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
I too am a fan of Cussler going back to "Raise the Titanic." Some of his more recent, collaborative works have left much to be desired but this one I enjoyed. I like the new "heroes," Sam and Remi Fargo and the story was imaginative. I am particularly fond of Cussler's work when he delves back into ancient history for an event that might or might not have occured and has his modern day protagonist discover/find/interact with the artifacts and story left from history. Anyway, I liked it. It is not a mind bender but it was entertaining and worth my time.
This wasn't the greatest book in the world. The accents by the narrator made all the foreign characters sound the same. The action provided no real peril. The characters always find exactly what they need to get through whatever situation they were in. I am glad I am finished with this book so I don't have to hear it again.
I listen to a bit of everything. Mostly Fantasy and paranormal romance with my wife. Along with mysteries/thrillers, even some sci-fi.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I live in santa monica, California have been a listener for 10 years
This is a good read but dragged down by the extensive explanation of the history behind it which does not connect very well. Unless you are a French history buff, you can easily get lost but the book does continually come back to the main story. Not sure the history is essential to the story-could be explained easier.
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.
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.
This is basically 'Hart to Hart' meets 'The Da Vinci Code' - an older rich couple spend a lot of time being shot at while pursuing a clue to clue mystery. Luckily they are masters of judo, engineering, yoga, navigation, all things aquatic and lying around in fluffy hotel robes so even though they are in dozens of life threatening situations they are (spoiler alert) never killed. Whenever they aren't being chased they find and solve clue after clue at such a dizzying pace that as a reader/listener there is never a chance to play along. It's really as if the authors just kept flipping a switch; chase - clue - chase - clue. I know that might sound like fun and it might be if this were even a little bit creative but the chases are badly written and quickly turn into a mess that you can't follow. And the historical clues and the overriding mystery that they are supposed to solve are likewise a mess that you just don't care about following. Scott Brick did what he could - if he hadn't been the narrator this would have been a complete dud.
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.
I've always wanted to read Cussler and found this on Audible. It's good not great. Worth trying another Cussler.
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.
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.
Salma-the Fargos research assistant who is a computer hacker, forensics genius, and anything the Fargos need her to be.
Good introduction book for this series. Enough adventure mixed in with intrigue and comedy to keep the reader interested.
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