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Unabridged CDs, 10 CDs, 12 hours

The first in a new series from the New York Times-bestselling author.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780143145677
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 9/1/2009
  • Series: Fargo Adventure Series , #1
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged, 10 CDs, 12 hours
  • Pages: 1
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 5.84 (h) x 1.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Clive  Cussler

Clive Cussler is the author of many New York Times bestsellers, most recently The Spy and Lost Empire. He lives in Arizona.
Grant Blackwood caught the fiction-writing bug at the age of eighteen while reading Clive Cussler’s The Mediterranean Caper , and spent the next four years working in different styles of fiction before settling on novel-length work.

Mr. Blackwood is a U.S. Navy veteran, having spent three years active duty aboard the guided missile frigate USS Ford as an Operations Specialist and a Pilot Rescue Swimmer.

Two months after leaving the Navy in July 1987, Mr. Blackwood started the first draft of his first novel, which as he puts it, “wasn’t good enough to be published, but good enough to earn a spot in my sock drawer. It took me several more years of rewriting before I realized the publishers and agents who’d been saying ‘no’ were saying no for a good reason.”

Twelve years to the day after leaving the Navy, Mr. Blackwood received an offer from Penguin-Putnam/Berkley to buy his second novel, The End of Enemies, which hit the stands May 8th.

Mr. Blackwood is 36 years old and lives in Minnesota, where he is working on this next novel, the second in the Briggs Tanner series of thrillers, which is due out in Spring/Summer of 2002.

Biography

Cussler began writing novels in 1965 and published his first work featuring his continuous series hero, Dirk Pitt, in 1973. His first non-fiction, The Sea Hunters, was released in 1996. The Board of Governors of the Maritime College, State University of New York, considered The Sea Hunters in lieu of a Ph.D. thesis and awarded Cussler a Doctor of Letters degree in May, 1997. It was the first time since the College was founded in 1874 that such a degree was bestowed.

Cussler is an internationally recognized authority on shipwrecks and the founder of the National Underwater and Marine Agency, (NUMA) a 501C3 non-profit organization (named after the fictional Federal agency in his novels) that dedicates itself to preserving American maritime and naval history. He and his crew of marine experts and NUMA volunteers have discovered more than 60 historically significant underwater wreck sites including the first submarine to sink a ship in battle, the Confederacy's Hunley, and its victim, the Union's Housatonic; the U-20, the U-boat that sank the Lusitania; the Cumberland, which was sunk by the famous ironclad, Merrimack; the renowned Confederate raider Florida; the Navy airship, Akron, the Republic of Texas Navy warship, Zavala, found under a parking lot in Galveston, and the Carpathia, which sank almost six years to-the-day after plucking Titanic's survivors from the sea.

In September, 1998, NUMA - which turns over all artifacts to state and Federal authorities, or donates them to museums and universities - launched its own web site for those wishing more information about maritime history or wishing to make donations to the organization. (www.numa.net).

In addition to being the Chairman of NUMA, Cussler is also a fellow in both the Explorers Club of New York and the Royal Geographic Society in London. He has been honored with the Lowell Thomas Award for outstanding underwater exploration.

Cussler's books have been published in more than 40 languages in more than 100 countries. The author lives in Arizona.

Biography courtesy of Penguin Group (USA)

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Cussler worked for many years in advertising and was responsible for coming up with Ajax's "White Knight" commercial catchphrase, "It's stronger than dirt."

The Board of Governors of the Maritime College, State University of New York, considered Cussler's 1996 nonfiction book, The Sea Hunters, equivalent to a Ph.D. thesis and awarded Cussler a Doctor of Letters degree in 1997.

Cussler is a fellow in the Explorers Club of New York and the Royal Geographic Society in London, and has been granted the Lowell Thomas Award for outstanding underwater exploration.

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    1. Hometown:
      Phoenix, Arizona
    1. Date of Birth:
      July 15, 1931
    2. Place of Birth:
      Aurora, Illinois
    1. Education:
      Pasadena City College; Ph.D., Maritime College, State University of New York, 1997

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2009

    THE BEGINNING OF A BEAUTIFUL COLLABORATION....

