Treasure. Readers who are looking for the relaxed reading comfort that can come from a formulaic adventure novel will find some pleasure in reading the latest Clive Cussler novel titled, Spartan Gold. New protagonists are featured in this book: Sam and Remi Fargo, highly skilled and adventure-loving treasure hunters. Wine bottles from Napoleon’s Lost Cellar lead the Fargos on a multi-country adventure that ends with the discovery of gold. Along the way, Sam and Remi are engaged in physical and mental repartee with a villain who wants the gold. The bad guy, Hadeon Bondaruk, remains an underdeveloped and one-dimensional character, but serves his purpose well in the novel. Sam and Remi are backed up by a paid staff at their California base, about whom I wanted to know more than is presented in this novel. Perhaps next time. In the meantime, Spartan Gold is an acceptable diversion offering some reading fun to those readers who like this genre.
Rating: Three-star (Recommended)