March 1906, Rolls-Royce Limited had put all their money, and that of their investors into this improved six cylinder engine. Every last penny had gone into the design of that, as well as a chassis meant to withstand the harsh country roads. When the world seemed to laugh at them, saying it couldn't be done, they'd persevered. And now they were on the verge of accomplishing the impossible.
Clive Cussler sitting on the Ahrens Fox Pumper Fire Engine.
Did they, yes they did and the car named Grey Ghost was stolen by one of his employees. Detective Isaac Bell finds out the stolen legendary car. After some decades the owner of Grey Ghost now tries to sell the car and again the car vanishes and the theft was blamed on Albert Payton. Sam and Remi Fargo's who are related to the Paytons take up the case and finds out the Grey Ghost and a hidden treasure.
(Ahrens Fox Pumper Fire Engine photo courtesy by Walter Winterburn, Admin of Clive Cussler Collector’s Society)
A different kind of adventure story with family sentiments. The novel has a love story of Jonathan Payton and Miss Lydia Atwater which comes in way of journal, an interesting and creative way of storytelling used by the author.
The book too has a hostage situation and how cleverly the Fargo's handle.
The adventures of Fargo's are top notch, the escapades are many and I liked their break out from a burning warehouse using Ahrens Fox pumper fire engine (the one shown in the book cover). The couple faces all kinds of hurdles even their accounts get frozen, their movement restricted and overcoming these dire situations are thrilling to read.
I want to quote one instance involving Remi and an annoying lady in the ticket counter.
Train to Calais was set to leave than five minutes. The woman in front of her was at the window, busy asking questions about what to do with her luggage once she was on the train.
Remi watched the clock ticking. Worried, she leaned forward and said, "About how much longer will you be? I'm about to miss my train."
The woman looked back at her, an annoyed expression on her face. "If you don't mind, it is my turn."
I apologize, Remi said, clasping her hands together. I just found out my father's been taken to the hospital. He might not make it.
The woman appeared unmoved.
"And his dog is locked in the house with no one to take care of him."
Why didn't you say so? The woman moved aside, allowing Remi to pass.
After buying the ticket, the lady says "I hope your dog is okay!"
(Some people attitude is always the same)
Kudos Mr.Cussler and Robin Burcell for succeeding in making yet another action, adventure reading for the fans.