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Spartan Gold | [Clive Cussler]

Spartan Gold

Treasure hunters Sam and Remi Fargo are exploring the Great Pocomoke Swamp in Delaware when they are shocked to discover a World War II German U-boat. Inside, they find a bottle taken from Napoleon's "lost cellar." Fascinated, the Fargos set out to find the rest of the collection. But another connoisseur of sorts has been looking for the bottle they've just found.
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Publisher's Summary

The debut of a brand-new, action-packed series from the number-one New York Times best-selling master of "pure entertainment" (People).

Thousands of years ago, the Persian king Xerxes the Great was said to have raided the Treasury at Delphi, carrying away two solid gold pillars as tribute. In 1800 Napoleon Bonaparte and his army stumble across the pillars in the Pennine Alps. Unable to transport them, Napoleon creates a map on the labels of 12 bottles of rare wine. And when Napoleon dies, the bottles disappear....

Treasure hunters Sam and Remi Fargo are exploring the Great Pocomoke Swamp in Delaware when they are shocked to discover a World War II German U-boat. Inside, they find a bottle taken from Napoleon's "lost cellar". Fascinated, the Fargos set out to find the rest of the collection.

But another connoisseur of sorts has been looking for the bottle they've just found. He is Hadeon Bondaruk - a half- Russian, half-Persian millionaire. He claims to be a descendant of King Xerxes himself. And he wants his treasure back.

©2009 Clive Cussler; (P)2009 Penguin

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    james 09-10-10
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    "Great listen"

    Another great adventure from Clive Cussler. We come to expect great adventure, excitement and fun. Cussler intertwines history and interesting information with action and colorful and descriptive story telling to spin a truly enjoyable tale. Spartan Gold does not dissappoint.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas San Jose, CA, United States 02-10-10
    Thomas San Jose, CA, United States 02-10-10 Member Since 2013
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    "Our heros should have been dead twice over"

    Nobody gets that lucky that often and professionals that often unprofessional. There were too many cases were our heros should have just gotten shot by the "professionals" and what ever they had in treasures been taken. Also I loved the history lesson the author did not spend enough time developing plausible scenarios how our heros get out of sticky situations.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Enterprise, OR, United States 03-17-13
    Scott Enterprise, OR, United States 03-17-13 Member Since 2010

    I am a registered nurse and a father of four great kids. I live in a rural part of Oregon and love it. I enjoy books, but Sci-Fi Fantasy has allows been the ones I reach for more than others.

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    "Cussler creates another series to read."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, if you like Cussler's work in the past, i.e. Dirk Pitt, then you will enjoy meeting the Fargos. A married couple with no need to really work anymore, they go adventuring (my fantasy by the way) and have a love for history and history's secrets. So let the adventures begin.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Salma-the Fargos research assistant who is a computer hacker, forensics genius, and anything the Fargos need her to be.


    Any additional comments?

    Good introduction book for this series. Enough adventure mixed in with intrigue and comedy to keep the reader interested.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Paul United States 12-27-12
    Paul United States 12-27-12 Member Since 2013

    I listen to a bit of everything. Mostly Fantasy and paranormal romance with my wife. Along with mysteries/thrillers, even some sci-fi.

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    "Fun treasure hunting story"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would have liked to see more development with the Fargo's and how they got into treasure hunting. I think that would have made a better intro novel.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The historical aspects of the different cultures and how they tied in together. From Napolean, to the Greek Spartans and Persian empire, it was a neat concept for a story.


    Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

    Scott Brick did a really good job with the villans and the Fargo's. The other minor characters had unique voices, but there wasn't much outstanding to them. Brick's performances always exceed expectations, and this is no exception when it comes to the Fargos and all the antagonists, he really does well with their Eastern European accents.


    Any additional comments?

    It's a solid book and an easy listen. It kept me wanting to find out what happened next, and in true Cussler form, he loves describing his cars. It wasn't the best Cussler novel, but I think I will give another book in this series a go when I'm in a treasure hunting mood, since good treasure hunting novels are hard to find, espically with no crazy supernatural or completely fictional universes.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Susha St. Louis 10-22-12
    Susha St. Louis 10-22-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Thoroughly enjoyable"
    What made the experience of listening to Spartan Gold the most enjoyable?

    Amazingly, this is the first Clive Cussler book I've purchased (in audio format). The Fargo's are an interesting duo and their adventures in this book kept my interest. Like all adventure books, this one has many twists and turns, but I never found myself thinking "get on with it, already!" All in all, a good adventure book with a husband and wife team taking on the ne'er do wells.


    Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

    I liked all the characters, including the bad guys.


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    Larry Corona, CA, United States 02-22-12
    Larry Corona, CA, United States 02-22-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Full of words and music, signifying nothing! ZZZZZ"

    I wanted to like this book. It started out pretty good with the Napoleon/Nazi connection, but just became a monotonous string of action with no character development and no point.

    The heroes could have killed the bad guys a hundred times and didn't. The bad guys could have killed the heroes a hundred times and didn't. These treasure hunters travel all over the world and every scene is the same. They show up, the bad guys chase them, they get away and then end up in some other remote section of the planet and it starts all over again. I tried to get through the book by listening to it at triple speed on my i-Pod, but it was just too tedious. I'm about an hour from the end and I just can't take it any more. As far as the characters are concerned, I hope they all die.

    Apparently they don't because there is a sequel.

    Scott Brick did a good job narrating but he couldn't save it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    thomas MOUNT HOLLY, NEW JERSEY, United States 10-26-10
    thomas MOUNT HOLLY, NEW JERSEY, United States 10-26-10
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    "Where does Cussler come up with this stuff"

    Read the books in wrong order but Spartan Gold is better.Cussler knows how to go back in history.Sam and Remi are his latest hero`s

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    Jarron Cedar Hills, UT, United States 10-23-10
    Jarron Cedar Hills, UT, United States 10-23-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Spartan Gold Review"

    Good entertaining book. Descent adventure with history and myth mixed into treasure hunting. If you're just looking for something fun it's worthwhile.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    robert sarasota, FL, United States 02-05-10
    robert sarasota, FL, United States 02-05-10
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    "incredible book"

    This book is incredible. I thoroughly enjoyed the story line, and the adventure back in history. Awesome story!!!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Sandra TAFT, CA, United States 07-31-15
    Sandra TAFT, CA, United States 07-31-15 Member Since 2014
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    "ADDICTED!!"

    We actually bought book 5 in this series from Costco and were immediately addicted. This is a very good action/suspense/mystery series with a lot of historical background and NO FOUL LANGUAGE. Clive Cussler is our new favorite author. We'll be listening to everything we can get our hands on by this author.

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