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Husband-and-wife team Sam and Remi Fargo are in Mexico, when they come upon a remarkable discovery—the skeleton of a man clutching an ancient sealed pot, and within the pot, a Mayan book, larger than anyone has ever seen. The book contains astonishing information about the Mayans, about their cities, and about mankind itself. The secrets are so powerful that some people wo Husband-and-wife team Sam and Remi Fargo are in Mexico, when they come upon a remarkable discovery—the skeleton of a man clutching an ancient sealed pot, and within the pot, a Mayan book, larger than anyone has ever seen. 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, many men and women will die for that book—and Sam and Remi may just be among them.


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Husband-and-wife team Sam and Remi Fargo are in Mexico, when they come upon a remarkable discovery—the skeleton of a man clutching an ancient sealed pot, and within the pot, a Mayan book, larger than anyone has ever seen. The book contains astonishing information about the Mayans, about their cities, and about mankind itself. The secrets are so powerful that some people wo Husband-and-wife team Sam and Remi Fargo are in Mexico, when they come upon a remarkable discovery—the skeleton of a man clutching an ancient sealed pot, and within the pot, a Mayan book, larger than anyone has ever seen. 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, many men and women will die for that book—and Sam and Remi may just be among them.

30 review for The Mayan Secrets

  1. 5 out of 5

    Tim The Enchanter

    Posted to The Literary Lawyer.ca A Fun Romp Through the Jungle - 3 Stars If you have read any of the other books in this series written by Clive Cussler/Thomas Perry (previously Grant Blackwood) than you are pretty much assured that you know what you will get in this fifth installment. You are in for a bit of treasure hunting fun with a rich and superbly talent married couple. There are some bad guys, explosions, near death experiences and some scheming and conniving. While the series is a t Posted to The Literary Lawyer.ca A Fun Romp Through the Jungle - 3 Stars If you have read any of the other books in this series written by Clive Cussler/Thomas Perry (previously Grant Blackwood) than you are pretty much assured that you know what you will get in this fifth installment. You are in for a bit of treasure hunting fun with a rich and superbly talent married couple. There are some bad guys, explosions, near death experiences and some scheming and conniving. While the series is a tad formulaic, I still enjoy the adventures of Sam and Remi Fargo. Plot summary After a serious earthquake in Guatemala, the rich Super couple, treasure hunting, amateur archeologists Sam and Remi Fargo attend the country to provide assistance through some hard work and delivery of medical supplies. On a mountainous hike to a remote village, they quite literally stumble upon an as of yet undiscovered Mayan archeological site. It is here they discover a codex that is set to turn the understanding of the Mayan people on its ear. Of course, things are not easy and they face off again hitmen, drug runners and a uber-rich villain as they traipse across the jungle discovering treasure, hidden Mayan sites and narrowly avoiding death. The Good Fun Factor When I was a kid, one of my (many) dreams was to grow up to be a globe trotting archeologist who would spend his life discovering hidden cities and ancient treasure. Turns out I did not become a Canadian Indiana Jones but the interest in such things has always remained. Regardless of any fault you find in these novels, they deal with interesting ideas. The story involves real history and real historical mysteries. While it might add information to made the story more exciting, it manages to make history fun. There is treasure and priceless artifacts. What is not to love. While the characters lack any significant depth and they essentially possess any skill necessary to escape danger, they manage to be interesting if you accept them for what they are. Sometimes this means the storytelling is lazy as they always reach within the vast expanses of their minds to find the solution, it is fun in the way that McGuyver could get out a locked room with a q-tip and a stick of gum or the A-Team could build a functioning tank with a junk yard car, scrap metal and an industrial fan. Don't over think it. This will not be shortlisted for the Booker Prize. The Bad While fun, it is not especially creative. I would not read this series one after the other as it something for which you need to be in the mood. While you might eat salad every day for lunch, every once in a while it won't kill you to have a meatball sandwich. Sam and Remi Fargo are about as white bread as they come. You know they will always make the moral choice, use violence only when utterly necessary, will always help the downtrodden even when it puts them in danger and will never have a rough patch in their relationship. Yes. The characters are far too good to be true. Again, try not to over think it and you will make out just fine. Can this Book Stand Alone Yes. There characters tend to be reintroduced. There is minimal backstory and it plays very little into this story. If you are so inclined, you can read this one first with confidence. Final Thoughts If you are in the mood for a little literary junk food that has a sprinkling of history, treasure hunting, gun fighting and some saintly WASP's, this book might be for you. The first three novels were written by Clive Cussler/Grant Blackwood. Personally, I liked Blackwood's writing a lot more. I see that book six is using a new author so we will see where that leads us. Audiobook Notes This is narrated by Scott Brick. I love the guy. He is my go to narrator for the action adventure type novels. He has a deep and overly dramatic voice that is a perfect fit for these types of stories. Content Advisories It is difficult to find commentary on the sex/violence/language content of book if you are interested. I make an effort to give you the information so you can make an informed decision before reading. *Disclaimer* I do not take note or count the occurrences of adult language as I read. I am simply giving approximations. Scale 1 - Lowest 5 - Highest Sex - 1.5 If kissing falls under sex than there is some sexual content. Sam and Remi are know to chastely lock lips from time to time. There is the occasional reference to Remi's good looks and shapely physique and stunning beauty. There is nothing in the story that would make your grandma blush. Language - 2 The characters tend to avoid adult language. There are few potty words here or there but Sam and Remi contribute very little to the swear jar. Violence - 3 If Clive Cussler's name is on the cover, there has to be some violence. There is plenty of shooting and quite a few bodies litter the jungle. Surprisingly, the violence is less than the previous novels and tends to be mild in nature.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Gevera Piedmont

    Full of filler. I don't care what the Fargos ate, ever. Or what type of wine they had with their food or how that wine tasted. I don't need an exhaustive list of what they packed and in what type of luggage, or what the bad guys pack to come after them. Or every hose and connection they check in their vehicle before driving away. The plot wasn't that great to begin with and it really got dragged down with all this stupid unnecessary crap. Full of filler. I don't care what the Fargos ate, ever. Or what type of wine they had with their food or how that wine tasted. I don't need an exhaustive list of what they packed and in what type of luggage, or what the bad guys pack to come after them. Or every hose and connection they check in their vehicle before driving away. The plot wasn't that great to begin with and it really got dragged down with all this stupid unnecessary crap.

