I had never read anything by Cussler, but this was on sale and sounded exciting. Wrong. This was part Marvel comics superhero (and heroine ) and part long, detailed history and geography class. The quest was improbable and it took forever to get to the end. No wonder it was on clearance .
Good puzzle lots of history not enough suspense learned a lot of great history could have used more character development
Love my family...along with guitars, road bikes, cameras, and a good book!
This book harkens a little bit to the National Treasure movies. A married couple are thrust into a search for some amazing lost treasure, with the outcome never assured. The writing style of Clive Cussler is something that one either gets, or does not. It actually took me a few books before I began to understand and enjoy his style. I could say the same thing for Scott Brick as a narrator. His style is something that has to grow on you, but once it does you will love to listen to his performances.
This book spends quite a bit of time going over the history involved with the time periods being discussed. If you are a person who enjoys that kind of thing, this will be the right book/series for you. If you find it tedious, you may want to look elsewhere. I didn't do any fact checking as to the veracity of the history being offered, but found it quite believable. Honestly, I really don't care if it is accurate or not; this is a novel, after all. Loved this book, and look forward to the next one in the series.
It's a good thing that Sam and Remi like to travel as they continuously hop on planes and zoom off to places far and wide in search for clues to a Napolean secret. The clues are found, of course, amid dangers from the "bad guy" who is, of course, rich and driven.
It is convenient that the clues they find are, of course, in the correct sequence, with the last clue leading them to the treasure. However, their adventures are action packed, spirited, rapid and entertaining.
All in all a fun book, read well by Scott Brick.
This was a fun novel based on an obscure historical theory. The pace of the novel kept you engaged and the historical and travel tidbits were interesting. Most of the times that I was going to throw a penalty flag for something that was unrealistic, the author anticipated my concern and offered an explanation in the dialogue. I enjoyed this book and will read the next one in the series straight away.
Clive Cussler has a great knack for blending actual historical events and figures into a modern day tale. A good adventure is always entertaining to listen to audibly.
I like nail-biting horror, imaginative alternate history, and fun adventure romps. Character perspective narration sounds the best spoken, and I always appreciate a talented accent. Mostly I want to be told good stories!
History with no flair to set some detailed context, while in actuality 80% of the book is described in the product description. It ruined what little mystery existed, and I found myself waiting for the linear story to plod ahead location after location. There were some interesting action scenes, but I had so little interest in the characters that it lacked any true tension. The action movie invulnerability aside, even that aspect is cheap as the dialogue between the couple is neither fun nor clever, but lamely cheesy. I thought the beginning of an 8 book series would start the characters off at an early development point but they start right off rich and famous world adventurers! Already mentioning other wild exploits even, like this adventure wasn't even a new thing for them. Lastly, something that really irked me while I was sticking this out, was that there is a healthy dose of product placement! This cheapens the already cheap tale, and left me feeling like a fool for investing in the buzz. I hate to be so negative, but I was really expecting more from such a popular series. Will not be continuing any further (although I am holding out for Dirk Pitt to hopefully pick up some of this slack :D).
It was an ok book. Reads like an 80's action movie . At one point a trained Spetznaz fighter gets foiled by a life jacked thrown at him . Lots of extremely cheesy dialogue. It passed the time and the overall story still had me hooked . If you read a lot of true military stories or have served in the military, some of the details will drive you nuts . Best I can say is that it's Indiana Jones without the likability.
No forward momentum. Nick and Nora this couple aren't, in spite of a teaser that said they were going to do the clever repartee.
Probably not. I'm really glad I didn't get the whole seven sale-priced series. Yikes! Saved by unaccoustomed self-restraint.
I usually like him, but for this book he has developed an annoying and repetitive kind of way to read the ends of many sentences. As if he has a kind of disdain for what he is reading. One can hardly blame him.
Disappointment, and some anger at the waste of my time.