The Mayan Secrets

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The outstanding new novel from the #1 New York Times–bestselling grand master of adventure.

Husband-and-wife team Sam and Remi Fargo are in Mexico, when they come upon a remarkable discovery—the skeleton of a man clutching an ancient sealed pot, and within the pot, a Mayan book, larger than anyone has ever seen. The book contains astonishing information about the Mayans, about their cities, and about mankind itself. The secrets are so powerful...

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Overview


The outstanding new novel from the #1 New York Times–bestselling grand master of adventure.

Husband-and-wife team Sam and Remi Fargo are in Mexico, when they come upon a remarkable discovery—the skeleton of a man clutching an ancient sealed pot, and within the pot, a Mayan book, larger than anyone has ever seen. The book contains astonishing information about the Mayans, about their cities, and about mankind itself. The secrets are so powerful that some people would do anything to possess them—as the Fargos are about to find out.

Before their adventure is done, many men and women will die for that book—and Sam and Remi may just be among them.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Early in bestseller Cussler’s engaging fifth Fargo novel, this one like 2012’s The Tombs with coauthor Perry, intrepid Sam and Remi Fargo, who have been tagging Great White sharks off the west coast of Mexico, volunteer their services after an earthquake hits the mainland. While packing medical supplies into an isolated mountain village, they stumble across a hidden Mayan tomb that contains a tremendous find: an extremely rare 486-year-old codex. Because of the earthquake chaos, they take it back home to La Jolla, Calif., where Mayan expert David Caine fills them in on the value of their find. Of course, someone else wants the codex, in this case an immensely wealthy amateur archeologist, Sarah Allersby, who first tries to buy it, then later tries to steal it. Eventually, the Fargos begin a chase involving the literal unearthing of several Mayan cities. They narrowly escape many attempts on their lives en route to the thrilling climax. Agent: Peter Lampack, Peter Lampack Agency. (Sept.)
Kirkus Reviews
2013-08-15
Cussler (The Tombs, 2012, etc.) drops treasure-hunting Sam and Remi Fargo into Mayan mysteries. Having found Attila's tomb, the Fargos are spending a vacation on Mexico's Pacific coast assisting in a marine biology project. News arrives from Tapachula, Mexico, of an earthquake. Loading their chartered yacht with supplies and physicians, the deep-pocketed, charitable Fargos sail to help. Stopping at damaged coastal villages, they hear of isolated indigenous people near Volcán Tacaná. They organize a relief party. In midtrek, Sam stumbles upon a Mayan tomb uncovered by the earthquake. In it, there's a mummified aristocrat and an urn containing a Mayan codex. Only four other Mayan codices exist, treasures of mathematical treatises, astronomical observations and histories. This one had been secreted in 1537 with the help of Dominican Friar de Las Casas, a singular codex "worth a hundred" of any other. Fearing looters, the Fargos rationalize smuggling the codex to San Diego. In pursuit comes Sarah Allersby, a "beautiful, rich, uninhibited, flamboyant" Englishwoman and Guatemalan landowner. After validation by experts, the Fargos test the codex's map's accuracy by locating a previously unknown Mayan site. Gunfights ensue. Underwater escapes are made. Cussler's tale is supported by historical and geographical factoids, cutting-edge tech gear and Tracy-Hepburn banter. Allersby next purloins the codex, but the Fargos jet to Spain to uncover a previously unknown copy secreted in de Las Casas' papers. Later, in Guatemala, the Fargos clash twice more with Allersby, her violent minions, her drug-smuggling allies and villagers guarding an ancient Mayan redoubt. Chapters are short, cinematic and blinged-out with regular mention of the right stuff: Maybach sedans; linen tablecloths and Wedgewood china; Fendi and Dolce & Gabbana; and exotic foodstuffs polished off with Argentine Malbec. The relatively lightweight adventure ends in a shoot-'em-up after Sam calls on Apache attack helicopter–equipped compatriots from his former CIA-like, top-secret, quasi-military organization. Cussler connoisseurs will approve. Others can enjoy it as a stand-alone adventure.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399162497
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 9/3/2013
  • Series: Fargo Adventure Series , #5
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 21,790
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Clive  Cussler

CLIVE CUSSLER is the author of dozens of New York Times bestsellers, most recently The Striker and Zero Hour. He lives in Arizona.

THOMAS PERRY is the author of many novels, including the Edgar Award winner The Butcher’s Boy, and the Jane Whitefield series. He is the coauthor with Cussler of The Tombs. Perry lives in southern California.

