Spartan Gold (Fargo Adventure Series #1)

Spartan Gold (Fargo Adventure Series #1)

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by Clive Cussler, Grant Blackwood
     
 

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The debut of a brand-new, action-packed series from the #1 New York Times bestselling 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

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The debut of a brand-new, action-packed series from the #1 New York Times bestselling 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 twelve 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...

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
At the start of this engaging first in a new series from bestseller Cussler (Inca Gold) and Blackwood (An Echo of War), Sam Fargo and his wife, Remi, trade quips while wading waist deep in a Maryland swamp in search of hidden treasure. The couple stumble across a WWII Nazi minisub, which contains an intact bottle of wine, apparently part of a collection known as Napoleon's Lost Cellar. The bottle has a riddle hidden in its label, the solution to which leads the Fargos to other lost bottles and eventually points the way to two solid gold Persian columns discovered by Napoleon and hidden in the Pennine Alps in 1800. The book's villain, Hadeon Bondaruk, who covets the columns and will do anything to get them, sends his henchmen after the Fargos. The clever duo manage to stay one small step ahead of the hired killers until everyone arrives at the inevitable boffo ending. Solidly in the Cussler tradition, this adventure thriller is sure to please new fans and old. (Sept.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781594134104
Publisher:
Gale Group
Publication date:
09/07/2010
Series:
Fargo Adventure Series, #1
Edition description:
Large Print
Pages:
604
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

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.

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Brief Biography

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

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Spartan Gold (Fargo Adventure Series #1) 3.7 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 298 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Author always weaves fascinating history, good characters, and slightly over-the top adventure all into one story
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very exciting. Hard to put down. You can't beat Cussler's books
DavidStarr More than 1 year ago
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
Kristin Potter More than 1 year ago
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
Phroglover More than 1 year ago
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.
Kegmeister More than 1 year ago
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.
tidalpool More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a fast paced exciting read! Adventure, danger, history, and mystery. I liked it so much I just purchased book 2 in the series.
Nana2FL More than 1 year ago
Fast paced; never boring. Great read and sets the stage for more Fargo adventures
butkus51 More than 1 year ago
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!!
rico1051 More than 1 year ago
Another outstanding book by Cussler. I've read every book he has written and this one is right there with all the rest.
tjs83 More than 1 year ago
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.
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Another must read by clive cussler
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So i come up with a name and join?
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Clicks the button on the launcher of a nuke, then gets the he<_>ll out of this place. The nuke explodes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Takes out his energy blades and in one fell swoop, impales Anna's right side before jetpacking away from the explosion along with most of his men