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The Tombs (Fargo Adventure #4)

3.87 of 5 stars 3.87  ·  rating details  ·  3,333 ratings  ·  373 reviews
Husband-and-wife team Sam and Remi Fargo are intrigued when an archaeologist friend requests their help excavating a top secret historical site. What they find will set them on a hunt for a prize greater than they could ever imagine.

The clues point to the hidden tomb of Attila the Hun, the High King who was reportedly buried with a vast fortune of gold and jewels and plun
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Hardcover, 374 pages
Published September 4th 2012 by Putnam Adult
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Chris Bauer
When I finished the final page of The Tombs by Clive Cussler I had a sad epiphany, a suspicion which had been brewing for some time before crystallizing.

Cussler is now a book factory. I've known it for a while, but didn't really care. I've been reading his books since I was in high school and enjoyed them all. The Tombs is no exception. Plenty of action, exotic locations, perilous situations and interesting characters plus the guaranteed cameo appearance by the author himself in every book.

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Jarek
The Tombs by Clive Cussler is the fourth book in the series depicting adventures of Sam and Remi Fargo, a couple of millionaires who enjoy archeology and treasure hunting. This time they are set against Eastern European mafia in a race across Europe and Asia to uncover the tomb of Attila the Hun.

The storyline of "The Tombs" is very simplified, to the point of being more appropriate for a cartoon or kids comic book than a novel. In the beginning of their adventure the Fargos conveniently meet Tib
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Mark Muckerman
In a word: disappointing.

I'm a Cussler fan of 20+ years, but sadly I think it's time for him to retire his fountain pen. More and more "Cussler Books" are "with co-author", and based on quality of writing, story development, and historical research and interesting plot hook (or lack of), it seems that each successive work is written more by the "with" and less by the great CC himself.

The Tombs is another example of collaborative authorship trading on the legacy of the name, but without the quali
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Kathy Davie
Fourth in the Fargo Adventure suspense series revolving around Sam and Remi Fargo, wealthy treasure hunters with a reputation for success.

My Take
What a disappointment! I have to wonder if Cussler had anything to do with writing this other than putting his name on the cover. It could be unfair of me to put the onus on Perry, but of all the Cusslers I've read, this is one of the very few that have appalled me in the writing sense.

The story idea is terrific and great fun. It's execution is just tha
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Bandit
So I'm not particularly imaginative when it comes to my audio book selection. I like Scott Brick's reading and Fargo series seem to entertain enough to do the trick. This book, part 4 in the series, was actually better than some of its predecessors. The are all ridiculous, of course, the Fargos are much too perfect to be taken seriously and it's all entirely too predictable to be compelling per se, but I do enjoy the historical aspect, in this case Attila the Hun, who apparently was quite an ent ...more
Bob Milne
I've been on vacation all week, doing my best not to think about work. Since I knew we'd be spending a few days camping, I decided to push the review pile to the side and do a little pleasure reading. I didn't have any specific titles in mind, but I knew precisely what kind of books I wanted to enjoy.


First up, I made sure we stopped at the drug store on our way out of town. I wanted a Clive Cussler adventure to read, and there's always a new one on the paperback rack, so I figured I would take m
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Don
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Douglas Brown
I gave this 2 stars, only because I have always enjoyed CC's books, but this one was pretty much a disaster. It sped through each little Fargo adventure, but dragged on with facts about Attila the Hun and other useless information.
If all chapters read like the last 3 it could have been a decent book.
Now, would you trust a complete stranger to pilot a boat you just loaded with millions in treasure and not even go with him...come on. The befriending and trusting was way to cheesy.All these instant
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Deniz
This was my first book by the author. It was a pretty painful read, honestly.

