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With Spartan Gold, Clive Cussler introduced husband-and-wife treasure-hunting team Sam and Remi Fargo. In their electrifying new adventure, the Fargos make a startling discovery that others would kill to keep hidden.... While scuba diving off the coast of Tanzania, Sam and Remi Fargo come upon a relic from a long-lost Confederate ship. An anomaly about the relic sets themWith Spartan Gold, Clive Cussler introduced husband-and-wife treasure-hunting team Sam and Remi Fargo. In their electrifying new adventure, the Fargos make a startling discovery that others would kill to keep hidden.... While scuba diving off the coast of Tanzania, Sam and Remi Fargo come upon a relic from 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 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."...

Title : Lost Empire
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Lost Empire Reviews

  • Neeka
    2019-01-16 12:37

    Some of the reviews that I have read I honestly find amusing.... people have stated that this is unrealistic, the Fargos don't act like typical couple that are in their 30's, one reader complained that he spent the entire novel wondering what the Fargos looked like, and also that Clive Cussler is a racist due to how he portrayed the "evil" people in this book.Well, it's an action adventure book about a couple who are treasure hunters. I don't see the problem with this at all... do you read these type of books due to it being realistic? I know that I don't. I also know that these stories are just stories - an escapism from the reality of life. Why not escape to tropical islands, Africa, and jet around the world looking for Aztec signs? No one complains that Nancy Drew is not realistic (seriously people would stop inviting her anywhere if she ran across that many people murdered or things stolen - why she is only a teenager and she knows better than the police... I have never once read a review like that) people really confuse me. If you want to read a true story - the read Non-fiction for crying out loud - but then I guess you wouldn't have something to bitch about. Wouldn't it be nice if people that are extremely rich and are in their 30's chose to act like the Fargos instead of partying and doing drugs and what not? Wouldn't it be nice to have values and want to know more about the history of the world than with what Kim Kardashian is wearing or what her baby is going to be named?People are going to bitch about what they are going to bitch about - I enjoyed this novel. Yes, I know it is unlikely that anything like this will ever happen and I could only hope that I had enough money to be able to jet around looking into archeology and treasure hunting... these books are not written to be Non-Fiction they are written to escape from your life! To take you down a fun story that will never happen but that is one of the reasons why we read these type of stories from Cussler and authors like him. I thoroughly enjoyed this NOVEL and it also got me interested in finding out more about the Aztecs and other little tidbits of history that were in this novel.This book is not for you if you want to nitpick every little thing and bitch and complain that things are not realistic. If you like adventures, treasure hunting, and a story that will have you thinking about it even when you are not reading - and you even like the plots that will never happen - then this is a novel for you.

  • Andrea
    2019-02-10 20:36

    Why do I keep coming back to the Fargo adventures? Because this needs to happen in my life.TOMB RAIDER X UNCHARTED FOREVER!!!Until my fangirl dreams are fulfilled I am going to be content with the second best thing - Clive Cussler's husband/wife treasure-hunting duo on a track to a new adventure. This time Sam and Remi are pursuing the lost ship that might change recorded history of early Latin America. There is zero character development, convenient conflict resolutions, and non-stop action - everything you need to dull your video gaming itch. Enjoyable fluff.

  • Andreea Daia
    2019-01-29 13:29

    There are quite a few issues I see with this novel, but overall, The Lost Empire is a serious improvement compared with Spartan Gold, the first book in this series. I'm torn apart between giving it credit for the changes in good or penalizing it for the remaining issues.The good:1) The kind of details that abounded in Spartan Gold (see my review) are gone and most of the remaining details are relevant or at least interesting. Since this was the most irritating issue that I found with the previous book, I believe the largest part of the improvement comes from here.2) Although Sam and Remi still have a nonchalant attitude about the whole adventure, there are no more near-death experiences followed immediately by spa treatments or other completely unrealistic form of relaxation. In fact the ending has quite a bit of suspense which is completely missing in Spartan Gold.3) Maybe I should have listed this comment first: this novel made me dream (even more), if not about treasure-hunting, at least about exploring the world.The bad:1) The characters are most definitely bi-dimensional: the good are wonderful (skilled in tens of domains, warmhearted, charitable, learnt), and the bad are terrible (cold-blooded, ugly, and quite stupid too). There is absolutely nobody in between, no angst, not fight between some good and bad options. The character descriptions are very impersonal, very... engineering-like, as if turning a person into an equation. Nonetheless, I see some improvement here too compared to the first book and Mr. Cussler is getting closer in succeeding to pen a character using dialog and action only.2) Sam and Remi still have that careless attitude, as if their life is a continuous vacation and they are not running a step ahead of professional killers. These books have all the elements of a thriller, yet, I would never call them thrillers.The others (there are my comments about facts which might or might not be an issue depending on the reader):1) Pretty much every person in the third world is willing to help them, some complete strangers, for free and at the risk of being killed by the bad guys. As far as I'm concerned this is not that bad. True, it's highly unrealistic, but in the end, I read and see all around me enough ugliness to enjoy reading about decent people who'd help a stranger.2) There are A LOT of coincidences, even if right at the beginning the author suggests (using dialog) that he doesn't believe in coincidences. To end, I have to give this book credit for what it is: an enjoyable adventure novel that made me muse where should I spend my next vacation.

