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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (8,796 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Steve Berry Narrator: Erik Singer Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Cotton Malone Series Release Date: December 2007 ISBN: 9780739341292
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In 323 B.C.E, having conquered Persia, Alexander the Great set his sights on Arabia, then suddenly succumbed to a strange fever. Locating his final resting place–unknown to this day–remains a tantalizing goal for both archaeologists and treasure hunters. Now the quest for this coveted prize is about to heat up. And Cotton Malone–former U.S. Justice Department agent turned rare-book dealer–will be drawn into an intense geopolitical chess game.

After narrowly escaping incineration in a devastating fire that consumes a Danish museum, Cotton learns from his friend, the beguiling adventurer Cassiopeia Vitt, that the blaze was neither an accident nor an isolated incident. As part of campaign of arson intended to mask a far more diabolical design, buildings across Europe are being devoured by infernos of unnatural strength.

And from the ashes of the U.S.S.R., a new nation has arisen: Former Soviet republics have consolidated into the Central Asian Federation. At its helm is Supreme Minister Irina Zovastina, a cunning despot with a talent for politics, a taste for blood sport, and the single-minded desire to surpass Alexander the Great as history’s ultimate conqueror.
Backed by a secret cabal of powerbrokers, the Federation has amassed a harrowing arsenal of biological weapons. Equipped with the hellish power to decimate other nations at will, only one thing keeps Zovastina from setting in motion her death march of domination: a miraculous healing serum, kept secret by an ancient puzzle and buried with the mummified remains of Alexander the Great–in a tomb lost to the ages for more than 1,500 years.

Together, Cotton and Cassiopeia must outrun and outthink the forces allied against them. Their perilous quest will take them to the shores of Denmark, deep into the venerated monuments of Venice, and finally high inside the desolate Pamir mountains of Central Asia to unravel a riddle whose solution could destroy or save millions of people–depending on who finds the lost tomb first.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marsha | 2/14/2014

    " Somehow i did not enjoy this as I usually do Berry's work. I found its stretching of the possible to be beyond farfetched with predictable and cliched writing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charles | 2/9/2014

    " Pretty far out, but a lot of history and european scenery. I did enjoy reading it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erik | 2/7/2014

    " This is the best of Berry's Cotton Malone series, not his best book (that goes to The Third Secret) but pretty darn close. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Janina | 2/6/2014

    " The plot is interesting. It kept me reading and entertained. However, it seemed to me that the author was trying too hard to make it mysterious. It kind of felt like it was imitating Dan Brown. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mary Haines | 2/3/2014

    " Ok. Readable. Like Da Vinci Code "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chad | 1/30/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book. I enjoy how Mr. Berry brings so much histoy to his story lines. Another great adventure that Cotton Malone got thrown into with Alexander the Great at the foundation of this fictious tale. I am normally not too critical, but the error about Cotton being in the Navy as a pilot and flying F-15s was a little hard to listen to as that is an Air Force aircraft. But placing that and a few other minor errors aside this is another good story by Steve Berry with a likeable hero in Cotton Malone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 1/30/2014

    " Great book. Loved the history about Alexander the Great. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nicles | 1/23/2014

    " Some of the most unrealistic horse scenes I've ever read! Author isn't big into fact checking "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mandi | 1/18/2014

    " I read each Steve Berry book as it's been published. I enjoyed this book, but not as much as some of his earlier books. I can't put my finger on why I didn't like it as much, but it is still a great read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debbie | 1/3/2014

    " Slow in some spots but over all entertaining. "

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

    " fast paced thriller loosely based on history surrounding the bodies of alexander the great and saint mark-good light read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynn Hankin | 11/29/2013

    " Great action thriller ala James Bond but with updated characters and scenarios. Bring it to the beach! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth | 11/27/2013

    " Entertaining for a long drive -- and good enough that I couldn't follow it when I had to concentrate a lot on driving. I like the Cotton Malone character, and may give some of the authors other books a try. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 salinthebay | 11/27/2013

    " Similar theme to the Di Vinci Code, but takes place in Florence, Denmark and Russia. Greek coin mystery that is a good nights' read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Frank | 10/28/2013

