The Kingdom Book Summary and Study Guide

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Sam and Remy Fargo aren't your typical treasure hunters. They're not in the business for money or fame. Independently wealthy thanks to Sam's engineering acumen and his development of a prototype scanner, the Fargos search out and recover treasure and historical artifacts to donate to museums and countries. Both Sam and Remy lend their individual expertise to the hunt. Sam with his engineering skills and Remy with her anthropological and historical knowledge.
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Interrupted on a quest in Sumatra by a mysterious Asian woman, the Fargos are coerced into the search for a "missing" family friend who has helped them in their past adventures.

Travel to a rugged yet beautiful landscape in Nepal will call on both their physical abilities and mental faculties as they embark on a supposed search and rescue mission. Will it lead them to the fabled Shangri-La? Assisted in their search by an expatriot Brit named Jack, clues eventually lead them to India and later Eastern Europe on a search for two entombed bishops and a Theurang disk.

Failure is not an option for the Fargos. They must rely on each other and their superior physical prowess and problem solving to successfully conclude their quest.
Best part of story, including ending: It's fast moving, historically accurate and the good guys win in the end.

Best scene in story: Their escape from a mountain in Kathmandu. Use of an ancient silk balloon showed ingenuity.

Opinion about the main character: Both Remy and Sam Fargo are intelligent and upbeat characters. They are generous with their money and time.

The review of this Book prepared by Cynthia Scarborough a Level 1 Blue Jay scholar

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 30%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 20%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 30% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) Time/era of story:    -   2000+ (Present) Exploring into the wild    -   Yes Plotlets:    -   searching for treasure/artifacts    -   being chased through wilderness Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Terrain    -   Mountain

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   engineer Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


Asia/Pacific    -   Yes Asian country:    -   China Mountains/Cliffs    -   Yes Mountains:    -   climbing on trails    -   climbing with ropes    -   sherpas

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Unusual forms of death    -   frozen Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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