  3. 5 out of 5

    John Buxbaum

    I am very fond of Sam and Remi Fargo. I love the characters and their interactions. My favourite is Selma Wandrash. What a great character she is, I really want to see more involvement with Selma. MI really loved the line in the Tombs "be a good Selma". While a departure from the iconic Dirk and Family, Clive has really hit the mark with these characters. Their adventures are fun, entertaining, and thought provoking. My favourite has been and is book #4 "The Tombs". In this, the 5th book of the se I am very fond of Sam and Remi Fargo. I love the characters and their interactions. My favourite is Selma Wandrash. What a great character she is, I really want to see more involvement with Selma. MI really loved the line in the Tombs "be a good Selma". While a departure from the iconic Dirk and Family, Clive has really hit the mark with these characters. Their adventures are fun, entertaining, and thought provoking. My favourite has been and is book #4 "The Tombs". In this, the 5th book of the series head to Central America for an exploration of the Mayan culture, present and past. The primary antagonist in this book is not as strong as in previous book but interesting nonetheless. You will enjoy taking this person 'down'. There is a scene, near the end, where Sam's past is revealed to be something a bit more than he has led Remi (and us) to believe. It is perhaps a sign of deeper character development to come and was most satisfying. I have tried not to include any spoilers here. In closing I would not recommend you read this without having read the previous books (indeed this applies to the whole series as Clive has done a great job of building the story from book to book). It won't be your favourite entry but you will enjoy it. Have Fun!!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jason

    Sigh. Oh how I expected so much more from you, Clive! Cussler is one of the few novelists whose books fill three or four full bookshelves in the bookstore. This was my first venture into Cusslerland, if you will. I was really disappointed. I don't know how he managed it, but there was so much filler in this novel, yet there was so much nothing at the same time. He spends a lot of time telling us about what the characters pack in their bags to go on their little adventures and what they eat at the Sigh. Oh how I expected so much more from you, Clive! Cussler is one of the few novelists whose books fill three or four full bookshelves in the bookstore. This was my first venture into Cusslerland, if you will. I was really disappointed. I don't know how he managed it, but there was so much filler in this novel, yet there was so much nothing at the same time. He spends a lot of time telling us about what the characters pack in their bags to go on their little adventures and what they eat at the restaurant, but so little about what actually should be described to the reader in an adventure novel; namely, oh I dunno, the adventure!? For an adventure novel I really didn't feel like I was on an adventure. The novel is too thin for that. Literally, there aren't enough pages to describe what needed describing to make a good story out of this. The Fargo duo hops from one destination on the globe to another with the blink of an eye. Snap your fingers, they are in Europe; snap them again, they're back in America; again, Central America. Ugh, just stop for a second and tell us the damn story! And for as much "action" that takes place, I felt like the main characters experienced almost zilch in terms of danger or conflict. There wasn't enough there to make me feel like they had anything stopping them from the inevitable conclusion. They had too much going for them for me to believe they wouldn't succeed. Shocker, the bazillionaires with every resource at their command end up beating the bad guys - where's the fun in that? Cussler reminds me of a Danielle Steel type. They churn out novels at an alarming rate simply because they can, without taking time to develop a novel with substance. Probably on the lower side of 2 stars, more like 1.5. The only adventure I took was the walk to the bookstore and back home. I wish I could go on another to return this book. Alas, it was already used and can no longer be returned. The more you know.

  5. 4 out of 5

    David Roberts

    I am reviewing the novel The Mayan Secrets by Clive Cussler et al which is an excellent adventure story which I bought from a local supermarket. This book is part of the Fargo series about a married couple who are also treasure hunters and they often get into scrapes connected to that. The story kicks off in Guatemala in the 16th Century when soldiers try to hunt down ancient texts owned by the Mayans that a priest has been studying in the hope of learning about and which a rival priest has clai I am reviewing the novel The Mayan Secrets by Clive Cussler et al which is an excellent adventure story which I bought from a local supermarket. This book is part of the Fargo series about a married couple who are also treasure hunters and they often get into scrapes connected to that. The story kicks off in Guatemala in the 16th Century when soldiers try to hunt down ancient texts owned by the Mayans that a priest has been studying in the hope of learning about and which a rival priest has claimed are satanic. They hide at least one book which in the present day Sam & Remi, the treasure hunters find. A rival treasure collector who isn't interested in its history and just wants to own it is hot on their trail. She is an extremely wealthy heiress with her own private army at her disposal. The fargo's are also trying to help a nearby area with aid because it has an erupting volcano. They have to track down where the book came from and when the heiress takes it, prove it's been stolen and get it back. It results with a big battle in Guatemala and there is a happy ending when the find the book is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of historical artifacts. There is also a secret in the book and they fear the heiress may get it translated. It's an exciting story and one which I really enjoyed. The Fargo series is one of the best series that Cussler does and this is one of the better ones in the series. It has only just been published in hardback in Britain, presumably to take advantage of Christmas and the potential sales. I should think this book will do well.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kathy Davie

