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The Kingdom (Fargo Adventure #3)

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Sam and Remi Fargo return for the thrilling third adventure in the acclaimed new series.
In "Spartan Gold" and "Lost Empire," Clive Cussler brought readers into the world of husband-and-wife team Sam and Remi Fargo, whose passion and instinct for treasure-hunting has led to extraordinary discoveries-and perilous journeys.
Their next adventure, however, might be their mos
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Hardcover, Large Print, 541 pages
Published June 1st 2011 by Thorndike Press
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Andreea Daia
The third installment in the Fargo Adventures was a little bit of a disappointment and not because of the writing issues, which I wrote about in my reviews for Spartan Gold and Lost Empire. No - in fact the writing style had gotten increasingly better from the first book. The useless details are almost gone and we are starting to see even some mild character development. It's true, we still don't know what Remi and Sam think, but occasionally Remi cries and Sam gets angry, which, if you read the ...more
Perrin Pring
Nov 11, 2013 Perrin Pring rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-books
Um, where to start...

I guess I'll get going by saying why I wanted to read this book in the first place. If we disregard the major motivating factor of, I got the book for free, we must then examine my next motivation - the cover. I looked at it and thought, how on Earth could I not want to read a book whose cover is a old timey looking dirigible bursting from an ice sheet? This is going to be the best ridiculous book ever! Ice sheets and fantastical flying machines! Could literature get any bet
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John Braun
Sep 03, 2011 John Braun rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Clive Cussler covers are epic. Simple, clean and evocative, these covers for me are the kind that inspire you to buy the print version of a book even though it's more expensive than the Kindle version.

And Cussler's new novel, The Kingdom, is no different. With backgrounded Himalaya, snow and dark skies, the book puts you in comfortable-read mode even before you've cracked the spine.

I haven't read any Cussler before. Mostly, aside from the cover, I was drawn to this book by its interest and link
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Lchamp
Aug 10, 2011 Lchamp rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Of all the "cussler books" I have read, this is by far the worst. Of course, it was not written by Clive Cussler. His name is just the largest on the cover. The actual author was Grant Blackwood and it is a spinoff of a character Cussler introduced in one of his novels.

I found it very difficult to 'suspend disbelief' while reading this novel. Some of the actions seemed contrary to laws of physics and there were large 'black holes' in the story where the protagonists were in the middle of a rathe
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Melinda
Another solid effort by this writing team. History, action, enemies, treasure, hunters, murder an mayhem. Its all happening here. Love this genre - its like reading an action movie.
Lisa
The third in the series, in this adventure, the Fargos get a call from a wealthy American who is searching for his lost father - and who in the process of doing so, lost a friend of theirs. Determined to find their friend, regardless of the fact that they feel that Mr. King is being less than honest with them, they stumble on a discovery that may lead them to fabled Shangri-la, and uncover a dangerous truth.

Another fun adventure - clean and exciting, just the way I like them.
Marcee
Nov 02, 2015 Marcee rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of pulp adventure, Indiana Jones-style archaeology, & puzzle enthusiasts.
I continue to enjoy how Remi and Sam Fargo work together through every challenge in their amazing world of world travel, scientific and historic discovery, intrigue, and mayhem. This time Texas oil tycoon Charlie King engages their interest in searching for Sam's friend, Frank Alton, who's gone missing while tracing King's long-vanished archaeologist father in Nepal. As convoluted as that sounds, the plot is, of course, even more mysterious and suspenseful. Along the way, I learned some about Ne ...more
Nichole
Feb 19, 2014 Nichole rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series, thriller
Like the first two, I have found this book to be seriously lacking in detail and deliverance, as well as believable plot line. Clive Cussler is a favorite author of mine, so the faults of these first three books in the Fargo Adventure series must lie with the co-author, Grant Blackwood. While the story was good, the characters in story have such cardboard personalities, it's rather boring - like watching paint dry. Getting to know and understand the characters is something the author doesn't all ...more
Simon
Jan 04, 2015 Simon rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The plot is absolutely indecipherable, which is kind of a shame, because I could like Sam and Remi Fargo as protagonists --- if Cussler (or really Blackwood) was a better writer, they could be the Nick and Nora Charles of the Cussler Universe. Instead, he settles for describing them from the outside only, so we get clear descriptions of their food and drink habits (high-end all the way). Anyway, it takes place largely in Tibet and Nepal and the Himalayas, and even at one point drops into Shangri ...more
Bandit
Oct 12, 2013 Bandit rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having been prepared for the absurdity of the indestructible incredible Fargos by the book #2 in this series, I found Kingdom to be more fun. Once I knew not to expect any top notch writing, once I was ready for the silly caricature like characters and mindless action adventure, this was in fact kind of fun. What I like most about the series is the historical research and the spectacular geographic locales. This time it's mostly Nepal, Tibet and wvwn (why not)...Shangri La. Scott Brick does a go ...more
Robert
Jun 23, 2011 Robert rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Fargo series is the weakest of Cussler's franchises, but still entertaining. This particular one moves faster than most, breezing through the requisite historical prologues and jumping in to the action. The Antagonist is a bit two dimensional, although with a few interesting familial quirks; and the denouement, when it finally comes, is rushed and a bit unsatisfactory. Still a pleasant beach-read, but not a classic.
Rick Fisher
I have come to the sad conclusion I have outgrown my love for Clive Cussler. His works have always been stalwarts of my collections, but lately, everything has become rote. All the stories seem to be repeats of previous works.
I am thinking I should walk away for awhile. Take a vacation for Cussler. Maybe I will return when the weather darkens in some of the other places I visit.

