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Sam and Remi Fargo, multimillionaire treasure hunters, prove they can wield automatic weapons as well as they can metal detectors in the fun fourth Fargo novel (after 2011's The Kingdom) from bestseller Cussler and new collaborator Perry. A German archeologist friend, Albrecht Fischer, calls on the couple for help in excavating an ancient battlefield he's discovered in Hungary. A lucky find on one of the dead soldiers buried in the battlefield leads to a succession of five treasure troves hidden by Attila the Hun, culminating in his legendary tomb. Also searching for the tomb and treasure is greedy Arpad Bako, a wealthy businessman who runs a medical factory and considers himself a direct descendent of Attila the Hun. The many treasures shift back and forth between Bako and the Fargos while other villains seek to stop Sam and Remi. This adventure series stands as one of the crown jewels in the Cussler empire. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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As treasure hunters Sam and Remi Fargo (The Kingdom) begin a quiet underwater dive off the Louisiana coast, they notice a boat shadowing them. They later receive a call from their archaeologist friend, Dr. Albrecht Fisher, who has discovered an unusual battlefield site in Szeged, Hungary; lying in full battle dress, the dead warriors appear to have been murdered rather than killed in combat. When Albrecht is kidnapped by a crazed Hungarian drug boss who believes himself to be a direct descendant of Attila the Hun, the Fargos travel to Hungary to rescue him. As they embark on the treasure hunt of their lives through Hungary, Italy, France, Transylvania, Russia, and Kazakhstan, they must deal with thieving treasure hunters, a Russian mob boss, and the Hungarian who always seems to be one step ahead of them. Verdict Partnering with the Edgar Award-winning Perry (The Butcher's Boy; Poison Flower), Cussler delivers another adventure of nonstop, nerve-wracking suspense.-Cynde Suite, Bartow Cty. Lib. Syst., Cartersville, GA (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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It could be the switch in coauthors (veteran mystery writer Perry takes over for Grant Blackwood), or the rather nifty story (an excavation of a historical site leads to a modern-day quest to find the lost treasure of Attila the Hun), but either way the fourth Fargo adventure is the best of the series so far. Danger abounds, of course, but it's the characters who sell the story. Sam and Remi Fargo, the husband-and-wife treasure hunters and globe-trotting adventurers, are likable and gutsy, not merely Indiana Jones-style stereotypes. The story moves at a brisk clip, leaping from location to location, with an assortment of colorful villains (including one extremely unpleasant fella who thinks he's descended from Attila) and plenty of verbal interplay between the two leads. Cussler seems to have entered the period in his lengthy career where he relies heavily on his collaborators and Perry is an A-lister but some very good books have been appearing with his name on them, and this is one his fans won't want to miss.--Pitt, David Copyright 2010 Booklist