  • Bandit
    2019-01-20 12:46

    I listened to this an audio book, it isn't the kind of book I'd read, I don't think, it's more like a movie I might watch if I want to turn my brain off. This book actually is pretty much an equivalent of an average hollywood action adventure flick. It's number 2 in a series, but it works as a stand alone. Sam and Remi Fargo are cardboard cutout action stars, gorgeous, supersmart, crafty, uber rich globetrotting adventurers/treasure hunters. The stumble upon a discovery that may rewrite the entire history of aztecs. Action a plenty, this book lacks that certain something that makes reading a unique experience, an opportunity to get inside someone's mind. There are not hidden thoughts here, it's all spelled out for the readers, all desires and motivations too, and who cares about thoughts anyway when there is so much action. The thing of it is that the book sort of works if you know what to expect and the historical aspects are very interesting as well as the best part of it. Scott Brick as always does a good job reading, he's really good at these sort of action stories. Bland, but entertaining enough for an audio book to walk or bike to.

  • Robin
    2019-02-09 20:33

    Read this one for love . . . My husband thought I'd enjoy the storyline and setting. And, I did -- the "historical" mystery was fun. But the writing! The portrayals of the characters were cartoonish and ugly. The Fargos are completely unbelievable as a wealthy couple in their mid-30s. Their depth of skill and experience definitely makes them older, and Cussler never establishes any plausible motivation for them getting involved in so much violence in pursuit of the bell. The African and Mexican characters are cardboard and just racist, really: I-am-third-world-therefore-I-am-megalomaniacal-and-corrupt.The whole book left me feeling both bored and covered in a thin coating of ick. Also, is Cussler underwritten by Apple computers? So much product placement!Cussler's books fly off the shelves in the library -- But I am delighted to be finished and can't see myself reading another one.

  • William
    2019-02-06 20:51

    A little too light with unbelievable escapes. I've never killed a snake unless my survival was at stake, even cobras. Yet the Fargo's seem to enjoy handling them.

  • Michael Shore
    2019-01-18 19:30

    I guess i am slowly losing it for Cussler's books. So many different verisons of Cussler and it seems to have watered down the brand, at least for me. I liked the book but it was just ok. Too many times i found myself skimming as the words just didnt seem as if i needed to read them. And the truth is, i didn't. Same formula as most of his books and if i hadnt read about 30 or more of them over the past 35 years, i might have liked this one.The other side of the coin is that i have found many more talented writers and more interesting books lately and this seems to pale. So, this could be the last Cussler i read but i will say this about Clive Cussler... He entertained me very well for a long time. All things must pass and on we gol

  • Jeff
    2019-01-31 14:34

    Poorly edited (i.e. discussing the Fibonacci sequence seen in the journal BEFORE actually finding it in the journal), with idiotic plotting (o.k., we know the bad guys are going to follow us, should we hire some muscle or maybe bring a gun or two? Nah, let's just go by ourselves), and know-it-all heroes (Hey, I just remembered, I took a single class about Aztec culture way back in college! Now we can read Aztec glyphs and discuss esoteric details of Aztec history like we're experts!)Cussler's original books were great. These licensed properties (much like Clancy's) are disappointing by comparison.

  • David
    2019-02-15 15:31

    Following their introduction in the novel Spartan Gold, this is the second Clive Cussler book featuring husband and wife treasure-hunting team Sam and Remi Fargo.In this adventure Sam and Remi stumble upon an ancient relic from a long-lost Confederate ship whilst scuba diving in Tanzania. This is the catalyst for a secret that could even bring down Mexico's ruling party. A secret that is worth killing for.The Fargos are pursued ruthlessly through Tanzania, Zanzibar, the rainforests of Madagascar, and Indonesia to the site of the 1883 Krakatoa explosion. The stakes are high. Find the secret, solve the mystery or die!I really am enjoying this new series of adventure novels from Cussler. In fact the only reason I rate this book 4 stars and not 5 is that I find the Fargos a trifle annoying with their flippancy at times. Despite the danger they are in, they tend to treat life like one long vacation. Frightening near-death experiences are followed by a massage or a dinner for two and a glass of wine. Maybe the larger than life personas could be just toned down a tad! Overall, a most enjoyable and absorbing novel of adventure escapism that is sure to please Cussler fans and lovers of clean-cut adventure fiction everywhere.

