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The Venetian Betrayal (Cotton Malone #3)

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Locating Alexander the Great's 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. After narrowly escaping a fire that consumes a Danish museum, Cotton Malone-former U.S. Justice Department agent turned rare-book dealer-learns from his friend, the beguilin ...more
Hardcover, 608 pages
Published December 11th 2007 by Ballantine Books
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Dan Darragh
Got this one for Christmas. I'd never read Steve Berry before. He is of the Dan Browne-Robert Ludlum ilk -- international thriller. It's good escape and the fact I've been to Venice made it even more enjoyable. High body count, interesting characters,a nasty lesbian villain and short chapters ... what more can you ask? Many of the chapters are subdivided as they change scene from one group of protagonists to the other. As the book nears the end, these changes come quicker and quicker and it all ...more
Tanya
I'd give "The Venetian Betrayal" 2 1/2 stars if it were an option. It's definitely my least favorite of Berry's books that I've read, largely because the plot didn't maintain my interest. The characters lacked human-ness; if I had not read Berry's previous books, I wouldn't have felt I knew them at all. Still, I was pulled into the Alexander the Great storyline, and the imaginative portrayal of the Central Asian Federation, so I'll round this one up to three stars.
Willow
Yet another Cotton Malone book, this time with an all star cast reunion. Not only do the faithful readers of Steve Berry's books get to see Henrik, Casseiopa and Stephanie again, but even Colin Michener makes a guest appearance.

Unfortunately we already know much of the depths of these characters so there was no real character development, hence less emotional involvement for the reader. The book had no surprise twists waiting to catch the reader off guard, just the usual trying to figure out whi
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Mike French
Another exciting and enjoyable book in the Cotton Malone series. Keeps you on the edge of your seat from start to finish. I really enjoy this series and happy I have more to read(8)!
John
This is my fourth Steve Berry book and I thoroughly enjoyed reconnecting with Cotton Malone and the other characters. While the book was slow at times, I found that I could not put it down. I enjoyed the Alexander the Great story and the fictional Central Asia Federation. Not to give away the plot, but the book definitely makes you consider the potential of certain things happening (e.g. with the former Soviet republics in Central Asia) and of certain things existing. I am looking forward to pic ...more
Benjamin Thomas
A fairly solid entry in the Cotton Malone series although many reviewers consider this their least favorite. Cotton Malone just wants to be a bookseller in Copenhagen but once again gets dragged into another thrilling adventure due to his previous career as an agent for the US Justice Department. This time we find him and his friends on the trail of the leader of the newly formed Central Asian Federation, the lost tomb of Alexander the Great, and a mysterious cure for AIDS.

Plots of Cotton Malone
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Mark O'Neill
This book initially took a bit of getting into and I feared that I wouldn't be able to finish it. But the more I kept reading, the more I became more and more engrossed in it. So don't be put off if the start feels a bit hard or unwieldy. Keep going![return][return]In this book, the historical subject and subject of the conspiracy is Alexander The Great. As usual, Berry introduces a secret society into the story - the Venetian League - which makes me feel as if I am surrounded on all sides by se ...more
Paul Pessolano
Steve Berry may be the best at mixing mystery with history. If you have read "The Amber Room", "The Romanov Prophecy", "The Third Secret", "The Templar Legacy", and "The Alexandria Link" you know what I mean. He is once again in true form with his latest book, "The Venetian Betrayal".

This book is based around the life and death of Alexander the Great. A woman despot, Zovastina, has brought together several former Russian territories and formed the Central Asian Foundation. She is infatuated with
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Jayna
This is so odd because normally I love Steve Berry but I just hated this book. First off, I thought that there were story lines that were unnecessary and superfluous to the plot at hand that didn't add to the story as a whole, such as Naomi John. Second, I know that James Rollins and Steve Berry are friends and the distinguishing factor that I appreciate most about the two authors is that Steve Berry is much more historically driven with no scientific involvement. This is what attracted me to hi ...more
Lady K
Cotton Malone, notre héros, va avoir du boulot. Sauver ses amis et le monde, rien que ça, tout en résolvant une énigme de plus de 2000 ans ! Heureusement qu’il ne sera pas tout seul et qu’il est super fort (c’est à souligner quand même !). Plus rien à voir avec les Templiers. Vous allez (ré)apprendre l’histoire d’Alexandre Le Grand. Les cours sur cette période sont loin, et j’avoue avoir appris et réappris beaucoup de choses !