    Fifth in the Fargo Adventure archeology suspense series revolving around Sam and Remi Fargo, a pair of scrupulous and wealthy adventurers. My Take Well, it is a Cussler, so it is full of adventurous fun. The more outrageous, the better. And, yes, the writing is a step up from Tombs , 4, *shudder*, although Cussler/Perry still have issues with too much tell and too many info dumps, and it still reads too simply. It’s all fun and games from great white sharks to fending off pirates, escaping throu Fifth in the Fargo Adventure archeology suspense series revolving around Sam and Remi Fargo, a pair of scrupulous and wealthy adventurers. My Take Well, it is a Cussler, so it is full of adventurous fun. The more outrageous, the better. And, yes, the writing is a step up from Tombs , 4, *shudder*, although Cussler/Perry still have issues with too much tell and too many info dumps, and it still reads too simply. It’s all fun and games from great white sharks to fending off pirates, escaping through underground cisterns and rappelling from helicopters. But it reads too much like a congratulatory brag-up with Sam and Remi the so-very-modest heroes of the hour. Yes, they are wonderful, but must it be delivered in this suck-up manner? Nor do we get a sense of how tired, hungry, or aching they are. It’s like reading a simple diary of we did this and then we did that. As if Cussler/Perry started to fill in the outline and decided they didn’t need to put a lot of effort in. After all, it’s a “Cussler” and the suckers will buy it no matter what. I do love the improvements they’ve made on the house’s security. Okay, explain this to me. The Fargos and Caine know the rules about informing the government about archeological finds, and they’re going to hang onto the pot? They know there’s a danger of it being taken, so, hey why use the security of the Fargos’ house? Why not dump it in a public institution? Um, computer backup, anyone? Once Sarah Allersby delivers her threats, why aren’t the Fargos and Caine thinking ahead to the future? They must know her type? For that matter, shouldn’t Russell and Ruiz be a lot more savvy? As for the wicked Sarah. Oh, brother. She’s so one-dimensional that it’s embarrassing to read. Um, Caine talked to all sorts of people. How does he know which one he “mistakenly trusted before”? I do love how Sam and Remi circumvent this witch, LOL. It’s good and only works here because that’s how Cussler/Perry wrote it. God forbid they should come up with a villain with brains. Which leads to another quibble. How is it that Sam and Remi blithely breeze through all this? They rarely come up against any real opposition. And when the chips are down, everyone is in place. Pretty impressive…*excuse me while I gag* Oh, please, that scene in which Sam claims he “sees no other way out”? Sure I can see Sam saying it, but I can’t see Remi reacting to it as she does. Totally out of character. And, yeah, it’s still a step up, barely from Tombs , even if it does read more like a diatribe against tomb raiders. The Story The story takes up a few months after Tombs left off with the Fargos’ home---the new and improved---being put back together. While their domicile is being rebuilt, the Fargos are off adventuring. This time helping to tag great white sharks off the coast of Mexico when an earthquake hits and a volcano erupts. It’s Fargos to the rescue as they bring aid of all sorts to the towns hit by this twin disaster. All this rumbling has brought devastation but it also reveals that which was lost long ago. And if Allersby has her way, it’ll stay “lost” a few more years. But it’s not an option as far as Sam and Remi are concerned. There is no way they’ll allow Sarah Allersby to rape the Mayan heritage. The Characters Sam is former black ops of some sort, and Remi is a crack shot. Both Fargos enjoy the good life, but they spend their wealth giving it back. They employ Selma Wondrash as their chief researcher while Pete Jeffcoat and Wendy Corden are junior researchers who all work out of the Fargos’ La Jolla home. Zoltán is their alert German shepherd. Aboard the Marlow Explorer are: Captain Juan Sandoval, mate Miguel Colera, and the cook George Morales who make it easy for the Fargos to tag sharks. Part of the rescue team includes: Dr. Maria Garza and Dr. Christina Talamantes are both ER doctors, and Dr. Martinez is a surgeon. Both women doctors also come along on the trek to the volcano villages along with Raul and Paul Mendoza and a lawyer named José Sanchez. Dr. David Caine is an archeology expert specializing in the Mayans, and he teaches at the University of California-San Diego. Albert Strohm is the vice chancellor for Academic Affairs. Sarah Allersby is a British heiress who owns businesses and an extensive ranch, Estancia Guerrero, in Guatemala with more of an interest in wringing everything she can out of it. She’s a party girl with a reputation for taking what she wants as well as being an amateur archeologist and collector. With emphasis on collection. She’ll soon be just like her father. Alfredo Montez is the Minister of Culture for the Republic of Mexico, Mr. Juárez is his assistant, Special Agent Steven Vanderman of the FBI, and Milton Welles is with U.S. Customs. Russell and Jerry Ruiz love doing odd jobs for Sarah Allersby. Diego San Martin is the drug dealer using a part of Estancia Guerrero. Amando Gervais, Rico Sabas, and Santiago Obregón work for San Martin. The villagers in Santa Maria de los Montañas include: Father Gomez and Dr. Carlos Huerta are the first people Sam and Remi meet in town. Señora Velasquez is the padre’s housekeeper; Pepe is the village mechanic; Señor Alvarez owns the restaurant; Señor Lopez owns a shop; and, Carlos Padilla is their long-time mayor. Amy Costa is with the State Department in Guatemala City. Commander Rueda is sweet on Amy and inclined to support her. Tim Carmichael is the helicopter pilot in trouble; Art Bowen is his boss. Cobra One, Viper One, and Viper Two are friends who move really, really, really fast. In 1537 in what is now Guatemala Friar Bartolemé de Las Casas is a Dominican monk and Prior of Rabinal who believes in converting the Mayans one person at a time and giving them equal rights. He is also enthusiastic about the knowledge contained within the Mayan books. Kukulcan leads the people in Rabinal; Tepeu is his warrior son. The Cover The cover is a scene from the end when helicopter gunships take out armored cars, jeeps, and more helicopters in a small village just outside a Mayan ruin. The title may be The Mayan Secrets, but those secrets are more about those held by the good and bad guys in keeping the Mayan codices for themselves.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Trish Jackson

