Pirate (Sam and Remi Fargo Adventures Book 8) by Clive Clusser and Robin Burcell

An 800-year-old treasure… an ancient cypher wheel… a brutal murder… and a man who will stop at nothing to claim what he considers rightfully his. Husband-and-wife treasure-hunting team Sam and Remi Fargo have gone on impossible missions before and faced many perils, but never have they faced an adversary as determined as the one before them now. The battle will take them halfway around the world, and at its end will be either one of the most glorious finds in history — or certain death.

–G.P. Putnam’s Sons; 2016

Pirate follows the further adventures of millionaire treasure hunters Sam and Remi Fargo, as they race to find a lost medieval treasure.  The light banter and quiet moments of reflection and appreciation between the couple helps solidify the husband and wife’s relationship outside of their titles and their assumptive meanings.  The same could not be said for Remi’s vague relationship with Brie Marshall, who caused the whole adventure by sending the couple to her uncle’s bookstore for a rare first edition book.

Calamity ensues when said book supposedly leads to a treasure someone else is already pursuing, getting Brie kidnapped in the process. Once rescued by Sam and Remi it’s not clear why the two continue to chase the treasure.  The Fargos have no monetary or fame seeking interest in finding the treasure, but continue to pursue it despite the danger to their lives.  Forcing them to fake their death at least three times to throw the bad guys off the trail, not that the news or their pursuers seemed to notice.

The tension of asking, ‘How will they get out of this one?!’, is undercut repeatedly by the questions of, ‘Why are ya’ll even doing this?’  Or ‘Why did you stop involving the police?’, making the caper amusing, but underwhelming since no real stakes are involved. —Borrow it

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