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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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In this adventure in the #1 New York Times bestselling series, husband-and-wife treasure hunters Sam and Remi Fargo must out-pace a self-made millionaire in pursuit of an incredible fortune...

Thousands of years ago, two superpowers of the ancient world went to war, and a treasure of immeasurable value was lost to the shadows of history.



In this adventure in the #1 New York Times bestselling series, husband-and-wife treasure hunters Sam and Remi Fargo must out-pace a self-made millionaire in pursuit of an incredible fortune...

Thousands of years ago, two superpowers of the ancient world went to war, and a treasure of immeasurable value was lost to the shadows of history.

In 1800, while crossing the Pennine Alps with his Grand Reserve Army, Napoleon Bonaparte stumbled across a startling discovery. Unable to transport it, he created an enigmatic map on the labels of twelve bottles of rare wine. When Napoleon died, the bottles disappeared—and the treasure was lost again.

Until now. Treasure-hunting husband-and-wife team Sam and Remi Fargo are exploring the Great Pocomoke Swamp in Maryland when they are shocked to discover a World War II German U-boat. Inside, they find a bottle taken from Napoleon’s famous “Lost Cellar,” and fascinated, they set out to find the rest of the collection. But another connoisseur of sorts is hunting his own prize, and the Lost Cellar is his key to finding it. That man is Hadeon Bondaruk, a half-Russian, half-Persian millionaire, and the treasure will be his, no matter what.

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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

Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
Fargo Adventure Series , #1
Sales rank:
Product dimensions:
4.30(w) x 7.40(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Clive Cussler is the author of more than fifty books in five bestselling series, including Dirk Pitt, NUMA Files, Oregon Files, Isaac Bell, and Fargo. His life nearly parallels that of his hero Dirk Pitt. Whether searching for lost aircraft or leading expeditions to find famous shipwrecks, he and his NUMA crew of volunteers have discovered more than seventy-five lost ships of historic significance, including the long-lost Confederate submarine Hunley, which was raised in 2000 with much press publicity. Like Pitt, Cussler collects classic automobiles. His collection features more than eighty examples of custom coachwork. Cussler lives in Arizona and Colorado.

Grant Blackwood is the author of the Briggs Tanner series, as well as the coauthor of #1 New York Times bestseller Dead or Alive, with Tom Clancy, and The Kill Switch, with James Rollins. A U.S. Navy veteran, he spent three years on active duty aboard the guided missile frigate USS Ford as an Operations Specialist and a Pilot Rescue Swimmer. He caught the fiction-writing bug at the age of eighteen while reading Clive Cussler’s The Mediterranean Caper

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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Spartan Gold (Fargo Adventure Series #1) 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 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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My 1st read of Mr. Cussler's Fargo series. The story is as entertaining and gripping as his Dirk Pitt series. The historical context is great and the adventure just good fun. I couldn't put it down. Thanks.
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