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The Mayan Secrets (Fargo Adventure Series #5)

The Mayan Secrets (Fargo Adventure Series #5)

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by Clive Cussler, Thomas Perry

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Treasure-hunting team and devoted couple, Sam and Remi Fargo, must protect a book that could help locate lost Mayan cities in this  #1 New York Times bestselling series.

Husband-and-wife team Sam and Remi Fargo are in Mexico, packing medical supplies in the wake of an earthquake, when they come upon a remarkable discovery—the


Treasure-hunting team and devoted couple, Sam and Remi Fargo, must protect a book that could help locate lost Mayan cities in this  #1 New York Times bestselling series.

Husband-and-wife team Sam and Remi Fargo are in Mexico, packing medical supplies in the wake of an earthquake, when they come upon a remarkable discovery—the mummified remains of a man clutching an ancient sealed pot. Within the pot is a Mayan book, a codex larger than any known before.

The book contains astonishing information about the Mayans, 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. Many men and women are going to die for that book.

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.)
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Praise for The Mayan Secrets
“After the exciting ride that was The Tombs, this new book is a clear indication that the Fargo series will provide fine entertainment for adventure fans.”—Booklist
Praise for The Tombs

“Sami and Remi Fargo prove they can wield automatic weapons as well as they can metal detectors in the fun fourth Fargo novel. This adventure series stands as one of the crown jewels in the Cussler empire.”—Publishers Weekly
“The fourth Fargo adventure is the best of the series so far. Danger abounds, of course, but it’s the characters who sell the story. Sami and Remi Fargo, the husband and wife treasure hunters and globe-trotting adventurers, are likable and gutsy. The story moves at a brisk clip, leaping from location to location, with an assortment of colorful villains. This is one his fans won’t want to miss.”—Booklist
 “Cussler and Perry take readers on a trip of discovery, thwarted politics, murder and comic relief. The Tombs is a real adventure filled with bits of personal interaction and intimacy. This latest installment should enhance the Fargo adventure series through good storytelling enriched with a rich historical overview.”—Bookreporter.com

Kirkus Reviews
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.

Product Details

Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
Fargo Adventure Series , #5
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Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.40(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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"Engaging… [a] thrilling climax.”—Publishers Weekly


Meet the Author

Clive Cussler is the author or coauthor of over fifty previous books in five bestselling series, including Dirk Pitt®, NUMA® Files, Oregon® Files, Isaac Bell, and Sam and Remi Fargo. His nonfiction works include Built for Adventure: The Classic Automobiles of Clive Cussler and Dirk Pitt, plus The Sea Hunters and The Sea Hunters II; these describe the true adventures of the real NUMA, which, led by Cussler, searches for lost ships of historic significance. With his crew of volunteers, Cussler has discovered more than sixty ships, including the long-lost Confederate ship Hunley. He lives in Colorado and 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.

Brief Biography

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

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The Mayan Secrets 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 127 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
bobsocean More than 1 year ago
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.
Kegmeister More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
NellZO More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such a disappointment, kept waiting for the action....any action. The Fargo's are dull.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Simplistic, improbable plot. Poorly written. I generally love Thomad Perry's eork
Alliecat37HW More than 1 year ago
Clive Cussler has done it again! The Fargos are up to their best efforts in this fast paced book. Totally believable and fun!
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cckkaa1 More than 1 year ago
Very good, couldn't put it down.
Dresden58 More than 1 year ago
I've enjoyed reading the Fargo series. This one was really good.
GJFGJ More than 1 year ago
Great read kept me on the edge of my seat
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Always a good story, quick paced, keeps you interested. You always learn a little something, too!
genrose1 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Fargo series is my all time favorite by Clive Cussler & Tom Perry.always an exciting read.
ACB80 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wasnt this an indiana jones movie?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoy stories about ancient cultures and this did not disappoint. Lots of history surrounded by plenty of acrion and intrigue made this an enjoyable read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another super Page Turner from Cussler!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can only read a few chapters then it won't let me advance and returns to the screen when you first start up. You can go-to a few chapters ahead and read a couple then it does the same thing again. Seems to be only with this book. So it basically doesn't work (in my case). Not sure how to get a refund.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I hope you love thus book as much as i do and every other book wtiten by him. I have read almost every book writen by him they are all great books you should read them all. If you are wondering how many books i have not read writen by clive cussler i have not read any of the nonfiction ones or the brand new fargo adventures one. I hope you love this book:);)