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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (6,284 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Steve Berry Narrator: Scott Brick Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Cotton Malone Series Release Date: December 2008 ISBN: 9780739369449
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As a child, former Justice Department agent Cotton Malone was told his father died in a submarine disaster in the North Atlantic, but now he wants the full story and asks his ex-boss, Stephanie Nelle, to secure the military files. What he learns stuns him: His father’s sub was a secret nuclear vessel lost on a highly classified mission beneath the ice shelves of Antarctica.

But Malone isn’t the only one after the truth.

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.


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Quotes & Awards

  • In bestseller Berry's fourth thriller to feature ex–Justice Department agent Cotton Malone (after The Venetian Betrayal), Malone embarks on a search for answers about his father, Capt. Forrest Malone, after learning that instead of dying in 1971 in a nuclear sub accident in the North Atlantic, his father actually died while on a secret submarine mission to the Antarctic. Meanwhile, bad guy Adm. Langford Ramsey schemes to become the next ranking officer of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The two story lines merge as a group led by Malone races to Antarctica, where they find a strange underground city belonging to the Aryans, an advanced race who inhabited the earth at the dawn of our own civilization. A meticulous researcher, Berry carefully integrates such elements as Charlemagne, Nazis, ancient manuscripts, historical puzzles and scientific surprises into the plot. Those who relish suspense in the Da Vinci Code vein will snap this one up, the best yet in the series. Publishers Weekly (starred review)
  • Berry outdoes himself in his latest Cotton Malone adventure (after The Venetian Betrayal ). Using his connections in the federal government, Cotton asks to see a classified file that details the mission that resulted in his father's death. He knew his father died on a submarine but none of the shocking details about where or why he died. But Cotton is not the only person who wants this file, and they kill to get it. Nazi missions to the Antarctic, ancient societies, and a valuable artifact from Charlemagne's tomb all play key roles as Malone uncovers the truth. So much is going on that there is enough material for two good books, let alone one great one. 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. For all fiction collections. Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dad | 2/19/2014

    " Steve Berry last book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 2/10/2014

    " Another Cotton Malone thriller from Steve Berry. I give it four stars because I like the historical aspect of the story and the what ifs it presented. Berry is well researched and not just another easy thriller writer. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Epeeblade | 2/7/2014

    " It was ok. I wish more time was spent on the actual discoveries. The characters were annoying, but not nearly as annoying as in "The Alexander Cipher." Too much random violence. I still don't understand the need for random government conspiracies. Just give me a good story about code and ciphers, people! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie | 2/1/2014

    " Interesting story, with wonderful historical facts worked into a fanciful story of an unknown civilization, the US Navy, and political intrigue. Sometimes difficult to follow as it jumps from character group to character group...often in rapid fire. Liked the good guys and hated the bad guys, not sure why so many people had to die. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike Phillips | 2/1/2014

    " Good book but not as good as previous Cotton Malone Books. Whats missing is all the supporting characters and they add alot "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dawn | 1/25/2014

    " 4th book in Steve Berry's Cotton Malone series is excellent as usual. I missed Henrick and Casseopia, but he developed Edwin Davis more in this book. The history in this one was a little more far-fetched than his first 3 books, but as usual, he wraps up fact/fiction at the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael Davis | 1/22/2014

    " The further adventures of Cotton Malone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rick | 1/20/2014

    " Another great novel in Steve Berry's Cotton Malone series. Fast-paced mystery and thriller with all kinds of twists and turns. He's a very good writer. There are two more in the series for me left to read. Can't wait to see where he takes us next! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michiel Wheatley | 12/29/2013

    " I immensely enjoyed this book. I highly recommend this or any of the Cotton Malone books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 12/20/2013

    " Definitely readable, but pales in comparison to other Cotton Malone books. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amy | 12/14/2013

    " I didn't like this one at all. I've read others in the Cotton Malone series and this one is by far my least favorite. The topic did absolutely nothing for me. I stopped reading it about a quarter of the way through. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Pam | 10/2/2013

