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Review: History elements carry the day in Clive Cussler's 'The Eye of Heaven'

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"The Eye of Heaven" (Putnam), by Clive Cussler and Russell Blake

Russell Blake, a new co-author with Clive Cussler, brings the required adventure into the mix in "The Eye of Heaven," the latest entry in the Fargo Adventure series.

The husband-and-wife team of Sam and Remi Fargo explore the globe searching for treasure. While at a site in the ocean near Spain, they run into a ruthless hunter named Janus who wants the riches for himself — and will kill for it. They escape and leave him very little for his trouble. Janus vows revenge.

A trip to the Arctic reveals a buried Viking ship loaded with antiquities from Mexico, and if it's not a hoax, the discovery will change how historians view the past and interactions among the various cultures. Janus learns about the find as well as other treasure seekers, and they all seem to be after the Eye of Heaven. Is it a fabled gem or something more sinister?

"The Eye of Heaven" sometimes feels more focused on what the Fargos are eating than adventure or suspense. Even so, the history elements carry the day, as the link between the Vikings and ancient Mexico proves to be irresistible. The Fargos are appealing, but the action never seems to ramp up.

The last few pages pay homage to the Hardy Boys series of books for young adults as well as the movie "Raiders of the Lost Ark" by hinting at the next Fargo adventure while also leaving some plot points open-ended.

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http://clive-cussler-books.com/html/Fargo_AdventureSeries.htm

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