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 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.
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.
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.
Sassy dialogue, humor, and a great reader are important to me.
no, I purchased #1-7 in this series all at once based on the Issac Bell series (great, in Sherlock way) without listening to any before purchasing all. This book just didn't do it for me. Way too long for the adventure. I used 1.5x speed to match the adventure to author's intent.
I did like the opening very much and the story was good, just needed to be edited a bit shorter. I am going to skip down the series and listen to another book based on the reviews.
Good ending, no complaints there...some of the chapters blended together and the adventure was diluted a bit.
Oh I am a fan of his, make no mistake. However, now after buying about 50 of his reads, I find, I still have to like the author he reads.
Thank you audible for this series sale. They are a great buy.
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