The Alexandria Link: A Novel by Steve BerryThe Alexandria Link: A Novel by Steve Berry

The Alexandria Link: A Novel

bySteve Berry

Paperback | November 27, 2007

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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.
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 A...
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Title:The Alexandria Link: A NovelFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:512 pages, 7.5 × 4.2 × 1.2 inShipping dimensions:7.5 × 4.2 × 1.2 inPublished:November 27, 2007Publisher:Random House Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0345485769

ISBN - 13:9780345485762

Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by from I so enjoyed this novel I really enjoyed this novel, it is my favorite so far from Steve Berry!
Date published: 2017-12-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well written! Excellent story. You won't want to put it down!
Date published: 2017-04-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful A great book to read. You will be entertained for sure.
Date published: 2017-03-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent! Another excellent fast paced thriller in the Cotton Malone series!
Date published: 2017-03-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Alexandria Link Another good, quick read from Steve Berry. Couldn't put it down.
Date published: 2016-11-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good action A book that you do not want to put down
Date published: 2014-05-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great thriller Cotton Malone, retired U.S. operative, becomes forcibly involved in another intrigue after his son is kidnapped and his rare book store in Copenhagen is burned. The Order of the Golden Fleece, a network of politically powerful European business men and women, seeks the lost library of Alexandria. They want to destabilize the Middle East and create more economic power for the Order. Cotton helped to protect and hide a man who was one of the few men on earth with the knowledge of the lost library's whereabouts. The Guardians of the library invite only the elite intelligentsia to come and visit. Cotton must now help the 'bad guys' find the Library. However, the Israelis and the Saudis do not want the information the library contains to be made public knowledge so they send agents after Cotton and Pam,Cotton's ex. This book again contains a number of Biblical hypotheses, which are interesting to read about. I wanted to throttle Pam. Here is a lawyer that is so dumb.... Suffice it to say she is the main reason Cotton got into some of the worse of the situations. I loved the intrigue, the back-stabbing and the concept of the Library of Alexandria still existing.
Date published: 2012-08-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice effort, good story The legacy of Robert Ludlum lives on in Steve Berry. And for fans of intelligent thrillers, that is a very good thing. The Alexandria Link tells the story of Cotton Malone, former US spy turned antique bookseller, who is pulled back into action by a global cabal who kidnaps his son to get him turn over a link to the famed and long-thought-destroyed Library of Alexandria. What's so important about the library? Let's just say the foundation of Judaism, Islam and Christianity. Berry is a good writer who develops very real characters and puts them in extraordinary situations. Interestingly, he is able to balance non-stop action with more cerebral pursuits involving big puzzles (a la Da Vinci Code). Every now and again, his save-the-hero moments can seem a bit contrived, but you have to remember that this is fantasy. Good characters. Good mystery. Good action. A quick read, if you want it, but easy to savour, as well."
Date published: 2011-02-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding This book was excellent, this book and Steve Berry's "The Templar Legacy" are in my opinion, his best works in this series. I never burned through a book this quick since "The DaVinci Code"
Date published: 2010-09-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another Daring Novel Book2 in the Cotton Malone series This daring and thrilling novel opens with a confrontation between Malone and his ex-wife Pam over the handling of their teenage son’s kidnapping and their narrow escape from the fire bombing of his bookstore. This has all the appearances of an attempt to blackmail Cotton into revealing a secret he sworn to never disclose…the existence of the Library of Alexandria. This sudden turn of events has Cotton returning to his roots as a secret agent and teaming up with wife Pam. They are lead from Amsterdam, on to Lisbon, England and to the Sinai desert as they follow a series of clues that will hopefully lead them to the Library and the safe release of their son. This is one fast paced and intriguing tale that intertwines facts with fiction beautifully. Pros and cons of different religious believes of the world are questioned and of course, like the last novel another secret society comes to light with its members of influence and power both political and financial. As usual some may find this controversial. Mr. Berry has resurrected his full cast from “The Templar Legacy” and provided another wild adventure full of double crossing to leave the reader breathless and quite entertained. I enjoyed the author’s take on what I consider a James Bond –Indiana Jones type of thriller.
Date published: 2009-10-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very good Very good read. Fast pace. Interesting historical background. A little far-fetched at times but still credible. I discovered Steve Berry with this book and went back to read the rest of his works.
Date published: 2008-12-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant ! The Guardians are a group who, through the centuries, have preserved the library of Alexandria; via copies or outright theft of the original scrolls. Only certain people are invited to the reading room. There is an awful truth to be found, the original Old Testament in ancient Hebrew reveals a truth that causes both the Arabs and the Jews to go ballistic. Both want this truth hidden from the world. Remember the old saying......it got lost in the translation? But this is an original Hebrew volume from before the birth of Christ. Politics, espionage, double-cross, triple-cross. At the end of the book is a section where the author explains how he got the idea for the book, and - for those not current on the topic - exactly where history crosses the barrier over to fiction in this novel.
Date published: 2008-11-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun suspenful read! Fun non-stop action in pursuit of the famed Library of Alexandria. No one actually has a library card but they have lots of guns coated with treacherous bullets. Cotton Malone is back from the Templar Legacy with a great supporting cast. Cannot wait till Hollywood begins to adapt Berry's novels onto the silver screen. This book is easily read in one or two sittings and will keep you awake.
Date published: 2008-01-17

