Thousands of years ago, the mighty Persian king Xerxes the Great was said to have raided the Treasury at Delphi, carrying away two solid gold pillars as a tribute to his glory.
In 1800, while crossing the Pennine Alps, Napoleon Bonaparte and his army stumble across the pillars. Unable to transport them, Napoleon created an inscrutable map on the labels of twelve bottles of rare wine. When Napoleon dies, the bottles disappear - and the gold pillars are lost once again.
Treasure-hunters Sam and Remi Fargo are exploring the Great Pocomoke Swamp in Delaware when they are shocked to discover a German U-boat. Inside, they find a bottle taken from Napoleon's 'lost cellar'. Fascinated, the Fargos set out to find the rest of the collection. But another connoisseur of sorts has been looking for the bottle they've just found. Not for the wine. He wants what the bottle may lead to.
For he is Hadeon Bondaruk - a half-Russian, half-Persian millionaire - and he claims descent from King Xerxes himself.
And the treasure will be his, no matter what . . .
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Clive Cussler is the author or co-author of a great number of international bestsellers, including the famous Dirk Pitt® adventures, such as Arctic Drift; the NUMA® Files adventures, most recently Medusa; the Oregon Files, such as The Silent Sea; and the Isaac Bell Adventures, which began with The Chase. Lost Empire is the second book in the highly successful new series - the Fargo Adventures. He lives in Arizona. www.clivecussler.co.uk
Grant Blackwood, a U.S. Navy veteran, spent three years aboard a guided missile frigate as operations specialist and pilot rescue swimmer. The author of the Briggs Tanner series, he's the co-author of Spartan Gold, and lives in Colorado.About the Author:
Clive Cussler is the author or co-author of a great number of bestselling novels, including twenty Dirk Pitt® novels, eight NUMA® Files adventures, and six Oregon Files books. He has written three works of non fiction and a historical adventure series, which began with The Chase. He lives in Arizona. www.clivecussler.co.uk
Grant Blackwood, US Navy veteran and author of the Briggs Tanner series, lives in Colorado.
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