  • Jerry
    2019-02-07 18:22

    Synopsis: Adventurers Sam and Remi Fargo stumble across an old bell while vacationing in Zanzibar. They soon discover that it was part of the Civil War battleship Shenandoah, which had been sold to Zanzibar's sultan and then disappeared. Unfortunately, someone else wants that bell bad enough to kill the Fargos for it, and Sam and Remi's journey to find its secrets and save it will take them all over the planet.Review: What a surprise! I had never read a Clive Cussler novel before, but this one was so much fun, I blew through all 498 pages in about an hour or so! Plenty of action and intensity, along with only a small amount of objectionable content, made Lost Empire a great read. I only wish I had read the first Fargo Adventure previously, but, oh, well.Content Concerns: Small dashes of profanity, along with some intense action/violence, though it never goes beyond "PG" territory.Score: 4.25/5

  • Morris Graham
    2019-02-04 19:40

    When Sam and Remy Fargo, famous treasure hunters, find a ship's bell off the coast of Tanzania, Africa, they embark on a quest to unravel a 150 year old mystery. The story travels across the world involving Mexican politics, the Aztec empire, a post civil war union spy, and seven caves in Indonesia with teasure both real and archaological. The author is absolutely amazing in his details of skin diving, flying both a helicopter and plane, operating boats, his grasp of foreign places and cultures, all the while weaving a historical and archeaological fiction tale, wrought with tension and danger throughout. This book grabs you from the start and doesn't let go!Now one of my favorite books. i will be reading more of Clive Cussler's stuff. Great read!

  • Syrdarya
    2019-01-17 16:41

    Sam and Remi Fargo are vacationing off the eastern coast of Africa when they discover something that may prove that the Aztecs originated over in that direction. A Mexican Aztec-centered political party wants this evidence first, and so they send a hitman after the Fargos. This is very much an action book. There are long fight sequences, and I was unsure exactly what the Fargos wanted to do (document a nineteenth-century adventurer's life? find the bell? find the ship? send Aztec historical research in a new direction?) for much of the book. It was okay, and provided a lot of interesting information, but I probably wouldn't read it again.

  • James
    2019-02-09 12:37

    The second installment of the treasure-hunting husband-and-wife team of Sam and Remi Fargo. The typical adventures and historical tidbits of a Cussler novel. Though once or twice I was looking over the main characters' shoulders. The story involves the possible origin of the A_____s. It includes locations such as I____a, M______r and Z____r. Oh, my. And the gigantic 1883 explosion that had global repercussions for several years afterward. A quick and light read to refresh your mind before you delve into your next heavy read.

  • Amanda
    2019-01-28 14:51

    I enjoyed this read - like the lack of gore and foul language, but I did get a little lost and still have no idea what the heck the deal was with the Aztecs and the Mexican president and why he had his knickers in a bunch to keep some information a secret - which it still is to me, as I have no idea what the secret was about the Aztecs that was such a big deal. I may have skimmed over that part. Overall, fun adventure.

  • Jeanne
    2019-02-13 12:29

    There were many exciting, nail-biting moments, but way too much historical commentary and detail for my taste. Just OK for me, mainly because when it was on-the-edge-of-your-seat exciting, it was amazingly suspenseful. 4 out of 10 for me.

  • Patricio
    2019-01-25 14:37

    El misterio del libro me ha gustado mucho y me ha tenido bastante enganchado pero el como esta escrito y la pareja protagonista y sus conversaciones no me han gustado nada.

  • Chris Norbury
    2019-01-22 20:41

    I enjoyed Cussler's/Blackwood's style--sophisticated, dry wit, with a certain elegance and rhythm to the prose.The plot, while interesting, left me with many questions about how much of the Aztec story was true and what was a fabrication. I thought the details around all the research and historical data bogged the pace down in several places. Overall, if someone is interested in ancient Aztec history and/or migrations of indigenous peoples from one part of the world to another far away, this makes for an interesting read.One minor obvious miss on the plot's logic jumped out at me. The Fargos are independently wealthy. Why the hell can't they afford to hire a small army to protect them in the wild when they are on their dangerous treasure hunts so they won't get ambushed, or captured, or nearly killed?? I know, I know--because there would be no drama, suspense, or thriller aspect to the story. :-) Just an observation from a suspense writer who works hard to be as realistic as possible with his plots and tries to anticipate challenges like those as he writes his stories. ;-)I imagine Cussler/Blackwood fans will enjoy this. Newcomers to Cussler will find this a worthy introduction. Probably makes sense to read the first book in the Fargo series first.

