Treasure-hunting team Sam and Remi Fargo’s search for a Romanov fortune brings them into perilous contact with an ambitious neo-Nazi clan in this New York Times bestselling adventure.
In 1918, a ransom of enormous size was paid to free the Romanovs from the Bolsheviks, but, as history knows, the Romanovs died anyway. And the ransom? During World War II, the Nazis stole it from the Russians, and after that--it vanished. Until now.
When a modern-day kidnapping captures the attention of husband-and-wife team Sam and Remi Fargo, the couple soon learn that these long-lost riches may be back in play, held in trust by the descendants of a Nazi guerrilla faction called the Werewolves. It is their mission to establish the Fourth Reich, and their time is coming soon.
As the Fargos follow the trail across Europe, Northern Africa, and South America, they know only one thing. This quest is greater than anything they have ever done--it is their chance to make someone answer for unspeakable crimes, and to prevent them from happening again.
The focus of bestseller Cussler's tepid ninth Sam and Remi Fargo adventure (after 2016's Pirate, also coauthored with Burcell) is the Romanov ransom, treasures collected by the Dowager Empress Maria Feodorovna in 1918 in a doomed effort to buy the freedom of Czar Nicholas II and his family from the Bolsheviks. No such ransom was ever paid, so the massive trove is somewhere out there waiting for either the Fargos or several varieties of bad guys to find. The authors trot out the usual mix of international travel, Nazis, Russian crime families, double crosses, deadly shoot-outs, hairsbreadth escapes, and lively banter between Sam and Remi, but it all seems a little stale. Even series fans will hope that Cussler cranks up the heat next time and tackles two real-life mysteries mentioned only in passing in this installment: the Amber Room, looted by the Germans during WWII from a Russian palace and never recovered, and the legendary Nazi gold train, supposedly still awaiting discovery in a Polish mine.
Love this series. This book is full of adventure, intrigue and moves rapidly. Could not put down. I love how Sam and Remi get themselves out of perilous situations. Highly recommend for all Clive Cussler fans.
The Romanov Ransom
No one weaves a story like Clive Cussler: history, characters, and "present day" intertwined like. A tapestry that brings joy to the reader. Sam and Remi Fargo are such interesting characters; a great addition to the line-up of the Cussler "family".
For a Cussler novel this was letdown.
The characters and plot were predictable from the start.