Read from the Book

ONECopenhagen, DenmarkTuesday, October 4The present1:45 amCotton Malone stared straight into the face of trou- ble. Outside his bookshop’s open front door stood his ex-wife, the last person on earth he’d expected to see. He quickly registered panic in her tired eyes, remembered the pounding that had awoken him a few minutes before, and instantly thought of his son.“Where’s Gary?” he asked.“You son of a bitch. They took him. Because of you. They took him.” She lunged forward, her closed fists crashing down onto his shoulders. “You sorry son of a bitch.” He grabbed her wrists and stopped the attack as she started crying. “I left you because of this. I thought this kind of thing was over.”“Who took Gary?” More sobs were his answer. He kept hold of her arms. “Pam. Listen to me. Who took Gary?”She stared at him. “How the hell am I supposed to know?”“What are you doing here? Why didn’t you go to the police?”“Because they said not to. They said if I went anywhere near the police, Gary was dead. They said they would know, and I believed them.”“Who’s they?”She wrenched her arms free, her face flooded with anger. “I don’t know. All they said was for me to wait two days, then come here and give you this.” She rummaged through her shoulder bag and produced a phone. Tears continued to rain down her cheeks. “They said for you to go online and open your e-mail.”Had he heard right? Go online and open your e-mail?He flipped open the phone and checked the frequency. Enough megahertz to make it world-capable. Which made him wonder. Suddenly he felt vulnerable. Højbro Plads was quiet. At this late hour no one roamed the city square.His senses came alive.“Get inside.” And he yanked her into the shop and closed the door. He hadn’t switched on any lights.“What is it?” she asked, her voice shredded by fear.He faced her. “I don’t know, Pam. You tell me. Our son has apparently been taken by God-knows-who, and you wait two days before telling a soul about it? That didn’t strike you as insane?”“I wasn’t going to jeopardize his life.”“And I would? How have I ever done that?”“By being you,” she said in a frigid tone, and he instantly recalled why he no longer lived with her.A thought occurred to him. She’d never been to Denmark. “How did you find me?”“They told me.”“Who the hell is they?”“I don’t know, Cotton. Two men. Only one did the talking. Tall, dark-haired, flat face.”“American?”“How would I know?”“How did he speak?”She seemed to catch hold of herself. “No. Not American. They had accents. European.”He motioned with the phone. “What am I supposed to do with this?”“He said to open your e-mail and it would be explained.”She glanced nervously around at the shelves cast in shadows. “Upstairs, right?”Gary would have told her he lived over the store. He certainly hadn’t. They’d spoken only once since he’d retired from the Justice Department and left Georgia last year, and that had been two months back, in August, when he’d brought Gary home after their summer visit. She’d coldly told him that Gary was not his natural son. Instead the boy was the product of an affair from sixteen years ago, her response to his own infidelity. He’d wrestled with that demon ever since and had not, as yet, come to terms with its implications. One thing he’d decided at the time—he had no intention of ever speaking to Pam Malone again. Whatever needed to be said would be said between him and Gary.But things seemed to have changed.“Yeah,” he said. “Upstairs.”They entered his apartment, and he sat at the desk. He switched on his laptop and waited for the programs to boot. Pam had finally grabbed hold of her emotions. She was like that. Her moods ran in waves. Soaring highs and cavernous lows. She was a lawyer, like him, but where he’d worked for the government, she handled high-stakes trials for Fortune 500 companies that could afford to pay her firm’s impressive fees. When she’d first gone to law school he’d thought the decision a reflection of him, a way for them to share a life together. Later he’d learned it was a way for her to gain independence.That was Pam.The laptop was ready. He accessed his mailbox.Empty.