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The Venetian Betrayal: A Novel Audio CD – Audiobook, Unabridged
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From Publishers Weekly
Scott Brick continues to bolster his status as one of the best narrators of international thrillers with his excellent reading of Berry's latest. Once again, Cotton Malone, a retired intelligence officer turned rare book dealer, is thrown into the middle of a diabolical plot for world domination. Irina Zovastina, the Supreme Minister of a powerful collective of old Soviet republics, has an insidious plan to use biological weapons, at the cost of millions of lives, in a maniacal attempt to conquer the world. For her stratagem to succeed, she must unearth a secret hidden within the final resting place of Alexander the Great, a burial site whose location has been shrouded in mystery for millennia years. Brick easily negotiates his way through this complex plot, his confident delivery keeps the suspense high while bringing a solid reality to a story that often walks a fine line between the believable and the improbable.
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About the Author
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 more than 18,000,000 copies in 51 countries.
History lies at the heart of every Steve Berry novel. It’s this passion, one he shares with his wife, Elizabeth, that led them to create History Matters, a foundation dedicated to historic preservation. Since 2009 Steve and Elizabeth have traveled across the country to save endangered historic treasures, raising money via lectures, receptions, galas, luncheons, dinners, and their popular writers’ workshops. To date, nearly 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 and the 2013 Writers for Writers Award from Poets & Writers. His novel The Columbus Affair earned him the Anne Frank Human Writes Award, and his historic preservation work merited the 2013 Silver Bullet from International Thriller Writers.
Steve Berry 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.
For more information, visit www.steveberry.org.
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The piece of history in The Venetian Betrayal is the search for the remains of Alexander the Great. Irina Zovastina is the supreme minister of the fictional Central Asian Federation (a group of former Soviet states). She has an obsession with Alexander the Great and she plans to conquer the same regions that her hero conquered centuries ago. One of the reasons she wants to find Alexander's remains is that she also believes they will lead her to a draft that will cure HIV/AIDS (a definite stretch). At first, it is rumored that the remains of Alexander are actually buried in St. Mark's crypt in Venice--thus the book's name. But Zovastina and her henchmen will leave no stone unturned in their quest for Alexander and in the supreme minister's master plan for world dominance.
In The Venetian Betrayal, Berry brings back the characters from The Alexander Link and The Templar Legacy. They include Copenhagen-bookseller and former US operative, Cotton Malone, Cassiopeia Vitt, Henrik Thorvaldsen, and Justice Department boss Stephanie Nell. They all bring their unique talents to The Venetian Betrayal as they try to stop the evil and diabolical Zovastina. They certainly provide action at break-neck speed.
As with all thrillers, The Venetian Betrayal was unbelievable in spots. But I love the historical aspects of all of Berry's works (in this case, Alexander the Great). Also, I enjoy any story that makes a long car trip seem much quicker. In this respect, The Venetian Betrayal proved to be good entertainment.
Berry's current outing deals with Alexander the Great - who died in 323 BC literally the king of the world. We know he was mummified and eventually was entombed in Alexandria Egypt - but the tomb was destroyed and his remains disappeared -
Cotton Malone is in the middle of a raging fire - that's how we found him in the Alexandria Link - which was about the Library of Alexandria - in Alexandria which was named that in honor of Alexander, so we have some synchronicity there -
The fire isn't just any fire - it is Greek fire - which was lost when the great civilizations were lost - but someone's got the formula and is using it - trying to find medallions circa 323 BC - they show Alexander fighting in India -
Enter Irina Zovastina, a politician who has united a lot of the 'Stans' and has a plan to take over other countries with germ warfare - She also thinks of herself as a modern day Alexander the Great and is in a quest to find Alexander's tomb and the long lost remedy Alexander's physician had used to instantly cure him -
Clues remain to find the tomb - history tells us that -
Where Alexander went, what he admired - all clues - what you will find is Zovanista is no Alexander -
But you will find a book that solidifies in the last half to be a great adventure - As always, Berry gives you a what-if scenario -
But much thought went into this adventure -
Cotton Malone is an excellent character with excellent supporting characters - Total package is thoughtful research by Berry coordinating history with cloak and dagger - Every Berry offering gives you more than just a spy book - you get in and play with history -
Good read -