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Praise for The Warsaw Protocol
"Berry blends a fascinating history of Poland and its neighbors and tweaks it a bit to deliver a novel that is both thrilling and timely." ― Associated Press
"This novel is a history lesson wrapped around a thriller injected with steroids . . . Berry pumps the veins of history with action-packed adrenaline of global espionage and intrigue." ― The Chicago Tribune
“Berry once again shows there’s no working author more skilled at combining thrilling adventure with engrossing historical detail.” ― Publishers Weekly
"Berry has called Dan Brown and raised him, taking the lead in the big-money game of the religious-relic thriller." ―Booklist
Praise for Steve Berry
“The intrigue is intense . . . . Thriller fans will have their violence fix, but the real fun is in learning about the inner workings of the church, its history dating all the way back to Constantine, and the troubled past of Malta . . . . This one will appeal to Dan Brown fans and anyone else in the mood for a page-turning yarn.” ―Kirkus Reviews on The Malta Exchange
"[Berry] really is very good at the historical-conspiracy thriller; he’s a skilled writer―much more so than Dan Brown, to whom he's often compared―and a more dexterous plotter than many of his contemporaries. Fans of the Malone series will give this one an enthusiastic thumbs-up.” ― Booklist on The Malta Exchange
"The Lost Order, Steve Berry’s latest Cotton Malone adventure, combines the history of a secret society with a look inside the Smithsonian Institution ―and it’s terrific. Berry has written another gripping novel.” ―Jeff Ayers, Associated Press (USA Today, Washington Post, ABC News) on The Lost Order
“Another terrific blend of history and thrills.” ―Library Journal “Best of 2017” on The Lost Order
About the Author
Steve Berry is the New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author of the Cotton Malone novels (The Bishop's Pawn, The Malta Exchange), among other books, and several works of short fiction. He has 25 million books in print, translated into 40 languages.
With his wife, Elizabeth, he is the founder of History Matters, which is dedicated to historical preservation. He serves as an emeritus member of the Smithsonian Libraries Advisory Board and was a founding member of International Thriller Writers, formerly serving as its co-president.
- Publication Date : February 25, 2020
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 372 pages
- Publisher : Minotaur Books (February 25, 2020)
- ASIN : B07SBQD5TY
- File Size : 4720 KB
- Language: : English
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #18,888 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Once you can get past the jerk in the White House diatribe, it’s a decent enough book. It’s no War and Peace or a To Kill a Mockingbird (but then again, that’s not Barry’s caliber...), it’s a typical formulaic book. Bad guy, good guy, evil empire, America, bla bla bla. Apparently Barry thinks we can’t tell the difference when all of his books are the same. What he doesn’t understand is that we buy these books for something to temporarily occupy our minds, not to learn something profound. We all know how it will end. Given this, there’s plenty of fiction fodder for us to read at $15 a pop that doesn’t insult our intelligence. Or our President.
The Warsaw Protocol hits a low with the plot early on. I'm 20% into the novel and there's a weird vibe about the president, who is clearly a Trump stand-in, and it's in a way that is very unbalanced. I had a sense with Daniels that he worked both sides of the aisle and got things done and you could not tell Republican vs. Democrat. Clearly this novel disparages the current Trump administration, repeatedly and with vigor.
For a number of the last novels, I've thought that there was a lot of ghost writing. This is now an even stronger opinion - the writing is weaker and so is the plot. I'll go along for a while more and will update this review.
At this time I intend to end the series. Unfortunate, as they've had a nice run.
This is one of the rare books that I wish I could return for a refund. At least I have the option to never again purchase a book written by Steve Berry. I feel a loss.
In this novel, Cotton is dragged into the search for historical records of Poland's troubled past under the Communists. There is plenty of action and intrigue. Cotton is torn between doing what is "right" and doing what the President of the US wants - a character in Berry's books who has some of the negative characteristics of President Trump, but which Berry amplifies. (Berry comes very close to being added to the growing number of authors that add their current political opinions into their works of fiction.)
I read for the Amazon Vine program pre-publication books, which are "proof copies" which have not gone through the full proofreading process, and I find a number of grammatical errors in those. However, I do not expect to find them in a finished published book like The Warsaw Protocol.
I found three in this book. On page 23 the author writes "The Polish crown jewel had been hid here when the Swedes invaded..." That should read "hidden" not "hid". On page 307 and again on page 356 the author uses the term "did good" when to be grammatically correct he should have used "did well".
In addition to those errors, there is one continuity error - on page 331 Cotton turns off the electric motor to the boat to let it coast forward, and then on page 332 he turns the motor off again, without having restarted it.
OK, I am a bit picky about good grammar and continuity, but to me those errors knocked this down from a five star book to a four star book.
Many people noted and decried his turning it into a political comment on Trump but if you’ve read even a few of the prior works doesn’t it appear to be more like the whole story was actually authored by someone else?
I’d refer you to the new short store Authored by mr. Barry and M J Rose, “Museum Mystery’’ read it and see what you think.
I’ve enjoyed him far to long to give up on him immediately but I’ll stop buying his new books until I read a review that indicates what I’d be buying is Steve Barry’s work... as I used to enjoy it.
G.D. D. III