The search for a legendary automobile threatens the careers and lives of husband-and-wife team Sam and Remi Fargo in this thrilling new adventure in Clive Cussler's bestselling series.
In 1906, a groundbreaking Rolls-Royce prototype known as the Gray Ghost vanishes from the streets of Manchester, England, and it is only the lucky intervention of an American detective named Isaac Bell that prevents it from being lost forever. Not even he can save the good name of Jonathan Payton, however, the man wrongly blamed for the theft, and more than a hundred years later, it is his grandson who turns to Sam and Remi Fargo to help prove his grandfather's innocence.
But there is even more at stake than any of them know. For the car has vanished again, and in it is an object so rare that it has the capacity to change lives. Men with everything to gain and a great deal to lose have a desperate plan to find it--and if anybody gets in their way? They have a plan for that, too.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
If you like action-packed adventure, you’ll love The Gray Ghost, a rollicking story of murder, hidden treasure, and devastating wartime secrets. Clive Cussler teams up with former police officer Robin Burcell to bring back treasurehunters Sam and Remi Fargo—who embark on a mission to find a legendary turn-of-the-century automobile, clear the name of an accused murderer, and recover a cache of valuables. With its relentless pace and vibrant characters, this thriller made us lose track of time as we flew to the last page.
Bestsellers Cussler and Burcell's refreshing 10th Sam and Remi Fargo adventure (after 2017's The Romanov Ransom) benefits from a clever flashback device. In 1906, Isaac Bell, the hero of the Cussler series featuring the men and women of the Van Dorn Detective Agency, apprehends a group of thieves who have stolen $1 million and a prototype Rolls Royce known as the Gray Ghost. In the present day, the same car is again stolen, and treasure hunters Sam and Remi agree to search for the immensely valuable car for two reasons: this sort of offbeat case is catnip to the Fargos, and the owner, Albert Payton, the seventh Viscount Wellswick, happens to be a distant relative of Sam's. Many of the clues to the Fargo investigation are found in a close reading of a journal kept by Albert's grandfather, the fifth viscount, detailing Bell's exciting 1906 case. This imaginative mix pumps new energy into a series that has shown signs of tiring in recent entries.
I couldn’t put it down
I enjoyed reading this book as I have reading all of Clive Cusslers other books. I enjoyed the new characters in this book and will continue reading his books.
The First Person Diary
Unfortunately I wasn’t a big fan of this book. I love the Sam and Remi adventures, but they decided to weave in a “diary reading” device to tell backstory on the car and it was told in first person. The bouncing between 1st and 3rd was just tedious as I didn’t find the diary portions all that interesting (basically they weren’t needed for the main plot). I was hoping it would redeem in the end and there would be this moment where I would realize where the treasure was because it was “in the diary pages” like they said it would be. That didn’t happen. Also, Isaac Bell was a character in the backstory and it felt like a marketing attempt to get me interested in that line of books.
The Gray Ghost
Couldn’t put it down.