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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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What did you love best about Lost Empire?
The discovery of intertwining facts and scattered puzzle pieces. I love a mystery that is at the same time tied to history, even if it is a bit of fiction.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Of course, the Fargos!
What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
He has a strong voice and a great voice for separating the characters. These books have at their heart the protagonist and the antagonist seeking the same objective while at the same time being read by a man who can help you despise the villain and cheer for the heroes. He is not as good with the female voices, but you still can tell the difference.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
Not as much as the first one. It was funny at times and I did chuckle a few times out loud. This one was a bit more fun and captivating than emotional.
Any additional comments?
I like archeology and the "Indian Jones" feel is something I enjoy. Of course these books are a bit far fetched when it comes to the type of situations the main characters find themselves, but still it makes for a fun and "FICTIONAL" read. Just enjoy!
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