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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 most a...more
Hardcover, Large Print, 541 pages
Published June 1st 2011 by Thorndike Press (first published 2011)
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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
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...more
Nichole
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
John Braun
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...more
Bandit
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
Lchamp
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...more
Robert
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.
Jim
Sam and Remi Fargo become involved in the search for an ancient treasure, from the Himalayan Kingdom of Mustang, in order to rescue their friend Frank Alton from the hands of a treacherous oil baron. There is much more going on here than is revealed at first glance. THE KINGDOM is a fast paced, quickly evolving tale.

This is a very fun read, nothing heavy, just literary enjoyment. Cussler and Blackwood have come up with a winning combination. Their protagonists, Sam and Remi Fargo are a mixture o...more
Ed
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...more
Kiran Majeti
Being a historical fiction fan, I enjoyed the historical basis of his books, yet the sheer ridiculousness of all the situations and how they could get out of each one was just annoying. The author doesn't really have any messages or themes in his book, i mean, besides, don’t give up. It was basically like reading a movie. But, that is his style. Out of a ten, I would give this book only a six just because it was supposed to be more realistic, but it was the same as reading a happily ever after a...more
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...more
Sue
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...more
Nancy
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...more
James
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
Carol
This was an exciting novel about the continuing adventures of Sam and Remi Fargo,a brillant team of treasure hunters, searching the world for tantalizing historical artifacts. They may be treasure hunters but they are immensely qualified engineers and anthropologists.
This story deals with Italian inventors that built an early flying-war machine, commissioned by a Chinese Emperor in 1677. The story follows the team through Nepal, parts of China, and other countries, uncovering the ancient Chines...more
wally
"of the original one hundred forty, could i be the last sentinel?"

sentinels protecting a holy relic... and we're off!

story begins w/these sentinels fleeing an area, each one w/some sort of...item of value...12 of them...trying to evade an invading army...11 copies and 1 real.

the remainder of the story is about people looking for the 1 real item.

lots of action...spelunking...helicopters & gunfire...some real mcgyver moments....the ole willing suspension of disbelief gets tweaked more than onc...more
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.

The Story
Sam and Remi get caught up trying to find a missing Frank only to discover that King Charlie is using them to find an ancient artifact. An artifact for which his father, Lewis "Bully" King, spent his life looking. Now if the Fargos can only evade the Kings and the Chinese army as they explore caves, hike forests, an...more
Josh

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...more
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...more
Robin Carter
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...more
Sean Wylie
Reading Clive Cussler books is like visiting an old friend. The stories are the same, but the delivery and the circumstances are slightly different. A historic relic is lost in the distant past, and somehow that relic has resurfaced in modern day with two groups of searchers. There are the good guys seeking to use the item to better humankind vs. the bad guys seeking to use the relic for profit and/or grow their power. Good guys always win in these easy to follow narratives stuffed with historic...more
Andy
Not a great one but a step up from the first Fargo Adventure. Lingering problems from the first book but showing promise. The Fargos are on the trail of Shangri-La. No yeti but the Himalayas are here and an evil businessman with his henchwoman/wife and their kids. One thing that is difficult about these books is the constant travel the Fargos subject themselves to - specifically back and forth to La Jolla. Oh, and their ability to recuperate from injury. Anyway, a fun book that doesn't show the...more
Mitch
It has been a while since I've delved into one of Clive Cussler's epic adventures, and I have never read any of the husband-and-wife Fargo series. So a plane ride home from Vegas was the perfect excuse to escape on a fun thrill ride of the book.

I love Cussler's books because although they are thrilling and full of complicated gadgets, they are breezy easy reads. The diolouge is never full of any kind of large vocabulary and it's simple fun. This adventure has Sam and Remi hungting down a ril man...more
Raymond
I doubt that we will ever travel to Nepal but if we do I will know from this novel not to overnight in one of their "chokes" because of the danger of flash flooding! This novel further expands on the notion of Shangri La (which FDR claimed was the source of the Doolittle Raid to Tokyo); however, it involves the "theurang" or "or "Golden Man" in the Mustang region of Nepal which turns out to be feminine and purported to be a missing link in human evolution.
I doubt that we will ever travel to Nep...more
Don
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Phil
What a terrible read. A review in Amazon.com says it best,

"It was obvious almost from the first page that this book was not written by Clive Cussler. It appears that the only thing Cussler had to do with it was to have his name put on it as co-author. With Cussler now having his books ghost written, that makes three, along with W.E.B. Griffin and Tom Clancy who no longer write their own books. It wouldn't be so bad if Blackwood could write, but he can't. Its for sure he ain't no Cussler or Clan...more
Rebecca
Another typical Clive Cussler adventure - lots of action and fun to read. I love the short historical chapters that set-up the adventure to follow. Sam and Remi Fargo, treasure hunters, are hired by an evil billionaire to search for a fellow adventurer of theirs, who has disappeared in Nepal. The real reason is that the billionaire wants them to find a missing treasure first discovered by his father, who also disappeared. The action takes place in Nepal, Tibet, and China. You get a little lesson...more
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