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Spartan Gold (Fargo Adventure #1)

3.78 of 5 stars 3.78  ·  rating details  ·  6,074 ratings  ·  453 reviews
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. In 1800, Napoleon Bonaparte and his army stumble across the pillars in the Pennine Alps. Unable to transport them Napoleon creates a map on the labels of twelve bottles of rare wine. And when Napoleon dies, the bottles d ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by Berkley Publishing Group
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Jan 02, 2011 Kelly rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: no one
Overall, a disappointing outing from Cussler and Blackwood. In this novel, Remi and Sam Fargo, treasure hunters extraordinaire and generous philanthropists, find themselves up against the forces of a mysterious Ukranian crime boss who traces his ancestry to Persia, and Xerxes the Great. Both are after the secrets of the lost cellar of Napoleon and the potential treasure it will lead them to.

The major issue here is that there is no threat. Remi and Sam repeatedly face down the bad guys, and do so
Whispers from the Pirate's Ghost Whisper
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 ...more
Aug 08, 2013 Eric rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Clive Cussler fans
Recommended to Eric by: Carmine Buscemi
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, married treasure hunters Sam and Remi Fargo, are fla
Adrian Ciuleanu
I've read a couple of Cussler's book before this one, mainly Dirk Pitt adventures and I honestly enjoyed them a lot. I was expecting a great adventure, spiced with political intrigues, fictional historical events and topped with some good humor, cheesy romance and good enough characters. But instead I got a shallow treasure hunt, more than usual unrealistic action scenes, two uni-dimensional main characters ( a couple: husband and wife), some very retarded side characters. The dialog and action ...more
Jan 08, 2010 Damien rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommended to Damien by: John DeCremer
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Kate 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 all.

(that "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 steel.)

That, really, says it all. This book read like someone spliced some action scenes into a series of Wikipedia printouts - the ent
Having listened to this series out of order, second and third and now the first one, I knew what to expect, so I was neither disappointed nor impressed. And yes, this series can easily be read/listened to out of order. Fargos, Cussler's cardboard picture perfect in every aspect married couple of adventurers and treasure hunters extraordinaire, are, of course, much too perfect to be believable. They are boundlessly capable, marvelously inventive, phenomenally clever, competent, knowledgeable and ...more
Greg Rothenberger
I've read a number of Cussler books over the years, and have enjoyed every one. This was no exception. The story was entertaining, and the characters (although somewhat stereotypical) were engaging. I did have a few problems with it, though. The writing wasn't up to the standard I expected. There were a couple of grammatical errors, and in many places the exact same phrasing was repeated in consecutive sentences. This change in style may be due to Cussler collaborating with another author. I'm n ...more
Spartan’s Gold, written by Clive Cussler, is a book about a couple exploring on a river and coming up on a weird submarine. Sam and Remi Fargo are their names. They then took a great interest in the finding of the submarine and began to study it. As they study the submarine, they come across a map written by Napoleon, a map that shows 12 bottles of wine. These aren’t ordinary bottles of wine. They have markings on them from years ago and are very valuable. As they go and search for all 12 bottle ...more
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 find, meanwhile a nasty rich bad guy is also after the find that the young couple stumbled upon. And of course the bad meany will send his cronies in to attempt to thwart ...more
Really enjoyed this book. I haven't read a Cussler in awhile, as I was getting a bit sick of them. I've had this one for awhile (along with a few others), and read it for a challenge. Sam and Remi Fargo are treasure hunters, and get involved in a mystery involving Napoleon Bonaparte and 12 bottles of rare wine that disappeared back in the 1800's. Full of adventure, murder and intrigue, it keeps you on the edge of your seat. The only downside was the huge amount of ancient history, but that is Cu ...more
I thoroughly enjoy these Cussler adventures, even though I have to work diligently to suspend my disbelief. In this outing, Sam and Remi Fargo, apparently Treasure Hunters extraordinaire, stumble onto a German Submarine submerged in a United States Swamp. This leads to more incredible adventure and constantly running from a bad guy. The action is always over-the-top.. one would think getting wounded is NOTHING... and yet-- I was compelled to keep turning pages.