“Nothing here.”Pam rushed toward him. “What do you mean? He said to open your e-mail.”“That was two days ago. And by the way, how did you get here?”“They had a ticket, already bought.”He couldn’t believe what he was hearing. “Are you nuts? What you did was give them a two-day head start.”“Don’t you think I know that?” she yelled. “You think I’m a complete idiot? They told me my phones were tapped and I was being watched. If I varied from their instructions, even a little, Gary was dead. They showed me a picture.” She caught herself and tears flowed anew. “His eyes . . . oh, his eyes.” She broke down again. “He was scared.”His chest throbbed and his temples burned. He’d intentionally left behind a life of daily danger to find something new. Had that life now hunted him down? He grabbed the edge of the desk. It would do no good for both of them to fall apart. If whoever they were wanted Gary dead, then he was already. No. Gary was a bargaining chip—a way to apparently gain his undivided attention.The laptop dinged.His gaze shot to the screen’s lower-right corner: receiving mail. Then he saw greetings appear on the from line and your son’s life noted as the subject. He maneuvered the cursor and opened the e-mail.YOU HAVE SOMETHING I WANT. THE ALEXANDRIA LINK. YOU HID IT AND YOU’RE THE ONLY PERSON ON EARTH WHO KNOWS WHERE TO FIND IT. GO GET IT. YOU HAVE 72 HOURS. WHEN YOU HAVE IT, HIT THE NUMBER 2 BUTTON ON THE PHONE. IF I DON’T HEAR FROM YOU AT THE END OF 72 HOURS, YOU WILL BE CHILDLESS. IF DURING THAT TIME YOU SCREW WITH ME, YOUR SON WILL LOSE A VITAL APPENDAGE. 72 HOURS. FIND IT AND WE’LL TRADE.Pam was standing behind him. “What’s the Alexandria Link?”He said nothing. He couldn’t. He was indeed the only person on earth who knew, and he’d given his word.“Whoever sent that message knows all about it. What is it?”He stared at the screen and knew there’d be no way to trace the message. The sender, like himself, surely knew how to use black holes—computer servers that randomly routed e-mails through an electronic maze. Not impossible to follow, but difficult.He stood from the chair and ran a hand through his hair. He’d meant to get a haircut yesterday. He worked the sleep from his shoulders and sucked a few deep breaths. He’d earlier slipped on a pair of jeans and a long-sleeved shirt that hung open, exposing a gray undershirt, and he was suddenly chilled by fear.“Dammit, Cotton—”“Pam, shut up. I have to think. You’re not helping.”“I’m not helping? What the—”The cell phone rang. Pam lunged for it, but he cut her off and said, “Leave it.”“What do you mean? It could be Gary.”“Get real.”He scooped up the phone after the third ring and pushed talk.“Took long enough,” the male voice said in his ear. He caught a Dutch accent. “And please, no if-you-hurt-that-boy-I’m-going-to-kill-you bra- vado. Neither one of us has the time. Your seventy-two hours have already started.”Malone stayed silent, but he recalled something he learned long ago. Never let the other side set the bargain. “Stick it up your ass. I’m not going anywhere.”“You take a lot of risks with your son’s life.”“I see Gary. I talk to him. Then, I go.”“Take a look outside.”He rushed to the window. Four stories down Højbro Plads was still quiet, except for two figures standing on the far side of the cobbled expanse.Both silhouettes shouldered weapons.Grenade launchers.“Don’t think so,” the voice said in his ear.Two projectiles shot through the night and obliterated the windows below him.Both exploded.

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Steve BerryThe Templar Legacy“Richly detailed and fantastically suspenseful, this thriller grips the reader for a wild literary ride that continues until the very last page.”–Tucson CitizenThe Third Secret“A racy read . . . skillfully combines Vatican insights, old-fashioned thrills, intrigue, murder, ambition and retribution.”–Orlando SentinelThe Romanov Prophecy“Perfect for thriller fans and history buffs alike. Fabulous plot twists.”–David Morrell, author of CreepersThe Amber Room“Sexy, illuminating . . . my kind of thriller.”–Dan Brown, author of The Da Vinci Code