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Spartan Gold

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 InNapoleon Bonaparte and his army stumble across the pillars in the Pennine Alps Unable to transport them Napoleon creates a map on the lab Okay I m done It was an enjoyable read I agree with one of the other reviewers that even though they took some damage Remi and Sam didn t seem phased in the slightest by the bad guys in a way that I felt they should have They brushed off the attacks from villains and thugs with a shrug As for the History mystery I liked that part of it The writing was smoother than I remember Clive Cussler being in the Dirk Pitt Novels It s worth another book but not three if Sam and Remi don t learn how to be properly concerned about bullets and bombs and Russian Mobsters with high priced hitmen It seemed too easy for them Three stars This may be the review I ll think about it Enjoyable read worth the time Not in my top ten The Narrator needed some getting used to This was an audiobook for me Brik seemed to think everyone either sounded like Dracula a Midwesterner or Italian He also flat footed some of the punchlines that might have been funnier fun to read Memoirs of Madame de La Tour du Pin gold pillars as tribute InNapoleon Bonaparte and his army stumble across the pillars in the Pennine Alps Unable to transport them Napoleon creates a map on the lab Okay I m done It was an enjoyable read I agree with one of the other reviewers that even though they took some damage Remi and Sam didn t seem phased in the slightest by the bad Something in the Wine The Moonstone Series guys in a way that I felt they should have They brushed off the attacks from villains and thugs with a shrug As for the History mystery I liked that part of it The writing was smoother than I remember Clive Cussler being in the Dirk Pitt Novels It s worth another book but not three if Sam and Remi don t learn how to be properly concerned about bullets and bombs and Russian Mobsters with high priced hitmen It seemed too easy for them Three stars This may be the review I ll think about it Enjoyable read worth the time Not in my top ten The Narrator needed some Empire State Building: The Making of a Landmark getting used to This was an audiobook for me Brik seemed to think everyone either sounded like Dracula a Midwesterner or Italian He also flat footed some of the punchlines that might have been funnier fun to read

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Els of twelve bottles of rare wine And when Napoleon dies the bottles disappearTreasure 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' Iam having a hard time figuring out what to say about this novel I believe the ARGH pencilled in near the end of the copy I read may say it allthat ARGH no doubt had to do with a xiphos a Spartan sword being referred to as having gleaming steel showing through on the blade The xiphos was bronze and in later times iron There would be no gleaming steelThat really says it all This book read like someone spliced some action scenes into a series of Wikipedia printouts the entire thing was an infodump Or to be accurate a series of infodumps pertaining to everything from Nazi minisubs to Napoleonic winemaking techniues to Crimean Sea smuggling tactics In between there were lavishly detailed descriptions of how to temporarily disable a speedboat or extract a tracking chip from an iPhoneTruly this was research porn Cussler obviously sketched out a vague scenario one that made next to no sense veering as it did from Nazi minisubs in the Carolinas to vineyards in France to THE TREASURIES OF DELPHI and handed it off to his cowriter on a paper napkin The cowriter clearly enjoys researching and couldn t bear to eliminate any of his thousands of carefully compiled notes and references So instead he incorporated them all into the novel as its main text Add a character or two here and there and a few guns and explosions and boom Novel With convenient Nazi sub on the cover seeing as all Clive Cussler novels appear to be mandated to have Nazi subs on their cover if the preview of the next book the publisher is touting in the back is to be trustedIn all honesty this wasn t a BAD book It read uickly and I even learned a few things But it was rather like going on a Wikipedia binge and clicking from link to link to link and finding myself four hours later on a page that I can t figure out how I got to bleary eyed and slightly dizzy Only with explosions and a bit stilted dialogueAt least now I know how to take that tracking chip out of my phone though The Last Runaway gleaming steel showing through on the blade The xiphos was bronze and in later times iron There would be no On Tidy Endings gleaming steelThat really says it all This book read like someone spliced some action scenes into a series of Wikipedia printouts the entire thing was an infodump Or to be accurate a series of infodumps pertaining to everything from Nazi minisubs to Napoleonic winemaking techniues to Crimean Sea smuggling tactics In between there were lavishly detailed descriptions of how to temporarily disable a speedboat or extract a tracking chip from an iPhoneTruly this was research porn Cussler obviously sketched out a vague scenario one that made next to no sense veering as it did from Nazi minisubs in the Carolinas to vineyards in France to THE TREASURIES OF DELPHI and handed it off to his cowriter on a paper napkin The cowriter clearly enjoys researching and couldn t bear to eliminate any of his thousands of carefully compiled notes and references So instead he incorporated them all into the novel as its main text Add a character or two here and there and a few Flat World Navigation guns and explosions and boom Novel With convenient Nazi sub on the cover seeing as all Clive Cussler novels appear to be mandated to have Nazi subs on their cover if the preview of the next book the publisher is touting in the back is to be trustedIn all honesty this wasn t a BAD book It read uickly and I even learned a few things But it was rather like A House of My Own Stories from My Life going on a Wikipedia binge and clicking from link to link to link and finding myself four hours later on a page that I can t figure out how I Under Her Command (The Bosss Pet, got to bleary eyed and slightly dizzy Only with explosions and a bit stilted dialogueAt least now I know how to take that tracking chip out of my phone though

