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Sam and Remi Fargo, heroes of Spartan Gold, return in this extraordinary new adventure from the number-one New York Times- bestselling author. With Spartan Gold, a daring thriller that Publishers Weekly proclaimed "solidly in the Cussler tradition, [and] sure to please new fans and old," Clive Cussler introduced husband-and-wife treasure-hunting team Sam and Remi Fargo. In their electrifying new adventure, the Fargos make a startling discovery that others would kill to keep hidden....

While scuba diving in Tanzania, Sam and Remi Fargo come upon a relic belonging to a long-lost Confederate ship. An anomaly about the relic sets them off chasing a mystery-but unknown to them, a much more powerful force is engaged in the same chase. Mexico's ruling party, the ultranationalist Mexica Tenochca, is intent on finding that artifact as well, because it contains a secret that could destroy the party utterly.

Through Tanzania and Zanzibar, into the rainforests of Madagascar, and across the Indian Ocean to Indonesia and the legendary site of the 1883 Krakatoa explosion, the Fargos and their ruthless opponents pursue the hunt-but only one can win. And the penalty for failure is death.

Filled with the dazzling suspense and breathtaking action that are Cussler's trademarks, Lost Empire is a stunning new novel from the grand master of adventure.

©2010 Clive Cussler (P)2010 Penguin Audio

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  • Joanna
  • SCOTTSDALE, AZ, United States
  • 09-16-10

Lost Along the Way

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 listen 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.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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Beleivable and Fun

What did you love best about Lost Empire?

The discovery of intertwining facts and scattered puzzle pieces. I love a mystery that is at the same time tied to history, even if it is a bit of fiction.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Of course, the Fargos!

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

He has a strong voice and a great voice for separating the characters. These books have at their heart the protagonist and the antagonist seeking the same objective while at the same time being read by a man who can help you despise the villain and cheer for the heroes. He is not as good with the female voices, but you still can tell the difference.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Not as much as the first one. It was funny at times and I did chuckle a few times out loud. This one was a bit more fun and captivating than emotional.

Any additional comments?

I like archeology and the "Indian Jones" feel is something I enjoy. Of course these books are a bit far fetched when it comes to the type of situations the main characters find themselves, but still it makes for a fun and "FICTIONAL" read. Just enjoy!

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  • Nathan
  • SPRINGVILLE, UT, United States
  • 07-18-17

Best one yet!

So far, this is the best book in the Fargo's series! I have quite enjoyed all of them, but this one stands out as such a fantastic book. The story is simply great! Epic and personal all at the same time. I feel like the Sam and Remy characters were broadened and deepened in this book, and it was really fun to read! Kept me on the edge of my seat the entire way!

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Cussler delivers again.

Fantastic book. My first e-book, and Cussler did not disappoint. The vocals were just right.

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Riveting

Now! These are what action/thriller movies are made off! Couldn't stay away for too long. I think Scott Brick is my favourite narrator. <3

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reoccurring template

third book in and I'm already getting a serious case of de je vu .

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Not the best Fargo adventure.

I enjoyed it and lost track of the convoluted reality they uncovered in a series of discoveries. I am going back for a second listen to try and put it all together.

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  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 09-19-16

Sam and Remi Fargo Adventures series, Book 2

I'm currently listening to this entire series. Lost Empire is Book 2. Book 1, Spartan Gold, disappointed me. Lost empire is e superb thriller. Like all Cussler novels it starts with a history lesson then moves on to present day. Scott Brick narrates with his normal excellence.

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  • Sharon
  • Columbus, MS, United States
  • 09-07-10

Loved it

Wonderful. Have read or listened to all the Cussler books and this is my favorite. Hope for many more adventures from this couple.

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  • Brodie
  • Mornington, Australia
  • 08-19-16

Not as crisp as the first

Detail, Cussler's new-found religion, is pretty complicated in this the second in the series. You need to follow his thinking on Google Earth to get the full appreciation of the story and I am not sure that in the end it all connects, it sort of runs out of puff. The thing I hated was the cribbed word for word overview repeat of the background of the heroes from book 1; that is lazy writing and Mr C is better than that. Not sure if I will invest in number 3.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful