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The Alexandria Link (Cotton Malone Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Steve Berry
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BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Steve Berry’s The Columbus Affair and a Cotton Malone dossier.

Cotton Malone retired from the high-risk world of elite operatives for the U.S. Justice Department to lead the low-key life of a rare-book dealer. But his quiet existence is shattered when he receives an anonymous e-mail: “You have something I want. You’ re the only person on earth who knows where to find it. Go get it. You have 72 hours. If I don’t hear from you, you will be childless.” His horrified ex-wife confirms that the threat is real: Their teenage son has been kidnapped. When Malone’s Copenhagen bookshop is burned to the ground, it becomes brutally clear that those responsible will stop at nothing to get what they want. And what they want is nothing less than the lost Library of Alexandria.

A cradle of ideas–historical, philosophical, literary, scientific, and religious–the Library of Alexandria was unparalleled in the world. But fifteen hundred years ago, it vanished into the mists of myth and legend–its vast bounty of wisdom coveted ever since by scholars, fortune hunters, and those who believe its untold secrets hold the key to ultimate power.

Now a cartel of wealthy international moguls, bent on altering the course of history, is desperate to breach the library’s hallowed halls–and only Malone possesses the information they need to succeed. At stake is an explosive ancient document with the potential not only to change the destiny of the Middle East but to shake the world’s three major religions to their very foundations.

Pursued by a lethal mercenary, Malone crosses the globe in search of answers. His quest will lead him to England and Portugal, even to the highest levels of American government–and the shattering outcome, deep in the Sinai desert, will have worldwide repercussions.

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

At the start of bestseller Berry's second thriller to feature Cotton Malone (after The Templar Legacy), Malone, a former employee of the covert branch of the U.S. Justice Department, is trying to lead a secluded life as a bookseller in Copenhagen. Unsurprisingly, that hope is short-lived when his son is kidnapped and his ex-wife, Pam, asks for his help in rescuing the boy. The abductors intend to force Malone to reveal what he knows about the survival of the legendary lost library of Alexandria, which may hold ancient texts that could undermine Israel's claim to biblical legitimacy. Malone and his allies get mixed up in Washington intrigue and double-dealing as they try to identify the high-level traitor seeking to use the secret sources to change the dynamics of the Middle East. Characters implausibly leave enemies unsecured, placing themselves in unnecessary jeopardy, while the notion that the texts could have the desired effect may strike some readers as too far-fetched. Predictable plots twists (like the growing rapprochement between Malone and Pam) and superficial treatment of the issues between the Israelis and the Palestinians are further minuses.
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From Booklist

Berry, author of several big-selling high-concept thrillers, including The Templar Legacy (2006) and The Third Secret (2005), is back with another paranoid fantasy for fans who like their heroes to face unimaginable dangers in a variety of glamorous locations. Berry's hero, Cotton Malone (recently retired from the Department of Justice's Magellan Billet, which specializes in extra-sensitive international investigations), has reinvented himself as a seller of rare books in Copenhagen. Trouble, of course, finds him even in Denmark--first in the person of his ex-wife, who bears the news that their son has been kidnapped. Then the kidnappers convince Malone of their seriousness by torching his bookstore. The central conflict here comes from the fact that what the kidnappers want--"the Alexandria link," the key to locating the remains of the vanished library of Alexandria--is the one thing Malone, who knows the whereabouts of the link, cannot give them. So, with the conflict firmly established, and the villains showing their mettle, the plot is off and running across the globe, the story driven by a series of short chapters, each acting as a little time bomb. Trite characters and a formulaic plot (drawing, yet again, on The Da Vinci Code) get in the way, but Berry does make intriguing use of ancient history, and the action certainly zooms along. Fun reading if you keep moving and don't take time to digest. Connie Fletcher
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Product Details

  • File Size: 1819 KB
  • Print Length: 466 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0345502477
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; 1 edition (February 6, 2007)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000OI0FNK
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45 of 55 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars COULD IT BE THE MISSING LINK? March 30, 2008
With The Alexandria Link, author Steve Berry takes us on a search for the legendary lost Library of Alexandria which was assumed to have been destroyed but has in fact been preserved by a group known as the Guardians. We ride along with retired U.S. government operative Cotton Malone as his quest takes him from damp streets of London to a chateau in Vienna, from historical locations in Lisbon and the United States to a desert in the Sinai as he hunts for the document which could reveal a secret from the distant past which, if disclosed, could jeopardize the security of our modern world.

