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The Oracle

A Sam and Remi Fargo Adventure, Book 11
Narrated by: Scott Brick
Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (18 ratings)

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The husband-and-wife treasure-hunting team of Sam and Remi Fargo return in a new adventure as they search for an ancient scroll - which carries a deadly curse - in this thrilling addition to Clive Cussler's best-selling series.

In AD 533, the last Vandal ruler in North Africa consults an oracle on how to defeat the invading Byzantine army. The oracle tells the king that a high priestess cast a curse upon the Vandal Kingdom after a sacred scroll was stolen. 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...until a current-day archaeological dig, funded by Sam and Remi Fargo, uncovers some vital clues.

The search for the ancient scroll is put on hold when the Fargos learn that a shipment of supplies intended for their charitable foundation's school has been stolen, and they travel to Nigeria to deliver new supplies themselves. But 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.

©2019 Clive Cussler (P)2019 Penguin Audio

What the critics say

"Witty dialogue and plenty of red herrings will delight Cussler fans. This entry may be the best yet in the series." (Publishers Weekly)

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fantastic

couldn't put it down lost many hours sleep listenimg. great reader right to the enc ! plus plus

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An even betterCussler

The story of the Fargo’s is getting better and more realistic with good story plots. Thanks

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  • Brant
  • 2019-08-01

Oddest of the Fargo series

I rarely write reviews but felt this book warranted at it just to kind of give people a heads up to what you’re getting yourself into with it.

This book does not follow the usual patterns of a Fargo novel in my opinion. From the jarring breaks with the proverbs before every chapter that have been mentioned in other reviews, to there being really no historical drama in this book, this book just felt odd and not really a true Fargo book.

Most of the books seem to be about 70% historical drama/treasure hunting and 30% Fargos in peril/danger, this one was just the opposite with 70% of the book being Fargos in peril/danger and only about 30% of it being historical drama/treasure hunting and I’m probably being generous with the 30%. It’s not a terrible book but it’s definitely one of the lesser books in the series for sure and definitely the weakest story. Thank the maker for Scott Brick whose narration as always was great and at least kept me with the book until the end. I’ll give the Fargos one more book, but another one like this and I may not return to them again.

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  • Robert
  • 2019-06-20

Gave Up

Not sure what happened here. Most of the book deviated on typical plots. Spent the entire time SPOILER on the kidnapping or some aspect of it and literally reserved five minutes to the treasure hunt and nothing on the treasure once found. Please and try and find the roots of the Fargo’s in future books. I’ve read all your books and love them just don’t know why this one went south.

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  • Enrique m montoya
  • 2019-06-18

meh

the book was flat. The "proverbs" were a misdirection and just plain stupid at times. "man who is sick will not rejection medicine". dud

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  • K. J. Carlson
  • 2019-07-28

Worst. Cussler. Ever

Terrible, no real treasure hunt. 3/4 of the book was a series of uninspired action pieces.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-07-22

Skip this one

I was looking forward to another fast pace Clive Cussler thriller. When I got was a slow moving pod with poorly developed characters and after two hours of listening found I really didn’t care what happens to any of them

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  • Ryan G.
  • 2019-06-21

Never been disappointed by a Cussler book before

This one kinda feels phoned in, 10% action and adventure 10% archeology and 80% feminism.

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  • Derrick
  • 2019-08-31

another great book

could have done with less Proverbs at every chapter. other then that was a good book.

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  • Lauren G.
  • 2019-08-28

The Treasurer was an after thought

I love the Fargo series and Scott Brick is amazing, but the hunt for the treasure and Indiana Jones-esc adventure is missing from this one. there is lots of exciting action and peril, but the treasure aspect was an after thought thrown on the end like oh wait we forgot that part.

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  • Patrick
  • 2019-08-25

I usually love books by Cussler!

It was good enough that I finished it. that said I found myself falling asleep many times while listening to it having a hard time remembering what the last thing I heard was just didn't seem to hold my attention I could have gotten to formulary and I knew what was happening.

The biggest thing was the quote or the proverb at the beginning of each chapter after about 20 of them I had had enough for a decade and we're trying to find a place in the book trying to remember the proverb well was very frustrating and one of the reasons for the low score.

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  • Amazon28
  • 2019-08-24

Love the Fargos

I listened to the book on my way to and from the beach. also, while at the beach!
I love the Fargo series, always twist and turns.

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