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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (5,161 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Steve Berry Narrator: Scott Brick Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Cotton Malone Series Release Date: December 2009 ISBN: 9780739329177
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When Napoleon Bonaparte died in exile in 1821, he took to the grave a powerful secret. As general and emperor, he had stolen immeasurable riches from palaces, national treasuries, and even the Knights of Malta and the Vatican. In his final days, his British captors hoped to learn where the loot lay hidden. But he told them nothing, and in his will he made no mention of the treasure. Or did he?

Former Justice Department operative Cotton Malone isn't looking for trouble when it comes knocking at his Copenhagen bookshop. Actually, it breaks and enters in the form of an American Secret Service agent with a pair of assassins on his heels. Malone has his doubts about the anxious young man, but narrowly surviving a ferocious firefight convinces him to follow his unexpected new ally.

Their first stop is the secluded estate of Malone's good friend, Henrik Thorvaldsen. The wily Danish tycoon has uncovered the insidious plans of the Paris Club, a cabal of multimillionaires bent on manipulating the global economy. Only by matching wits with a terrorist-for-hire, foiling a catastrophic attack, and plunging into a desperate hunt for Napoleon's legendary lost treasure can Malone hope to avert international financial anarchy.

But Thorvaldsen's real objective is much more personal: to avenge the murder of his son by the larcenous aristocrat at the heart of the conspiracy. Thorvaldsen's vendetta places Malone in an impossible quandary - one that forces him to choose between friend and country, past and present. Starting in Denmark, moving to England, and ending up in the storied streets and cathedrals of Paris, Malone plays a breathless game of duplicity and death, all to claim a prize of untold value. But at what cost?

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Quotes & Awards

  • Steve Berry gets better and better with each new book. . . . [In The Paris Vendetta] there are assassination plots, searches for hidden treasure, battles between enemies and even friends, and a taste of romance. . . . Bring on the next one! Huffington Post
  • This well-crafted thriller also offers plenty of surprises. Publishers Weekly 
     
  • Berry has written another amazing blend of suspense and history. Fans will love it, and for newcomers it’s the perfect place to start. . . . [Readers] cannot go wrong with Cotton Malone. Library Journal
  • All the Steve Berry hallmarks are here: scale, scope, sweep, history—plus breathless second-by-second suspense. I love this guy. Lee Child
  • Outstanding . . . Berry has become the modern master of the thriller form. Providence Journal-Bulletin
  • All the Berry hallmarks are here: scale, scope, sweep, history - plus breathless second-by-second suspense. I love this guy. Lee Child
  • Steve Berry always finds intriguing ways to link the past to the present in his fast-paced thrillers.  The Paris Vendetta is his best yet. Harlan Coben
  • Thrilling . . . exciting and fast-paced . . . a worthy addition to a fine series. Wichita Falls Times Record News

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Randy Christopher | 2/20/2014

    " I loved the prologue about Napoleon giving away secret information, and it never got dull from there. Henrik's mystique really brewed heavily in this one and I enjoyed his character much more from this read. I liked the Cotton Malone pairing with the other agent and their genuine love-hate relationship. They knew they had to work together, yet didn't really fully trust one another along the way. This is one of those books that really shows how much Berry has grown as an author, and helps cement Cotton Malone into a great literary character. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anna | 2/15/2014

    " Really not one of my favorites. An interesting story line however I did not care for Sam or Meagan, and I am terribly disapponted that Henrik has been killed off from the story lines. I love having him as a side character in Cotton's adventures. "

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

    " Another great Cotton Malone character book. Sad to see a favored character die off, but story was good and wrapped up loose ends for HT. I liked the new character introduced, Sam Collins. Be interesting to see if he resurfaces in future Cotton books (I still need to catch up to). Starting The Emperor's Tomb shortly! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Geegee | 2/1/2014

    " Good summer escapist stuff. Lots of bits of history thrown in, and at the end, clarification of what was legit historical or cultural info. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janice | 1/30/2014

    " I enjoy the way Steve Berry combines fact, fiction, theory and the search - but some of his other books were much better. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Brad | 1/26/2014

    " Easily the worst Cotton Malone book. A less than exciting quest, an important recurring character absent except for a cameo (actually not really much of a cameo), and way more time spent on apprehending a known terrorist as oppposed to a quest adventure. Furthermore, I found Cotton's behavior and actions in this to be totally annoying and unbelievable. In short a major disappointment all around. I hope the next Cotton adventure is better. Steve Berry seems to be going downhill. The last Cotton book The Charlemagne Pursuit was less than stellar too. I can only hope he turns things around. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendy | 1/15/2014

    " A good read Steve Berry has kept this series refreshing and I enjoyed it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tina | 1/10/2014

    " Berry has really gotten stale for me. His plots get slower, he introduces too many new characters, and the history gets too thin and watery for my taste. I think I've gotten as far in the series as I care to go. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark | 1/5/2014

    " Have read all his books and have enjoyed them all. He keeps you turning the pages. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 12/24/2013

    " Rather fragmented and surprisingly boring except at the very end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jana | 11/25/2013

