This really is an unfair review of The Kingdom by Clive Cussler but at least I am aware of it and hope to do it some kind of justice.
Taken from Goodreads
The Fargos are used to hunting for treasure, not people. But then a Texas oil baron contacts them with a personal plea: an investigator friend of the Fargos' was on a mission to find the oil baron's missing father-and now the investigator is missing, too. Would Sam and Remi be willing to look for them both? Though something about the situation doesn't quite add up, the Fargos agree to go on the search.
What they find will be beyond anything they could have imagined. On a journey that will take them to Tibet, Nepal, Bulgaria, India, and China, the Fargos will find themselves embroiled with black-market fossils, a centuries-old puzzle chest, the ancient Tibetan kingdom of Mustang, a balloon aircraft from a century before its time . . . and a skeleton that could turn the history of human evolution on its head.
I did like the story, the plot, the twists, the action and more. But having read it AFTER Dan Brown’s, The Lost Symbol, it was like reading an amateur novel. Not amateur in a bad way but amateur in that it was not complex or sophisticated. But to be fair, it was a fun read. I was surprised to see that the most romantic action between the husband & wife team was a kiss here and there! LOL definitely my kind of read but still with all the action and suspense I could handle. The story was about a famed adventurous treasure seeking couple employed to find a very unique type of artifact. In fact, it was not an object at all, they were sent to look for a very dear friend of theirs. But from the get go, they don’t feel their employer is up to any good and they get to finding out what he’s really up to. Along the way they discover a plot way beyond what they were expecting and because their friend’s life is put in jeopardy, they take it personal and put their lives on the line (many times) to bring justice and bring the biggest discovery in history to light. I have to say though; this read was entertaining and light. I guess it was perfect to read after “The Lost Symbol” which was so intense and complex! If all of Mr. Cussler’s books are like this, fun, entertaining, adventurous, less romance, I will be on the look out for more of his work.
***** Stars for the Kingdom. J