    I have always been a fan of Clive Cussler and I became a fan of Grant Blackwood's after reading his first three novels. What a treat to find them together, weaving a cunning story with a complex puzzle.
    The story swings you across the globe taking in some spectacular less traveled sites and involving unique characters.
    Sam and Remi Fargo grab you and carry you along in their daring quest for what they first believe is a Napoleonic treasure. It was fun, exciting and above all entertaining. I thoroughly enjoyed the Fargo's and their exploits in this new series excellently fashioned in the grand storytelling tradition of action-adventure.
    More, more of the same please.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2010

    Disappointed!

    Having read many of Clive Cussler's novels, I was very disappointed in this one. It simply did not follow the style of Clive's other books like the Oregon Adventure or Dirk Pitt series. Within this story about the Fargo's latest adventure, too much time was spent on historical facts or fiction. Did little to add to the story as a whole. The disposal of the Russian mafia competition was obviously delayed for the purpose of adding additional chapters. Sort of like a carrot on the stick approach. I almost put the book down after Chapter 3, but stayed with it simply out of curiosity. Sorry I did, after all that.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2010

    Not the usual Cussler

    Not the usual "page-turner" that I've enjoyed from Cussler. It wasn't bad but I found it a lot like "National Treasure" type of book. The characters are OK and the historical references are typical Cussler but I just couldn't really get into this one. If he continues the character line I will probably get the next one and make a decision after that. But it's not one that I can't wait to get my hands on. I prefer the Dirk Pitt, Oregon Files, or Kurt Austin lines. Those have always been good.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2009

    Cussler always delivers

    Author always weaves fascinating history, good characters, and slightly over-the top adventure all into one story

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2012

    A Realy Great Read

    Very exciting. Hard to put down. You can't beat Cussler's books

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 18, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    Very Good Read! I enjoyed Spartan Gold!

    Extremely entertaining adventure and its NEW from Clive Cussler :)
    Grant Blackwood did nicely too writing his part.
    Ancient history, and mysteries with a charming husband and wife team.
    Im looking for the second book in this series right now!
    Thank you Clive Cussler :)


    Dave

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 18, 2011

    don't listen to the others

    a bit different then the other cussler books but a grest read. I could not put it down. Sometimes it is could to go down a new path

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 4, 2010

    More Twists and Turns than a Rollercoaster!

    Open the book and travel the world! The best part of Cussler's writing is always the tie-in to history wrapped up in a darn good story.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 6, 2010

    A Story that Falls Surprisingly Short of the Mark

    The plot and characters had, at one time, an excellent opportunity to develop into something incredibly interesting. It is unfortunate that the author fell far short of what could have been an excellent story.

    The many events that create the plot are predictable. Some of the characters are not fully developed and as a result, there are some disconnects in the storyline.

    The book is worth reading, but I would not interrupt anyting to make time to read it as I would in other Clive Cussler novels.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 11, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Typical Cussler thriller

    The subject matter is different than the NIMBA series which is a good idea. I feel that it is close to the perfict book for light reading. In my opion it is close to "The Chase" in style of moving in rapidly from place to place in the story line. I am looking forward to the next in this sreies in the Fargo books to see if Cussler and his co-author can continue with the repid style of plot movment.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 17, 2009

    Spartan Gold

    Not one of his best works, but still very entertaining. As always, any Cussler book is a good read and an escape from everyday life. New characters still need development, but are still pretty authentic. Not one of his better story lines, but still gets you to not want to put it down. There are different twists in this than most other Cussler reads. Still a great value and good read!!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 14, 2009

    Another Hit for Cussler

    Another outstanding book by Cussler. I've read every book he has written and this one is right there with all the rest.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 19, 2009

    more from this reviewer

    A Solid Cussler book

    This is not one of Clive's best books, but it is pretty solid all around. Its got good characters and the treasure they are looking for is interesting. Great for a rainy day.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2014

    Lt. COMMANDER KIRT

    LINE UP SOLDIERS!!!!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2014

    Sara

    -,-

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2014

    Heh

    "What happens if somebody joins and happens to not play halo? "

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2014

    2birdz1stone

    I can help either of you two. Sorry if you guys dont like meh talking here. Just say so

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2014

    Sergeant Forge

    At ease. *Walks by and walks into the armory.*

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2014

    The war torn

    "Not at all. Im just trying to speak with spade without getting killed."

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 10, 2014

    Highly recommended

    Fast paced; never boring. Great read and sets the stage for more Fargo adventures

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