    Sam and Remy Fargo are a fabulously wealthy couple who have the kind of adventures most people can only dream of. In this story, they accidentally find an ancient Mayan book, or codex, which has a map of Mayan cities and sacred places in Guatemala that have never been discovered. They alert David Kane, a professor from UC who specializes in Mayan studies. When super wealthy heiress Sarah Allenby gets wind of the codex, she is determined to gain possession of it so she can get the credit for disco Sam and Remy Fargo are a fabulously wealthy couple who have the kind of adventures most people can only dream of. In this story, they accidentally find an ancient Mayan book, or codex, which has a map of Mayan cities and sacred places in Guatemala that have never been discovered. They alert David Kane, a professor from UC who specializes in Mayan studies. When super wealthy heiress Sarah Allenby gets wind of the codex, she is determined to gain possession of it so she can get the credit for discovering the ancient sites and sell the artifacts to buyers all over the world. When Sam and Remy refuse to sell it to her, she steals it. Sam and Remy do everything in their power to get it back, but it seems they have set themselves an impossible task. She has very powerful allies in Guatemala, including high-ranking government officials, who control the law enforcement authorities, and a notorious and ruthless drug baron. I think what I like the best about the Fargo series is that revenge is sweet and everyone always gets what they deserve in the end.

  8. 5 out of 5

    NICOLE SCRIBNER

    This book was well written in my opinion. Mr Cussler and Thomas Perry take us on an adventure comparable to that of Indiana Jones. There are so many mysteries, twists and turns along the way. He takes a prior military married couple who seek out adventure after adventure. Sam and Remi find the last one to be more embracing than their research project that they took on earlier, and their humanitarian project that they took shortly before. This Mayan adventure unravels many secrets over a four hun This book was well written in my opinion. Mr Cussler and Thomas Perry take us on an adventure comparable to that of Indiana Jones. There are so many mysteries, twists and turns along the way. He takes a prior military married couple who seek out adventure after adventure. Sam and Remi find the last one to be more embracing than their research project that they took on earlier, and their humanitarian project that they took shortly before. This Mayan adventure unravels many secrets over a four hundred year time span. However, with any good archaeological mystery, there are dangers and risks along the way. As Sam and Remi and a team of people work to put things back in order, and turn things back over to the proper authorities, see what challenges they embrace along the way. How do they handle it. I could go on and on, but I would rather not spoil the read for you. Enjoy. In my opinion, again, this was wonderfully written. I look forward to reading another book by Clive Cussler.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Bandit

    As always, adequate. It's difficult to impossible to rate the Fargo series any higher due to their formulaic nature and cardboard characters, but they serve their purpose. I listen to then in audio format with ever reliable Scott Brick doing the reading and it makes for a decent, undemanding of attention entertainment to walk and bike to. This one might have ended 2 discs ago, it sort of dragged on at the end, but it was fine. The beginning (the historical prologue) is always the best part. From As always, adequate. It's difficult to impossible to rate the Fargo series any higher due to their formulaic nature and cardboard characters, but they serve their purpose. I listen to then in audio format with ever reliable Scott Brick doing the reading and it makes for a decent, undemanding of attention entertainment to walk and bike to. This one might have ended 2 discs ago, it sort of dragged on at the end, but it was fine. The beginning (the historical prologue) is always the best part. From there on it's just a sort of bland mildly entertaining adventure.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Libby

    Only finished this book because it goes against my nature not to complete a book. The writing was on a middle school level and nothing like any other Clive Cussler book I've ever read. Disappointing is an understatement for this book. I'll stick with his other series. Only finished this book because it goes against my nature not to complete a book. The writing was on a middle school level and nothing like any other Clive Cussler book I've ever read. Disappointing is an understatement for this book. I'll stick with his other series.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Mercury

    Oh My God! This has to be one of the worst of Clive Cussler's! The plot only uses "Mayan Secrets" as a background and really there isn't anything more relating to Mayans in the plot. Replace "Mayan Secrets" with "Hoard of Illegal booze hidden in Texas" and the story could have still worked. The entire book is about events and scenes of the Fargos fighting with Sarah Allersby - who wants to usurp the map that leads to the "hoard of illegal booze hidden in Texas" Beyond this juvenile cat and mouse, t Oh My God! This has to be one of the worst of Clive Cussler's! The plot only uses "Mayan Secrets" as a background and really there isn't anything more relating to Mayans in the plot. Replace "Mayan Secrets" with "Hoard of Illegal booze hidden in Texas" and the story could have still worked. The entire book is about events and scenes of the Fargos fighting with Sarah Allersby - who wants to usurp the map that leads to the "hoard of illegal booze hidden in Texas" Beyond this juvenile cat and mouse, there really isn't any discussion of the "Mayan Secrets" AVOID!!!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    This book was about as expected. If you’ve ever seen the television show Heart to Heart (late 70's-early 80s), add a little violence and you’ve got Sam and Remi. I’m not going to knock it. It was fun, and I knew what I was getting into. I happened upon Tim’s Review which summed up my thoughts about it, pretty well. I liked that Tim gave a content advisory. I may add that to some of my reviews. This book was about as expected. If you’ve ever seen the television show Heart to Heart (late 70's-early 80s), add a little violence and you’ve got Sam and Remi. I’m not going to knock it. It was fun, and I knew what I was getting into. I happened upon Tim’s Review which summed up my thoughts about it, pretty well. I liked that Tim gave a content advisory. I may add that to some of my reviews.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Anandh Sundar

