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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:
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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

  • 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
  • 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

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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