The Kingdom is Clive Cussler's third Fargo Adventure.
Whether it's lost treasure or missing persons, the Fargos find themselves in a heap of trouble every time . . .
When Texas oil baron Charlie King contacts Sam and Remi Fargo he has an unusual request. He hired an investigator - and good friend of the pair - to locate his missing father in the Far East. But now the investigator has vanished. Would Sam and Remi be willing to look for them both?
Though something about the request doesn't quite add up, Sam and Remi agree to help out.
It's a journey that takes the Fargos to Tibet, Nepal, Bulgaria, India, and China. They get mixed up with black-market fossils, a centuries-old puzzle chest, the ancient Nepali kingdom of Mustang, a balloon aircraft from a century before its time . . . and an extraordinary skeleton that might turn the history of human evolution on its head. Oh, and not a few unfriendly people with guns and itchy trigger fingers . . .
Clive Cussler, author of the celebrated Dirk Pitt novels Treasure of Khan and Valhalla Rising, presents the third novel in his newest series, following the adventures of treasure hunters Sam and Remi Fargo. The Kingdom follows Spartan Gold and Lost Empire.
Praise for Clive Cussler:
'Cussler is hard to beat' Daily Mail
'Cussler is the guy I read' Tom Clancy
In Cussler and Blackwood's rousing third adventure featuring treasure hunters extraordinaire Sam and Remi Fargo (after Lost Empire), the couple get on the trail of a sacred object, the Theurang, "said to have been a life-sized statue of a man-like creature or... the skeleton of the creature itself." Or maybe it's a chest holding the creature's bones. Reclusive wealthy entrepreneur Charles King (aka "King Charlie") is also searching for this artifact. King's girlfriend, Zhilan Hsu, and their grown children, Russell and Marjorie, will stop at nothing to fulfill King's deadly demands. As in the previous volumes, the action ricochets around the globe, with Sam and Remi making one astounding discovery after another while they decipher cryptic clues, exchange banter, and escape otherwise inescapable dangers. Fresh prose, a smart and amusing husband-and-wife team, interesting history and science, and a wildly imaginative plot all add up to a good time for Cussler's many fans as well as series newcomers.
What can I say; a critical disadvantage of buying an e-book is that you can't put the book to another use after reading. Perhaps as a doorstop, to level a piece of furniture or to use as a projectile. These would be suitable uses for this book as it repeats the previous formulaic plotting of other books in this franchise. Astounding plot compression sits side by side with elaborate detail that demonstrates just how much the author knows about his subject. Ingenious use of words in the wrong context provides some diversion as belief is suspended to a degree only possible in an alternative dimension. I strongly suspect that there is some software in existence that generates random elements of plot structure; even the Apple Store blurb contains plot elements that are not even in the book.
Ho hum, i really do think that the infinite number of monkeys really do have a chance...