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While scuba diving in Tanzania, Sam and Remi Fargo come upon a relic belonging to a long-lost Confederate ship. An anomaly about the relic sets them off chasing a mystery-but unknown to them, a much more powerful force is engaged in the same chase. Mexico's ruling party, the ultranationalist Mexica Tenochca, is intent on finding that artifact as well, because it contains a secret that could destroy the party utterly.
Through Tanzania and Zanzibar, into the rainforests of Madagascar, and across the Indian Ocean to Indonesia and the legendary site of the 1883 Krakatoa explosion, the Fargos and their ruthless opponents pursue the hunt-but only one can win. And the penalty for failure is death.Filled with the dazzling suspense and breathtaking action that are Cussler's trademarks, Lost Empire is a stunning new novel from the grand master of adventure.
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By Joanna on 09-16-10
Lost Along the Way
Having loved Cussler's book, Spartan Gold, which first introduced us to treasure hunters Sam and Remi Fargo, I was excited to embark on this second listen with this dynamic duo. In this tale, Sam and Remi find a relic left from an eccentric, yet brilliant, sea captain. This embroils them in a web of deceit. The current President of Mexico is erroneously campaigning that Mexico's roots began with the Aztec Empire. Sam and Remi must be silenced lest they divulge his lies, and our heros are now on their own mission to find the truth behind the story of this captain's ship, and it's watery grave using cryptography.
In Spartan Gold it was non-stop entertainment, traveling with them through their swashbuckling exploits in an Indiana Jones-type, thrill-a-minute adventure. Alas, I was disappointed with Cussler's second undertaking. This "book" gave me "whiplash." One minute the story was fun and action-packed. The next minute the lengthy, boring, overly-detailed narrative was putting me to sleep. Think Dan Brown on steroids. Cussler created a VERY complex plot in this book, which could have been great, but there were passages after passages of explanations of historical events, background information, science, anthropology, cryptography, and, of course, the details of the plot itself. WAY too much going on. Scott Brick (who did an admirable job with this difficult narration) was required to drone on and on and on and on... you get the idea.
Then the storyline would switch gears and Sam and Remi would get back to being treasure hunters, the role which makes them so endearing, and it would draw me back in. This back and forth pace of the book was frustrating. The slow parts made it very difficult for me to stay engrossed all the way through the listen.
On the positive side, if you would enjoy in-depth history of the Aztec Empire, keeping track of intricate plot details, and can handle umpteen chapters of tedious cryptography, you might really enjoy this book.
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By Nate_D on 07-18-17
Best one yet!
So far, this is the best book in the Fargo's series! I have quite enjoyed all of them, but this one stands out as such a fantastic book. The story is simply great! Epic and personal all at the same time. I feel like the Sam and Remy characters were broadened and deepened in this book, and it was really fun to read! Kept me on the edge of my seat the entire way!
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