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Three Tales from the World of Cotton Malone: The Balkan Escape, The Devil's Gold, and The Admiral's Mark (Cotton Malone 0.5, 5.5, 6.5)

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Steve Berry’s bestselling thrillers have mesmerized suspense fans around the world, but his novels alone can’t contain all the exciting exploits of death-defying agent Cotton Malone and his smart, sexy sidekick, Cassiopeia Vitt. Catch all the action between the blockbusters in this trio of suspenseful short stories that capture Cotton and Cassiopeia at their history-huntin ...more
ebook, 113 pages
Published December 3rd 2012 by Ballantine Books (first published January 1st 2012)
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S Dizzy
May 09, 2017 S Dizzy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I am sure that I will not read any more in this series. It's simply that the plotlines hold no interest for me.
Jennifer Murphy
May 28, 2013 Jennifer Murphy rated it really liked it
I've read the full length stories, up to the recent The Jefferson Key. The shorts are nice fillers, but I wish I had read the full amazon book description to know where in the storyline these shorts lined up to.

The Balkan Escape features Cassiopeia Vitt, who a mysterious support character in the novels that you only learn about in small amounts throughout the various novels. The story was enjoyable as I learned more about the strength of Cassiopeia.

The Devil's Gold features some secondary charac
Jan 15, 2016 RumBelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
THE ADMIRAL'S MARK: This has a tie in with The Columbus Affair as far as subject and characters. It sets up the mystique more fully explored in The Columbus Affair. It was very fast paced with some quirky, interesting characters. An enjoyable story.

THE DEVIL'S GOLD: This is a story about a disgraced Magellan Billet agent seeking vengeance, and along the way a treasure. It's plot revolves around Nazi secrets and gold. It was more psychological, and the main character was intriguing. Not quite a
The usual Steve Berry fare: entertaining, light reading, with some nifty historical fictionalizing and globe-jumping ridiculousness. I liked that the stories were from the points of view of three different characters, including two familiar ones--it was a nice change of pace from the Cotton Malone books. The stories were uneven in terms of quality--it seemed like they were almost too short to get where they were supposed to be going, and they didn't really have any connection to each other.
Aug 12, 2014 Frank rated it it was ok
An uneven collection of Cotton Malone stories. The best of the lot was Admiral's Mark - decent length, decent plot, and provided some nice back story about Cotton's brother.
Balkan Escape and Devil's Gold were very short and didn't provide anything interesting from the universe.
Recommended for those ob-com's who simply _must_ read everything Cotton Malone. :-)
Erin Llanes
Aug 22, 2014 Erin Llanes rated it really liked it
A quick read featuring characters from the world of Cotton Malone, including Cotton himself. Interesting story threads that weave through other chapters in Malone's story. Recommended for fans of the Cotton Malone series as well as a good intro for new readers.
Nat Medlen
Jun 06, 2014 Nat Medlen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good short story collection

If you like Steve Berry's works and characters, this is a good buy for you. I really enjoyed all three stories, and enjoyed the tie ins with other books I've read by Berry.
Apr 13, 2014 Lindasp rated it liked it
These are 3 prequel short stories for the longer books, "The Emperor's Tomb", "Jefferson's Key" and "The Columbus Affair" but only one of them involved Cotton Malone which was a bit disappointing. The stories were good but I'm glad I borrowed it from the library instead of buying it.
Mar 22, 2014 Lynn rated it really liked it
These are just little teasers. Fun little tid bits to read when you have a few minutes to spare. I read the corresponding novels awhile ago. It was fun making the connections again.
Meghan Sullivan
Aug 24, 2016 Meghan Sullivan rated it liked it
Truly enjoyed The Admiral's Mark, but I thought that The Balkan Escape fell flat.
Donald Farrey
Jun 14, 2015 Donald Farrey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great short reads

As a Steve Berry and Cotton Malone character fan I enjoyed these short stories very much.
I'm looking forward to his next book.
Aug 28, 2013 Karin rated it liked it
These stories tie in heavily with The Columbus Affair,it,s like reading it twice.
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Steve Berry is the New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author of The Lost Order, The 14th Colony, 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 Alexa
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