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The Solomon Curse

(Fargo Adventures #7)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  5,550 ratings  ·  457 reviews
The outstanding new Fargo adventure from the #1 New York Times–bestselling author.

There are many rumors about the bay off Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands. Some say it was the site of the lost empire of the Solomon king and that great treasure lies beneath the waters. Others say terrible things happened here, atrocities and disappearances at the hands of cannibal giants,

Hardcover, 392 pages
Published September 1st 2015 by G.P. Putnam's Sons
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Tiggyleee There all stand alones. As said, sometimes words or comments are made of a previous book but nothing that would interfere with the story.
Karen Gail Brown In 1170 A,D., the king Guadalcanal built a "divine palace" of gold and gemstones on man made islets in the bay of the island. The king then invited al…moreIn 1170 A,D., the king Guadalcanal built a "divine palace" of gold and gemstones on man made islets in the bay of the island. The king then invited all the important men from Guadalcanal and surrounding islands to a fete at the compound. A tsunami swept away the buildings and the islet, killing everyone except a few survivors. The survivors believed that the king and residents of the island were cursed for arrogance.(less)

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Wayland Smith
Dec 02, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dc-challenge
I've enjoyed this series, but this was not one of the better ones. I'm not sure if this is the same cowriter as the others, but this book needed another pass at the editor level.

There are a lot of repeated phrases. A particular politician is "one of the good ones" a few times. Someone trying to not show emotion has a face carved of various things, usually granite, sometimes mahogany. One of them jokes about hurting their sacroliliac, which I'm not sure anyone under 60 or so says at this point.

Mike French
Sep 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Another non stop ACTION thriller featuring the Fargo' s. Kept me interested from start to finish!
Nov 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Good...but I've read better from this author.
Linda Hunt
Sep 17, 2015 rated it did not like it
From the time I read Inca Gold, I was hooked on Clive Cussler. I played catch-up with all his books before that one, and then waited impatiently for each book after. However, I was disappointed in The Solomon Curse. Never in any of Cussler's books have people been graphically hacked to death with machetes, or children kidnapped and used for medical experimentation while chained to the wall of a cave. Until this one. Really? This is not classic Cussler. This is not what I waited two months on a l ...more
Sep 11, 2015 rated it liked it
This has a different feel to it than most of Cussler’s stories. Instead of Sam & Remy having a fantastic discovery or getting involved in a megalomaniac’s dream to take over or something, it remains quiet and almost too peaceful though the first half. Lulling us into sleep. Even the archaeology part was just background.

Then later when the danger started happening, Sam seemed awfully calm in spite of all the bad stuff going on around him. It’s like he was in denial. I think the Fargo’s are get
Sep 22, 2015 rated it it was ok
The Sam & Remi Fargo novels are almost cookie-cutter. They get involved in a problem in an inaccessible, out-of-the-way location. They manage to get all of the material and equipment needed to get out of the situation. The prime mover in this series is really Selma, their office/research manager. Selma is able to arrange for anything, including air travel, fully equipped diving and research ships, and ex-Seal security people, on a moments notice, with almost immediate delivery. THE SOLOMOM CURSE ...more
Sep 07, 2015 rated it it was ok
The basic Clive Cussler formula:

1. Protagonist(s) arrive on scene, rescue someone in distress.
2. Protagonist(s) meet foxy lady, either in distress, or involved in rescue.
3. Dinner between 1&2
4. Problem in the area discovered, usually ecological in nature/plundering the earth. Treasure may or not be involved.
5. Bad guys discover protagonist(s) on scene a threat; attempt to get rid of opposition.
6. 5 piques interest of protagonist(s); further investigation; further attempts to eliminate.
7. Action,
Craig Carignan
Oct 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
A pretty good read although the ending felt like it left you hanging and was sudden. It followed the standard course of Cussler's book and I liked that it allowed me to read without much thought and escape for a few hours each night while I read.
I'm a bit disappointed. I started reading Clive Cussler's Oregon Files and Dirk Pitt and like them both.

In The Solomon Curse, the sunken temple exploration with reference to history was the best part of the book. It got me excited! The villain was sort of unexpected however I don't see how it was necessary to have that guy in Sydney in the story.

The worst part of the book for me was the conversation that seems unnatural between Sam and Remi including her team. Their jokes aren't even funny. I s
Peter Sutton
One of the worst to date. What is usually the main plot point, some type of underwater / archaeological site has little to anything to do with the plot. Luckily there are so many subplots, all basically irrelevant or poorly tied together, that it doesn't really matter. It must also be nice to know that as the main characters, you won't be killed off and will escape no matter what dangers you face. There's adventurous and brave, and then there's just stupid. The biggest escape they pull off is an ...more
Sep 08, 2015 rated it liked it
For me I normally give 5 stars for all of Clive Cussler's novels. But with this new author's writing of Russell Blake, I am not overly impressed with.

