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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,470 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Clive Cussler, Grant Blackwood Narrator: Scott Brick Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Fargo Adventures Release Date: September 2009 ISBN: 9781101154151
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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 stumbled across the pillars in the Pennine Alps. Unable to transport them, Napoleon created a map on the labels of twelve bottles of rare wine. When he died, the bottles disappeared.

Treasure hunters Sam and Remi Fargo are exploring the Great Pocomoke Swamp in Delaware when they are shocked to discover a World War II German u-boat. Inside, they find a bottle taken from Napoleon’s “lost cellar.” Fascinated, the Fargos set out to find the rest of the collection—but someone else has been looking for the bottle they’ve just found. He is Hadeon Bondaruk—a half-Russian, half-Persian millionaire. He claims to be a descendant of King Xerxes himself. And he wants his treasure back.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Solidly in the Cussler tradition, this adventure thriller is sure to please fans new and old.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “An enjoyable thrill ride of a...read.”

    Library Journal

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mattit | 2/12/2014

    " There were some sub-plots in this one, which made it enjoyable to read. There were a couple of places where it seem to drag (definitely NOT the norm for a Cussler book), but overall a good read. The one thing I did enjoy was that the plot twisted from the beginning to the end in a slow screw-twist. I'm not going to give any spoilers, but I'd recommend this one who enjoys mysteries. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Braydon Brockett | 2/7/2014

    " This book is about a u-boat that was found in a swamp in Delaware. Inside a bottle that was coming from napoleons lost collection. They group that finds it begins to search for the rest of the bottles. The only problem they have is that another person wants them at all costs this was an outstanding book and I recommend it to anyone who wants to read about adventure "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alice | 2/2/2014

    " Fast moving, intriguing story that takes the Fargos to various places around the globe to solve the mystery they stumbled on in the course of their work. Written with Grant Blackwood. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Betty410 | 2/1/2014

    " Cussler is alwaysfun. Characters are on a search and get into predicaments that are impossibe to escape and yet they do. This goes from the discovery of a mini German sub in a Maryland swamp to a search in the history of Bonaparte for the wine in his Lost Cellar. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elyse | 1/30/2014

    " I love the style of Clive Cussler. Unapologeticly scientific and intellectual. The leads are always too smart, too athletic, and too heroic, but I love learning all the non-fiction tucked into the adventure plot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael Watson | 1/18/2014

    " First in new adventure series featuring the married team, the Fargo's. Liked the characters interaction. Nice new change of pace. Would recommend. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pat | 1/17/2014

    " Another awesome series by Clive Cussler. A fast and riveting read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vidar | 1/12/2014

    " Ok, but not extraordinary of the Fagos "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Thomas | 1/11/2014

    " I've only just started readin this book but I'm going to buy all his books as they are amazing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Niki | 12/21/2013

    " This is the first Clive Cussler book that I have read and have really enjoyed it. Easy and fast to read and and story that keeps you wanting to read more to see what happens with the good guys and the bad guys. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Navajojim | 12/6/2013

    " A treasure hunting book, with a twist of cat and mouse. They were way to passive for me though, but the historical part was kind of cool. Just ok. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 J.W. Thompson | 11/8/2013

    " Classic Cussler that keeps you on the edge of your seat. This action thriller kept me turning the pages. One of his best works. A must read for Cussler fans. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Monty | 11/2/2013

    " Clive Cussler has introduced a new set of characters, a husband and wife team. It's the same Cussler formula with lots of non0-stop action. It's a fun read, and I'll probably check out the next one when it comes out. But I sure do miss Dirk Pitt. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brenda | 10/24/2013

    " A lot of the things he writes are far fetched, but a decent read none the less. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Leece | 8/7/2013

    " Getting a bit tedious, and I hate how he writes himself in as a c Amex with all the answers, rich and good looking. Very egotistical.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Kay | 7/10/2013

    " I just picked up this book and found out that Clive has created a new team of characters. If they are anything like his other "teams", this ought to be fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike Packard | 7/6/2013

    " Riveting. Action packed. I love Sam and Remi. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wilfred Dumont | 5/25/2013

    " As in his previous books, starts with historical facts and leads into a great storyline. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sundi Pierce | 5/21/2013