As usual, this is modern day pulp
William Bentrim
Spartan Gold by Clive Cussler & Grant Blackwood

The Cussler franchise continues in this formula book. Like Patterson, Cussler has created a formula that sells books. He starts with a preposterous mystery and then shares the stage with the primary mystery. Eventually they are tied together. This story starts with WWII German submarines and ends with a hunt for a hidden Grecian treasure.

Sam and Remi Fargo are the protagonists in this book. They are a couple with apparently unlimited resources
My first Clive Cussler book. I don't know, I think I didn't rate it higher because I have been reading Harlan Coben and Clive can't even compare, in my humble opinion. My main objection, though, lies in the knowledge of the main characters,Sam and Remy. They are portrayed as omniscient about every subject, object, and detail. They do have a research assistant who fills in the blanks and goes more in depth, but truly, it grates on my nerves and is wholly unrealistic to have characters who know it ...more
Professional treasure hunters Sam and Remi Fargo are at it again. In SPARTAN GOLD they are following a trail of clues left by Napoleon, that are hidden on the labels of a dozen bottles of wine. Each of these bottles can be found by following the clues from another label. Solving the puzzle itself would be an entertaining book, but in this tale there is much more. The Fargos are up against an amoral competitor who is both rich and powerful. A half Russian, half Persian criminal who gets what he w ...more
Nov 12, 2009 Kass rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Archeologists, millionaires with top secret spy training, couples lacking adventure in their lives
Recommended to Kass by: Costco
If you like Clive, you will like the Fargos: a wealthy couple who use their cartoonesque powers of millionairing, spy training and archeological digging to save national treasures and thwart horrible Russian mobsters in this first adventure in the Fargo series. The best part for me is that Mrs. Fargo is intelligent, attractive, and kicks butt as often as her hubby and is not relegated to being a peripheral character.

I can't wait for the next one in the series!
I picked this up as it said Clive Cussler, it also said Grant Blackwood. However, I thought I was in for a Dirk Pitt book or a NUMA adventure, I was mistaken. In this book I was introduced to a husband and wife team, Sam & Remi Fargo. Who compliment each other in every way. They have a team of experts ready at any moment to work for them, unlimited funding to go any place at any time, and between them two interesting educations in the archeological fields.

They are adventures, and they are o
Alex Tanner
Feb 17, 2014 Alex Tanner rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Alex by: Nobody
Shelves: did-not-finish
I started reading this book because I randomly grabbed book 4 in the Fargo series without realising it was a series at first. So of course I decided to start at the beginning.

Are the other books better than this? Because if the first book is anything to go by I might just donate book 4 to a charity shop or library.

The biggest flaw about this book is the number of info dumps. There are just so, so many. If a new character pops up that we’ve never heard of, Cussler has the habit of running off fiv
If Nathan Drake and Lara Croft got married and went on a Dan Brown-ian adventure across Europe with an Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull villain on their heels and a Penelope of Criminal Minds as a research assistant to aid them, the result would be Spartan Gold. Not an award-winning literature by any stretch, but a fun non-stop action summer read I can't say I regret getting myself into. I'll be picking up the sequel for sure.
In fantastic news, I just read my first Clive Cussler writing with [fill in the blank] book, and it was good! The last few Cussler-by-himself books had been bogged down and underwhelming, but I quite enjoyed this one. It is the first in the Fargo series, and it was better written than most of Cussler's earlier stuff. And I am way behind in terms of his recent series with coauthors. Cussler's books were some of the first to get me interested in the historical fiction/treasure-hunting thrillers, a ...more
Geoff Nolan
For those looking for a bit of an adventure and nothing else, this is a bit of fun. As others have mentioned in their reviews, the bad guys aren't up to much, but this book does 'exactly what it says on the tin.'

