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The Paris Vendetta (Cotton Malone #5)

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When Napoleon Bonaparte died in exile in 1821, he took to the grave a powerful secret. As general and emperor, he had stolen immeasurable riches from palaces, national treasuries, and even the Knights of Malta and the Vatican. In his final days, his British captors hoped to learn where the loot lay hidden. But he told them nothing, and in his will he made no mention of the ...more
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Published December 1st 2009 by Random House Audio
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Alex is The Romance Fox
With the 5th novel in the Cotton Malone Series, the author has written another well-crafted book, where he skillfully blends modern day suspense and historical mystery, featuring Cotton Malone, ex-member of the Magellan Billet, now living a quite life as a bookstore owner in Copenhagen. I love the fact that Malone has a love for books………just like me!!! And he has something I would have loved to have owned……his very own bookstore!!!
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This story focuses primarily on Malone’s friend and mentor, Hen
Angela Risner
Jun 05, 2012 Angela Risner rated it it was ok
I’m a huge fan of Steve Berry. The amount of research he does for each one is just amazing. He takes us on travels that most of us will never go on ourselves. I always learn something new.

The Paris Vendetta focuses on Napoleon Bonaparte. Most of us probably know the following facts about Napoleon:

He was short.
He stuck his hand inside his coat all of the time.
He lost at Waterloo.
He was exiled to some island.

Small bit of trivia – I had a pen pal from the island to which he was first exiled, El
Kelley Anne
Feb 19, 2010 Kelley Anne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
I recieved this book as part of a first reads giveaway. Overall, I really enjoyed it. It's pretty fast paced, action packed. I also really enjoyed the characters. This book reminded me a bit of a Dan Brown novel, in the way that history becomes an integreal part of the story. I really enjoyed the parts about Napolean!

My one real problem was that this book is in the middle of a series. And I've never read the other books in the series! I'm sure that if I had already read the other books, I would
When I picked this book up, I'd seen reviews saying that it wasn't like Berry's previous novels. Some of the reviewers liked it, some didn't. I have to admit, they were right- the book isn't much like any of Berry's other novels. Rather than focus on the pursuit of some forgotten bit of history, the main focus of the book is about revenge, politics & pride. It reads more like a spy mystery mixed in with a crime drama than anything else.

The story finds Cotton Malone's bookstore home being bro
Kelsey Hanson
Apr 14, 2016 Kelsey Hanson rated it liked it
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Feb 02, 2016 Samantha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
When ex-Department of Justice agent Cotton Malone now bookseller in Copenhagen realises his friend Henrik Thorvaldsen is in trouble he doesn’t hesitate to spring into action. Somehow Napoleon Bonaparte, a British aristocratic lord and Henrik's murdered son Cai are inextricably linked.

This is the 5th in the Cotton Malone series, this was a slow starter for me initially there was a lot more intrigue than action and took me a while to settle with the story but once I did I really got into it. I rea
Aug 01, 2015 Gruia rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I crawled to the end of this book. Very disappointed and will not return to this author. Was expecting a page-turner, but simply could not get drawn in. There are several reasons for this:

1. The characters and story so full of stereotypes, they turn kitschy
2. Poor writing technique
3. The lack of cadence and a nonexistent writing style
4. Poor fact checking and realism.


1. Stereotypes: multivalent hero, lone-wolf, with billionaire friends, US president on speed-dial etc.

2. Writing techniqu
Dec 23, 2009 Elizabeth rated it liked it
Shelves: 52-in-2009
The Paris Vendetta by Steve Berry (pp. 432)

Steve Berry found the joy and success of his formula again with the latest installment of the Cotton Malone historical thriller series. The last novel was a scattered mess. But Berry returns to form following the obsession of a father (Thorvaldsen) bent on revenge against the man who murdered his son. Thorvaldsen gets involved in some secret groups and global conspiracies as his outrage and obsession takes over laws, rules and logic. Malone gets thrown
Alayne Bushey
Dec 01, 2010 Alayne Bushey rated it liked it
I'm sad to say it, folks, Mr. Berry has let me down. Something about The Paris Vendetta, the fifth book in the Cotton Malone series, did not catch me as his previous books have. I wasn't hooked, I wasn't excited or thrilled or anticipating the next turn of events.

The Paris Vendetta follows former agent Cotton Malone as he's rudely awoken in the middle of the night by a stranger who says his good friend Henrik sent him. So begins a European cat-and-mouse game between Cotton, Henrik, and a danger
Mar 03, 2016 Gabe rated it liked it
I would've rate it 3.75 if fractional rating would be an option here.