    " Just fun. Great characters. Thank goodness for the Nook. Finish and start the next. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rob | 9/12/2013

    " I enjoyed the adventure. It's slightly formulaic, but I like the main character, Cotton Malone. It's sort of a mix between James Bond, The DaVinci Code, and Clive Cusler's Dirk Pitt. I enjoyed the blend of history with the modern adventure. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Martin | 8/17/2013

    " I think I am done with Steve Berry books for a while. I have to admit that I enjoy a good thriller ... especially when it's mixed with conspiratorial history. But his books are getting pretty formulaic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 8/6/2013

    " This book was very good. I didn't give my usual 5 stars not because of writing ability or story line, but because of my lack of interest in Alexander the Great. This book took me a little longer to get through than any of the other Steve Berry books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jerry Killen | 6/25/2013

    " I read prior to reading "The Templar Legacy" and enjoyed both. Now that I read the first book as well, the characters are more meaningful. As always, Berry includes some historical references about Europe. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sue | 5/13/2013

    " Interesting pairing of history and international intrigue. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sue | 4/27/2013

    " LOVE Steve Berry. Cotton Malone is a great character. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 stan | 3/5/2013

    " A really good read . Exciting, nail-biting and extremely entertaining "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 10/1/2012

    " Quick, entertaining mystery thriller I picked up in the airport based on myths surrounding the death of Alexander the Great. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheryle | 9/5/2012

    " I thoroughly enjoyed this book and was very different to what I read for a "who dunnit". It was a mixture of Alenander the Great and Today. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jamey | 9/3/2012

    " Intrique, adventure, globe hopping, thriller which carries you into the past. I like Steve Berry's writing; it keeps you on your toes through the entire book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Holly | 3/21/2012

    " another excellent read in the Cotton Malone series "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 1/24/2012

    " Another Cotton Malone suspense/spy/puzzle book. I didn't enjoy this one as much as the last, but it was still good. It was more "fantastical" than some of his others. It certainly was a very different take on the whereabouts of Alexander the Great's tomb. Fun read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rob Magnificent | 10/13/2011

    " Not very great. His earlier books (Romanov Prophecy and Templar Legacy) were better. Realism and believability were sacrificed here in order to keep the plot moving quickly. By the end it was quite predictable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 colleen | 4/26/2011

    " A real page-turner. I like all of Steve Berry's books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Polly | 4/25/2011

    " Nice continuation of familiar characters. Nice turns in a plot familiar to Steve Berry fans. Fast action with minute details that throw off the reader and make them go down another path. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jonathan | 4/3/2011

    " Not as good as the first two in the series. The last 40 pages lacked any suspense and just dragged on and on. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michelle | 4/1/2011

    " eh, another cotton Malone thriller looking for Alex the Great's body, which the discovery of is the only interesting thing "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joel | 3/27/2011

    " A good history lesson and action thriller. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erik | 3/24/2011

    " Interesting that Berry has started referencing James Rollins' characters...these two authors definitely cover a lot of the same territory, this story being no exception. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aysia | 3/17/2011

    " Not the type of book I would usually read, but I really liked it! It kept me intrigued through to the very end! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dad | 2/5/2011

    " A good action and history novel. Better than a 3 star, but not a 4. Part of the plot dealt with germ warfare. Too much biotech detail for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeanette | 1/14/2011

    " Cotton Malone series is always fun to read and educational too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joseph | 1/8/2011

    " All of Steve Berry's books are entertaining reads, mostly international conspiracy theory mysteries. "

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About the Author
Author Steve BerrySTEVE BERRY is the New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author of a dozen Cotton Malone novels, and several standalones. He has 20 million books in print, translated into 40 languages. With his wife, Elizabeth, he is the founder of History Matters, which is dedicated to historical preservation. 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

Erik Singer’s theatrical credits include the title role in The Hostage (off Broadway), A Life in the Theatre, Greetings!, and national tours of Othello and The Taming of the Shrew. He has also appeared on All My Children and As the World Turns, and was the voice of Vincent van Gogh in the A&E Biography about Van Gogh and Gauguin.