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The Oracle
By (author): Clive Cussler By (author): Robin Burcell
9780525539612 Hardcover English General Trade FICTION / Action & Adventure Jun 11, 2019
$39.00 CAD
Active 6.4 x 9.29 x 1.5 in 416 pages Putnam G.P. Putnam's Sons
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 bestselling series.

In 533 A.D., 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 archeological 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.

Story Locale: Nigeria and Tunisia

Series Overview: Sam and Remi Fargo are a husband and wife treasure-hunting team who travel to exotic locales around the globe, unraveling ancient mysteries, unearthing long-lost treasures, and finding themselves in sticky situations at every turn.

BUILDING ON BESTSELLING SUCCESS:The Gray Ghost debuted at #3 on the New York Times hardcover list and #4 on the combined list, and the mass market edition was #1 on Bookscan. It stayed on the Times list for 3 weeks.

CUSSLER’S NEWEST SERIES, AS STRONG AS HIS MORE ESTABLISHED SERIES: Begun in 2009, every book in the Fargo series has been a New York Times bestseller.

CUSSLER’S FAVORITE SERIES AMONG WOMEN READERS: Husband and wife Sam and Remi Fargo have always been true partners, and Robin Burcell brings a woman’s point of view, along with terrific law enforcement credentials, to the series. The jackets are designed to be female-friendly.

ALL THE CUSSLER HALLMARKS: Extravagant adventure, intricate plotting, colorful villains, engaging heroes, historical tie-ins are all on show here.

Clive Cussler is the author or coauthor of more than seventy previous books in five best-selling series, including Dirk Pitt, NUMA Files, Oregon Files, Isaac Bell, and Sam and Remi Fargo. His life nearly parallels that of his hero Dirk Pitt. Whether searching for lost aircraft or leading expeditions to find famous shipwrecks, he and his NUMA crew of volunteers have discovered more than seventy-five lost ships of historic significance, including the long-lost Confederate submarine Hunley, which was raised in 2000 with much press publicity. Like Pitt, Cussler collects classic automobiles. His collection features more than eighty examples of custom coachwork. Cussler lives in Arizona.

Robin Burcell spent nearly three decades working in California law enforcement as a police officer, detective, hostage negotiator, and FBI-trained forensic artist. She is the author of ten novels, and coauthor with Cussler of the Sam and Remi Fargo novel Pirate, The Romanov Ransom, and The Gray Ghost. She lives in Lodi, California.

Author Residence: Clive Cussler: Arizona, Robin Burcell: Lodi, CA

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Praise for The Oracle

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

“Burcell brings a fast-paced and engaging style to the enterprise that will not only please Cussler fans, but may also bring in new readers who love high-concept adventure.”—Booklist

“[A] thrilling addition to Clive Cussler’s bestselling series…Burcell gets stronger each time out, which means so does Sam and Remi Fargo, who are arguably Cussler’s best heroes going right now.”—The Real Book Spy

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