Berry has taken stories about actual historical characters like David Ben-Gurion, actual locations such as the Monastery of Santa Maria de Belem in Lisbon, old manuscripts, the works and conclusions of various scholars, the existence of an actual medieval society called The Order of the Golden Fleece, the fabricated correspondence between a couple of Saints and utilized these as the framework around which he has constructed of his story. For those readers who will immediately attempt to point out the historical discrepancies contained in this book, one needs to remember that The Alexandria Link is ultimately a work of the authors talent and imagination and this is why it is sold under the classification of fiction.

The one factual thing the book does point out (either wittingly or unwittingly) is that through the ages, religion has been used to incite wars, create economic chaos, disrupt the harmony that could potentially exist between peoples and nations, and ultimately has been the tool employed to satisfy the political aspirations and objectives of various individuals and countries.

As an entertaining distraction with which to satisfy your thirst for vicarious adventure, this book more than fills the bill.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Run of the Mill July 9, 2008
Steve Berry delivers another globe-hopping thriller with retired US operative Cotton Malone attempting to live a quiet life running a bookshop in Copenhagen. Retirement comes to an abrupt halt when he escapes the assassins who burn down his bookshop and tell him they have kidnapped his son. Cotton is forced to join forces with his acerbic ex-wife Pam when it seems assassins may be on her tail, as well. They get their son back, but then they find themselves caught between ancient organizations: the Guardians of the Library at Alexandria, pledged to keep its secrets safe, and the Order of the Golden Fleece, a ruthless sect of the powerful who meet in secret and who have vowed to claim the Library for themselves. Accompanying Cotton and Pam is the Order's pet assassin, who has a few plans of his own regarding the library.

At the same time, treachery is afoot in the US government with the president, vice president, secretary of state, and the heads of several security departments all mistrusting each other as a web of secrets and lies is unraveled. Some find this kind of thriller gripping. Unfortunately, I find it a bit tiresome, and in this book, everything that was happening inside the government was not essential to the main plot of Cotton Malone following a quest to the lost Library of Alexandria. This is also the third Steve Berry book I've read starring an idiotic and unlikeable female lead. When Pam Malone, yet again acting stubborn and stupid, gets herself shot, I found myself wishing they'd put her down then and there. This author obviously has some issues with women. The author also seems way out of touch with children. Gary Malone was supposed to be 15 but came across as a 10-year-old in size, maturity, vocabulary, and deed.
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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The Incredulous Link March 24, 2007
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I like a good conspiracy theory, but The Alexandria Link is based on the incredulous theory of Lebanese writer, Kamal Salibi, who postulates that the Hebrew "promised land" is not really located in the area of Israel, east of the Mediterranean Sea, but rather further to the South, along the eastern shores of the Red Sea. He further speculates that the Jews settled there (in western Arabia) and then sometime later immigrated north to Palestine, but somehow mysteriously forgot all about it. This conspiracy theory clearly aims to discredit the historical origins of Judaism and Christianity and The Holy Bible. In Mr. Berry's attempt to emulate a "da Vinci Code" style plot, he succeeds only in duct-taping his political conspiracy idea to Salibi's ludicrous theory; and like any two things duct-taped together and left in the light of the sun, it ultimately crumbles and falls to pieces.
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34 of 44 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Why all the 5 star ratings? March 2, 2007
By Sully
I don't understand. This book is yet another book capitalizing on the Da Vinci Code, a trite and poorly written "sensationalist" thriller in it's own right. I haven't read anything else by Steve Perry but after this, I can't see myself ever reading another one. I picked this up only because of my fascination with the Library of Alexandria. I won't make that mistake twice.

