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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (15,545 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Steve Berry Narrator: Paul Michael Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Cotton Malone Series Release Date: February 2006 ISBN: 9781415931905
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The ancient order of the Knights Templar possessed untold wealth and absolute power over kings and popes … until the Inquisition, when they were wiped from the face of the earth, their hidden riches lost. But now two forces vying for the treasure have learned that it is not at all what they thought it was—and its true nature could change the modern world.

Cotton Malone, one-time top operative for the US Justice Department, is enjoying his quiet new life as an antiquarian book dealer in Copenhagen when an unexpected call to action reawakens his hair-trigger instincts—and plunges him back into the cloak-and-dagger world he thought he’d left behind.

It begins with a violent robbery attempt on Cotton’s former supervisor, Stephanie Nelle, who’s far from home on a mission that has nothing to do with national security. Armed with vital clues to a series of centuries-old puzzles scattered across Europe, she means to crack a mystery that has tantalized scholars and fortune-hunters through the ages by finding the legendary cache of wealth and forbidden knowledge thought to have been lost forever when the order of the Knights Templar was exterminated in the fourteenth century. But she’s not alone. Competing for the historic prize—and desperate for the crucial information Stephanie possesses—is Raymond de Roquefort, a shadowy zealot with an army of assassins at his command. 

Welcome or not, Cotton seeks to even the odds in the perilous race. But the more he learns about the ancient conspiracy surrounding the Knights Templar, the more he realizes that even more than lives are at stake. At the end of a lethal game of conquest, rife with intrigue, treachery, and craven lust for power, lies a shattering discovery that could rock the civilized world—and, in the wrong hands, bring it to its knees.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A major twist midway through the story…the puzzles are so much fun…radical thinking of the Gospels that’s sure to spark some lively debate…pretty grabby stuff.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “Lively characters and action set pieces make this a more readable, if no more plausible, version of the typical gnostic occult thriller.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Not to be missed. Anagrams and complicated symbology abound, and comparisons to The Da Vinci Code are inevitable, but Berry distinguishes himself with a complex, well-written, and extremely readable story.”

    Library Journal

  • “Until the next Dan Brown opus is released, this should hold devotees.”

    Booklist

  • “Exciting…hard to put down without reading one more page.”

    Florida Times-Union

  • “Berry’s latest is simultaneously a history lesson and a spellbinding mystery. Danger is ever-present, and the twists culminate in a breathtaking finale.”

    RT Book Reviews

  • “Berry provides Da Vinci Code–type suspense about a fascinating ancient order.”

    OK! magazine

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robby | 2/18/2014

    " Enjoyed previous Steve Berry works so decided to give his Cotton Malone series a go. Not bad for a series debut.Looking forward to the next one, someday. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Espe | 2/16/2014

    " This was the second of Berry's books that I read and Cotton Malone became my new Robert Langdon. Except that Cotton was former FBI and has the physical prowess as well as the intellectual one. I am intrigued more and more by Berry's plot lines and with each book he thrills me even more. But, more than that, Berry makes me question what I always thought I knew to be the truth. I've learned now not to get so caught up in things and that faith is personal and individual. Berry has a way of taking historical fact and weaving a new story with it. All in all this is one of my favorites! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather Perreault | 2/14/2014

    " At first I wasn't sure I liked this book - it seemed like another Dan Brown/DaVinci code type thriller, but not as polished. I ended up really enjoying it. This book incorporates more of the actual myths surrounding the Templar treasure (the "real" myths??), and at the end of the book the author has included a short section talking about what is actual legend and what he invented for the story. I would definitely consider reading another of his books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leslie Ferrari | 2/3/2014

    " This is a fascinating book. The author's notes at the end tell you what is historical fact or legend versus the fiction of the book. If you like the Dan Brown series, you'll like this one as well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eric | 2/2/2014

    " I enjoy this author. He takes unpopular and sometimes obscure theories and adds his own bit of historical fiction. Makes for a very fun read. This one was one of my favorites. "

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

    " It was a fun adventure, but left lots to be desired!! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Madelaine | 1/15/2014

    " tedious, drags from one moderate drama to another. Got boring and returned to library at about 75% done. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ana | 1/12/2014