  • Dale Young
    2019-01-30 14:42

    This is a good adventure novel. The only thing that I don't like about the Fargo books is that the two main characters, husband and wife team Sam and Remi, barely show any affection towards each other. I realize it's an adventure novel and not a romance novel, but the lack of affection is so obvious it almost makes me think the Fargo novels were written for children, sort of like the old Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew mysteries.I'm not saying the novels need graphic sex scenes or anything like that, I'm just saying that Sam is portrayed as a smart, tough dude who repeatedly engages in acts of derring-do. Few women would be able to keep their hands off a guy like that. But other than a random kiss on the cheek, it almost seems like Remi is just completely oblivious to the fact that she's married to a man that can give Indiana Jones a run for his money as an adventurist.Other than that, Clive Cussler delivers another good adventure novel. I've been reading his stuff since the early 80's and I will probably finish the Fargo series even though the two main characters act more like brother and sister than husband and wife.

  • Oldmaster1818
    2019-02-15 14:27

    Sam and Remi's adventure takes them across the islands of Zanzibar, Madagascar and down through the Sunda Strait and into Sumatra. On the surface it sounds good, but boy does this book take a long time getting there.Unlike the first Fargo adventure (which I loved) this novel is really all about a stupid bell and a lost ship. Oh, and some useless Mexicans. The story limps along like a dying seagull and spends 200 pages going nowhere. Where is the exciting globe trotting, the suspense of discovery, the underwater and cave exploration? Instead we get a very slow Selma and team internet / historical investigation. Quite boring actually.I give the book 3 stars- one for Sam, one for Remi (because as characters I really like them) and one for the ending (which was okay).

  • Mark Boyd
    2019-02-07 14:51

    Sam and Remi, our globe trotting, adventure seeking, dynamic duo, on another great adventure. Clive and Grant Blackwood present another great adventure, drawing you into their world of mystery and adventure. This time you travel to Africa, Madagascar and many tropical islands in search of ancient Aztec history and treasure, one man in the late 1800's, had discovered. Finding the bell to a Confederate War Ship with the name Ophelia inscribed starts the race. A great story and entertaining read...Clive rocks.

  • Arnau
    2019-01-20 19:40

    El final de la historia la salva de las dos estrellas. Cussler siempre sorprende con los finales. Aún así, como siempre, personajes buenos y malos, muy estereotipados, siendo unos superhéroes sin casi problemas y los otros muy malos que nunca se salen con la suya. Demasiado maniqueo. Las descripciones de las embarcaciones muy técnicas; rasgo típico de su escritura. Descubrimientos interesantes en materia precolonial americana.

  • Ron
    2019-02-08 13:33

    I love the action/adventure genre and it is difficult to find books that are not filled with bad language, sex, and violence. This book was squeaky clean and fast-paced which I appreciated. I would have given it a higher rating except for two things. The dialogue between the two key characters is often corny at best. I also don't have any interest in what wines wealth will buy you when you pause to relax at a five start resort. I did like the book and I will read more in the series.

  • Judy
    2019-02-03 14:36

    This is another in the classic action series of Sam and Remi Fargo and their ongoing adventures treasure hunting. See original review about the series at This story is about a great Mayan treasure and takes the reader from Tanzania, to Zanzibar, and onto Krakatoa.

  • Ollie James
    2019-02-12 14:49

    My first experience with the Fargo Adventures, I immediately fell in love with the husband and wife treasure seeking team of Sam and Remi Fargo. They have a relationship akin to Nick and Nora from the Thin Man series which adds a whole new layer to their already entertaining adventure. I look forward to experiencing more of this side of the Cussler universe!

  • Shauna
    2019-01-24 12:35

    Remy and Sam Fargo have found another lost treasure. This time a Lost Boat from the 1800’s from the USA, found in Indonesia. The secret of the Aztec Indian migration might be revealed with the find of the lost boat.Love the history content of these mysteries and the James Bond adventures.

  • Eddy Bryant
    2019-02-09 13:23

    This is the second book I have read in this series. Filled with action. The writing was good. I just wasn't thrilled with the story and the reason for the bad guys to do what they did. I will give the series another read sometime, but I may try the Dirk Pitt books first.

  • Mark Hanson
    2019-01-25 19:51

    I really enjoy the Fargo series. Engaging historical Indiana Jone-ish plot with a couple that loves each other without needing to make the physical relationship any part of the storyline.

  • Jeff Fambrough
    2019-01-23 18:23

    Excellent Clive Cussler with all the imagery and thought provoking excitement you need. The Fargo's are fearless.

  • Carlos Gil Denia
    2019-01-18 12:46

    Novelilla de aventuras entretenida, con personajes planos y muchos viajes por sitios exóticos. Lo normal y esperable.

  • Dusty Dirt
    2019-01-21 13:28

    For me, Cussler's style of writing is comfortable. I really enjoyed the adventure. Fargo's are fantastic.