Prolific author Clive Cussler presents another Sam and Remi Fargo adventure in THE KINGDOM. The treasure hunters are relaxing from their latest quest when they receive an urgent call for help from Texas oil billionaire Charles King, who summons them for a meeting. He has lost contact with an adventurer he has hired to locate his missing father, a risk-taker and an archaeologist who has searched for an Asian relic for 15 years. Frank Alton, the missing bounty hunter, is a close friend of the Fargos. Sam and Remi agree to take on the search but quickly realize that King's objectives may be contrary to their own.
THE KINGDOM, like earlier novels in the series, blends ancient history with a modern appetite for knowledge. Treasure hunting has never been more enjoyable.
Cussler's unique style introduces a historic event before the modern-day treasure hunters come into his story. In ancient China, a devoted group of sentinels split ways, each to his own destiny. All four hold the charge of protecting a cube-shaped chest that contains the Theurang, or a facsimile of it. One chest holds the key to an entire civilization, now under siege by its enemies. At the brink of a gigantic waterfall, the sentinel Dhakal made his stand. Plunging over the edge of the deep precipice and into the roiling water below, the man, his horse and its precious cargo dove into centuries of anonymity.
When Sam and Remi search the elder King's abandoned house in California, they discover papers that indicate his passion for the lost Theurang and the culture's secrets it holds. He had disappeared on a trek for the relics. But why would Alton be missing as well? The Fargos question the sincerity of their employer's motives and are especially curious after meeting his children, Russell and Marjorie, who offer their help. In Nepal, the twins stick to the Fargos like glue. For reasons unknown, Daddy King is orche