    " Excellent thriller, could not pot it down. Looking forward to reading more books from this author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patti Concannon | 11/13/2013

    " I love me some Cotton Malone! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Christina | 11/4/2013

    " Think I need a paper copy of this book. I couldn't listen to the reader. He sounded the same as when he reads the Clive Cussler books And the authors write differently. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leone | 3/21/2013

    " A solid action thriller - lots of suspense and set amidst the intrigue of Paris. I wish I could add a half star... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kelly | 2/22/2013

    " I did not make it through this one. I think I stopped with about 100 pages left. It was just so slow. It truly dragged and there were so many characters, and so many different plots and groups, and I really did not care for any of them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 1/25/2013

    " All the hallmarks of a Steve Berry novel are here: The history, action and fast pace are all there, and it's refreshing to be introduced to new characters in the series, which I'm sure will pop up in later novels. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rob | 9/6/2012

    " The continuing adventures of Cotton Malone. This time he is going up against a group that causes economic chaos in order to profit from them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tony | 7/1/2012

    " This book has some twists and turns I wasn't expecting. I still enjoy the character but knowing there is another Cotton Malone novel and a Vitt offshoot makes me wonder if this author is going to keep going back to this well forever. His other novels with other leads were just as good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelsey | 5/2/2012

    " Good book. Although I love Steve Berry, this wasn't my favorite of the Malone series of books, but it was still good. I felt that the Napoleon myth/story wasn't as interesting as the past ones. Still, it was a good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wayne S | 4/24/2012

    " 2nd read - continuing with Cotton Malone series. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Melda | 3/22/2012

    " A complete waste of time. I had read Steve Berry's The Venetian Betrayal before and I had enjoyed it. It wasn't a masterpiece but it was ok. This one is a complete nonsense. It is a whole lot of information on Napoleon and Paris sites crammed together around a non plausible plot. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 M.J. | 11/29/2011

    " No one writes historical thrillers like Steve Berry. I can say the same thing for all his books- they keep me turning the pages long into the night. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 TJ | 10/22/2011

    " I tried to like this but couldn't get into it. The characters were carictures and not very interesting. I finally gave it up. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janet | 9/11/2011

    " I really enjoyed listening to this book. I have read/listened to several books by Steve Berry and this was this best so far. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gillian | 6/17/2011

    " Good book. Did not take me long to read. Would be a nice book to take on vacation. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lori | 5/19/2011

    " Such a good book, this time Cotton is in Paris following his friend bent on revenge. Napoleon's treasure is up for grabs. I had to stay awake so I could finish listening to this book. I already have the next Cotton Malone adventure on my Ipod. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Polly | 4/25/2011

    " Nice read. Typical Steve Berry with a lot of details using history. The action is fast at times and slow at others. Enjoyed reading about Cotton and all of his friends again. Wish I knew where the name Cotton comes from. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Martin | 4/23/2011

    " Good bank holiday read! Napoleon has hidden clues as to where his stash is hidden. Twists and turns, and a bit of code breaking (with a guest appearance by the Priory of Sion!) reveals all. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Faith | 4/3/2011

    " Cotton Malone and his intrigues with a financial meltdown as a background. Probably my last Steve Berry nove. Good but beginning to be formulaic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jane | 3/8/2011

    " Not as good as some of his others. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anna | 3/6/2011

    " Really not one of my favorites. An interesting story line however I did not care for Sam or Meagan, and I am terribly disapponted that Henrik has been killed off from the story lines. I love having him as a side character in Cotton's adventures. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 2/25/2011

    " Another great book in the Cotton Malone series. This one was a little more believable than the last. Now to start his newest.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth | 2/22/2011

    " I picked this up on a whim at the library and it turned out to be a page turner that I stayed up late to finish. I will definitely be picking up more of Berry's books from here on out. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sarah | 2/17/2011

    " This book gets one star for having found a publisher. Otherwise, it was vacuous. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amos | 2/11/2011

    " Of MB 2/11/2011 std 5/4/2011 am finis 5/6/2011 c 4:30 pm "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lori | 2/8/2011

    " Such a good book, this time Cotton is in Paris following his friend bent on revenge. Napoleon's treasure is up for grabs. I had to stay awake so I could finish listening to this book. I already have the next Cotton Malone adventure on my Ipod. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Derek | 2/1/2011

    " The thing I like about Steve Berry is that his books are fun to read. Not the best written book, dialog especially was lacking, but still a good fun read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mom | 1/30/2011

    " Makes you went to visit Paris. Action novel and very informative. "

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About the Author
Author Steve Berry

Steve Berry is the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of a dozen Cotton Malone novels and several stand-alone novels. There are twenty million of his books in print, translated into forty languages. He has received the Royden B. Davis Distinguished Author Award and the 2013 Writers for Writers Award from Poets & Writers. His novel The Columbus Affair earned him the Anne Frank Human Writes Award. With his wife, Elizabeth, he is the founder of History Matters, which is dedicated to historical preservation, and his historic preservation work merited the 2013 Silver Bullet from International Thriller Writers. 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.