It started quite slowly, and picked up a bit as the story unfolded, but it soon became obvious exactly what was going to be happening at every turn. It was way too predictable, and there was no suspense at all making the story really tiresome after the half way point for me. The characters seemed a bit childish in a sense that I felt like everybody and their personalities, no matter how bad they were, were appropriate
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Steven
In a word, disappointing. This is probably the most poorly written Cussler I've ever read and I own and have read every one. Compared to books like Inca Gold and Sahara, this book is just plain slow, plodding, lacking in suspense, and without the slightest hint of clever twists. For instance, every time the Fargoes get in trouble, they miraculously and with little to no thought escape and move on, all this within no more than a few pages. Compare this to Patterson's latest, "Zoo," which I'm havi ...more
Gordon Wulff
Clive hits another out of the park . The research and attention to detail draws you in . The character interaction and building is seamless even in the smaller characters . The history interwoven into the tale is so compelling as to create a fuller tableau for the reader to enjoy . A riveting read that I could not put down , completed in a day .
A new Author that has climbed into similar rankings as Clive Cussler .

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Ed
#4 in the Sam & Remi Fargo series. The Fargos are treasure hunters with hearts of gold; being independently wealthy, they pay their own way, scrupulously turn over treasures found to the appropriate authorities, and if profit is realized, they turn it over to a non-profit foundation. This time out, Clive Cussler has changed co-authors for the series, turning to Thomas Perry - veteran thriller author of The Butcher's Boy (1982) and 20 other works. The chase to find Attila's tomb ahead of a Hu ...more
Robin Carter
As usual Clive Cussler serves up another fun well paced action packed thrill ride. The Fargo's for me have always seemed more of a link from Young Adult to the adult books, even with that comparison this book is a great fun book, Clive always has easy to read characters, and outrageous plots that take you well away from reality, and that's the beauty of these books, something that perfect for reading by the pool to remove you from the hum drum of life. Those who try to nit pick because the book ...more
Matthew
The nicest thing I can say about this book is that I'm probably not the target audience.

I picked up this novel in an airport mini-mart, en route from Portland to Los Angeles, and I was prepared to be pleasantly surprised. After all, many of my favorite novels are what the professorial crowd would call swashbuckling pulp: James Clavell, H. Rider Haggard, Burroughs, and so on. So buckled into my seat at 32,000 feet, watching the topographic splendor of the San Joaquin valley unfold below, I crack
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Jack Alexander
CC is getting better and better at weaving his fictional characters with history to make fascinating lessons. This time the subject was the 5th century ruler Attila. Two modern day archaeologists find clues to a series of tombs/treasure caches laid down by Attila, after he was conquered at Châlons, to hide them until he could return to conquer Rome, which he didn't live long enough to do. There were five tombs in the series, hidden deliberately and by time across Europe and Western Asia, each wi ...more
Nancy
Great adventure. Lovely plot, although unbelievable at most times. Definitely keeps you entertained. Fast paced, quick reading. Good read!

Husband-and-wife team Sam and Remi Fargo are intrigued when an archaeologist friend requests their help excavating a top secret historical site. What they find will set them on a hunt for a prize greater than they could ever imagine. The clues point to the hidden tomb of Attila the Hun, the High King who was reportedly buried with a vast fortune of gold and je
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Jackie
Clive Cussler has been writing (and partner-writing) long enough that by now anyone picking up one of his books knows precisely what they're in for. This is no exception. Suspend a belief in things being logical or happening according to the way things really happen in life and the reading of this book will be a fun escape from the humdrum.

IMO, Cussler's books have always been over-the-top, borderline believable and full of adventure. Just the thing for a restless afternoon.

No, the writing here
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Gevera Bert
Everything was way too easy for the Fargos during this adventure. The taxi driver magically knew exactly the person/people they needed no matter what country they were in, their researchers could instantly pull up exactly the information they needed, their cell phones and i-pad always had a signal no matter where they were (even out in the middle of nowhere). They spent no time searching in the wrong place for tombs and none of them were looted, even though they were all over 1500 years old. Eve ...more
John
Even though I’ve been annoyed for years about “The Clive Cussler Novel Machine”, where the books are probably mostly written by the author-in-small-letters, rather than CLIVE CUSSLER in-large-letters, I’ve enjoyed the Fargo series until now. For some reason, The Clive Cussler Novel Machine has switched from using Grant Blackwood for this series, to Thomas Perry. Because of this, I’ll stop reading future Fargo novels, as this one is not that good at all. This is it. No more fake Clive Cussler nov ...more
David Erickson
Of all the Clive Cussler characters, I like the archeological adventure team of Sam and Remi Fargo the best. Something about two brave and intelligent people who love each other enormously, who have a sense of humor and are committed to doing good works, is hard to not like.