    " Meh. I didn't really like it. I felt that the author was trying too hard to make it like The DaVinci Code. Also, the writing was full of cliches. Don't bother with it. "

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

    " A very difficult book for me to read, because it kept hitting sore spots for me when it comes to religion/sheep mind. However, the end of the book completely redeemed it for me, and Berry is still one of my favorite authors. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Helena | 12/29/2013

    " A light thriller - a perfect winter hibernation read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thomas Scott | 12/25/2013

    " i really enjoyed this book, learned alot too. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tealen | 12/8/2013

    " OK, I liked the mystery, intrigue and the treasure hunting. I DID NOT like the religious aspects of the story -- I should have just stopped reading. It was a big clue that it wasn't my favorite when it took me sooooo long to finish it. (I did take a 4 day break and reread all four twilight books) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Corry | 11/3/2013

    " great historical fiction with engaging characters...fast-paced. Both sequels are good, too...looking forward to 4th. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mark Cheathem | 8/23/2013

    " Meh. The Templar conspiracy is so 1980s. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 8/7/2013

    " Intelligent and interesting. Historical fiction at its most readable . "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matthew | 3/4/2013

    " One of my favorite authors. He makes me think, he makes me nervous as I read, it's edge of your seat. Such an amazing book and writer. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julie | 2/16/2013

    " I might have given this 2 and a half stars as it was better than the last Steve Berry I read (The Romanov Prophecy). I read this after reading The Jefferson Key because I wanted to try another Berry novel with Cotton Malone as the main character. This was really just so-so. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 11/7/2012

    " This book took a while to get warmed up but once it did, it was a fun read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ken | 8/16/2012

    " Enjoyable read. author gets your attention & story line is enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 5/10/2012

    " Liked the mix of mystery/thriller and religion. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emma-Rose Beauchamp | 3/20/2012

    " If you're looking for a book to read after Dan browns series of books, this is a good place to go. Not as much detail and not quite as well written but the plot is exciting and the facts are intriguing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 dhani Machfud | 11/6/2011

    " yah..yah Dan Brown-ish. Lumayan menegangkan lah,..bagi penggemar cerita thriller-konspirasi yah? tapi bagi yang gak suka2 amat ama konspirasi pasti bakal bosen bacanya. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carmen | 8/18/2011

    " I throughly enjoyed this book. I enjoy thrillers, but especially thrillers which are combined with history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie | 5/16/2011

    " Surprisingly good read. I was reluctant to get into it at first because there's literally 1,000 pages. However, this book is entertaining enough to read through to the end. I had trouble putting it down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eileen | 5/14/2011

    " I liked it really well it was the 2nd of his books that I read "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Smilies | 5/12/2011

    " I really like books that are historical fiction, and this certainly fit the bill. The plot is pretty suspensful but it would be boring for people who don't like this genre. But since that's not me, I'm re-reading it...for about the third time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eveline | 5/7/2011

    " An awesome novel, with loads of historical facts in it.
    For all the fans of the Davinci Code & other templar books: you have got to read this one! "

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

    " Audio Book. It was a pretty entertaining story but I couldn't get behind the hero. This might be because it was the abridged version. They take out all the character details and just leave you a story with no characters to get behind. Steve Berry also "

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

    " Very complicated and the theology of things is beyond my education, but good. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jeanne | 4/19/2011

    " I love books set in European locales and I like the premise of the book. I just didn't like the book. Maybe it was my mood at the time? I may try one again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mleeevans | 4/19/2011

    " I am not sure how to rate this book. There are some points of the books that I loved and could not put down. Then there are parts that all I could think while reading was why am I doing this to myself. Overall, I guess it was a good read. I was impressed with the factual details of the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rick | 4/14/2011

    " Great book full of mystery and intrigue.

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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

Paul Michael is an Audie Award-winning narrator. He has acted on stage, radio, television, and in feature films in Canada, Great Britain, and the United States. He has had leading roles in series and made-for-television movies and has guest starred in such series as VIP and Alias. He has been nominated for a Canadian Emmy (or Nellie) and has recorded over 150 audiobooks, including the international bestseller The Da Vinci Code.