Series: Fargo Adventure #9
Also in this series:Pirate
Also by this author: Pirate
Genres: Action, Adventure, Mystery
Release Date: September 12, 2017
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons
Length: 10 hours, 25 minutes
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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 the thrilling adventure from the #1 New York Times-bestselling author.
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.
The Romanov Ransom is the ninth book in the Fargo Adventure series and it is co-written with Robin Burcell. I will say that I do enjoy the pairing of Cussler and Burcell! The story is very well developed and I enjoyed the many location that this story takes us to. From the title, you would presume that this story is set around the Romanov family and set in Russia but this story has a wider scope than that. The Fargos will traverse through Europe hitting several countries and then finally end up in South America as they search for the Romanov ransom.
The Romanov ransom was truly that, a ransom. The Dowager Empress Maria Feodorovna had put together a fortune, everything that she had managed to take with her when she went into hiding after the fall of Russia to the Bolsheviks, to pay the same Bolsheviks who were holding her family members for ransom. What she did not realize was that her family was already dead and that she was being swindled. At the last minute before the ransom was delivered to the Bolsheviks it was detoured and seemingly lost forever until portions of it turned up years later with a Nazi war criminal who was fleeing with the treasure to Santiago, Chile.
That Nazi officer was bringing this fortune to Chile in order to meet up with other Nazi officers who had or were fleeing the country at the end of WWII. Their hopes were to use the fortune to start a war between America and Russia and make both countries weak. They also intended to use the treasure to finance the new Reich that they were going to establish. The treasure never reached Chile though due to the heroism of one little boy but it was also never recovered. No one ever really knew if the “Romanov ransom” was ever a real thing or if it was a myth that became legend.
Fast forward to present day with Sam and Remi being contacted in order to help find two filmmakers who disappeared while conducting research in Morocco. Once on the trail of the filmmakers they stumble upon clues as to why these filmmakers were targeting and what Sam and Remi uncover was that even without the treasure the plans that the Nazi’s had put into place had continued and were nearing fruition. It became a race against time to find the treasure before it could be gathered by the Nazi’s and used for nefarious purposes.
The Romanov Ransom was an exciting adventure that took me to remote locations with death at every turn but still had that Fargo charm that I look forward to when I pick up a book in this series. I love the easy banter that occurs between the Fargo’s and how they manage to add humor to every situation no matter how dire. There is never a dull moment in this story! This is both a book and series that I highly recommend!