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Spartan Gold Audiobook

Spartan Gold

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Publisher's Summary

The debut of a brand-new, action-packed series from the number-one New York Times best-selling master of "pure entertainment" (People).

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

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    Joanna 12-27-16
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    "Struggled to Finish! "

    This story would be great for a 5th grader. I almost gave up on it and wouldn't recommend it.

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    John Virginia Beach, VA, United States 12-20-16
    John Virginia Beach, VA, United States 12-20-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Cheesy"

    It reads like a bad 80's action movie. People have shoot outs and no one gets shot....... They run away from enemies trying to kill them without so much as tying them up or taking weapons. Like BAD tv...... I gave it a shot because it was on sale but it is not my thing.

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    Tracy Rowan 12-05-16
    Tracy Rowan 12-05-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Not a bad thriller, but there are better"
    Where does Spartan Gold rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Middling, I think. I listened more for the feel of Cussler's work since I've been hired to do a Cussleresque thriller. I learned a great deal, so that's good, but honestly I think his work seems padded. He tells you every detail of what the characters are doing. Surely a reasonably intelligent reader can fill in the details between picking up a gun and shooting someone with it, but Cussler tells you how the characters pop the safety, take aim, and everything else involved in shooting a gun.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Cussler is an audacious plotter, and that's always the strength of his work. In this case it's a complex treasure hunt the object of which isn't obvious until about three quarters of the way through the novel. I was guessing wrong the whole time. I like that.

    Least interesting was what I cited above, Cussler's habit of writing out every move.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    This isn't that kind of book.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    Cussler is definitely worth reading if you love thrillers, but can be tedious.

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    Michael Chavez Pasadena,Tx 11-20-16
    Michael Chavez Pasadena,Tx 11-20-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Good but not GREAT"
    What did you like best about Spartan Gold? What did you like least?

    This was my first Clive Cussler book, one of my customers gave me a hard copy, Yes the heroes and the bad guys could have been killed plenty of times and it was cliche {the good guys show up and then the bad guys show up) But I really enjoyed this all because of Scott Brick, he drew me into the story even though it was boring.


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    particular United States 11-14-16
    particular United States 11-14-16 Member Since 2010
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    "Light Reading"

    If you enjoyed the Nick and Nora movies or the TV series Hart to Hart, you will probably enjoy this book. It is the same formula presented in a different package. Not my cup of tea.

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    B&E Stucki 10-25-16
    B&E Stucki 10-25-16
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    "Fun, adventurous and suspenseful"

    I enjoyed the couple aspect of the story. They work so well together and with each having different skills, they make a complete team and compliment each other well.
    Although fictional, I learned many knew historical events.
    I downloaded a free atlas so I could follow their journey around Europe.
    I strongly recommend this book!

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    Gary Sarasota, FL, United States 10-06-16
    Gary Sarasota, FL, United States 10-06-16 Member Since 2005
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    "Always love Clive Cussler books"

    After Dirk Pitt I needed more Clive, enter the Fargos. A good moving story with Clive's interesting research.

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    Michael 10-03-16
    Michael 10-03-16
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    "Tedious"

    This is the most tedious Cussler I have ever experienced. It just drones on and on without any story progression. Endless chapters about how to get out of one predicament after another. I don't remember the early Dirk Pitt stories being so boring. And I also enjoy the Issac Bell series and the Oregon Files. Maybe it is just the actual author, Grant Blackwood, that needs lots of tweeking. Sending it back and will get something worth listening too.
    Scott Brick is great as ever.

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    Matthew Gregory 09-29-16 Member Since 2015
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    "I couldn't make it more than 2 hours in."

    The trouble with this book starts right away, and in such a way that you know there is no possibility is going to get better.
    First off, you can tell the author might be a Dingdong. Just way to predictable. The main characters are independently wealthy, suuuuuuper duuuuper Intelligent, very very attractive, soooo physically fit, have kick ass hobbies like kickin' ass, and are for some reason "treasure hunters" with dull senses of humor. If you can make it past this very unlikely fact, then you won't have a problem with all the banal crap that is likely to follow. I, for one, wasn't willing to take a chance on the insurmountable rage that was likely to follow if I was right, and just kept listening.

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    Professor LVE 09-29-16 Member Since 2016
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    "adventure, history, partnership. a great story."

    adventure, history, partnership. a great story. the fargos are the ideal wealthy married power couple.

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