The Alexandria Link

The Alexandria Link

A Novel

eBook - 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. Cotton must provide 'The Alexandria Link' to the mysterious caller. So begins a thriller that takes Cotton through Europe, the Middle East, and the United States. Malone knows what the link is but has sworn secrecy. He must rely on the skills he gained and the people he knows from his time as an agent in Thw Magellan Billet, an ultra-secret U.S. government agency. He may be retired, but he is back in the thick of international espionage, and the price could be his son's life or worse, he could have to reveal the 'Link', which could destabilize the world and end life as we know it for all mankind. The story centers on the origins of the Bible, it's various interpretations and the possibility of human error in translating the Old Testament from 'Old Hebrew' to Latin and then to all other modern day languages. The people behind this conspiracy are from an ages old European secret society. The Israeli government could be involved. All Middle-Eastern governments are involved. The U.S. government is involved. How high up the conspiracy goes is amazing. The book takes the ever-tumultuous Middle-East and it's effects on the international stage, and opens the age old dispute over the land of Palestine, demonstrating how the instability could be used to the advantage of the powerful and wealthy.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books c2007
ISBN: 9780345497123
0345497120
Characteristics: 1 online resource (462 p.) : maps

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A_Lagerwey
Jul 21, 2017

Book 2 of 12 in the Cotton Malone Series

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storywizard
Oct 24, 2016

good entertaining read, great brain candy and certainly does make you wonder...what if...

CMLibrary_csmith Feb 04, 2016

Steve Berry provides another fun and exciting adventure/thriller. While at times far-fetched in plot, you really start to wonder, "What if the Library of Alexandria still exists?" After finishing the novel, I was compelled to research the history of the library. Although thought to have perished forever, the thought that the library could still exist is explored by secret agent, Cotton Malone. When he discovers that the existence of the library could have far reaching impact and shape future and historical thought on religion, the reader is posed with the question of whether it would be worth the discovery, if it changes many of the things we believe to be true.

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Ojeanclark
Jun 16, 2015

Cotton Malone series has been a source of reading enjoyment from the first book to the one I now am reading.

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BlueHippo
Mar 09, 2015

I suppose the comment by "rahmmie" is accurate to an extent ( I don't find the character development to be THAT bad) - but these books are not meant to be great classic literature. They are fun reads with the extra of some fascinating historical places and facts - this book is no exception. I really enjoyed it. Again, I learned things I had not known about the ancient Middle East and ancient writings. And, as always, I really enjoyed the author's note that separates the fact from the fiction and gives insight into how he got the idea for the story.

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rahmmie
Oct 24, 2011

A very Berry book. Entertaining, with a cartoonish plot, shallow character development, and the feeling that he's a Dan Brown wannabe

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evergus
Nov 02, 2010

If you like ancient mysteries (like DaVinci Code) you will like Steve Berry's books.

This is the third one I have read and have so far found them to be engrossing and entertaining.

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ski4ever
Oct 28, 2007

Anyone who enjoyed Dan Brown's Angels and Demoms or Da Vinci Code will enjoy this one too.

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sheena1
Jan 15, 2010

[ 7 ] cottom malone search for the Alexandria library

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