    " This struck me as DaVinci Code meets Charlemagne and they wind up in Antarctica! Interesting premise of advanced civilization long before we knew it but way too many characters! Or maybe I just wasen't in the mood. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sheila | 6/24/2013

    " Great fun! Very imaginative and unique plot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fran Anderson | 5/22/2013

    " It's so easy to enjoy the Cotton Malone books. The history is fascinating. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicole mitchell | 3/31/2013

    " i thoroughly enjoyed this book. i think i read it in about 4 days. i couldn't put it down. i highly recommend it to anyone that likes historical fiction. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Theresa | 10/7/2012

    " This one left me hanging to what the next book has in store for Cotton and the gang. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 June | 10/1/2012

    " not as good as some of his others "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarahb. | 9/27/2012

    " Full of History and adventure!!! Very suspenseful and I love Cotton Malone--the hero of this series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeanette | 8/26/2012

    " It took awhile to get into this one, but as always the author drew me into Cotton Malone's life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrew | 5/20/2012

    " A good "beach" read - the cotton candy of the reading world. Decent, I just wish they concentrated more on the nerdy ancient history aspects and less on the lawyers as defenders of the free world schtick. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hanley5545 Hanley | 3/25/2012

    " Better than some but a bit too clever by half.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matt | 1/29/2012

    " My second favorite in this series. You really feel the emotion as Cotton learns the truth about his father. The first book I read on my Kindle when I bought it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erin | 1/14/2012

    " Starts off well with the sub and the pursuit through Europe. The bits in America droll on a little longer than needed. I was tired with the Ramsey/Charlie Smith storyline after the showdown in Asheville. Towards the end, seem to switch back and forth between the 2 settings too much. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Worth | 12/9/2011

    " My favorite pulp author... (If only poor, writer-blocked Dan Brown could be this prolific.) As is typical, a great "plot" where you're bound to learn a thing or two about submerged histories. Who really cares if any of it's plausible or true. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 11/29/2011

    " Ultimately, I really liked this book. This one was a little harder to get into than some of his others but was fabulous once I got started. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Remy | 8/25/2011

    " un bon bouquin pour tuer une journee de voyage, sans plus. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erik | 5/5/2011

    " The Cotton Malone series is starting to become one long, exhausting blur. This episode explores possible roots to myths of ancient civilizations like Atlantis. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Yvann | 4/15/2011

    " It's a not terribly subtle thriller involving an ancient German dynasty, Nazis, retired USA Special Forces members turned booksellers... and Antarctica. Mostly everyone dies.

    Finished with no great relish... ok for the Tube, but that's not a terribly high standard. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane | 3/12/2011

    " Still reading it but great so far "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Frédéric Alexander | 3/7/2011

    " Sort of like Dan Brown except the style is just a bit different and the subjects he writes about are a lot more diffrent than Dan Brown. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeanette | 1/14/2011

    " It took awhile for me to get into this book, but as always Steve Berry drew me into Cotton Malone's life with easy. I love this series, and will keep reading Steve Berry's books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joseph | 1/8/2011

    " All of Steve Berry's books are entertaining reads, mostly international conspiracy theory mysteries. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chrissy | 1/4/2011

    " The premise of this story is about a lost civilization in Antarctica and even brings in that old and extremely accurate map of Antarctica back in the sailor explorer days. This story is more of a personal journey for Cotton but just as exciting and interesting as his other stories. "

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About the Author
Author Steve BerrySTEVE BERRY is the New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author of a dozen Cotton Malone novels, and several standalones. He has 20 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 a member of the Smithsonian Libraries Advisory Board and was a founding member of International Thriller Writers, formerly serving as its co-president.
About the Narrator

Scott Brick, actor, narrator, and writer, attended UCLA and spent ten years in a traveling Shakespeare company. Passionate about the spoken word, he has narrated a wide variety of audiobooks, from thrillers and science fiction to classics and nonfiction. He has recorded more than eight hundred audiobooks and won over fifty AudioFile Earphones Awards and several of the prestigious Audie Awards. He was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine and the Voice of Choice for 2016 by Booklist magazine.