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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: Richard Poe Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Fargo Adventures Release Date: September 2009 ISBN: 9781101154168
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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 Custer 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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 J.W. Thompson | 2/19/2014

    " 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 Richard | 2/3/2014

    " Not my favorite Clive Cussler books, but good for the same genre. The couple seem to be a little far out, but then everything about Clive Cusslers characters is a little far out. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Braydon Brockett | 1/31/2014

    " 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 "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Renee | 1/24/2014

    " Totally over the top. Reminded me of the last James Bond movie I watched (Casino Royale)..ridiculous. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karlene Elliott-mclean | 1/21/2014

    " A very imaginative book. Some sections had to be read slowly so that you can actually figure out how the Fargos got of trouble. A good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dyanna | 1/20/2014

    " Super good! I loved all the historical references and the adventure. I was on the edge of my drivers seat! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pam R. | 1/13/2014

    " I have enjoyed Clive Cussler books since his early offerings. This one was interesting, but dragged out too long. The new main characters need a bit more strength & detail in their relationship to hold the same interest as the Dirk Pitt books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Saylaveev | 1/6/2014

    " I like it well enough, but I'm tired of the name lending to other authors. Its just not as good as the original. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janeal | 1/3/2014

    " wow!! This book kept me at the edge of my seat the entire read! Very suspenseful with a lot of fun history about Napolean. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 1/2/2014

    " 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. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sam | 12/21/2013

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 William Heiman | 11/16/2013

    " As always..Clive keeps me glued to the pages..well, the screen of my Nook Color... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura Tallent | 9/18/2013

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Abhay Gupta | 9/1/2013

    " This was my first Clive Cussler book and perhaps the first of its kind. I really enjoyed reading it. Though I think that the end approached very fast and ended in a few pages; was expecting more action and game between Fargos and Bondaruk. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellen | 7/15/2013

    " This is the first Clive Cussler book I've read and I look forward to the next Fargo Adventure. I particularly enjoyed the author's cameo "appearance" in the story. Is Mr. Cussler the Alfred Hitchcock of the literary world? :D "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Opa | 4/22/2013

    " This is another clean thriller by Cussler. Very good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 J.P. McNeill | 3/27/2013

    " 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! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jackie | 2/7/2013

    " A fun read, but something I would rather have watched in the movie theatre. It takes less time, and most of the time you get to stare at a hottie with a nice watch... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrew | 1/24/2013

    " An epic adventure story. Looking forward to the rest of the series "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cheryl Cassell | 1/14/2013

    " This book was ok. I liked the Fargos. Lot of stuff that I didn't feel needed to be in there. To much history for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristin Lundgren | 11/10/2012

    " An nice addition to the Cussler line, this one is a Fargo adventure. About U.S. WWII history, a German submarine IN the U.S., and something that everyone seems to want. A rollicking adventure yarn, from the master of such. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Natasha | 7/3/2012

    " Another great book by Clive Cussler "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie | 5/29/2012

    " another great adventure with different characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Austin | 4/10/2012

    " Completely disposable, but fun when on a plane, beach, etc. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane | 10/17/2011

    " I have not read one of Cussler's in awhile and his new characters are likable. I like the idea of a couple doing all the adventures together. They are still "super people" like Dirk Pitt, never get hurt (badly) and always find the answers. I love that the good guys win each time! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brendan | 9/4/2011

    " I'm a Clive Cussler fan, and this is one of his best books. Love the mix of history and fiction. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pat | 7/17/2011

    " 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 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

Richard Poe has worked extensively in movies, television, and on Broadway. He is best known for his portrayal of Gul Evek in three different Star Trek series: Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and Star Trek: Voyager. He is a well-known and prolific audiobook narration who has won twelve AudioFile Earphones Awards.