I have listened to every Clive Cussler book ever published. Spartan Gold is absolutely phenomenal! I realize that Grant Blackwood likely provided the ..Show More »historical research and National Treasure-like treasure hunt premise, but the book also followed the classic Cussler format. Start with a historical event, then fast forward to current day, eventually tieing all the pieces together masterfully. One chuckle, was the part of the sleuthing that had Remy determine a trigonometric solution by seeing a lady on crutches. This was just too much of a stretch; however, the premise of the plot, and the ingenous use of image-based riddles, all linked to Napolean's life, was quite engaging. A one-day "couldn't put it down" adventure...
Having loved Cussler's book, Spartan Gold, which first introduced us to treasure hunters Sam and Remi Fargo, I was excited to embark on this second li..Show More »sten with this dynamic duo. In this tale, Sam and Remi find a relic left from an eccentric, yet brilliant, sea captain. This embroils them in a web of deceit. The current President of Mexico is erroneously campaigning that Mexico's roots began with the Aztec Empire. Sam and Remi must be silenced lest they divulge his lies, and our heros are now on their own mission to find the truth behind the story of this captain's ship, and it's watery grave using cryptography.
In Spartan Gold it was non-stop entertainment, traveling with them through their swashbuckling exploits in an Indiana Jones-type, thrill-a-minute adventure. Alas, I was disappointed with Cussler's second undertaking. This "book" gave me "whiplash." One minute the story was fun and action-packed. The next minute the lengthy, boring, overly-detailed narrative was putting me to sleep. Think Dan Brown on steroids. Cussler created a VERY complex plot in this book, which could have been great, but there were passages after passages of explanations of historical events, background information, science, anthropology, cryptography, and, of course, the details of the plot itself. WAY too much going on. Scott Brick (who did an admirable job with this difficult narration) was required to drone on and on and on and on... you get the idea.
Then the storyline would switch gears and Sam and Remi would get back to being treasure hunters, the role which makes them so endearing, and it would draw me back in. This back and forth pace of the book was frustrating. The slow parts made it very difficult for me to stay engrossed all the way through the listen.
On the positive side, if you would enjoy in-depth history of the Aztec Empire, keeping track of intricate plot details, and can handle umpteen chapters of tedious cryptography, you might really enjoy this book.
I've been a long time reader and listener of Clive Cussler's books. I relish an adventure with Dirk and Al as much as any other Cussler fan. I really ..Show More »enjoy the stories with Juan Cabrillo and the crew of the Oregon. I have also found great enjoyment in our intrepid detective, Isaac Bell. However for some reason Sam and Remi are fast becoming my favourite Cussler protagonists. I don't know why for sure but I'm thinking it is the interaction of a married couple. It's similar to my enjoyment of the original Hometime series where Dean and his female co host would act the role of a couple doing whatever the episode was focused on. It brings the story home to me. Although my wife and I have no experiences like the Fargo's do their banter back and forth and unshakable faith in one another is something I can relate to.
The Kingdom, the latest Fargo offering from Mr. Cussler, is a very enjoyable ride. A great weaving together of history and adventure that makes you want to not stop the story. In my humble opinion Scott Brick should be the ONLY voice of Cussler books as he delivers another sterling performance.
You will not be disappointed with the journey you'll take in "The Kingdom"