The unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Clive Cussler and Grant Blackwood's debut title in the Fargo adventure series, Spartan Gold, read by the award-winning narrator Scott Brick.
Thousands of years ago, the mighty Persian king Xerxes the Great was said to have raided the Treasury at Delphi, carrying away two solid gold pillars as a tribute to his glory.
In 1800, while crossing the Pennine Alps, Napoleon Bonaparte and his army stumbled across the pillars. Unable to transport them, Napoleon created an inscrutable map on the labels of twelve bottles of rare wine. When Napoleon died, the bottles disappeared - and the gold pillars were lost once again.
Treasure-hunters Sam and Remi Fargo are exploring the Great Pocomoke Swamp in Delaware when they are shocked to discover a 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. But not for the wine; he wants what the bottle may lead to. For he is Hadeon Bondaruk - a half-Russian, half-Persian millionaire - and he claims descent from King Xerxes himself.
And the treasure will be his, no matter what....
©2010 Clive Cussler and Grant Blackwood (P)2011 Penguin Books Limited
"No holds barred adventure... a souped-up treat." (Daily Mirror)
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"Good easy adventure"
Haven't listened to cussler before just what i was looking for.
Will listen to next one.
A cross between indiana jones and uncharted on play station
"Just as good as the Isaac Bell series...!"
Really enjoyable tale, following the Fargo's on a global hunt for lost Napoleon treasure.
I've mainly enjoyed Clive Cussler's work with Isaac Bell, but this is without a doubt a great, action packed adventure, and I'll certainly be listening to more :)
"History lesson included"
I like this author and narrator they work well together. Always good to find out a bit about history too
"an amazing listen"
loved it i'm going to listen to it again after some others from clive cussler
I found this audiobook to be a great listen; great pace to the story with enough detail in the slower sections to keep you interested. Really looking forward to more Fargo adventures from Cussler.
"Not one to note"
I was genuinely looking forward to this book but was very disappointed. I thought it a very shallow story.
"A Fargo Adventure"
Having only recently discovering Clive Cussler as an author that tells stories that I would like I thought I would try the Fargo Series. Being a lover of a good treasure hunt this sounded right up my street. The story goes along at a good pace and there are plenty of sticky situations that they find themselves in. The humour is good throughout to which helps add a bit of light relief. I thought Scott Brick did a good job with the narration and helps bring the characters to life well. Worth a listen if you like that kind of thing, will be getting hold of the next in the series myself.
"Frolicking good adventure"
This is exactly what the title suggests an adventure story surrounded by a treasure hunt. Complete with larger than life goodies and baddies. Its intelligent enough with some nice historical twists well read and characterised by Scott Brick, whose accents are pretty good , but are tinged with that american twang that can get a bit annoying.
Like a lot of books of this type you do need to suspend reality and forget that the hero is a s much of a murdering thug as the bad guys , its just that he stands on the moral high ground, and doesn't seem to have face the consequences of his actions..... but hey thats adventure stories, larger than life.
Putting those small things aside I did enjoy it as a good read, and a good listen that is well paced and about the right length. I don't think I will bother with any of the others in the series but that's a personal choice not for any critical reasons .....
"A voice only a Mother could love"
A decent story which is aimed at the teen generation, I think. It's all relative and according to taste but I found the narrator incredibly difficult to listen to. It sounded like he was delivering an American horse racing commentary, the rhythm and tone really grated on my senses. I would recommend this to any teenagers wanting to read an adventure novel with some history thrown in, unfortunately I am forty odd so found it very disappointing.
Utterly predictable 'follow the clues' mystery with really shallow characters. Laughable impossibilities - travelling dozens of miles in an under ground river in a WW2 Nazi mini-sub just discovered - really?
Amazing how this smug sexless couple find everything they are looking for and convenient 'tunnels' 'ledges' 'cliffs' always get them out of trouble.
Who leaves the murderous bag guys, after over-powering them, with their vehicle and weapons - and drives away? Only complete idiots, which is what the central characters are, only beaten on the idiot scale by the bungling 'ex spetzna' bad guys.
Full of cliché and read by someone who is so bored by the experience he almost falls asleep.
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