Aside from being poorly written drivel, which I would have rated as 2 stars, this book has some other glaring issues, at least to someone with a passing knowledge of history. I was intrigued after reading this, to see Mr. Perry's background and find that he considers himself a lover of history. Many novels are poorly researched. And while it is usually harmless, some of the "facts" in this book that aren't facts at all are not harmless. The "history" with a definite anti-semitic bent is dangerous because far too many people that don't know their history will come away think that they learned something. This fiction is dangerous in that way. Too many uneducated people will come away from this thinking that the Israelis really did commit the atrocities Berry claims they did in the book. The Isrealis aren't completely innocent. However to claim that they slaughtered thousands of Palestinians in 1948 should offend anybody who does know their history. Claiming that they refuse to use diplomacy with the Palestinians should also offend. The Israelis have kept every promise they have made at the bargaining table. Their enemies have not.

The poor writing earned 2 stars. The lack of research and the anti-semitic tone remove one of those stars. This book will, unfortunately, have too many morons claiming they know "something" about the situation in Israeli-Palestinian conflict, when they will will in fact be spouting lies and fabrications that they themselves will be too lazy to research, just like many Da Vinci Code believers think they know "something".
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book is one of his best what if scenarios
I fall for Berry's historical postulations every time. This book is one of his best what if scenarios.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I am a faithful wife, but if I was ...
I am a faithful wife, but if I was ever going to step over that line, it would be with Cotton Malone.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Page Turners
Love all of Steve Berry's book. I am addicted to them. Keeps you turning pages and wondering what will happen next.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A new Berry fan!
As a first time reader of a Steven Berry book, I found that I couldn't wait to see what was on the next page. I'm hooked on Berry!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Historically based mystery with twists and turns - very well written!
Published 1 month ago by mshockeymom
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but the author's plots are repetitive.
The history seems well researched and the characters are engaging. If you space out reading the series the repetition is less noticeable.
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4.0 out of 5 stars These books are pretty good, but not quite up to par with ...
These books are pretty good, but not quite up to par with similar subject matter written about by James Rollins. Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
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Published 2 months ago by Arthur O'Connor Jr
5.0 out of 5 stars Professionally researched subject about an intriguing mystery wrapped...
Professionally researched subject about an intriguing mystery wrapped in a fictional envelope that entraps the reader very early in the text and with no means of escape. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Prof Roberts
5.0 out of 5 stars Makes you think about today's current events.
Just enough fact and fiction to make you want to keep turning the pages. Can't wait to read the next book with Cotton Malone.
Published 3 months ago by Shellyk
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Steve Berry is the New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author of The Lincoln Myth, The King's Deception, The Columbus Affair, The Jefferson Key, The Emperor's Tomb, The Paris Vendetta, The Charlemagne Pursuit, The Venetian Betrayal, The Alexandria Link, The Templar Legacy, The Third Secret, The Romanov Prophecy, and The Amber Room. His books have been translated into 40 languages with 19,000,000 copies in 51 countries.

History lies at the heart of every Steve Berry novel. It's his passion, one he shares with his wife, Elizabeth, which led them to create History Matters, a foundation dedicated to historic preservation. Since 2009 Steve and Elizabeth have crossed the country to save endangered historic treasures, raising money via lectures, receptions, galas, luncheons, dinners and their popular writers' workshops. To date, over 2,500 students have attended those workshops. In 2012 their work was recognized by the American Library Association, which named Steve the first spokesman for National Preservation Week. He was also appointed by the Smithsonian Board of Regents to serve on the Smithsonian Libraries Advisory Board to help promote and support the libraries in their mission to provide information in all forms to scientists, curators, scholars, students and the public at large. He has received the Royden B. Davis Distinguished Author Award; the 2013 Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award; his novel The Columbus Affair earned him the Anne Frank Human Writes Award; and International Thriller Writers bestowed him the 2013 Silver Bullet for his work with historic preservation. A 2010 NPR survey named The Templar Legacy one of the top 100 thrillers ever written.

Steve was born and raised in Georgia, graduating from the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University. He was a trial lawyer for 30 years and held elective office for 14 of those years. He is a founding member of International Thriller Writers--a group of more than 2,600 thriller writers from around the world--and served three years as its co-president.

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