Husband and wife treasure-hunting team Sam and Remi Fargo ARE BACK in a brand-new thrilling adventure to find an ancient scroll which carries a deadly curse . . .
In North Africa, the last Vandal ruler consults an ancient oracle on how to defeat the invading Byzantine army. It tells the king that a high priestess cast a curse upon the Vandal Kingdom after a sacred scroll was stolen, and in order to lift the curse, the scroll must be returned to its rightful home.
But the kingdom falls before the scroll is found, leaving its location a great mystery. . .
At an archaeological dig funded by Sam and Remi Fargo, they uncover vital clues pointing to the scrolls whereabouts. But when a shipment of supplies intended for their charitable foundation's school is stolen, they have to put the search on hold to go to Nigeria and deliver the new supplies themselves.
Their mission becomes infinitely more complicated when they run afoul of a band of robbers. The group takes Remi and several students hostage, and there are signs that the kidnapping is related to the missing scroll.
The Fargos need all their skills to save the lives of the young girls at the school before they uncover the hidden treasure. . . and lift the deadly curse.
Praise for Clive Cussler:
'The Adventure King' Sunday Express
'Cussler is hard to beat' Daily Mail
In the prologue of bestseller Cussler's exceptional 11th Sam and Remi Fargo adventure (after 2018's The Gray Ghost, also coauthored with Burcell), Gelimer, the king of the Vandals, consults an oracle in a North African town in 533 C.E. Gelimer must retrieve a stolen scroll and return it to its rightful owner if his kingdom is to survive. The kingdom falls before he can find the scroll, whose location remains a mystery until the present day, when some clues turn up in an archaeological dig sponsored by Sam and Remi's foundation. Meanwhile, the theft of a shipment of supplies to the girls' school the Fargos support in Nigeria prompts the couple to travel from California to Africa to deliver replacement supplies. The subsequent kidnapping of Remi and some of the school girls by robbers appears to be related to the missing scroll. Witty dialogue, loads of detail about the local culture and food, and plenty of red herrings will delight Cussler fans. This entry may be the best yet in the series.