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The Mayan Secrets (Fargo Adventure #5)

3.88 of 5 stars 3.88  ·  rating details  ·  1,775 ratings  ·  200 reviews
Husband-and-wife team Sam and Remi Fargo are in Mexico, when they come upon a remarkable discovery—the skeleton of a man clutching an ancient sealed pot, and within the pot, a Mayan book, larger than anyone has ever seen. The book contains astonishing information about the Mayans, about their cities, and about mankind itself. The secrets are so powerful that some people wo...more
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Published September 3rd 2013 by Penguin Audio (first published March 1st 2013)
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Tim "The Enchanter"
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A Fun Romp Through the Jungle - 3 Stars

If you have read any of the other books in this series written by Clive Cussler/Thomas Perry (previously Grant Blackwood) than you are pretty much assured that you know what you will get in this fifth installment. You are in for a bit of treasure hunting fun with a rich and superbly talent married couple. There are some bad guys, explosions, near death experiences and some scheming and conniving. While the series is a t...more
Gevera Bert
Full of filler. I don't care what the Fargos ate, ever. Or what type of wine they had with their food or how that wine tasted. I don't need an exhaustive list of what they packed and in what type of luggage, or what the bad guys pack to come after them. Or every hose and connection they check in their vehicle before driving away.
The plot wasn't that great to begin with and it really got dragged down with all this stupid unnecessary crap.
John Buxbaum
I am very fond of Sam and Remi Fargo. I love the characters and their interactions. My favourite is Selma Wandrash. What a great character she is, I really want to see more involvement with Selma. MI really loved the line in the Tombs "be a good Selma".
While a departure from the iconic Dirk and Family, Clive has really hit the mark with these characters. Their adventures are fun, entertaining, and thought provoking. My favourite has been and is book #4 "The Tombs".
In this, the 5th book of the se...more
David Roberts
I am reviewing the novel The Mayan Secrets by Clive Cussler et al which is an excellent adventure story which I bought from a local supermarket. This book is part of the Fargo series about a married couple who are also treasure hunters and they often get into scrapes connected to that. The story kicks off in Guatemala in the 16th Century when soldiers try to hunt down ancient texts owned by the Mayans that a priest has been studying in the hope of learning about and which a rival priest has clai...more
As always, adequate. It's difficult to impossible to rate the Fargo series any higher due to their formulaic nature and cardboard characters, but they serve their purpose. I listen to then in audio format with ever reliable Scott Brick doing the reading and it makes for a decent, undemanding of attention entertainment to walk and bike to. This one might have ended 2 discs ago, it sort of dragged on at the end, but it was fine. The beginning (the historical prologue) is always the best part. From...more
Anandh Sundar
I love the Fargo series and Cussler's books in general,but this one takes the reader for granted, almost being an insult to the reader's intelligence. Be it plot, action, climax or general themes, there was very little twists/unexpected stuff.
Trish Jackson
Sam and Remy Fargo are a fabulously wealthy couple who have the kind of adventures most people can only dream of.
In this story, they accidentally find an ancient Mayan book, or codex, which has a map of Mayan cities and sacred places in Guatemala that have never been discovered. They alert David Kane, a professor from UC who specializes in Mayan studies.
When super wealthy heiress Sarah Allenby gets wind of the codex, she is determined to gain possession of it so she can get the credit for disco...more
Oh My God! This has to be one of the worst of Clive Cussler's!
The plot only uses "Mayan Secrets" as a background and really there isn't anything more relating to Mayans in the plot.
Replace "Mayan Secrets" with "Hoard of Illegal booze hidden in Texas" and the story could have still worked.
The entire book is about events and scenes of the Fargos fighting with Sarah Allersby - who wants to usurp the map that leads to the "hoard of illegal booze hidden in Texas"
Beyond this juvenile cat and mouse, t...more
Kathy Davie
Fifth in the Fargo Adventure archeology suspense series revolving around Sam and Remi Fargo, a pair of scrupulous and wealthy adventurers.

My Take
Well, it is a Cussler, so it is full of adventurous fun. The more outrageous, the better. And, yes, the writing is a step up from Tombs , 4, *shudder*, although Cussler/Perry still have issues with too much tell and too many info dumps, and it still reads too simply.

It’s all fun and games from great white sharks to fending off pirates, escaping through...more
Bruce Black
I like the Fargo stories. They provide some historical background information that makes them interesting. The stories are entertaining, but don't have much depth. I find them like bubble-gum for the brain; a quick read with action and adventure.

Unfortunately, Mayan Secrets just didn't quite get there with the villain. She was a spoiled rich girl that was stymied along the way by the Fargos. She meets her end, as do two of her henchmen, but not in a way that was consistent with what Cussler was...more
This book was well written in my opinion. Mr Cussler and Thomas Perry take us on an adventure comparable to that of Indiana Jones. There are so many mysteries, twists and turns along the way. He takes a prior military married couple who seek out adventure after adventure. Sam and Remi find the last one to be more embracing than their research project that they took on earlier, and their humanitarian project that they took shortly before. This Mayan adventure unravels many secrets over a four hun...more
Gloria Cangahuala
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Meghant Parmar
An ancient secret, present day adventurers, an accidental discovery and the race against time to protect the long lost remains of one of the most intriguing civilizations of the world from the hands of a rich mercenary and a spoilt brat.

The story lives up to the expectations when it comes to drama, adventure, older descriptions, fascinating set ups, gun battles, planning,plotting and to top it all history which bears the brunt of it all. The book is easy paced and delivers various portions of a...more
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Chris Bauer
Yep. Classic "Fargo Files" work. If you're not a fan of Cussler in general or this series specifically you may find it trite and filled with exposition, predictable plot lines and other hallmarks of a mediocre series.

