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The Oracle

A Sam and Remi Fargo Adventure, Book 11
Narrated by: Scott Brick
Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
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Publisher's Summary

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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  • Enrique m montoya
  • SANTA FE, NM
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • bcubed
  • 2019-06-18

Fargo let down

If you're only looking for action and far fetched feats from the Fargo's, you'll love this book. If like me, you like content and a deep plot line that normally comes from Mr. Cussler, you'll be disappointed. Historically these characters have been smart and the content intriguing, I felt this book dumbed them down. Another reviewer mentioned red herrings, and there were more than a few obvious ones; but these characters would typically have figured those out quickly. It's entertaining but not the best work from the authors .

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  • JK
  • Lake Jackson, Texas USA
  • 2019-07-16

A Loser

I've been listening or reading Cussler books since the 80's, when I used to rent them on cassettes for business trips. I've certainly done most if not all of the series. But this one stinks, for me. I've enjoyed all the other Fargo books, they make for fun light reading. Not this one. Depressing and boring at the same time. Sam and Remi are saddled with an epileptic young woman who is just a pain, along with a child thief who keeps distracting the plot also. It's obviously a nod to Nigeria's problems with the Boko Haram and kidnapping of girls. This appears to be a novel that really can't decide what it's there for: adventure, psychoanalysis of quirky characters, a testimony on current political problems, and so on. In the end--for me--it fails on all those counts. I bought it shortly after release and am only finishing it, over a month later, because it was so grindingly boring that I could only do it in pieces--and that with a lot of useless dialogue being skipped. I don't know how much of these books Mr. Cussler still writes himself, but either he's losing his touch or he need to get a better ghost writer.

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  • Jarrett A. Bucknor
  • Chino, CA
  • 2019-07-08

Oracle Redeems the series

This book was much better than The Gray Ghost but still not up to the level of earlier books. This series was one of my favorite and after The Gray Ghost I was going to give up but I decided, one more. The Oracle was much better but still not up to the level of prior books. Scott Brick is the best in the business so how narration kept me engaged.

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  • Henry Moore
  • Incline Village, Nv
  • 2019-07-06

Least favorite of Cussler Books

This was by far the least interesting book of this series!
Seems these characters have run their course.

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  • Mike Leeling
  • Souderton, PA. USA
  • 2019-07-03

Oracle: A Book of Proverbs

Every single chapter including 2 prologue has a useless and annoying proverb to break the book's momentum. Sam nearly was a murderer, choosing not to kilk in self-defense but out of revenge. This barely even about treasure. It is more like Sam and Remi are Dirk Pitt clones now. This is yet another huge letdown for a supposed Cussler book. Celtic Odyssey also sucked hard. Two books in a row there were totally out of character for the protagonists. If this is the future of Cussler books then I am done with Cussler.

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  • Cori
  • Placentia, CA, United States
  • 2019-07-03

not up to par

not the usual story, all the history part was at the end. more about the war.

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  • Quinton Wright
  • 2019-07-02

Very disappointed

Very disappointed. Huge Cussler fan. What a let down. Only the last quarter of the book was along the lines of the normal plot of the Fargo series.