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Spartan Gold (Fargo Adventure #1)

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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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The Pirate Ghost (Formerly known as the Curmudgeon)
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
Kelly
Jan 02, 2011 rated it did not like it
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
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Eric
Jul 29, 2013 rated it liked it
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
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Kate
Aug 05, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: thriller
I...am 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
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Adrian Ciuleanu
Jul 17, 2012 rated it did not like it
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
Damien
Jan 06, 2010 rated it it was ok
Recommended to Damien by: John DeCremer
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Robert
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
Adam
Jun 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed it, was good enough adventure to keep me interested.
Steve Moseley
Jun 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: suspense, thriller
A solid/fun suspense novel.

Sam and Remi are two likable characters, both capable as well as self deprecating with decent sense of humor.

I also enjoyed the traveling and the little morsels of history the book offers.

Worth it to me to continue to the next book in the series.
Eric
May 19, 2017 rated it it was ok
This is a biblio-turd. I was disappointed that the protagonists were not killed at the end.
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
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Bookworm Smith
Jan 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
A fast paced read that takes us on a treasure hunt across the world. It's overflowing with action and adventure - a book that lives up to the genre Action/Adventure. But, along with that comes some unbelievable moments. You know? The scene were the bad guys empty their guns and miss with every bullet, while the hero takes one shot that kills three of them. You have to take the good with the bad. In this book there was more good than bad.
A treasure hunting couple stumble upon a WWII German sub hi
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Bandit
Dec 28, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 19, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adventure
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
Jacob
Mar 07, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mark Boyd
Apr 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Fargo adventure #1. I enjoy Cussler's portrayal of the Fargo's. Remi the hottie and her husband Sam, the wealthy brainiac, both of whom are addicted to treasure hunting, adventure and doing it in style. This is the second of the Fargo series I've read and enjoyed. Nazi mini-subs, Napoleon, a crazed Russian billionaire and Greek treasures keep the Fargo's jetting, diving, cave hopping and fighting for their lives throughout this tale of adventure. Throw in some 5 star hotels and an occasional 3 h ...more
John
Jan 17, 2016 added it
This book was ridiculous. I'm sad because I hoped there would be a series I could read here, being book #1 of a group, but there's no way I can stand the Fargos any further than this.

The rich, world-hopping, treasure-hunting, good-at-everything protagonist couple are completely unfazed by bad guys with guns shooting at them, always find someone to speak perfect English no matter where they are in the world, and magically that person they find just happens to have exactly the information they nee
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Brenda
May 20, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Joanie Driemeyer
Jan 25, 2015 rated it it was ok
This amazingly talented and clever couple Remy and Sam are independently wealthy treasure hunters. They travel the globe, discovering countless secret tunnels and trap doors, outwitting evil buffoons in order to hunt down Napoleons lost collection of wine bottles. The bottles have a treasure map hidden beneath their labels, but it is obscurely encoded. The decoding is tedious and ridiculous. The action is constant and mind numbing. The conversations are predictable. I did not enjoy this book.
Rebecca
Oct 31, 2010 rated it liked it
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
Kass
Nov 12, 2009 rated it really liked it
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!
Andrea
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.
Lu
Dec 21, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Brutto. Brutto. E ancora brutto.
Caro Clive, fa più attenzione agli orrori su cui accetti di far stampare il tuo nome. Che non ci sia nemmeno mezza riga tua è più che evidente, ma per favore evita di impelagarti con certa immondizia!
Una trama che è tenuta insieme con sputo e scotch, personaggi insipidi e freddi, dialoghi imbarazzanti. Lo spunto della riserva di bottiglie perduta sarebbe anche stato interessante, ma è stato gestito e cucito in modo patetico e ridicolo.
Uno spreco di tempo!
Geoff Nolan
Jan 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
Angie
Apr 29, 2012 rated it liked it
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.
Mahmud Hasan
Jun 01, 2016 rated it liked it
Good read. If you like treasure hunting and mystery give it a try. A book full of real historical events and culture.
Brooke
May 04, 2010 rated it really liked it
Very busy, but still an enjoyable adventure!!
Ruth
Nov 21, 2009 rated it liked it
good. fun. fast paced. rich adventurers almost bondesque getting out of scrapes.
Connie
Nov 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: book-club-reads
Okay this is my first shot reading from the Adventure genre and I can say I enjoyed it.
Shaun
Feb 13, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Cussler used to be my favorite author, but after taking a long hiatus from his books, and coming back to them now, I’ve come to a sad realization that… Cussler just doesn’t do anything for me anymore. His books have all just become so formulaic, so much like paint-by-numbers. None of his books stand out to me anymore. Not any of the post Valhalla Rising Dirk Pitt books, the first book in the Oregon series was my least favorite Cussler book ever, and now, the first Fargo book, it’s just… argh.

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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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