If you're looking for Shakespeare, you will not enjoy this. If you're here because you've just read a few Shakespeare plays and need a break, then you will!
This book is about Sam and Remi Fargo who are treasure hunters. In this book they are looking for Napoleons lost wine cellar. The book is a fast read if you have time to read. A lot of history which I enjoyed. A lot of detail that I skipped over. All and all a fun book where the good guys win. And for my book club friends, No women were harmed.
#1 in the Sam & Remi Fargo series by Clive Cussler with co-author Grant Blackwood. Cussler has multiple series dealing with intelligent and capable individuals versus a megalomaniacal villain intent on conquest and domination (or at least a king's ransom); there is usually a maritime setting involved. The twist with the Fargo's is that they are treasure hunters - so their quest is also the bad guy's. This adventure is a lot of fun.

Sam & Remi Fargo are searching for hidden treasure in a M
I never get disappointed with Clive Cussler. He weaves history, legends, and action adventure extraordinarily well. I remember the first time I was introduced to his writing ... I was in 6th grade on a band trip and I ran out of books. My bus driver had a few Dirk Pitt novels and since then I have been a fan. Though I never kept up with all his writings I check in very so often and it never disappoints.
This novel introduced new characters, weaved legends of Napoleon, Xerxes II, and a Nazi mini-s
It's nice to have a husband and wife team, so I enjoy the concept of the Fargos, even if I have totally forgotten the plot of the stnry. I know I have read this book, but like all Clive Cussler novels these days, it is just a blur of same-old, same-old, in my memory. for someone who gets in a tizzy over how the movies of his books are made, Mr Cussler sure seems to be less fussy when it comes to milking his reputation by farming out plot ideas to other authors. These days, I Would rather watch S ...more
An Odd1
*** "Spartan Gold" (Fargo series) by Clive Cussler "with" Grant Blackwood features brave attractive American philanthropic treasure-hunter couple trailed by commandos from sadistic murdering Russian, simple motives. Both contenders have deep pockets and global resources. I admire the adrenalin adventure; the complex puzzle annoys and bores. My favorite part is holidays to vast scenic jaunts: Florida swamp, dungeon oubliette, Alpine meadow, bigwig shindig, Nazi cavern sub outpost, Venice's San Ma ...more
I liked the underlying quest/mystery, despite small nits I can pick (I didn't get how the rest of the bottles (view spoiler), and it's "Spartan" gold only by possession, not by ownership).

But whatever enjoyment I could have had from reading a good treasure-hunting romp was lost because of the callous decisions made by Fargos. Over the story, the Bad Guy kidnaps a person, threatens to kidnap 2 families and kills his (view spoiler)
Mogsy (MMOGC)
Not my usual read, but I thought I'd break it up with something different. This is an adventure story about a treasure hunting married couple on their quest to find 12 lost wine bottles from Napoleon's "lost cellar." But believing that these bottles hold the key to finding the secret treasure of Xerxes I, the book's villain will stop at nothing to get to them first.

I'd never read anything by Clive Cussler before this; his stuff always seemed to be like something my dad would read. I don't say th
Ryan Stolp
5...4...3, you get it. This book is not a countdown that you can't wait for it to end. This story is about the adventure/treasure hunt of a happily married couple, Sam and Remi. The author, Clive Cussler is an actual treasure hunter. He has gone on countless dives to raise old historical ships from the dark and murky waters of rivers and oceans.

This book is a great book that contains countless riddles and puzzles that engages the reader in the troubles of the main characters and puts the read
Suzanne Moore
Not my usual read, but it was interesting. There was a lot of historical background injected into the adventures of Remi & Sam Fargo, husband and wife team. The two are treasure hunters that stumble into the mystery of Napoleon's lost wine cellar when they discover a Nazi mini-sub off the coast of Maryland with a 190 year old wine bottle among the sunken cargo. Persian millionaire, Bondaruk, is also looking for this and other bottles that hold clues in the labels. Remi and Sam aren't in this ...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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