Twin sisters Dorothea Lindauer and Christl Falk are fighting for the fortune their mother has promised to whichever of them discovers what really became of their father, who died on the same submarine that Malone's father captained. The sisters know something Malone doesn't: Inspired by strange clues discovered in Charlemagne's tomb, the Nazis explored Antarctica before the Americans, as long ago as 1938.
Now Malone discovers that cryptic journals penned in the language of heaven; inscrutable conundrums posed by an ancient historian, and the ill-fated voyage of his father are all tied to a revelation of immense consequence for humankind.
In an effort to ensure that this explosive information never rises to the surface, Langford Ramsey, an ambitious navy admiral, has begun a brutal game of treachery, blackmail, and assassination.
As Malone embarks on a dangerous quest with the sisters, one that leads them from an ancient German cathedral to a snowy French citadel to the unforgiving ice of Antarctica, he will finally confront the shocking truth of his father's death and the distinct possibility of his own.
©2008 Steve Berry; (P)2008 Random House Audio
"Those who relish suspense in the Da Vinci Code vein will snap this one up, the best yet in the series." (Publishers Weekly)
"Berry outdoes himself in his latest Cotton Malone adventure....Mixed in with the complicated action, Berry finds the time to explore the characters as well, making this his most personal and best book to date." (Library Journal)
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"Another classic Steve Berry complexity"
Berry's novels are generally complex and follow a predictable, yet enjoyable, roadmap. This is no exception, with well researched characters and plot line.
Highly recommended and, of course, the narration is outstanding.
"another good Berry"
I enjoyed this book although it didn't grip me the way The Romanov Prophecy or The Templar Legacy did. But, still the auther weaves a good take, throws in some historical perspective, and make it an interesting story. If you've enjoyed his other books you'll enjoy this one as well.
Fast-paced, super intrigue, action and suspense, with great twists. Very addictive. Berry is a superb author and every Scott Brick narrated novel reigtns supreme.
"Another great history/mystery/action Berry Novel"
Steve Berry's ability to weave genujine mysteries of history into a tale of intrigue, suspense and action is well displayed in this latest novel. Cotton Malone, ex government operative turned book seller, is back and uses his physical training, eidetic memory and skills to solve the riddle of his father's death. His pursuit of this information involves Naval Intelligence, ancient civilizations, Nazi Germany's interest in antartica, and a domineering German matriarch who manipulates the people around her in way that leads to many deaths. There is also a large number or murders in this story...the murders are in Europe, the US and antartica - no one seems safe from the killers in this story. Also, the President of the United States involves his top national security advisors in completely illegal activities to undercover political plots that happen to interset with Cotton's quest..
The book starts a bit weakly as it was clear to me why and how mysteriies around the reign of Charlemagne would have anything to do with the death of Cottons' father...they seem to be just trying to solve the mystery without any idea of what the answer to the riddle would supply. However, the different threads of the story eventually tie together - although it requires a good healthy suspension of belief.
At the end of the book the author tells what's true and what isn't true about the story. As always, much of the interesting historical facts that are used are real...this makes the reading particularly enjoyable as Berry concocts his own story around these mysteries....makes you want to travel to the places in the book to see for yourself.
I thought, overall, this was the best Berry novel yet.
The only negative comment I have is that the reader's rendition of the German accent for the matriarch reminded me of Cloris Leachman's rule in Young Frankenstein...
"His best Yet"
If you like suspense in the form of "The DiVinci Code", you'll love this one. Cotton Malone has his hands full but is very cool through the whole book. It is a real page turner and full of twists and turns. I HIGHLY recommend it!
"A very good tale"
Simultaneous story lines, nobody does it better than Scott Brick. Steve Berry has written another winner, entertaining all the way though.
another fascinating adventure while painting a friend's house. Can't wait for the Jefferson Key
"Not Steve Berry's finest..."
This was probably my least favorite of all of Steve Berry's books in the Cotton Malone series. The story was not nearly as captivating, much of the time you wonder why anyone even cares about the "lost civilization," and the characters outside of the series regulars are not particularly interesting, and often downright annoying. Much of the book takes place from numerous different points of view, and due to it being an audiobook with no visual cues for scene changes, I felt that it made the plot difficult to follow. Some scenes were only a few sentences or small paragraph long, and the constant switching chapter after chapter made it more of a challenge than a pleasure.
Of course. So long as it is read by Scott Brick. His narration is among my all time favorites.
"like the book"
Love the History and the characters, hope to find out how Cotton got his nickname.
The meticulous research that Steve Berry does in his books is extraordinary. This book has so many thought provoking insights. Berries attention to detail interwoven with exceptional character development and storyline, immerses the listener into each scene as though they were there with Cotton Malone. This book is the audible listeners equivalent to a "page turner". I have always been fascinated by the theory of lost Atlantis. Although hotly debated by the scientific community still an intriguing concept.
This is a great book. I couldn't put it down. Well really stop listening. Well worth purchasing.
"Cotton just get better and better"
Steve Berry dos it again, his writing is compelling, exciting and it's hard to stop listning, I just wanne hear more and more.
Mr. Berry have the listner in the palm of his hand from the beginning to the end and Scott Brick delivers a superb narrating - THANK YOU :-D
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