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The Mayan Secrets (Fargo Adventures) [Hardcover]

Clive Cussler
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Book Description

3 Sep 2013 Fargo Adventures (Book 5)

The Mayan Secrets is the exceptional fifth Fargo Adventure novel by Clive Cussler.

Mexico, present day: a revelation of precious knowledge from the past has the power to change the course of humanity's future.

Treasure-hunting husband and wife team Sam and Remi Fargo are in Central America when they come upon a remarkable discovery - the skeleton of a man clutching an ancient sealed pot. Inside the pot is a well-preserved Mayan book, larger than any previously found by archaeologists.

The book contains astonishing information about the Mayans, about their cities, and about mankind itself. The secrets are so powerful that some people would do anything to possess them - as the Fargos are about to find out.

Before their adventure is done, men and women will die for the riches contained in the ancient book - and it's just possible that Sam and Remi may be among them . . .

With all the breakneck pace, wild imagination and high stakes thrills that Clive Cussler has made his own, The Mayan Secrets proves once again that the World's No.1 Adventure Writer is in a league of his own. It is the latest in the gripping Fargo Adventure series, following the bestselling titles Spartan Gold, Lost Empire, The Kingdom and The Tombs.

Praise for Clive Cussler:

'Clive Cussler is hard to beat' Daily Mail

'The guy I read' Tom Clancy

'The adventure king' Daily Express

Clive Cussler is the author or co-author of a great number of international bestsellers, including the famous Dirk Pitt® adventures, such as Crescent Dawn; the NUMA® Files adventures, most recently Zero Hour; the Oregon Files, such as The Silent Sea; and the Isaac Bell historical thrillers, which began with The Chase, and the recent Fargo adventures. He lives in Arizona.

--This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Adult (3 Sep 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399162496
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399162497
  • Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 3.2 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 665,150 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Clive Cussler began writing novels in 1965 and published his first work featuring his continuous series hero, Dirk Pitt(R), in 1973. His first non-fiction, The Sea Hunters, was released in 1996. The Board of Governors of the Maritime College, State University of New York, considered The Sea Hunters in lieu of a Ph.D. thesis and awarded Cussler a Doctor of Letters degree in May, 1997. It was the first time since the College was founded in 1874 that such a degree was bestowed.

Cussler is an internationally recognized authority on shipwrecks and the founder of the National Underwater and Marine Agency, (NUMA) a 501C3 non-profit organization (named after the fictional Federal agency in his novels) that dedicates itself to preserving American maritime and naval history. He and his crew of marine experts and NUMA volunteers have discovered more than 60 historically significant underwater wreck sites including the first submarine to sink a ship in battle, the Confederacy's Hunley, and its victim, the Union's Housatonic; the U-20, the U-boat that sank the Lusitania; the Cumberland, which was sunk by the famous ironclad, Merrimack; the renowned Confederate raider Florida; the Navy airship, Akron, the Republic of Texas Navy warship, Zavala, found under a parking lot in Galveston, and the Carpathia, which sank almost six years to-the-day after plucking Titanic's survivors from the sea.

In September, 1998, NUMA - which turns over all artifacts to state and Federal authorities, or donates them to museums and universities - launched its own web site for those wishing more information about maritime history or wishing to make donations to the organization.

In addition to being the Chairman of NUMA, Cussler is also a fellow in both the Explorers Club of New York and the Royal Geographic Society in London. He has been honored with the Lowell Thomas Award for outstanding underwater exploration.

Cussler's books have been published in more than 40 languages in more than 100 countries. His past international bestsellers include Pacific Vortex, Mediterranean Caper, Iceberg, Raise the Titanic, Vixen 03, Night Probe, Deep Six, Cyclops, Treasure, Dragon, Sahara, Inca Gold, Shock Wave, Flood Tide, Atlantis Found, Valhalla Rising, Trojan Odyssey, Black Wind, Treasure of Kahn and Arctic Drift (the last three with his son, Dirk Cussler) as well as The Chase; the nonfiction books The Sea Hunters, The Sea Hunters II and Clive Cussler and Dirk Pitt (R) Revealed; the NUMA(R) Files novels Serpent, Blue Gold, Fire Ice, White Death, Lost City, Polar Shift, The Navigator and Medusa (written with Paul Kemprecos); and the Oregon Files novels Sacred Stone and Golden Buddha (written with Craig Dirgo) and Dark Watch, Skeleton Coast, Plague Ship and Corsair (written with Jack Du Brul).