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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 himselfAnd he wants his treasure bac Spartan Gold is another treasure hunt story along the lines of a Steve Berry novel but with a weaker plot There is of course the bad guys who are on the trail of the same treasure and who are willing to kill to make that happen The book loosely weaves some history into the story including the notion that Napoleon had discovered gold stolen by the Spartans from Delphi But if you re looking to learn anything factual this ain t the book for you I felt it was difficult to follow the two protagonists Remi and Sam Fargo as they trek around the globe collecting clues Lots of action but little substance Also the character development was pretty weak


10 thoughts on “Spartan Gold

  1. says:

    Okay I'm done It was an enjoyable read I agree with one of the other reviewers that even though they took some da

  2. says:

    This is a good summer read in the sense that your brain kind of has to be shut off to enjoy it so I am giving it three stars in the same sense I would give a mindless action movie two thumbs up for entertaining me while keeping me out of the heat in an air conditioned theater Now if your brain isn't shut off while reading this book you may notice some things that might irk you such as spoilers ahead you have been warned The heroes

  3. says:

    Overall a disappointing outing from Cussler and Blackwood In this novel Remi and Sam Fargo treasure hunters extraordinaire a

  4. says:

    Iam having a hard time figuring out what to say about this novel I believe the ARGH pencilled in near the end of the copy I read may say it allthat ARGH no doubt had to do with a xiphos a Spartan sword being referred to as having gleaming steel showing through on the blade The xiphos was bronze and in later times iron There would be no gleaming steelThat really says it all This book read like someone spliced some action scenes into a series

  5. says:

    I enjoyed it was good enough adventure to keep me interested

  6. says:

    I feel as if I have ordered a steak and recieved a hamburger A good hamburger but still just that a hamburger What's that a hamburger is better with cheese making it a cheeseburger Yeah well I got a hamburger and that is it Here is the line on this one a gorgeous young and wealthy couple stumble upon a great historical fi

  7. says:

    Spartan Gold is another treasure hunt story along the lines of a Steve Berry novel but with a weaker plot There is of course the bad guys who are on the trail of the same treasure and who are willing to kill to make that happen The

  8. says:

    Some years ago I read Cussler probably with Dirk Pitt So thought I'd try this with different protagonists The audio version isn't the best one to choose because of all the statistics etc I like Remi and Sam but their scrapes with the bad guys are a little unbelievable Maybe it was because of the reader but the style of wri

  9. says:

    A solidfun suspense novel Sam and Remi are two likable characters both capable as well as self deprecating with decent sense of humor I also enjoyed the traveling and the little morsels of history the book offers Worth it to me to

  10. says:

    One of the first Remi and Sam Fargo books

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