    I love the Fargo series and Cussler's books in general,but this one takes the reader for granted, almost being an insult to the reader's intelligence. Be it plot, action, climax or general themes, there was very little twists/unexpected stuff. I love the Fargo series and Cussler's books in general,but this one takes the reader for granted, almost being an insult to the reader's intelligence. Be it plot, action, climax or general themes, there was very little twists/unexpected stuff.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Samyann

    This review is specific to the first seven books of the Fargo series by Clive Cussler in audiobook format narrated by Scott Brick. All are published by Penguin Audio and are in the area of eleven to twelve hours of listening. Some of The Fargo Adventures have been co-authored with Grant Blackwood, Thomas Perry, Russell Blake or Robin Burcell. Early writings by Clive Cussler did not involve co-authors, however Cussler is in his mid-80s at this writing. All of these books cover a specific era of a This review is specific to the first seven books of the Fargo series by Clive Cussler in audiobook format narrated by Scott Brick. All are published by Penguin Audio and are in the area of eleven to twelve hours of listening. Some of The Fargo Adventures have been co-authored with Grant Blackwood, Thomas Perry, Russell Blake or Robin Burcell. Early writings by Clive Cussler did not involve co-authors, however Cussler is in his mid-80s at this writing. All of these books cover a specific era of ancient history and are rich with detail. There is a great deal of historical research, ergo co-authors. The Fargo Adventures series is in the tradition of all Cussler works, i.e., mysteries wrapped around history, a formula that defines his basic plot structure. The difference, in my opinion, is the married couple lead characters in this series, Sam and Remi Fargo, as opposed to the type A macho men, Dirk Pitt and Isaac Bell. The entire series revolves around ancient treasure, excavation, archeological digs, etc. Think DaVinci Code on steroids with a brilliant engineer and his historian wife as the lead characters, Sam and Remi. Or possibly Nick and Nora or Jonathan and Jennifer Hart with satellite cell phones and iPads. The leads chase clues galore across the world involving everything from deep sea diving to mountain climbing to hot air balloon escapes to spelunking. Exotic cities, exclusive hotels, and sumptuous dining experiences of the locales are explicitly described in each story. Remi and Sam are experts at and can do anything and are very philanthropic. All of their finds are turned over to the local governments or historical societies. The two are not ‘in it for the money’, but rather the adventure. At their California home/office is Selma and her staff. Selma is a researcher who finds answers to the most obscure elements of ancient history, makes travel and equipment arrangements for Sam and Remi, and knows what they need before they need it. The pair independently wealthy enough to have enviable lives traveling the world and getting themselves in and out of trouble, turning the tables on bad guys along the way. Although Sam and Remi are married and deeply in love, the entire series is squeaky clean, i.e., chaste kisses on cheeks. No gratuitous sex, no language issues as is true of all Cussler writing. Don’t hesitate to present as gifts to anyone. Regarding Scott Brick’s audiobook performances … well … it’s Scott Brick, ergo not much to say. He does a particularly great job with obscure accents and pronunciations. Male and female voices unique, no trouble discerning who-says-what-to-who, nice timing and tempo, solid productions. Spartan Gold, 2009 = Napoleonic history that begins with Sam and Remi finding a Nazi-era German mini-sub while scuba diving. Ancient bottles of wine found in the sub have them hunting for Napoleon’s lost cellar and more treasure. Lost Empire, 2010 = Aztec history. Very convoluted, complex story. Clues galore poof away during the story and are wrapped up in neat package in the Epilog. Not my favorite, but finding a mystery (no spoiler) in the Krakatoa volcanic ash is a very cool element of the plot. The Kingdom, 2011 = Nepal history. Sam and Remi are sucked into a mystery taking them from an egomaniacal Texas baron to Shangri-La! The Tombs, 2012 = A narcissistic maniac believes he is a descendent of Attila the Hun. Other greedy creeps simply want the riches found in a cadre of tombs, which results in a search for Attila’s final resting place - another tomb. The Mayan Secrets, 2013, opens in the 16th century with the sheltering of a book containing Mayan history. Sam and Remi battle to preserve a book found in an ancient clay pot. The resulting mayhem begins a wild adventure. In The Eye of Heaven, 2014, Cussler should have been tougher in the supervision of co-authoring, as the character of Remi has changed to be more of a liability for Sam - she acts like a spoiled child, often wanting to go home. The book might be better if he sent her. The two argue about strategy rather than scheme together as in previous novels - way too much ’sneering'. That, and after all they’ve been through, Remi is jealous? Really? That said, the story: How do ancient artifacts from the interior of Mexico wind up in the hull of a Viking ship found west of Greenland buried in glacial ice? Thus is the mystery of The Eye of Heaven. The Solomon Curse, 2015. Beneath the waters off the coast of Guatemala lay the structures of a village or town. A wealthy tycoon in Australia is up to no good. There are ancient tales of gold and jewels and yep: Giants! Sam and Remi spelunk their way through adventures and march through jungles to find treasure, dead bodies, and ancient dead bodies. Not quite as ‘thrilling’ as some of the books, but an enjoyable read. Since the books stand alone, jump in anywhere. Recommended for adventure lovers interested in ‘clean’ reads. Not great literature, just fun reading.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Meghant Parmar