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)

Good To Know

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 6, 2013

    Poor writing t Poor writing style

    As a long-time Cussler fan it pains me to say I just may not finish this book. The co-author (whom I presume is the main author) seems unimaginative or immature in style. Too many sentences begin with "They"--one paragraph repeated it three times out of four sentences. Some words seem missing as well. In general, this book could have been much more entertaining, but reads at child or youth level. This is way below Cussler standard, even comparing to other co-authors.

    12 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2013

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    Fans of Clive Cussler will be disappointed with this book. The

    Fans of Clive Cussler will be disappointed with this book. The writing style is definitely lacking maturity. Many lines of dialogue actually begin with "Remi said..." and "Sam said...". One paragraph had them conversing between each other and he still wrote who was speaking! The villains were cliche and the use of GI Joe nicknames (Cobra and Viper.... really Clive?) toward the end of the book was just sad. One other disappointment was the lack of flow. The transitions between settings were abrupt throughout the book. The transitions were so bad in a couple spots that I actually thought it was my Nook e-reader skipping pages! I look forward to reading the next Cussler book but will probably avoid purchasing any more from this co-author.

    10 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 15, 2013

    It was an OK story and all, but lacked excitment and surprises.

    It was an OK story and all, but lacked excitment and surprises. One could almost guess at the outcome. Not in the Cussler writing tradition. At times the words and stories were a bit Dick and Jane-ish, making it an easy read. The history lesson of the Mayan's was interesting and keeps one's interest going. Not what I would call a page-turner.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 26, 2013

    Having enjoyed all of the preceding Cussler novels, I was lookin

    Having enjoyed all of the preceding Cussler novels, I was looking forward to reading "The Mayan Secrets." Overall, the story line is promising and inviting as a mystery novel. But, the writing is not measuring up to the Cussler standards to which I have become accustomed. And, in some instances, the writing seems entry level rather than professional and experienced.

    Why would I say such a thing? Because in chapters 3-7 I am anticipating what's about to happen before the author confirms my suspicions. Next, the tag lines are excessive which distracts the reader from the building of suspension necessary to make the subplot work. There are other elements of the writing that I would have thought the editor would have highlighted and questioned. But, at this point, I find myself questioning whether or not I will finish the book. I would recommend that any reader delving into this book maintain a lower set of expectations than normal.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2013

    Incredibly poorly written in third person just rushing through &

    Incredibly poorly written in third person just rushing through "they went here, they went there". Have always enjoyed Cussler's books and this series but will NOT read another co-authored by Perry. Portions including dialogue were fine, but the bulk of the book is amazingly badly written. Its obvious that Perry was on a deadline or contractually required to write this and put very little effort into it.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2013

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    Another super Page Turner from Cussler!

    Another super Page Turner from Cussler!

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2013

    One of the best

    Cussler does it again very entertaining.

    3 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2013

    won't deal with barnes and noble again

    I had a problem with my nook and called tech services and the technician was a real pain after she kept having do different things to the nook that did not correct the problem she had me dump the last upgrade and when that didn't work she told me to go to a B&N store and upload the upgrade back on the nook at that point I told her I wasn't going to fool around with the nook and give me a refund on the book I had tried to load she said she would be right back and when she returned she again tried to have me fool with the nook and I again told her to give me a refund and she finally put me in for one which I received a couple days later I will never have a nook again all this took a little more than a hour of wasted time

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2013

    caution you might not be able to read the complete book

    this might be a good story but at page 113 until about page 148 i could,t read they didn,t p and this happened several more time so i never finished reading it with all the big gaps missing this is the only e book i had a problem with

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2013

    Ok story line

    I miss the old days of Cussler as the only author. This was mediocre and had too much of a hopscotch mentality. There was very little mystery or wow elements. The best part of the book was the book cover.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2013

    Such a disappointment, kept waiting for the action....any action

    Such a disappointment, kept waiting for the action....any action. The Fargo's are dull.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2013

    SAMPLE Verson

    THE SAMPLE ERSION OF THIS BOOK HAS ONLY 2pages of text!

    Y

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2013

    A must read

    Very good, couldn't put it down.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2013

    Highly recommend this if you are a Fargo fan

    I've enjoyed reading the Fargo series. This one was really good.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2013

    highly recommend

    Great read kept me on the edge of my seat

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2013

    Very Good

    Always a good story, quick paced, keeps you interested.
    You always learn a little something, too!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2013

    Good momentum

    Don't want to put it down as it continues to move fast all the way through the book. Can always depend on Clive Cussler to keep your attention.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2013

    Can't wait for more!!!

    The Fargo series is my all time favorite by Clive Cussler & Tom Perry.always an exciting read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2013

    Highly Recommended

    If the Fargo's can't find a way to get into trouble, hang in there they will not fail you. Another good read to the end.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2013

    Same old same old

    Wasnt this an indiana jones movie?

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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