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The Alexandria Link: A Novel (Cotton Malone) Paperback – November 27, 2007
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From the lost library in Alexandria to the origins of papal succession, Steve Berry is known for adding elements of history to his bestselling thrillers. Visit Amazon's Steve Berry Page.
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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 over one million dollars via lectures, receptions, galas, luncheons, dinners and their popular writers' workshops. To date, over 2,800 students have attended those workshops.
In 2012 and 2013 their work was recognized by the American Library Association, which named Steve as the spokesman for National Preservation Week. He also serves on the Smithsonian Libraries Advisory Board. 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 their 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 3,000 thriller writers from around the world--and served three years as its co-president.
For more information, visit www.steveberry.org.
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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.Read more ›
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.
Cotton Malone, the protagonist from _The Templar Legacy_ returns, this time with his ex-wife in tow. The plot is complicated, and intrigue and double-crossing abounds, as Barry tries to suprise the reader and keep them off balance as characters double and triple cross each other. The action is fast-paced, and the clues are intriguing. However, the geography of Washington, DC is poor, and Barry's explaination of historical events are thin. Borrowing from Dan Brown, the chapters are short, intentionally leaving you hungering for more as the focus of the story hops from one competing group to the next, each racing to either recover or destroy an ancient text that would change the nature of politics in the Middle East forever.
Even with the suspension of realism that I reserve for these sorts of stories, I wasn't buying Barry's premise. That both Arabs and Jews would work together to supress the mystery document was a reach; the series of impossible situations that Malone found himself in - and that he managed to get out of - continued to stretch the credible, and the writing itself was a pale comparison to others of the same genre. For want of something better to read, this would do. Otherwise, I'd pass.
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Enjoyable story. For me, I liked the revelation of a possible new way to look at the history of the Christian Scriptures, Jerusalem, Jewish claim to Jerusalem, and other neat... Read morePublished 20 days ago by Karen Degenhart
This 2nd Cotton Malone book was better than the 1st, BUT it still was centered around a huge religious aspect, which was really the main plot of the book. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Steve Walter
This is my favorite kind of book a book with lots of action and a book that I learned many new things.Published 1 month ago by Debbie McNally
He's always on the mark, keeps me reading way beyond my sleep time, great story and a lot of research.Published 2 months ago by THOMAS J REVELLO
Excellent read. Keeps you turning the pages. Blends in enough history to make the reader wonder if the story is true.Published 3 months ago by Gerry Owens
Well written but very slow. Not Berry's best book but did pick up in the middle.Published 3 months ago by Keith