    An ancient secret, present day adventurers, an accidental discovery and the race against time to protect the long lost remains of one of the most intriguing civilizations of the world from the hands of a rich mercenary and a spoilt brat. The story lives up to the expectations when it comes to drama, adventure, older descriptions, fascinating set ups, gun battles, planning,plotting and to top it all history which bears the brunt of it all. The book is easy paced and delivers various portions of a An ancient secret, present day adventurers, an accidental discovery and the race against time to protect the long lost remains of one of the most intriguing civilizations of the world from the hands of a rich mercenary and a spoilt brat. The story lives up to the expectations when it comes to drama, adventure, older descriptions, fascinating set ups, gun battles, planning,plotting and to top it all history which bears the brunt of it all. The book is easy paced and delivers various portions of action and history mingled up together to the readers. The ease of narration is another factor which works in favour of the readers. The book manages to maintain a steady tempo which is a prime asset in a historical fiction book. The downside of the book is it's very predictable nature which gives it up all too soon. The interest in reference to history dies down with time and the action takes precedence over historical relevance which makes it a torrid affair. The book losing out to a plain jane in the end. The story feeling dragged and a lot of other issues taking more limelight over history. All in all the story has something to offer to the history enthusiasts and adventure readers. It does manages to pull off surprises but let go a lot of potential scenario. The story moves along at a good pace but it fails to lighten up the sparks. It's a mixed affair and serves well as a one time adventure read.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Bruce Black

    I like the Fargo stories. They provide some historical background information that makes them interesting. The stories are entertaining, but don't have much depth. I find them like bubble-gum for the brain; a quick read with action and adventure. Unfortunately, Mayan Secrets just didn't quite get there with the villain. She was a spoiled rich girl that was stymied along the way by the Fargos. She meets her end, as do two of her henchmen, but not in a way that was consistent with what Cussler was I like the Fargo stories. They provide some historical background information that makes them interesting. The stories are entertaining, but don't have much depth. I find them like bubble-gum for the brain; a quick read with action and adventure. Unfortunately, Mayan Secrets just didn't quite get there with the villain. She was a spoiled rich girl that was stymied along the way by the Fargos. She meets her end, as do two of her henchmen, but not in a way that was consistent with what Cussler was trying to portray. I would have had a greater sense of satisfaction with her demise being financial ruin, along with her father who is only briefly referenced. For both of them financial ruin would have been a fate worse than death. The AH-64 Apaches seemed to be a cop out on how to beat the drug lords. That lacked creativity. It seemed as though the story boxed itself into a no win confrontation and to get out of it the Apaches were added to make it easier to take care of business. I also look forward to the Fargos running into an older, blue-eyed, gray-haired, bearded gentleman in their travels. That is generally amusing in the books and is treat to see how he is woven into the story. Mayan Secrets, however, left him out. I missed him; it's too bad. In summary - entertaining, a fun read, but not one of the better books in the series. Not quite three stars.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I love reading the Fargo Series! Especially this one (my fav so far) because, finally, I've already been in the area of the exotic locations Cussler describes so visually. The Real Hotel in Guatemala City is incredible. It was fun to read about and relive going to Central American archeology digs that are dear to my heart, about the interesting cultures, the food, the goodness of the people. I wish the authors would have included descriptions of the local villagers native hand woven dress. Color I love reading the Fargo Series! Especially this one (my fav so far) because, finally, I've already been in the area of the exotic locations Cussler describes so visually. The Real Hotel in Guatemala City is incredible. It was fun to read about and relive going to Central American archeology digs that are dear to my heart, about the interesting cultures, the food, the goodness of the people. I wish the authors would have included descriptions of the local villagers native hand woven dress. Colorful and timeless. Was impressed this started with humanitarian service, which is another topic dear to me. Yes, that is the most rewarding thing you could do. I've been to the museums in Central America and Europe and seen the artifacts referred to in this book. I could see that the authors did their homework on the technical information, geography, and simple things like the foods served. Look forward to more Fargo Adventures!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Bob

    Another Cussler and Co. Fargo adventure has the Couple battling wealthy English woman wo=ho has a huge land holding in Guatemala and likes to collect ancient artifacts, mostly by nefarious means. While on a rescue mission following an earthquake the Fargos come across an ancient Mayan manuscript (codex) which ends up plunging into a series of possibly deadly adventures. Another Cussler quick and fun read and I am glad this PB showed up on the Library desk..

  19. 4 out of 5

    Syndi Siahaan

    Sam and Remi Fargo discovered a new Mayan codex and have to prevent Sarah Allerby's intention to use it to her advantage. Clive Cussler describes everything very clearly, from the scenery to any items that everyone is wearing and packing. However, it seems a bit overboard when what he describes were not used in the story. The whole story itself is great and for those who don't have an archaeological background, including me, will have an adequate explanation about Mayan. Sam and Remi Fargo discovered a new Mayan codex and have to prevent Sarah Allerby's intention to use it to her advantage. Clive Cussler describes everything very clearly, from the scenery to any items that everyone is wearing and packing. However, it seems a bit overboard when what he describes were not used in the story. The whole story itself is great and for those who don't have an archaeological background, including me, will have an adequate explanation about Mayan.

