The Alexandria Link by Steve Berry

The Alexandria Link

bySteve Berry

Kobo ebook | February 6, 2007

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BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Steve Berry’s The Columbus Affair and a Cotton Malone dossier.

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 was born in 1955. He is a graduate of Mercer University's Walter F. George School of Law. He was a practicing attorney when he started writing in 1990. His first book, The Amber Room, was published in 2003. His other works include The Amber Room, The Romanov Prophecy, The Third Secret, The Columbus Affair, and the Cotton Ma...
Title:The Alexandria LinkFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:February 6, 2007Publisher:Random House Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0345497120

ISBN - 13:9780345497123

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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!
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well written! Excellent story. You won't want to put it down!
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful A great book to read. You will be entertained for sure.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent! Another excellent fast paced thriller in the Cotton Malone series!
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Alexandria Link Another good, quick read from Steve Berry. Couldn't put it down.
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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 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.
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