Finished reading November 19, 2012. There were a few moments when I almost put the book down, never to pick it up again. The main problem I discovered early was the dialogue. Not sure if it’s Cussler’s or Blackwood’s weakness, but it was very weak: even to the point of being cheesy. Another issue I had was, here two people, able to outsmart a ruthless gangster and his entire organization. The strong point was the story itself. For the most part interesting, exciting and fast paced. The riddle presented to the Fargo’s and the method by which they solved it are by far the best part of this book. For this reason I am glad I stayed the course and finished the book. Overall I give it 3 stars.
The first book by Clive Cussler I read was “Night Probe” in the early to mid 80’s shortly after it was published. I’ve enjoyed his books ever since, although I have not read very many. So after having read a few of the Dirk Pitt novels I determined it was time to have a change in series. “Spartan Gold” is the first of four (currently) Fargo Adventures featuring Sam and Remi Fargo.
by Clive Cussler and Grant Blackwood
— Book Description —
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 of King Xerxes himself.
And he wants his treasure back?
— Taken from the Amazon Product Page —