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3.55 out of 53.55 out of 53.55 out of 53.55 out of 53.55 out of 5 3.55 (33 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 2007 ISBN: 9780739358955
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In 323 BCE, 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 US 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 USSR, 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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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jane Fenn | 2/20/2014

    " Really enjoyed the story, getting to know more about the characters from earlier books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kirsten | 2/20/2014

    " I must admit that I enjoy these stories, even though the characters don't seem to develop at all from book to book. Is it embarrassing or funny that Berry's latest book is dedicated to his copy editor and yet I found a typo in the first chapter? If only such simple cure for AIDS could be found. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 colleen | 2/15/2014

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike | 2/13/2014

    " Good political thriller, lots of action. Well-researched historical background to the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Randy Christopher | 2/9/2014

    " I highly enjoy and recommend all Steve Berry books and this is no exception. Alexander the Great really intrigues me and this book helps build some more intrigue and information about him. I love the idea of secret groups and the Asian Federation is great in its secrecy and dastardly deeds. The villainess in this book is one of the more ruthless and cutthroat I have read, and a scene where she kills a man she thinks is a spy really shows this side of her. As always with Berry, the history of the book is what I enjoy reading about the most. This one does an excellent job of talking about the history without making it seem tedious or drawn out. The end was a little shocking, and the plot kept my interest throughout. This one will not disappoint. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gumps | 2/5/2014

    " Average thriller. A bit too much exposition and not enough character motivations. Enjoyable none the less. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 1/25/2014

    " Another thriller from Berry utilizing the Cotton Malone character and all his friends. Some of the plot is a but far-fetched, but the story moved swiftly and kept my interest. It would be wonderful is some of the elements of this story were actually true. I'll give nothing away, here.....you have to read the book to find out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dana | 1/14/2014

    " Not his best but still very good. I again enjoyed the history lesson about Alexander the Great. who knew he was gay???/ Not me!I went out and got a non-fi about him after reading this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carmen | 1/12/2014

    " this author never fails to deliver. His characters just keep developing, and do not dissapoint. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Darryl Stangry | 1/10/2014

    " Revolves around a potential second ending to the "Alexander the Great" story. Also describes a faux eastern bloc country with designs on taking over the world. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer Case | 12/27/2013

    " another gripping read. couldn't put it down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marilyn Short | 12/22/2013

    " Great suspense filled novel...one of Steve's best/the ending was a spellbinder and I recommend this novel to all mystery lovers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erik | 12/16/2013

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

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Dianna | 12/3/2013

    " i tried reading another of this guy's books on recommendation of my sister, but couldn't get through that one either. they're just not that interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephenstomps | 10/31/2013

    " I thought it was my favorite until the next one. Love Cotton and all the other very rich characters. But how many time can you blow up his Danish bookstore? Why don't the authorities make him move it from the center of town? Crazy! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Debi | 7/27/2013

    " Archaeology theme was the reason I checked it out but the content didn't have much to do with that. Probably won't read this author again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marsie | 7/4/2013

    " Nothing special. Cotton saves the day but doesn't get the girl. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dorothea | 1/11/2013

    " All of these Cotton Malone books are so much fun. They make me read and explore more about the subject matter - this one was about Alexander the Great!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Saaqshi Sharma | 1/5/2013

    " Better than Dan Brown (if you're into that sort of thing). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 10/27/2012

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steve | 7/30/2012

    " Just finished this book. Started with a flurry and ended with a flurry. If you aspire to learn more of Alexander the Great, this is a must read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aimeanna | 7/2/2012

    " I love the writing style of Steve Berry. This book robbed me of sleep over the few days that I was reading. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bcorcoran0718 | 5/18/2012

    " My guilty pleasure. I think I should have been a spy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Louise | 9/27/2011

    " Mystery and suspence surrounding a modern day quest to find the lost burial site of Alexander the Great, a cure for HIV, and to thwart a ruthless Eastern European leader. Entertaining 500 plus page book by Steve Berry. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Valeria | 5/24/2011

    " In the Cotton Malone series of Berry's books, probably my second favorite. The Alexandria Link was better, but that is a completely personal opinion since I have a facination with political unrest in the Middle East.

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  • 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. "

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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.