  20. 4 out of 5

    S

    I love Sam and Remy Fargo and the adventures they have. There is nothing serious or mind provoking about these books, but rather they are pure entertainment. The Fargos always keep us entertained with their travels and their relationship is something we would all like … along with their standard of living and adventures. Yes, pure entertainment but an enjoyable read.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    He always does a good job with action and sucking you in. Sam and Remmy are my favorite of his many heroes. They are more relatable to me.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Danny

    **There are spoilers here but don't worry about it because all I am doing is saving you from reading a terrible book** Wow oh wow was this book bad. The story idea itself was ok but the writing was just plain horrible. I don't know why the author felt the need to write Sarah Allersby's name out in full every time Sarah Allersby was mentioned, example: The next afternoon, Sarah Allersby sat in her bedroom and looked at her computer. Posted on YouTube was a video of Sarah Allersby. And then there wer **There are spoilers here but don't worry about it because all I am doing is saving you from reading a terrible book** Wow oh wow was this book bad. The story idea itself was ok but the writing was just plain horrible. I don't know why the author felt the need to write Sarah Allersby's name out in full every time Sarah Allersby was mentioned, example: The next afternoon, Sarah Allersby sat in her bedroom and looked at her computer. Posted on YouTube was a video of Sarah Allersby. And then there were the times when the POV changed mid-sentence. That was annoying. I've read 5 or 6 of the Fargo books now, I'm not sure why, and my biggest issue with them is that they are too perfect. There was some nonsense about how Sarah Allersby was jealous about how she was usually the most beautiful woman in a room but wasn't this time because Remi Fargo was more beautiful than here. This just adds to her ever expanding skillset, which includes being rich, a champion shooter and far more athletic and skilled than anyone else. And they always have a way out with no real sense of anything bad will happen and in this case it might have been the biggest Deus Ex Machina I've ever come across. Sam and Remi, along with the people of a remote village, are about to face down against 100 trained drug dealer/mercs in trucks and helicopters and all of a sudden Sam can call in his former secret special forces buddies that he used to be a member of that was not mentioned before in this book (not even sure if it was mentioned in any previous book) and they showed up right on time and they saved the day. Right out of nowhere! Urgh. What nonsense.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Rob Thompson

    Will not win a Booker Prize The Mayan Secrets is a Fargo adventure novel, co-written with Thomas Perry. It is the fifth book of the series, but can be read as a stand-alone tale. The plot sees husband-and-wife team Sam and Remi Fargo in Mexico. They appear to lots of money and don't worry about day jobs. Not only that but they spend months away from home travelling on a whim. Anyway, while in Mexico they come upon a remarkable discovery. This is the skeleton of a man clutching an ancient sealed p Will not win a Booker Prize The Mayan Secrets is a Fargo adventure novel, co-written with Thomas Perry. It is the fifth book of the series, but can be read as a stand-alone tale. The plot sees husband-and-wife team Sam and Remi Fargo in Mexico. They appear to lots of money and don't worry about day jobs. Not only that but they spend months away from home travelling on a whim. Anyway, while in Mexico they come upon a remarkable discovery. This is the skeleton of a man clutching an ancient sealed pot. Within the pot, a Mayan codex, larger than anyone has ever seen. The codex contains astonishing information about the Mayans, their cities, and mankind itself. The secrets are so powerful that some people would do anything to own them. This leads to: the inevitable bad guys, explosions, close calls with death, treasure hunting, fighting, shooting, etc. All quite formulaic, with a sprinkling of history. The characters lack any depth. There are lots of filler details the majority of which should have been cut to speed up the plot. Do we need to know what they packed, ate, drank and other trivial matters? I got to the end, because I didn't overthink it. This is literary junk food.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Addy

    I don't generally read too many adventure novels but this one turned out to be just fine. Mr and Mrs Fargo were extremely likeable protagonists with an equally enticing antagonist in Sarah. Crisp writing with an interesting plot that will keep you entertained. However, the action sequences were a bit too over the top and unrealistic af. That is why I removed one star. Would still recommend as a light read. I don't generally read too many adventure novels but this one turned out to be just fine. Mr and Mrs Fargo were extremely likeable protagonists with an equally enticing antagonist in Sarah. Crisp writing with an interesting plot that will keep you entertained. However, the action sequences were a bit too over the top and unrealistic af. That is why I removed one star. Would still recommend as a light read.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Diana S

    I have really enjoyed this series!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Robert Turner

    Consistently good writer

  27. 5 out of 5

    Ron

    I expected more.....

