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The Alexandria Link: A Novel (Cotton Malone) Paperback – November 27, 2007
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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.
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 ›
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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One is those books that may have some interesting twists that you may not come in contact with before but could possibly be real.Published 19 days ago by Nana Fife
The way history and fiction are blended brings a fresh approachPublished 1 month ago by John Crowley
I am a huge fan of this series and this book continued to feed the appetite I have developed for this author and series.Published 1 month ago by james webb
Fun, intriguing adventure with depth of characters.
If you like historical fiction and adventure set in current times, this should be on your reading list.
First time I read this author. First book wasn't availabe so I read the second in the series. Liked the 2nd one so am now reading the first. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Maria
It's a book that will have on the edge of these at. The descriptions of locales and documents is rather realisticPublished 2 months ago by angel m martinez
Fun, exciting, and a cliff hanger at the end of each chapter.Published 2 months ago by Randall Fowler