In this latest installment the prize is Attila the Hun’s treasure, the bad guy an evil villain who thinks the treasure belongs to him through lineage and his cohorts in a vast criminal empire.

The search for the treasure cross
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Monique Snyman
There's no other author that can capture an adventure in words the way that Clive Cussler does. The Tombs, the fourth book in the Fargo Adventures, is unfortunately not one of those books. Believe me, the writing is first-class and it was an entertaining adventure, but let's be honest here ... the story felt a little recycled and simplified. I don't mind it when authors work with a formula to sell more books, it's a business, after all, but when you know that an author is able to do better, then ...more
Jeffrey
Cussler may have a formula, but the variations in each book make these adventure mysteries hard to put down. The Fargos are in great form this time, assisting an archeologist from Germany. Things get sticky when a Hungarian gangster mogul is interested in where things might lead from an apparent 6th-century battlesight. Full of amazing escapes, struggles with villains' criminal minds, and the usual fun of watching the good guys come out on top, no matter what the opposition throws at them!
Lesley
#4 in the Sam & Remi Fargo series.The Fargo Adventures show people the lighter side of adventuring, The Fargos will find themselves pitted against a thieving group of amateur treasure hunters, a cunning Russian businessman, and a ruthless Hungarian who claims direct descent from Attila himself and will stop at nothing to claim the tombs’ riches as his own.I would recommend this book to mature readers with an interest in history or adventure.
Ann
I read about half of it and skimmed the rest. Despite his other successful books, this one was about as dry as dust with no character development at all.

The plot: a rich couple who claim to be archaeologists try to unearth a treasure left by Attila the Hun before another evil rich guy does so. They are aided in their quest by unlimited funds and a woman who knows what they need before they do and orders it to show up at their next hotel magically and without a hitch. We are then given a short h
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June
Extreme disappointment. Downloaded this Clive Cussler et. al. expecting the rip roaring action with lots of unexpected twists and turns I'd enjoyed in the past. What a let down! It is no more than a "cranked out", lame novel. No depth. No excitement. No fun. I guess somethings just aren't like they used to be. Goodbye Mr. Cussler, it had been nice knowing you.
The Crime Scene Scene
The Tombs is the fourth novel in the Fargo series by author Clive Cussler. An archaeologist working on a top secret site realises the importance of what he has discovered and contacts husband and wife team Sam and Remi Fargo to assist him in following clues he has found which seem to point to the location of the grave of Attilla The Hun. But they are not the only ones in search of it and soon they are pitted against a violent gangster who will stop at nothing to get his hands on the treasure.

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librarian90
Wow - he used to be one of my favorite authors for a fun, exciting book. Now I fear Cussler has gone the way of Patterson by putting his name on the cover, someone else churns out the book, and they both make money. What a disappointing book - flat, boring, very one-dimensional. I hope this isn't an indication of what's to come with his other new books.
Cameron C
In the thrilling novel The Tombs, the reader comes to understand how evil people can become as a result of the own beliefs and power. This story takes place in a realistic twenty-first century time in various European countries like France, Italy, Rome, and other EU places that are rich in ancient history and in the United States of America where the protagonists live. The protagonists of this story are the husband and wife, treasure hunting extraordinaires Sam and Remi Fargo. This story is main ...more
Mrjackthepoodle
I read this book on audiotape and loved every minute of it. So fun and full of adventure. A little far fetched how the Fargos have resources that might be hard for the secretary of defense to acquire but it didn't matter to me. It was meant to be an adventure book, and I love how it involved history research as well as action. Clive really makes you fall deeply in love with the Fargos in such a great way. I just finished all five Game of Thrones books and can't wait to dive into another Fargo ad ...more
Scott Wieczorek
As a Clive Cussler fan, I would have to say I am less than pleased with this book. I am an archaeologist, so the Fargo stories are typically quite enjoyable, but in this one things seemed too easy-even for fiction's standards. Coupled with subpar editing, cliche scenes, and a forced ending I would have to say I am overall displeased. This seems to be a recent trend with Cussler's books and it saddens me to think such a great and prolific writer would adopt a business model of quantity over quali ...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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