For those who have been on hand at the beginning of the Fargo's adventures, they have always had good bantering amongst themselves, but while I did enjoy the mystery, suspense and action, it just fell a little short for me. I will continue buying all of Clive Cusslers novels, because after reading them for 15 years, you are sort of hooked on the ch
Jan Gable
Sep 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great Adventure Story

I give this story five stars for having a great story line. It is not your typical Fargo story. However, it makes the characters stand out as three dimensional people.
Kati Polodna
Oct 10, 2015 rated it it was ok
Seemed like the action didn't start until page 150. Kinda boring.
Nov 27, 2015 rated it it was ok
I had an incredibly hard time finishing this book. I don't know if it's because I expected too much from it, but at times it came close to being boring.
Brett T
Clive Cussler usually limits the world-saving to Dirk Pitt, his carbon copy Kurt Austin and Corporation head Juan Cabrillo. Isaac Bell and Sam and Remi Fargo seem to work on smaller scales most of the time, which is probably to their benefit.

Russell Blake follows up on his initial outing as Cussler's co-author with The Solomon Curse, a yarn that find our favorite anthropologist/archaeologist/multi-millionaire adventurer couple assisting a friend diving on a possible new find at Guadalcanal. The
Jul 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
I love the Fargos, but this wasn't their best adventure. Not true to the Cussler way of writing-too much graphic violence, unexplained details, & unwise choices by the couple I'm used to feeling are super-smart. Also, maybe my imagination but I felt Remy's character was a bit more girly than I'm used to in other Fargo books. These two are a great team & each has their own skills, but worrying about her hair in tropical humidity? That just seemed uncharacteristic & silly to me! Hope the next pers ...more
Darlene Ferland
Sep 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Mr. Cussler has done it again! The Solomon Curse is a mesmerizing trip from WWII to Guadalcanal. The rumors of giants, unimaginable treasures and a lost city are part of what Sam and Remi Fargo are facing. . . Add a morose Russian and a hyper Englishman and you have a fascinating ride through the mind of Clive Cussler. A great read for anyone, any time!
Sep 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
It's always nice to settle down with Sam and Remi and enjoy their latest adventures. Yes, you almost know what is going to happen, but these are delightful, quick read books. Always love this series and when the narrator began his book, it was like sitting down with an old friend to hear their latest exploits. Fun, fun, fun.
Todd Kinsey
A disappointing installment

Having read all the books in the Fargo series, I was pretty disappointed with this installment. The plot felt very disjointed and implausible. I understand that you have to allow for a little unbelievability when you read adventure novels but it strained credibility in most cases.
Gerald Kubicki
Mar 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Fargos picked a very interesting setting for their lastest adventure.
Apr 15, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very weak plot. All the characters were stereotypes or caricatures. Disappointing.
Patricia Bergman
Apr 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
I won this uncorrected proof a couple of years ago from Goodreads giveaway and finally decided to pick it up last week.

If you like an adventure which discusses some archeological findings as well as some World War II historical lore, you will enjoy this book. This is the first experience I've had witrh this particular series, but will not be my last.
Steve Elley
Jan 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
The twist at the end was a bit cheesy, but in general its a typical Fargo Adventure series Cussler book. Starts off with an interesting bit of fictional history that turns into an adventure.
Elizabeth Mckernan
Apr 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
good book
Henri Moreaux
As with the last novel which was also co-written by Russell Blake I felt this was also not up to the usual quality of the series, whilst compared to the prior example he did manage to tone down the constant brand name shouting and detailed meal explanations, although at one point a character does glance, not at his watch, but his Lange & Sohne Perpetual Calendar Terraluna wristwatch which was quite the mounthful.

In terms of the story it's interesting it's set on Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands - th
Jan 01, 2016 rated it it was ok
I'm getting more and more annoyed with the Fargos. Remi is almost completely useless and ignorant with a volatile temper and a sense of entitlement that basically sums up why people who hate Americans do. Sam is a complete idiot who continually endangers both his own life and the lives of others, flying completely in the face of fair warning and common sense. This couple has been on so many adventures and encountered bad guys of so many flavors that they should have learned a) a little more cyni ...more
Angus Mcfarlane
Jan 03, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: thriller, reviewed
A plain, oops, plane read - sufficiently fast paced and easy to read to keep my attention on a 13 hour plane ride across the pacific (albeit most of it read after landing and recovering in a sleep deprived state). The picture of a desperate nation state struggling to move forward against internal disruption and foreign interference is well captured even if the toing and froing of the protagonists from city to countryside, against all good sense, became monotonous for a while. While the Solomon a ...more
Michael Bell
Mar 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
I wish I had the patience to be an archaeologist. Sam and Remi are the best husband and wife team of explorers that I know. Wealthy and determined to find the truth. I was totally surprised by Dr. Vanya in the book. She seemed to be very concerned about the residents of her island. Although I share Orwen Manchester's affinity for cold beer, I never trusted that his intentions were pure. Finding a treasure was secondary to the wicked plot conducted by the capitalists in this far flung part of the ...more
Aug 22, 2017 rated it liked it
The problem with having multiple authors writing with Cussler is that sometimes they're great, and sometimes not. I felt like Russell Blake didn't truly understand Sam Fargo's character and changed it too much. Even the subtle differences were too much for me; I felt that in this novel Sam wasn't his kind, calm and even gentlemanly self. I was turned off by how he commented on his wife's figure and their sex life, which is fine but doesn't ring true to his personality. He also seemed a little qu ...more
Mar 07, 2019 rated it it was ok
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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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