots of different twists and turns. It was like being on a roller coaster.
As usual, Scott Brick's performance was fantastic.
Yes, it was very hard to put down.
I am always on the look out for a story that will surprise me or make me laugh while telling a good tale
I enjoyed the relationship between the husband and wife. They acted as partners, and didn't argue when one or the other had more knowledge. Example: She's a crack shot, and Sam has no problem handing the gun over. The story is predictable, but still a fun little adventure.
While the overall arc of this book was interesting, the pacing was tedious. It was definitely not a book that made me circle the block so I could finish a scene. In fact, I sometimes zoned out for a minute or two and never had to rewind to catch what I missed. Often, it felt like a dry history lecture. As for the action sequences, the events were described in such detail that it seemed like it took 15 minutes to get through just three or four seconds of "real-time" adventure. I also got really annoyed at the sarcastic dialogue between the two main characters. Just once I wanted one of them to answer a question with a straight answer instead of a "witty" retort. It was an OK story for our long road trip, but I won't be seeking out another book by this author.
All of it! I love the husband wife duo! I like all the close calls and narrow escapes, as well as the ingenious modes of escape.
I can compare it with "the navigator" much the same story, evil rich guy has visions of grandeur and power only to have his plans spoiled by the good guys, but I loved it.
Scot Brick has a gift, not only for telling the story but for giving the characters their personality and voice, without sluring to accomplish the goal. 5 stars for Scott Brick
Keep up the great work Clive, I look forward to all your books
historical exiteing dramatic
the count of monte cristo
i don't know that. But it should have Ron Pearlman in it.
nice quick listen