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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: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Cotton Malone Series Release Date: December 2009 ISBN: 9780739329191
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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

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kirsten | 2/14/2014

    " Grabbed my intention & now I'm reading the Cotton series from the beginning. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rupesh Goenka | 2/3/2014

    " Though slow at start.. the book is a nice engaging read!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ayana | 2/2/2014

    " The Fifth Book in the Cotton Malone left much to be desired. Though I really enjoy Berry's writing style this book really had the feel of a "first book of a series" and I believe that the introduction of so many new characters also lends to this fact. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ricardo | 1/30/2014

    " This is one of those books that only got published because the author had written other books and was probably under contract. What an awful book! The plot is barely credible and the events and characters are made to fit into the plot regardless of whether things make sense or not. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Winnie | 1/28/2014

    " Unfortunately I had read this out of sequence in the Cotton Malone as for some unknown reason thought I had read it so I already knew about a particular death - however this was still a great read - written in a very punchy minute by minute time line which kept your attention throughout. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dorothea | 1/24/2014

    " This was another fun book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jane | 1/15/2014

    " Not as good as some of his others. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Thomas Tyrer | 1/14/2014

    " If you like Berry, you won't be disappointed, but not one of his very best. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lorie | 1/10/2014

    " An interesting read with lots of history thrown in - mostly about Napoleon. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debbie | 10/18/2013

    " One of Steve Berry's better books. His novels are always fast paced and fun to read. This one introduced some new characters as well as said goodbye to some old ones. Very enjoyable. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kerri | 7/13/2013

    " Dull. I had to drag myself through it. Compared to earlier books in the series, particularly the Templar Legacy, this one was a snooze. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paula | 7/11/2013

    " I think I am burned out on Steve Berry. I like his writing and can always be assured that it will be a clean read. I liked this one but need to move on and come back to him at a later date. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Steve | 7/1/2013

    " The book had potential but just didn't go anywhere. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deborah | 6/24/2013

    " I absolutely love these international suspense thrillers from Steve Berry. This Cotton Malone adventure takes us from Denmark, through Great Britain and on to France. There is a heavy dose of Napoleon history and myth, as well....which definitely is the catalyst for this story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robert | 3/24/2013

    " My first Steve Berry. Excellent! I will certainly read more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chantal | 12/29/2012

    " Good, but not as gripping at the rest of them... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 10/30/2012

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steve B. Davis | 10/13/2012

    " Berry always has interesting plots and this one is no exception. It held my interest for the most part, but got a little slow moving in places. I don't think this is one of his best, but still a good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melanie | 8/10/2012

    " Another Steve Berry thriller. Good airplane read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David Sky | 8/9/2012

    " Make no mistake, this is yet another short-chapter, movie-script, hold back details to build suspense, throw in European landmarks and a bit of history, "Da Vinci Code" style book. But a rather well done version; I'll read more of the series when I'm looking to clear my reading palate. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jorge Ancona | 3/1/2012

    " Loved this book as well. What's not to love when you have Cotton Malone. This book has to do with Napoleon's cache and the quest to uncover his lost treasure. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kelly | 3/1/2012

    " 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. "

  • 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. "

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About the Author
Author Steve Berry

Steve Berry is the New York Times bestselling author of The Jefferson Key, The Emperor’s Tomb, The Paris Vendetta, The Charlemagne Pursuit, The Venetian Betrayal, The Alexandria Link, The Templar Legacy, The Third Secret, The Romanov Prophecy, The Amber Room, and the short stories “The Admiral’s Mark,” “The Devil’s Gold,” and “The Balkan Escape.” His books have been translated into forty languages and sold in fifty-one countries. He lives in the historic city of St. Augustine, Florida. He and his wife, Elizabeth, founded History Matters, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving our heritage.

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.