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
This is such a ridiculous book! Improbable happenings, coincidences that are unbelievable,
actions by the main characters that are beyond foolhardy, knowledge attributed to the main characters that is too unlikely, 2 people shooting it out with pistols against 25 or so well armed professionals and winning... I could go on and on! This is the last Clive Cussler I will gamble on. Just too stupid!
An unashamed Audiophile who has his own studio and business called iZENEARS which brings Australian travel and history to life for locals and visitor's alike.
I gave Cussler a hard time when he teamed up with his past co-writers but this connection with Grant Blackwood takes the old gent back into the realms of interesting because of the depth of detail he takes us too. Still delightfully implausible, he has his trademark cameo of course, and the new heroes sparkle with Silicon Valley savvy which is fun. A jolly good romp, not a classic but fun for all of that. Welcome back Mr C.
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