  28. 4 out of 5

    Emily Woodworth-dark

    If you want action and adventure under an archeological theme this is your book! Cussler is well know as the man to read if you want an Indiana Jones/Tomb Raider adventure and it does not disappoint. The book is full of action, ancient artifacts and overcoming impossible odds. I enjoyed this book very much, however it had a few things I felt it lacked. The main characters felt a little one-toned; just like the action movie hero/heroine they are a little cookie cutter. This sometimes leaves their If you want action and adventure under an archeological theme this is your book! Cussler is well know as the man to read if you want an Indiana Jones/Tomb Raider adventure and it does not disappoint. The book is full of action, ancient artifacts and overcoming impossible odds. I enjoyed this book very much, however it had a few things I felt it lacked. The main characters felt a little one-toned; just like the action movie hero/heroine they are a little cookie cutter. This sometimes leaves their relationship a bit stale, however it is only slightly and you do get a sense of who they are. (Also as the frist book of theirs I have read this may be because I am starting in the middleish). I liked both Sam and Remi, though a bit one-toned they DO seem less cookie-cutter than ones you see in films. Especially Remi, shes strong willed, skilled, hardy but still feminine. As a woman shes a wonderful breath of fresh air from the usual action movie women, she knows her limitations but doesn't let that stop her and knows her strengths. She feels like an actual person where many male writers don't seem to grasp as female writers fail to write male characters at times. However Sam felt a bit underdeveloped, he doesn't interact with Remi in a loving way as much as she does with him, not to say he doesn't obviously but maybe hes more "manly" than the hero I expected. Or should I say realistic!? This I liked as this is an action adventure book NOT a romance! The other characters are fine, the main villain is great and I loved hating her! Secondary bad guys are not as developed but enough for it not to be boring. The only characters that felt a bit like underdeveloped fillers and plot drivers were the good guys other than Remi and Sam who they meet on their journey some, however, more than others. It seemed to drag on slightly in the middle for a moment; I remember thinking "Well everything seems fine now what how is there so much rest of the book?" and seems like its one problem after another and because of the style of the book you don't get a sense of risk because you know its going to be okay in the end. A very American ending, (No spoilers don't worry!) do not get me wrong I love the American action style. Its great fun but it seems a bit like cheating. Fun and a "AH HAH! TAKE THAT YOU DIRTY EVIL-DOER SCUM!" ending but still cheating! I would have much preferred it if they out-smarted their enemies using inferior forces. The ending was too quickly done and a bit anti-climatic. What was written was well written (I love his film-like style) but it left me wanting more. Though it happens, it doesn't bother me that its very American orientated (except the British villain like true movie style!) I would have liked to see more international characters than just South American and American but again this isn't a big deal and would have been difficult to have an excuse to have them there. HOW MUCH MONEY DO THEY HAVE?! =O TL;DR Read if you want something fluffy and great fun thats Indiana Jones/Tomb raider in style without any supernatural happenings. Main characters are great even if I feel they could have needed more development and more time spent on their relationship. However I enjoyed it very much and can't wait to read another! Like reading an American action movie! On to the next one!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Chris Bauer

    Yep. Classic "Fargo Files" work. If you're not a fan of Cussler in general or this series specifically you may find it trite and filled with exposition, predictable plot lines and other hallmarks of a mediocre series. As I've stated before in other reviews of Cussler's work, I think it is an acquired taste. I happen to enjoy his books and have been reading them steadily since I was a freshman in high school. Synopsis: Sam & Remi Fargo stumble across an ancient Mayan codex while rescuing survivors Yep. Classic "Fargo Files" work. If you're not a fan of Cussler in general or this series specifically you may find it trite and filled with exposition, predictable plot lines and other hallmarks of a mediocre series. As I've stated before in other reviews of Cussler's work, I think it is an acquired taste. I happen to enjoy his books and have been reading them steadily since I was a freshman in high school. Synopsis: Sam & Remi Fargo stumble across an ancient Mayan codex while rescuing survivors of an earthquake in South America. Since they (like every other Cussler character ever created) know the right thing to do in the most optimal fashion, they carry the priceless codex back home and prepare to study it before returning it to Mexican authorities. But a fabulously wealthy woman who dabbles in fame and archeaology is hot on their trail. When they rebuff her efforts to purchase the codex, she resorts to nefarious activities to gain it back. What follows is the typical cat and mouse game one sees play out in these thrillers until the good guys win and the bad guys get what they deserve. If you've read a single Cussler book, you always know how it will end, so no spoilers here. There were nice touches and flourishes in the book. Underwater cave diving? Check. War on drugs? Check. Chase scenes and gunfights? Check. They're all there. But there were some nice subtleties included. The climax of the book caught me completely by surprise and I laughed aloud when the ramifications of Sam Fargo's past came to the present. Hilarious. In summary, this is a fast paced, entertaining read which will NOT strain your brain. Cussler fans will dig, non-fans will likely shrug.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Josephine

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This time on the run are the Fargos against Sarah a wealthy women who thinks she owns the world with no moral standing who will stoop to anything to get rid of her enemy and can also make your nightmares come true. Well the Fargos are used to their nemesis being ruthless and after their previous adventure and the collision with three ruthless criminals attacking their home, they are prepared for anything. The Mayan codex found during a natural catastrophe has led the Fargos to bring it with them This time on the run are the Fargos against Sarah a wealthy women who thinks she owns the world with no moral standing who will stoop to anything to get rid of her enemy and can also make your nightmares come true. Well the Fargos are used to their nemesis being ruthless and after their previous adventure and the collision with three ruthless criminals attacking their home, they are prepared for anything. The Mayan codex found during a natural catastrophe has led the Fargos to bring it with them due to precaution and curiosity to learn from them. Prof David helps in decoding but Sarah beats them and steals it from under their nose. That doesn't stop them they hunt for copy of it which was made by the Dominican priest who was an Spanish Inquistator for the Mayans. With the copy in hand and nemsis trying to play archeologists they run against her to disclose all Mayan sites from the codex. They succeed but left helpless when the last location is in her tariff but Sam has destroy her plans when she palns to wipe the village clean which stands in the Mayan site also revealing that Sam is not from CIA but may be from Special Ops. The comical part of the adventure is when Sam blue paints his tail with robbers' ink and the person compelled to go in for a chemical peel. Loved that part where he tries to find a suitable solvent but fails and then tries opaque makeup but ultimately lands with a chemical peel. OUCH. The adventure as usual ends with victory to Fargos and ultimate death to their nemesis. The adventure is set in Gualtemala, Mexico, but they run through Spain to get their copy and back to Mexico to reveal the Mayan sites.

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