Clive Cussler lives in Arizona.

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Review

The guy I read (Tom Clancy)

Cussler is hard to beat (Daily Mail) --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Clive Cussler is the author or co-author of a great number of international bestsellers, including the famous Dirk Pitt® adventures, such as Crescent Dawn; the NUMA® Files adventures, most recently Medusa; the Oregon Files, such as The Silent Sea; and the Isaac Bell historical thrillers, which began with The Chase, and the recent Fargo adventures. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love Remi and Sam 10 Nov 2013
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Once again Clive Cussler has hit the money with the Fargos. They are off the Mexican coast when a volcano erupts causing devastation in the area. Although they are over 3 days sailing away the Fargo's don their emergency evacuation plans and sail to save the day. Whilst on land with various equipment they uncover a cave that has been disturbed and find a Mayan pot which holds a codex mayan book dating from the 15th century. Needles to say every Tom, Dick and Harry are after this precious relic. Following there previous escapade their house is currently under revamp, so they store the mayan artefact in the house under there close protection systems and book into a hotel. The house is subject to a potential break in but was unsuccessful. This book, is a laid back adventure where you know they will become the heroes, but you cannot help but love the Fargos.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Oh dear the crown slips further 21 April 2014
Format:Hardcover
Having read all the Clive Cussler books (until I gave up on the Isaac Bell series after 5 tedious efforts), it's more and more clear that other than his name and some guidance, his co-writers are doing most of the work. That wouldn't be a problem, except that some are very hit and miss, although the excellent Jack du Brul is an exception.

So I read the latest Fargo adventure with more hope than expectation, having found them less than believable and just too "perfect". My hopes were pretty much dashed. No energy, no real plot, absolutely no suspense even when our "heroes" were in fear of their lives. A smile, a hug and yet again they escaped to live another boring stage of this adventure.

<SPOILER ALERT>
The British "baddie" was a rich spoilt girl who just happened to be linked with a drugs cartel, allowing them to grow drugs on her estate - really? Every scene she was in read like something out of a fashion magazine, and she never once gave the impression of having much between the ears. The two main "hit men" were more "Morecambe and Wise", as soon as things turned bad they ran back to her to say "Sorry". The deaths of all 3 at the end had all the dramatic impact of reading an optician's chart.

However my main issues were with two aspects of the plot. <MAJOR SPOILER ALERT>. With overwhelming forces opposing them, and with a few weapons and no hope, are we really to believe that Sam all of a sudden turns out to have worked for a deep black ops force. Not only that, but one phone call and they turn up at a moment's notice in Guatemala with high-tech helicopters and weapons, and just trash the opposition. Lazy, lazy, lazy.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Mayan Secrets are no thrills for the reader!! 16 Dec 2013
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Having read all of Clive Cussler's books I look forward to getting my hands on a new one. This one however is a real poor read and would seem he has written it to possible comply with the publishers request for more books. There seems to be no real story line, no continuity and the end could have been written by a 10 year old. It is so out of character and something we have never been told about Sam and even Remi is in the dark about his past or this part of it. The end seems to be from someone that has no idea as to how to end the book which makes for a real disappointing read. Sorry Clive, you must do better!!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Disapointing 29 Oct 2013
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Found it not up to expectation .I find the NUMA books more exiting . Found some of the chapters rather boring and the end ones ended the story quite quickly,as though the writer wanted to end in a rush.
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3.0 out of 5 stars the series is flagging 21 Oct 2013
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The series is becoming repetitive now it has reached book number five. If you enjoyed the others as I did you'll probably enjoy this but I'm not sure the series has much more mileage.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 10 July 2014
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Great read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic cussler 9 July 2014
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This is a quality mystery with the usual action thrown in
Great plot based on historical fact
A great read
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another first class novel 1 July 2014
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Clive Cussler continues to produce outstanding novels, very original and absorbing.There is no doubt he continues to be the master of adventure.
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