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Spartan Gold Audiobook

Spartan Gold

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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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    Merlone 02-10-14
    Merlone 02-10-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Boring and unrealistic"
    Would you try another book from Clive Cussler and/or Scott Brick?

    No, given this book I do not think they are authors I will read again


    What was most disappointing about Clive Cussler’s story?

    It was a sort of Hart to Hart episode


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The performance was good.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    Some aspects from the book were poorly documented: you do not fly from Venice to Trieste given that the road distance is about 105 miles!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Barry Steven 01-21-14

    On audible since 2001

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    "Loved the new Characters"
    If you could sum up Spartan Gold in three words, what would they be?

    Once again Clive has created an entertaining story woven with historical fact and exciting locations.


    What other book might you compare Spartan Gold to and why?

    This book has many of the features you would expect from this author even down to the cameo appearance of the author.


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    Scott is a very engaging reader who's performance enhances the story.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I enjoyed the Fargo couple in this story. It was refreshing to have one of the main characters to be a woman, and one that is very capable.


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    Bruce Ventura, CA, United States 11-15-13
    Bruce Ventura, CA, United States 11-15-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Cookie Cut book with Loopholes"
    Would you try another book from Clive Cussler and/or Scott Brick?

    Possibly but I won't actively look for another one, although I enjoyed several of his other books just not this one.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Clive Cussler again?

    I definitely will not be if it involves Sam and Reme.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I really enjoy Scott Brick, if I see he has narrated a book I am interested in I will for sure purchase it.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Spartan Gold?

    the book seemed disjointed, not thought out and very predictable. Lots of "of course they are" and "saw that coming"


    Any additional comments?

    I ended up skipping several chapters just to proceed to the end because I was frustrated and loosing my concentration with the unrealistic adventures of a treasure hunting couple taking life threatening, idiotic risks against ruthless hit men. There infiltrating a Ukrainian mafia lords home (really?) and escaped dozens of highly trained henchmen over and over again and always escaping only to get in another life threatening situation.

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    Daniel Mapleton, Ut, United States 07-31-13
    Daniel Mapleton, Ut, United States 07-31-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Very Entertaining"
    If you could sum up Spartan Gold in three words, what would they be?

    I enjoyed this book very much. Not to much fowel language and just enoungh mystery to keep me from setting it down.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Historical fiction invites me to learn more of the time period.


    What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Scott is a very good reader. He makes the individuals come alive.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cliff Garland, TX, USA 07-02-13
    Cliff Garland, TX, USA 07-02-13 Member Since 2003
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    "Avoid unless you are in high school"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    The story was fairly good but the dialogue was weak. I think someone in high school or middle school might enjoy this book.


    What was most disappointing about Clive Cussler’s story?

    The writing. I finished the book because the story was engaging but the writing was very poor. It seemed it was written over a long weekend with little thought. This was a poor man's "The Da Vinci Code" by Dan Brown which was not written that well compared with the classics.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Scott Brick?

    Absolutely. He is very good. However, the poor dialogue did not help his struggle with a French or Italian female accent.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Spartan Gold?

    I would tell him to start over.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Scott FAYETTEVILLE, GA, United States 06-19-13
    Scott FAYETTEVILLE, GA, United States 06-19-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great Adventure!"
    Any additional comments?

    If you like Indiana Jones and National Treasure, you'll love this. A roller coaster ride from start to finish.

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    Earl 03-31-13
    Earl 03-31-13
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    "The 100 Impossible Escapes"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The story line was interesting, but the repeated impossible escapes become boring. focus more on developing the mystery and less on creating the countless and impossible escapes.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Clive Cussler again?

    Focus more on the mystery and more realistic dialog


    What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Good read


    Did Spartan Gold inspire you to do anything?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cathy Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada 03-20-13
    Cathy Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada 03-20-13
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    "A great story...but long winded"

    This was my first exposure to Clive Cussler. At the beginning of the book it was captivating and intriguing. Half way through the book it was still captivating and intriguing. But I found that it got to a point where it became repetitive. I started to want the book to end.

    That being said, I will try more Clive Cussler books because the imagination, attention to detail and history makes it worthwhile.

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    Ric 02-13-13
    Ric 02-13-13
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    "Cussler Deliver Again"
    Any additional comments?

    Cussler has a formula and it works well for him. It works well for me. Action, history, and suspense all rolled into one.

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    Jeffrey Brea, CA, United States 02-04-13
    Jeffrey Brea, CA, United States 02-04-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Good but not great!"
    Would you try another book from Clive Cussler and/or Scott Brick?

    probably but would think twice


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Spartan Gold?

    the humor


    What aspect of Scott Brick’s performance would you have changed?

    I appreciated his effort to bring the story to life.


    Was Spartan Gold worth the listening time?

    Hmmm yes and no. In fairness to the book I took too long to listen to it. 12 hours is a long time.


    Any additional comments?

    A little contrived, the story reminded me of the hart to hart tv show. That same kind of story line. You never got the feeling the main characters were in real danger. My wife purchased this and we both liked listening to this in some ways but she would fall asleep at times.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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