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The Romanov Ransom
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The Romanov Ransom
Fargo Adventure Series, Book 9
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.
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.
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    1

    Laguna Mountains

    San Diego County, California

    To the left!"

    "Copy that. Moving to the left. Five . . . four . . ."

    The helicopter hovered near the sheer rock face, the tethered basket swinging from the cable, as one of the rescuers radioed, "Don't come any closer. You're one-zero from the wall."

    "Copy that."

    Sam Fargo watched as the two search-and-rescue volunteers, a man and woman, both wearing khaki uniforms and yellow helmets, guided the helicopter basket closer to where his wife, Remi, lay on an outcropping of rock, her left leg stabilized with a makeshift splint. The turbulence from the rotors whipped her auburn hair about her face, her green eyes tearing up from all the dirt blowing around. The man glanced up at the hovering helicopter. "We got it!" he radioed.

    Sam took note of every move they made, resisting the urge to step in and take over. And even though he knew his wife was in good hands, it was difficult to stand there and do nothing. Within a few minutes, they had her secured in the basket, then stood back as she was lifted from the mountainside. No sooner was she safely on her way than his phone rang. He wanted to ignore it, but when he saw it was Selma Wondrash, the head of his and Remi's research team, he answered. "Selma."

    "How's Mrs. Fargo?"

    "Doing better than the rest of us. She at least gets to ride out of here. The rest of us have to climb."

    "You can always volunteer to be the victim next time," she said, then got right to the point. "You recall my cousin's nephews you and Mrs. Fargo were backing for that documentary they were making on the ratlines?"

    Because he and Remi sponsored so many educational and archaeological ventures through the Fargo Foundation, the charitable organization that they had founded, he sometimes lost track of who they were funding. In this case, though, being a World War II history buff, he distinctly recalled the young men and their project, a documentary on the ratline—a system of escape routes used by the Nazis and Fascists who fled Europe after the war. Even so, it took him a moment to bring up their names. "Karl and Brand. I remember. Why?"

    "Their uncle hasn't been able to get in touch with them for a couple of days. He's worried. Especially after getting an odd message on his voice mail."

    "Any idea what it was?"

    "Something about them finding a lost plane in Morocco, and people were after them. He can't get any help from the authorities, because the boys didn't register with the consulate, and no one seems to know where they are. I told him that you might be able to pull some strings and get someone to look into it. I know you and Remi have a date tonight, but—"

    "Your family's our family," he said, grabbing his backpack from the ground and slinging it over his shoulder. "Have our plane ready to go. As soon as Remi and I get home, we'll pack and head to the airport."

    Sam and Remi Fargo were not the usual multimillionaires content to rest on the laurels of good business decisions that had netted them more money than they could spend in several lifetimes. Sam had earned an engineering degree from Caltech, spent seven years at DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, then left to start his own company, where he'd made a fortune developing a number of inventions used by the military and intelligence agencies. Remi, an anthropologist and historian with a focus on ancient trade routes, graduated from Boston College. Her background came in handy during the pursuit of their particular passion, searching for lost treasures around the world. It also helped that she had a...

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  • Library Journal

    April 1, 2017

    Here, a huge and glittering ransom was reputedly paid to free the Romanovs from the Bolsheviks, without success, and was then stolen by the Germans during World War II. Now, treasure hunters Sam and Remi Fargo have gotten wind of the ransom, held in trust by the descendants of a particularly nasty Nazi faction called the Werewolves.

    Copyright 2017 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Publisher's Weekly

    September 4, 2017
    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. Agent: Peter Lampack, Peter Lampack Agency.

  • Kirkus

    September 1, 2017
    Dowager Empress Maria Feodorovna offered a mega-fortune in jewels while attempting to ransom Czar Nicholas II and his family from the Bolsheviks, but she certainly didn't expect those riches to finance a Nazi Fourth Reich.That won't happen if Sam and Remi Fargo have any say in the matter. Cussler and Burcell (Pirate, 2016) imagine that World War II Nazis later seized what they call the Romanov Ransom, riches hidden away in the Catherine Palace by the Soviet government. After Germany's defeat, Operation Werewolf sent hardcore Nazis down the real-life "ratline" to South America. Cussler expands that history to suppose the ransom was meant to finance a Nazi revival there. The Fargos become involved because they helped finance documentarians investigating the ratline and then receive word the young filmmakers are missing. They make quick work of finding them in the Atlas Mountains, at the same time uncovering clues to the ransom's whereabouts. Soon the Fargos are shooting it out with the die-hard Nazi Wolf Guard in Marrakesh and then Konigsberg. Later, as the Fargos continue to trace the lost ransom, they battle more Guard members in Buenos Aires, in the drug-lord-infested Argentine jungle, and finally on a lost Andes peak where a crashed WWII-era Avro Lancastrian holds more than one frozen secret. This intercontinental shoot, stab, and chase is complicated by a German businessman's greed, a broken Enigma code machine, mummified corpses, and Russian spies apparently playing both sides of the street. Character development is nil. Bad guys are thoroughly worth a bullet. The exotic and sometimes-beautiful scenery gets photo-caption-length descriptions. Nevertheless, tension never lets up and no fan of the genre will stop turning pages, the entire tome made better by heavy-with-facts research right down to the names of priceless Faberge eggs: Hen with Sapphire Pendant Egg, Royal Danish Egg, Empire Nephrite Egg, and the Alexander III Commemorative Egg.Cussler's plots sometime slip outside of the box of believability, but he's always entertaining.

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