Karl Rove
Okay, so we’re back to it with the Fargo’s, Cussler’s intrepid altruistic treasurer hunters. This one has a diabolical and unhinged Texas oil man with equally unattractive twin offspring, the “missing link” and the ancient Kingdom of Mustang in Tibet and well, you get the idea. Just the kind of mindless escapism for a weekend read.

Serious book to follow.
Derek
I liked it.... BUT... there were factual errors I caught, and compass directions given didn't match the real world. Someone can't read a map. In previous books in this series, I've noticed this same discrepancy in direction. I'm not sure which author writes which parts of the book, but if this continues, I may quit reading this particular series.
Teo Hoppe
The Kingdom, the third novel in the Fargo series by Grant Blackwood, under the name of Clive Cussler, is a non-thriller full of coincidences, superficial writing, tedious plotting, grammatical errors, and numerous inconsistencies.

Among the several problems I have with The Kingdom is that I have no idea what the Fargos look like; so, I cannot care about them. Nowhere in the book is there any description of either Remi or Sam Fargo, the hero and heroine. The closest I found was a reference to Sam
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Venelin Arnaudov
I was also disappointed by this book. I started it with the enthusiasm gained while reading the previous two Fargo books. Probably my expectations were too high.

As a Bulgarian I was very interested in the parts related to the journey to Bulgaria and the references to the East Orthodox Church. It seems that the author has heard something about Bulgaria from a person. But he has never given his book for a critical review to a Bulgarian.

Let me start my long list of remarks.

The story tells that in t
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Stuart
May 08, 2017 Stuart rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Introduction and plot were as good as usual but something odd about the story in places. I could not grasp what was happening in some of the scenes as it got too complicated eg the helicopter crash site and the temple at the end. Not sure why they bothered to have the King clan involved at all. Nature plus the Chinese on the border would have been enough
Christine
May 14, 2017 Christine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
it was interesting and a little different but at times a little hard to follow.
Samyann
Aug 11, 2016 Samyann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review is specific to the first seven books of the Fargo series by Clive Cussler in audiobook format narrated by Scott Brick. All are published by Penguin Audio and are in the area of eleven to twelve hours of listening. Some of The Fargo Adventures have been co-authored with Grant Blackwood, Thomas Perry, Russell Blake or Robin Burcell. Early writings by Clive Cussler did not involve co-authors, however Cussler is in his mid-80s at this writing. All of these books cover a specific era of a ...more
Heinz Park
Dec 30, 2016 Heinz Park rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gave statement all ready ,
Jodee Clark
Better than the first. Enjoyable.
Kathy Davie
Third in the Fargo Adventure archeology series starring Sam and Remi Fargo, millionaires with a fascination for historical treasures and a gold code about their preservation.

