"The Solomon Curse" (Putnam), by Clive Cussler and Russell Blake
The latest adventure to feature the husband-and- wife archaeological team of Sam and Remi Fargo has an intriguing premise, but ultimately fails in the delivery of thrills.
An area off the Guadalcanal coast appears to have a major treasure underneath the water, but the locals believe the area is cursed. When the Fargos can get people to talk about the rumors and legends, they talk about cannibal giants who devour anyone who gets too close to the ruins. The place is cursed, but that doesn't stop the Fargos from investigating.
They explore leads from all around the region, but asking questions also puts them in danger. Will they be able to stay alive long enough to find the buried wealth?
The historical material regarding King Solomon and the possibility of giants is fascinating, but the rest of the story is minimal.
Clive Cussler novels are known for action-adventure mixed with history and heroes battling ruthless villains. In "The Solomon Curse," the Fargos come across as extremely lucky and also weak battling their enemies, and the tale needs someone from NUMA to teach them how to act instead of react.