The Kingdom: Fargo Adventures #3
- Penguin Books Ltd
- Publication Date:
- 07 June 2012
- Thriller and Suspense
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As always, Cussler leaves us breathtakingly following the adventures of Sam and Remi Fargo as they traipse across continents in search of yet another fortune.This time, the 'Golden Man'.The married duo are approached by a wealthy individual who wants them to locate a friend of theirs. In no short order they discover their friend was not missing, but taken and the wealthy man is searching for a relic that is absolutely priceless.True to form, Sam and Remi use their cunning, wit, and adoration of one another to see them through a series of trials that ends, of course, with them finding their lost friend and obtaining the artifact.What they find may defy the current norm for belief as to how mankind evolved.Or is it.... womankind?Yet another brilliant work from Cussler!
This was a bit different than other Cussler books in that the Fargos were not trying to stop a bad guy who has a scheme to destroy the earth. It was more like a Raiders of the Lost Ark-type adventure. I did find myself going to the computer to check locations and characters to see of they were actual or made up by the author. I read this book as a hardback from the library and I would advise Cussler to find a new proofreader as I found many places where words were missing that a good proofreader should have found.
I was not impressed with this latest adventure of Sam and Remi Fargo. There is too much moving from one implausible scenario to another. The bad guy is never fleshed out, and the Fargo's interaction with him is limited. The ending is anticlimactic. I think Clive Cussler might have too many irons in the fire with all his different series. This book is a lack-luster spot on his shining resume.
An avid Cussler reader for years, I have read them all. While I truly enjoyed the early books, I struggle with the ones written over the past 5 years. The historical beginning is very slow and the writing seems very jilted throughout the book. This Fargo Adventure is no different. Sam and Remi are waylaid and convinced that they need to seek out a friend who is missing. The book never circles back to the original intention of the trip and thus I was left feeling like there was no point in them even brining it up in the first place. If you are an avid Cussler fan, read it. If not, skip this one, start at the beginning you will be glad you did.
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