My Take
Think a married and intrepid Indiana Jones! Sam and Remi do it all…hiking, spelunking, climbing, inventing, shooting, kayaking, breaking and entering… Fortunately, it's all in a good cause as they sell the treasures they find or donate them to museums, libraries, and institutions. Amidst all the madcap adventuring, th
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Marianne Søiland
Hmm... Mine gamle favoritt-forfattere skuffer med sine nye bøker for tiden! Som Wilbur Smith har vært, er også Clive Cussler en av mine gamle, gode travere i bokhylla. Jeg har absolutt alle hans bøker med hovedpersonen Dirk Pitt - mine absolutte favoritter, og endel av bøkene i hans andre serier. Nå begynner Cussler imidlertid å vanne seg litt vel ut med altfor mange andre co-forfattere!

Den siste boka, The Kingdom, holdt absolutt ikke Cussler standard. Langt der ifra! Boka bærer mer preg av at C
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Nancy
Jul 26, 2011 Nancy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I know that this book is mainly the work of Grant Blackwood and that is fine with me. Unlike some other reviewers I think it is good that well known author's are taking on the job of mentoring younger authors. I am growing to enjoy Blackwood's work.

I did have a feeling that this book was similar to a recent book done by Cussler and another protege. But that didn't end up being the case.

Blackwood is back with the Fargo's, Sam and Remi. They are hired (actually they are willing to do the work for
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Ed
Mar 20, 2014 Ed rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Once upon a time Clive Cussler wrote gripping tales of outlandish adventure. Real Boys Own stuff that thrilled and inspired. If you could maintain the suspension of disbelief you were guaranteed a good time reading one of Clive's novels.

That was then, this is now and the magic seems to have been a long time gone. The original Dirk Pitt has become so worn that he's had to be retired, but handily he managed to sire a son when nobody was looking also called Dirk Pitt, all so that the same story's
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Sang Won Park
Dec 21, 2015 Sang Won Park rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
English: Casual Review

If exploring the exciting and breath-taking experience of treasure-hunting is for you, the Fargo adventures (don't confuse it with the TV series!) of Sam and Remi Fargo by Clive Cussler and Grant Blackwood is the book series for you. The Kingdom, the 3rd book of its series, brings the audience a new and exciting adventure that is entirely different than the prequels.

After reading "The Empire (Book #2)", I was immensely impressed by Clive Cussler's writing that I decided to
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Josh
Jun 20, 2013 Josh rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

Well, I didn't expect any more than I got, on this one. Actually I couldn't wait for this book to end so I could start listening to something else. I've had quite enough of Cussler's tired old formula.

I wanted to read this since I am hoping to travel to some of the locations soon, in Nepal... Unfortunately rather than awing the reader with the grandeur of the Himalayas and making me want to go even more, the story gets bogged down in the contrived, ridiculous plot. This one was the most far-fe
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Robin Carter
May 07, 2012 Robin Carter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: action-thriller
With the Fargos Cussler seems to have rediscovered the gold that makes him one of the leaders of the action adventure genre. The witty reparte between charaters is both fun and engaging, the character are very real not 2 dimensional and sterotypical as some had recently become.
This latest adventure has the usual thrills spills and crazy dare devil action, and it would not be a cussler book without them. You dont read a cussler for brain fodder you read it to escape and have fun...well this book
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Sue
Oct 01, 2011 Sue rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
In Spartan Gold and Lost Empire, Clive Cussler brought readers into the world of husband-and-wife team Sam and Remi Fargo, whose passion and instinct for treasure-hunting has led to extraordinary discoveries-and perilous journeys.

Their next adventure, however, might be their most astonishing yet.

The Fargos are used to hunting for treasure, not people. But then a Texas oil baron contacts them with a personal plea: an investigator friend of the Fargos' was on a mission to find the oil baron's miss
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James
Oct 26, 2012 James rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adventure
The Fargos, Sam and Remi, are treasure hunters. They are incredibly good at it, too. Currently overseeing an excavation at the site of one their finds, they are surprised when a Texas oil baron contacts them with a personal plea. The oil baron had hired a friend of the Fargos' to find his missing father, and now the investigator is missing, too. He wants to hire Sam and Remi to look for them both. They agree, but as they begin their hunt, they realize that something about the situation doesn't s ...more
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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 ...more
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  • Lost Empire (Fargo Adventure, #2)
  • The Tombs (Fargo Adventure, #4)
  • The Mayan Secrets (Fargo Adventure, #5)
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