As I've stated before in other reviews of Cussler's work, I think it is an acquired taste. I happen to enjoy his books and have been reading them steadily since I was a freshman in high school.

Synopsis: Sam & Remi Fargo stumble across an ancient Mayan codex while rescuing survi...more
Daniel Rudge
I have read almost every book Clive Cussler has ever written or co-written. I've always recommended his books and always looked forward to the next adventure Cussler would send my way. But I am at that point where his books have become too formulaic and his reliance on co-authors too great to get much enjoyment out of his books. In this the fifth installment of the Fargo Adventures, San and Remi Fargo stumble upon an ancient Mayan Codex while providing earthquake disaster assistance to a remote...more
I love Sam and Remy Fargo and the adventures they have. There is nothing serious or mind provoking about these books, but rather they are pure entertainment. The Fargos always keep us entertained with their travels and their relationship is something we would all like … along with their standard of living and adventures. Yes, pure entertainment but an enjoyable read.
Don Gorman
I really liked the last Thomas Perry book. I almost always enjoy Clive Cussler, but this one is a big dud. 1 1/2 stars. A silly story, a little excitement and almost no character development. I wasn't familiar with the Fargos, and nothing was ever explained about them except they almost had superpowers and a bottomless pit of money. Don't waste your time.
Barbara Ghylin
Sam and Remi Trout are just a lot of fun to read. This book is no exception. Once again they are in the right place to find a historical treasure that the world thought was lost. In order to protect the treasure and its people they will put their lives at risk. In the end all is as it should be. An ancient treasure is revealed in all its glory.
Harvey Burgess
Clive Cussler's always been a "Yee-haw!" writer, whether you're rumbling around with Dirk Pitt or, in this case, chasing the adventures of the Ken and Barbie of the thrillseeker world, Sam and Remi Fargo. The way too rich and way too beautiful couple of kinda sorta archaeologists find themselves in pursuit of heretofore unknown Mayan secret cities, codexes, legends and artifacts. And, of course, it wouldn't be fun if they weren't at odds with a baddie, in this case a British wannabe princess who...more
Debra Chapoton
All right, now this recent book is more like the action-packed Cussler adventures I like. In The Mayan Secrets Sam and Remi Fargo are doing some relief work after a natural disaster in Central America. As they traipse between villages they discover the hiding spot of a certain Mayan treasure, now unsealed because of the earthquake. The Fargos' goal is to secure the archaeological site and whisk the priceless Mayan Codex to a secure place until they can turn it over to the government. Naturally t...more
Richard Turner
Although better than The Tombs, The Mayan Secrets is still a little too slow paced and lacks the tension and suspense in some of the other Clive Cussler series'. If you like a light read then this is for you, however, if you are a fan of fast-paced adventure novels, you may wish to give this a pass.
I don't remember the last Fargo book being this terrible. As usual, the storyline was pretty much what you would expect of a Cussler novel, so no particular complaints there. The thing that really got me was the dialogue. It was so scripted, it felt like I was watching Top Gear USA. Or the first rehearsal of a play about the Fargos, but not actually starring them. The bad 'guy' was so high-schoolian (new word, don't call me on it), that I found myself shaking my head in disbelief. Add to that th...more
Pat Byrnes
I'm truly disappointed in the latest installment of the Fargo Series. The villain is a rich spoiled girl from Europe that has a Mayan fixation. Sam & Remi find a Mayan codex, while in South American aiding earthquake victims. The villain Sarah steals the codex and the Fargo’s are off on an adventure to get it back. Sarah can’t understand the tenacity of the Fargo’s in trying to get the codex back. The internet could have helped Sarah find out that the Fargo’s are known around the world. All...more
Apr 05, 2014 Brentman99 rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: those who have read other Fargo books
This series is quite frustrating. The premise is good, the characters are not bad, but the plot and story are so contrived that you know how it is going to end before you get halfway through the book. Some of the "just in time" stuff is a bit much. I love Cussler's old writing and it is obvious that he isn't writing a single word of these books. It's a shame he is putting his name to them. Back in the day, Cussler novels came with an expectation that he usually met in a creative and interesting...more
Mike French
Another wonderful read about the Fargo's-Sam and Remi. The Fargo series and the NUMA(Dirk Pitt) series are some of my favorite reads. Both of these take me back to favorite series growing up-
Doc Savage- Man of Bronze by Kenneth Robson!
Too meandering a storyline, too many convenient escapes, a out-of-the-blue Deux Ex Machina - all contribute to making what could have been a fat paced gripping book into a aimless, pointless exercise...
#5 in the Sam & Remi Fargo series - #2 with Thomas Perry as co-author to Clive Cussler. As usual, coincidences abound and the Fargos never follow a wrong trail. They find a Mayan pot and it contains an invaluable codex which the nearest expert they find is able to expertly decipher. They make guesses about the map - spot on. The bad guys are badder than bad but are handily defeated - although the climactic battle utilizes a resource Sam hasn't revealed in the prior series entries. So with th...more
The 5th of the series, just as enjoyable as the others. Plus, you actually learn some history along the way, but it's not shoved down your throat. Only two things occurred to me...1: how much together time is enough? You never read of these two being apart. 2: It upsets me that in the previous book, Remi brought home a German Shepard that she just "had to have." In this book, it seems they spend about three days with Zoltan before taking off on another adventure, leaving him to the care of their...more
Greg Courtney
This is another author who has got caught up in putting out as many books as possible by "cowriting" books with very mediocre writers. The book moves along fairly well until they think they have enough pages and then they tie up everything with a big red bow. Really getting tired with these authors who most were my favorites and going to try and find some new writers. Gave it three stars but probably does not deserve that. I'm sure it will sell well because if Mr. Cussler's name in big letters o...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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