Encore une fois, j’ai beaucoup aimé cette suite. Toujours le même prin
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Josh
I wasn't sure I was ever going to read another Steve Berry novel after "The Alexandria Link" because I felt that book was incredibly anti-Semitic. I had felt that Berry had gone overboard with many of his attacks on Israel and Jews. Waiting two years before reading this book allowed me to calm down and give that last book some distance. After finishing this book, I feel Berry is an exciting writer who is able to write exciting action scenes and infuse his stories with detailed historical fact an ...more
Cinderella3653
I really enjoyed this book, actually reading it in little over one day. I have read the first book with Cotton Malone, the Templar Legacy, and I actually liked this one better. This is the 3rd book with Cotton. I havent been able to find the second one but from the sound of it, it had something to do with the LIbrary of Alexandria. In this one, the search is on for Alexander the Greats remains.. that through out history have appeared, dissappeared, reappeared...etc. And with a power hungry leade ...more
Randall Christopher
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 ...more
Alex is The Romance Fox
2nd reread.
I am enjoying this series a lot. Mystery mixed with history, espionage and what if???

Th 3rd book in the series and we meet up again with Cotton Malone, at his bookshop in Copenhagen and characters we have become familiar with...ee Henrik, Casseiopa and Stephanie Nelle, and a bunch of rather nasty and evil villains.

The plot surrounds the mystery of Alexander the Great's death and we get to see a bit of life in those times.
There are two intriguing storylines that intertwine with each o
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Daisyaday
I appreciate Mr. Berry's historical and biological research for this book. However, there are problems. He seems to have never seen a person on oxygen. Oxygen "bottles" are actually tanks, but would not be used in the home There is a machine called an oxygen concentrator, which is plugged in and takes oxygen from ambient air You flip a switch and attach the line. A person on oxygen would not be on a ventilator at the same time. "Ventilator" and "respirator" are NOT EVER synonyms as they are comp ...more
Gary
Following the tried and true approach of plunging directly into the action Steve Berry kicks off the third novel in the Cotton Malone series with our returned hero barely escaping an inferno as it consumes a Danish museum. Our retired U.S. agent discovers this connected to a string of fires across Europe and the fictitious federation that has been forged among the Central Asian countries by their now Supreme Minister Irina Zovastina. This however is but the tip of a much larger web of conspiraci ...more
Lissa Notreallywolf
I enjoyed listening to this audio book, although it is very much a thriller, full of double crosses as the title might indicate. Here we return to Alexandria, a fascinating place from a different perception than the previous Cotton Malone thriller, The Alexandria Link. The Alexandria link focuses on the library, something that looms as the book lover's nostalgic heaven on earth. The Venetian Betrayal focuses on the importance of tombs, largely those of Alexander the Great and St. Mark, but also ...more
Antonia
as the rating suggests: i enjoyed it. it had the usual stereotypic characters, wooden dialogue and invincible protagonists (unless you didn't have a name). the world is saved, maniacs killed, a cure for an uncurable disease found, lots of action, interesting premise sprinkled with sufficiently exciting historical topic, what could you want more from a mystery historical action novel.
one of the better examples of the genre. i read it without knowing the first two and it worked ok.
Neeka
One of the reasons why I love to read these types of novels is that it helps me get interested in a different part of history that I have never truly been fascinated with before. Alexander the Great was something I never really was interested in and because of this book I am more than willing to look more into his life and death.
The book also deals with the huge "what if" question in regards to what would happen if someone discovered the cure for HIV. Would someone right away tell the world of
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Almir Olovcic
Well, I can t really explain why but this book didn t make a good impression on me. In comparison with other Berry s books, this is the one which I red just to finish. I didn t enjoy in it. That Irina really pissed me off, she was some kind of super woman, not afraid of anyone, killing whoever she wants. And above everything, she was president of one country...if I would meet her on first occassion, I would put her bullet in a head and hasta la vista baby :D...
Jen
Another trip with another plane ride means another book read. This was a great plane read - it was easy to follow, and a fast read. This was another book about Cotton Malone, and if you haven't read Steve Berry before, his books remind me some of Dan Brown books. The plot and intrigue in this book were fun, although I did think at times it dragged a bit.
Véronique
Dit is het eerste boek van Steve Berry dat ik uitgelezen heb. De titels en korte inhouden van zijn werken spreken mij steeds erg aan, maar om één of andere reden haak ik onderweg steeds af. "Het Venetiaans bedrog" wist mijn aandacht vast te houden vanaf de eerste tot de laatste bladzijde. Het mag dan wel geen literatuur heten, het is een onvervalste avonturenroman, en laat ik nu net daar van houden.
Het verhaal op zich is, zoals het een goede avonturenroman betaamt, bij het haar gegrepen en van
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Kaye Gambles
It is a good book. As I told you at the beginning it starts off very disjointed flitting as it does between the history of Alexander the Great in the Prologue. Then the chapters go from Copenhagen, to Venice, to Samarkand and back again with what appears to be 3 subplots going on.

