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The Venetian Betrayal (Cotton Malone #3)

3.94  ·  Rating Details ·  19,330 Ratings  ·  769 Reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, 540 pages
Published November 18th 2008 by Ballantine Books (first published December 11th 2007)
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Pierre Tassé In my memory of her and Cassiopeia's beliefs, she is a non practicing Muslim. I would guess that this is consistent with the way Mr Berry dresses her…moreIn my memory of her and Cassiopeia's beliefs, she is a non practicing Muslim. I would guess that this is consistent with the way Mr Berry dresses her up (or down) as in the scene at the water pool where Cassiopeia is in a sports bra around men...not something a muslim would do.(less)

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Dan Darragh
Jan 09, 2009 Dan Darragh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
Dec 21, 2008 Willow rated it liked it
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
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
This action styled mystery starts out in 323 B.C.E, with Alexander the Great dying from a mysterious fever. Fast forward to present day and the Central Asian Federation, ruled by it's ambitious Supreme Minister, Irina Zovastina. She rules with a totalitarian twist and plans to release a deadly virus in surrounding countries that only she will be able to cure. Cotton Malone, a former U.S. Justice Department agent is contacted by Cassiopeia Vitt and Henrik Thorvaldson, and becomes drawn into the p ...more
Dec 29, 2008 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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...
Mike French
Jun 27, 2015 Mike French rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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)!
Steven Z.
Nov 12, 2016 Steven Z. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
THE VENETIAN BETRAYAL opens in true Steve Berry fashion with a historical scene that lends to the background of the plot. In this case we find Alexander of Macedonia (the Great) brooding over the loss of Hephaestion, his friend, warrior, and possibly lover who has died. In his grief he blames Glaucias, the physician for his death, and is executed, but not before we learn that Alexander is ill. Berry immediately shifts to Cotton Malone, the main character for the author’s series of historical nov ...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
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
Mar 14, 2017 Rita rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mais uma história baseada em eventos históricos. Neste livro a trama centra-se em Alexandre, O Grande. Grandes viagens, aventuras, muita acção do início ao fim.
Matt Halpern
Mar 05, 2017 Matt Halpern rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Typical Steve Berry action packed with many twists and turns. Love the work he does I haven't read a book of his that I have yet to enjoy.
Dec 27, 2016 Carol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Venetian Betrayal by Steve Berry
Cotton Malone series Book # 3

From The Book:
n 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 int
Lady K
Dec 31, 2010 Lady K rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 01, 2011 Josh rated it really liked it
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
Brenda H
Dec 25, 2016 Brenda H rated it really liked it
This is the third installment of the Cotton Malone series by Steve Berry. As with the previous books, the history was well researched, the story/mystery intriguing and the characters interesting.

Cotton and his friends (Cassiopeia, Henrik and Stephanie) are in a race to locate the final resting place of Alexander the Great and to unravel a mystery that either could destroy or save millions of people. Challenging them at every turn is Irina Zovastina, the Supreme Minister, of the newly-formed Cent
Paul Pessolano
Feb 23, 2011 Paul Pessolano rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 26, 2010 Jayna rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Angie Soufi
Sep 15, 2016 Angie Soufi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing! I can't stress enough on how i loved this book ! An excellent read!
Aug 29, 2015 Frank rated it really liked it
This is the third in Berry's Cotton Malone series. It's been a while since I read the first two books and I have others in the series that I hope to get to soon. This was a good action thriller similar to Dan Brown's novels. In this one, Malone, a former American government agent, is drawn into intrigue when he is almost the victim of a museum fire set to cover the theft of one of several Alexander the Great elephant medallions. These medallions are being stolen by the megalomaniac leader of the ...more
Jul 29, 2010 Diane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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 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
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.
Oct 11, 2009 Jen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: already-read
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.
Jun 11, 2008 Dugger rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Doris Pearson
Jul 23, 2015 Doris Pearson rated it it was amazing
Stunning portrayal. Many historic notes on Alexander I was unaware of before. Exciting non-stop action. Cotton is retired, yah right! Poor man.... although now I am looking for a recipe of his favorite soup! Tomato Bisque!
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!
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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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Cotton Malone (1 - 10 of 12 books)
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  • The Alexandria Link (Cotton Malone, #2)
  • The Charlemagne Pursuit (Cotton Malone, #4)
  • The Paris Vendetta (Cotton Malone, #5)
  • The Emperor's Tomb (Cotton Malone, #6)
  • The Jefferson Key (Cotton Malone, #7)
  • The King's Deception (Cotton Malone, #8)
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