Review: The Romanov Ransom by Clive Cussler & Robin Burcell

Posted November 26, 2017 by Minx

Review: The Romanov Ransom by Clive Cussler & Robin Burcell The Romanov Ransom by Clive Cussler, Robin Burcell
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
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
Pages: 384
Length: 10 hours, 25 minutes
ISBN: 0399575545
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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!


About Clive Cussler

Author Clive Cussler

Clive Cussler began writing novels in 1965 and published his first work featuring his continuous series hero, Dirk Pitt®, in 1973. His first nonfiction, The Sea Hunters, was released in 1996. The Board of Governors of the Maritime College, State University of New York, considered The Sea Hunters in lieu of a Ph.D. thesis and awarded Cussler a Doctor of Letters degree in May, 1997. It was the first time since the College was founded in 1874 that such a degree was bestowed.

Cussler is an internationally recognized authority on shipwrecks and the founder of the National Underwater and Marine Agency, (NUMA) a 501C3 non-profit organization (named after the fictional Federal agency in his novels) that dedicates itself to preserving American maritime and naval history, searching for lost ships of historic significance. He and his crew of marine experts and NUMA volunteers have discovered more than sixty historically significant underwater wreck sites including the first submarine to sink a ship in battle, the Confederacy’s Hunley, and its victim, the Union’s Housatonic; the U-20, the U-boat that sank the Lusitania; the Cumberland, which was sunk by the famous ironclad, Merrimack; the renowned Confederate raider Florida; the Navy airship, Akron, the Republic of Texas Navy warship, Zavala, found under a parking lot in Galveston, and the Carpathia, which sank almost six years to-the-day after plucking Titanic‘s survivors from the sea.

NUMA—which turns over all artifacts to state and Federal authorities, or donates them to museums and universities—has its own website for those interested in learning more about maritime history or wishing to make a donation. Please visit

In addition to being the Chairman of NUMA, Cussler is also a fellow in both the Explorers Club of New York and the Royal Geographic Society in London. He has been honored with the Lowell Thomas Award for outstanding underwater exploration.

Cussler is the author or coauthor of more than fifty previous books in five best-selling series, including Dirk Pitt, NUMA Files, Oregon Files, Isaac Bell, and Fargo. His nonfiction works include Built for AdventureThe Classic Automobiles of Clive Cussler and Dirk Pitt, plus The Sea Hunters and The Sea Hunters II; these describe the true adventures of the real NUMA.

Cussler’s books have been published in more than 40 languages in more than 100 countries. Past New York Times and international bestsellers include Pacific VortexMediterranean CaperIcebergRaise the Titanic, Atlantis Found, and Trojan Odyssey; more recent bestsellers include Piranha (written with Boyd Morrison), The Assassin (written with Justin Scott), Ghost Ship (written with Graham Brown), The Eye of Heaven (written with Russell Blake), Crescent DawnPoseidon’s Arrow and Havana Storm (the last three written with his son Dirk Cussler).

About Robin Burcell

Author Robin Burcell

Robin Burcell spent nearly three decades working in law enforcement as a police officer, hostage negotiator, criminal investigator and FBI Academy-trained forensic artist.

Burcell currently co-writes with international best-selling author Clive Cussler on the Fargo series. Pirate, their first co-written book, will be released September 2016. They’re currently working on the next in that series.

What you might not know about Robin

Burcell was the first female officer for her department. Her badge read “Policeman” and her locker room was actually a converted storeroom. While she’d always wanted to be a writer, her childhood dream was to be an Olympic ice skater. Unfortunately she didn’t seriously start skating until her early twenties and by then it was too late. That hobby, however, was instrumental in allowing her to easily pass the physical agility test to get into the police academy.

Burcell has appeared on several true-crime television episodes as a commentator and even did a “forensic” sketch from a witness’s description of “Baby Big Foot” for the Icon Films television series, Bigfoot Files, which appeared on BBC and Bigfoot: The New Evidence, which appeared in the U.S. on the National Geographic channel.

What you might not know about her books

Every book in her first police procedural series starring San Francisco Police homicide inspector Kate Gillespie was nominated for the Anthony Award (with two winners), two were nominated for Barry’s (with one win), and one for the Macavity.

The first book in her second series, Face of a Killer, starring Sydney Fitzpatrick, FBI agent and forensic artist, received a starred review from Library Journal. The fifth book in that series, The Kill Order, was named by Library Journal as one of the best thrillers of 2014.

The Last Good Place, released November 2015, is a continuation of the 1970s series by the late Carolyn Weston, whose novels were used as the base for the hit television show The Streets of San Francisco.

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