    " Really liked this book. First Cussler book for me, but I loved the husband/wife team. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Barry Cooke | 8/12/2012

    " I only finished this book to see how bad it could get. I am surprised it didn't have 'Sponsored by Apple' inside the front cover with the numerous mentions of their products "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bryan | 6/9/2012

    " Great action. Crazy plot twists, but well written. Cussler never lets me down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gene | 6/9/2012

    " Five for intrigue "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mary | 5/19/2012

    " Listened to this on CD. As always, Mr Cussler has a lot of drama and heroics. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Holly | 5/9/2012

    " I Love a good Action Adventure! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gary Barrentine | 3/22/2012

    " I enjoyed the new lead characters and the interesting places they went to. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura Tallent | 2/19/2012

    " The Fargo couple are right along with Dirk Pitt and his crew. Great fun mixed along with awesome adventure and charaters "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brian | 6/25/2011

    " It was a book about adventure of a couple - but more about the brief history of a Persian king - Xerxes. A good escapist reading as Clive Cussler's books are. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Samuel | 6/6/2011

    " Yet an another disappointing novel by Cussler ,A nerdy couple/treasure seekers go after a lost treasure which was found by Napoleon.This novel is to be avoided. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lee | 6/2/2011

    " Pretty bad. Treasure hunters use The Google. Ancient history comes to hack life, in paperback form. Diverting, tho, dear reader. Divertissimo. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lesley | 5/23/2011

    " So far the fargo adventure is excellant! a lot of fun easy read full of adventure. I rec to anyone.

    It was an enjoyable read, a refreshing change to the Dirk Pitt novels but stilled delivered plenty of adventure. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Roy | 5/23/2011

    " A good read - hard yo put down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 J.P. | 5/5/2011

    " This is the first Fargo adventure I have read by Clive and although I loved the book it was missing that special punch that I have come to love in other Cussler work. Great book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 4/26/2011

    " Cussler is still one of my favorite authors. Great! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kiana | 4/11/2011

    " I love Clive Cussler, his books always keep you guessing and keeps you interested. I really enjoyed the different dynamic in this book, instead of a single man being the main character, it is a married couple working together. I look forward to another Fargo adventure! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 William | 4/10/2011

    " Yes, was a good beginning to a new series. It was good enough so that I will read the next in the series. The characters are smart and interesting. There was plenty of adventure. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bryan | 4/8/2011

    " Great action. Crazy plot twists, but well written. Cussler never lets me down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Satyajit | 4/5/2011

    " just breathtaking....its like Indiana Jones tales again........will look other books of Cussler too "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 3/31/2011

    " A fun adventure from the master of adventure. This is a new series from Cussler. Sam and Rami Fargo take on whatever comes their way and take no prisoners. I can't wait to read more from this author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sheldon | 3/28/2011

    " A "National Treasure"-type story. Pretty good. Bogs down just a bit in the middle, but an enjoyable read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kendar88 | 3/27/2011

    " Way too preposterous. The goodguys (Sam and Remmy) are just oozing cheese. They don't want to kill the bad guys that are trying to kill them. Somehow they always get out of the tough situations and find what they need. Way too unbelievable. But some of the scenes were pretty fun. "

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About the Author
Author Clive Cussler

Clive Cussler, an internationally recognized authority on shipwrecks and the founder of the National Underwater and Marine Agency, began writing novels in 1965. He published his first work featuring continuous series hero Dirk Pitt in 1973. His first nonfiction, The Sea Hunters, was released in 1996. The Board of Governors of the State University of New York Maritime College considered The Sea Hunters in lieu of a PhD thesis and awarded Cussler a doctor of letters degree in May 1997. It was the first time since the college was founded in 1874 that such a degree was bestowed. His books, many of which are New York Times bestsellers, have been published in more than forty languages in more than one hundred countries. He splits his time between Arizona and Colorado.

About the Narrator

Scott Brick, actor, narrator, and writer, attended UCLA and spent ten years in a traveling Shakespeare company. Passionate about the spoken word, he has narrated a wide variety of audiobooks, from thrillers and science fiction to classics and nonfiction. He has recorded more than eight hundred audiobooks and won over fifty AudioFile Earphones Awards and several of the prestigious Audie Awards. He was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine and the Voice of Choice for 2016 by Booklist magazine.