I did enjoy the book but there are several things that would stop me reading anymore.

1. It's political and set in the modern day backdrop of Europe and the Central Asian Federation.

2. There are references to Afghanista
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Gavin
This was more like the Templar book. I'm more a sucker for Templar and Alexander the Great legends. They seem possible. I can't imagine the Alexandria Library being found, but maybe. Cotton Malone continues to be quite the capable agent with an eidetic memory and the ability to solve all. That notwithstanding I would feel that he was in something that he couldn't get out of, but does in a way that's not unbelievable. The character of Viktor was a real treat because whether he was for or against ...more
Dugger
Fun, fast read. Berry always develops an intriguing link to a historical event in his novels. The idea of a unified central Asia is interesting, considering one the borrowers I work with frequently owns hotels in Uzbekistan.
Kelsey Hanson
You're killing me Steve Berry. This book really dragged for me. I found myself zoning out quite a bit which is surprising considering the amount of explosions that occurred. I liked seeing Stephanie and Cassiopeia again but UGH this story seemed to never end... and not in a good way. A problem that I see in many of Steve Berry's novels is that he practically drowns his story in historical facts until it's hard to find the plot. That much info, while informative, makes it feel like you're reading ...more
Sherri Couey
Not a book I would recommend listening to without a notebook to keep track of all the characters, locales and subplots. For me, I would rather read it so I could physically see the written words. It was very confusing trying to keep up with everything that was going on.

I couldn't figure out who was who. It seemed to jump all over. I would repeat chapters trying to understand what was happening. The story line is very good once I figured it out but it was very difficult to listen to and understan
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Scott Dickinson
Sorta like Indiana Jones meets W.E.B. Griffith. We'll see how it ends up but so far so good. 5 million copies sold!
Tim Hickernell
Steve Berry's take on the "Where's Alexander?" myth. But like usual, there's a lot more to it than just historical clues that lead to Alexander the Great's resting place. There's a medical panacea that Alexander knew about that is central to the story, as well as a league of multinational corporations, based in Ye Olde Venice, that our protagonist Cotton Malone must deal with. This is one of Berry's early Cotton Malone novels. I'm trying to play catch up. Very good, hard to put down and full of ...more
Todd Frazier
Berry does a great job of weaving historical information and fact into his story, per usual. The storytelling itself left much to be desired, though. The first half of the book is a disjointed back and forth between multiple locations and multiple characters, the lack of continuity making it difficult for the reader to engage. I almost quit reading altogether several times during this portion of the book. The second half is an improvement in story and pacing, but too many instances of deus ex ma ...more
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Steve Berry is the New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author of The Patriot Threat, The Lincoln Myth, The King's Deception, The Columbus Affair, The Jefferson Key, The Emperor's Tomb, The Paris Vendetta, The Charlemagne Pursuit, The Venetian Betrayal, The Alexandria Link, The Templar Legacy, The
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Cotton Malone (1 - 10 of 11 books)
  • The Templar Legacy (Cotton Malone, #1)
  • The Alexandria Link (Cotton Malone, #2)
  • The Charlemagne Pursuit (Cotton Malone, #4)
  • The Paris Vendetta (Cotton Malone, #5)
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  • The King's Deception (Cotton Malone, #8)
  • The Lincoln Myth (Cotton Malone, #9)
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