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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:
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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.”


  • “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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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