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
No, given this book I do not think they are authors I will read again
It was a sort of Hart to Hart episode
The performance was good.
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!
On audible since 2001
Once again Clive has created an entertaining story woven with historical fact and exciting locations.
This book has many of the features you would expect from this author even down to the cameo appearance of the author.
Scott is a very engaging reader who's performance enhances the story.
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.
Possibly but I won't actively look for another one, although I enjoyed several of his other books just not this one.
I definitely will not be if it involves Sam and Reme.
I really enjoy Scott Brick, if I see he has narrated a book I am interested in I will for sure purchase it.
the book seemed disjointed, not thought out and very predictable. Lots of "of course they are" and "saw that coming"
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.
I enjoyed this book very much. Not to much fowel language and just enoungh mystery to keep me from setting it down.
Historical fiction invites me to learn more of the time period.
Scott is a very good reader. He makes the individuals come alive.
The story was fairly good but the dialogue was weak. I think someone in high school or middle school might enjoy this book.
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.
Absolutely. He is very good. However, the poor dialogue did not help his struggle with a French or Italian female accent.
I would tell him to start over.
If you like Indiana Jones and National Treasure, you'll love this. A roller coaster ride from start to finish.
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.
Focus more on the mystery and more realistic dialog
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.
probably but would think twice
I appreciated his effort to bring the story to life.
Hmmm yes and no. In fairness to the book I took too long to listen to it. 12 hours is a long time.
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.
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