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The Mayan Secrets, by Clive Cussler and Thomas Perry 2013

HERB JOHNSON – GAZETTE CONTRIBUTOR
The Mayan Secrets is No. 1 on the Paperback Best Sellers list compiled by United Library Services, which may put it on your “must read” list, or not.
Certainly it is worth a look if you enjoy a good, clean straightforward adventure story where the bad guys lean heavily toward despicable and the hero and heroine are bulletproof.
The good guys are Sam and Remi Fargo, making their fifth appearance in a Cusssler novel. They’re rich, clean-cut and able to accomplish an amazing amount of stuff without breaking a sweat. They’re off the coast of Mexico putting tags on sharks when an earthquake creates enough havoc to prompt them to go ashore and load their rented yacht with supplies for the victims further down the coast.
With only minimal help, they load the ship to the gunwales and when bandits try to steal the needed goods they disarm them with a Very flare pistol, throw them overboard and burn their boat. This is how they do things.
But the meat of the story is the ancient book called a codex which they discover on the course of helping earthquake victims. It is a major find and they take great care to protect it, only to discover that the news has been leaked to the press and, more importantly, to the evil Sarah Allersby, who is rich enough and evil enough to provide 375 pages of confrontation with the Fargos before the inevitable swift resolution to everything.
The evil Sarah mostly concentrates on dressing well and looking at herself in the mirror. But Ruiz and Russell, her minions, mount any number of assaults on the Fargos, with no success whatever. Cussler is very good at the kind of foreshadowing that leads the perceptive reader to mutter, “Hoo-boy . . . something bad is going to happen to the Fargos.” Most often it does, but Sam and Remi always have a plan to counter the bad guys. The final confrontation involves heavy armament and is something of classic. Good reading.

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