This is a very interesting and entertaining book at the same time.

It is a pleasant mix of history and reality, with a focus on the controversial figure of Napoleon as either a great leader or a despot and unfair egocentric man who managed to lead France, based on your own preference or view of the man's career.

The writing style is very advanced, with plenty of quotes that deserve to be memorized or at least noted and recorded
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‘বৃকষ তোমার নাম কি ফলে পরিচয়’। আর কারোর বেলায় কথাটা খাটে কিনা জানিনা তবে নতুন অনুবাদক রাকিব হাসানের বেলায় খাটতে বাধয কথাটা। সালে আমাজনিয়ার মতো একটা দুরদানত বই অনুবাদ করে পাঠক মহলে নিজের আসন পোকত ভাবেই অধিষঠিত করেন উনি। সবাইকে দেখিয়ে দেন নিজের অনুবাদ করার দুরদানত গুনাবলী। তখন থেকে এখন পরযনত বইয়ের গরুপ গুলোতে ঢু মারলে দেখা যাবে এই বই নিয়েই সবচেয়ে আলোচনা হয়েছে সবচেয়ে বেশী। বইটির ছিল যেমন সুনদর গাথুনী তেমনী ছিলো উনার অনুবাদ। তারই রেশ ধরে এইবারের বই মেলাতে আসে উনার আরেকটি অনুবাদ। সটিভ বযারির দযা পযা ...more
Gail Cooke
Jan 13, 2010 Gail Cooke rated it it was amazing
Opening with Napoleon on Egypt's Giza Plateau in 1799 Steve Barry again takes us on an exciting, suspenseful, ever surprising journey with former justice department operative Cotton Malone. One of the many things that makes reading a Berry book so intriguing is his splendid mix of history and mystery.

As we know Napoleon was, among other things, an excellent thief. He had stolen vast treasures from repositories of wealth throughout the world. Question is what became of this booty after his death
Mark O'Neill
No sooner is Cotton Malone back from the Arctic after finding his father is he launching once again into another conspiracy. This time, he is caught up in Henrik Thorvaldsen's violent attempts to gain revenge for the murder of his son in Mexico many years before. Using private investigators, Thorvaldsen has tracked down the two people responsible for his son's murder - a Spanish drug lord and an English Lord. After killing the Spanish drug lord, Thorvaldsen asks Malone to help him track down the ...more
Mar 26, 2014 Alison rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
2013 has certainly been a good year for me especially with relation to the books I've chosen to read. Most of the books I've read this year have been fascinating and highly deserving of 5 stars :). Steve Berry's 'The Paris Vendetta' is most definitely one of these books. I had given this book to a friend and after he read it, he lent it to me. It had rested on my shelf for a few months while I enjoyed other wonderful books but I did not thought what a gem this book really is. To say I immensely ...more
Suspense Magazine
Feb 12, 2010 Suspense Magazine rated it really liked it
Long time fans will be overjoyed to see the return of much-loved Cotton Malone in Steve Berry’s newest twist, “The Paris Vendetta”. Circling multiple storylines, this is easily the most fast-paced volume in the series as Berry focuses on the long-lost treasure of Napoleon Bonaparte. Cotton is duty-bound to make a choice between helping his closest friend, Henrik Thorvaldsen or taking down a terrorist plot with his former employer Stephanie Nelle.

Bringing together the best of both worlds, Berry
Am0o0n Turki

عندما مات نابليون بونابرت في المنفى عام م ، أخذ معه الى القبر سراً بالغ الأهمية. فنظرا لكونه جنرالاً وإمبروطوراً ، كان قد سرق
كنوزاً طائلة من القصور، والخونة الوطنية ، وحتى من فرسان مالطا والفاتيكان. وأمِل آسروه البريطانيون أن يعلموا أين خبأ الغنائم. ولكنه لم يخبرهم شيئاً البتة ، ولم يذكر شيئاً عن الكنز في وصيته .أم تراه فعل ذلك ؟
مدير إدارة العدل السابق، كوتون مالون، كان على وشك أن يكتشف ذلك وإذا بالمشاكل تطرق باب مكتبته في كوبنهاغن على يد عميل في جهاز المخابرات الامريكي يطارده قاتلان محترفان.
This book started out r.e.a.l.l.y slow for me. I was listening to the audio version, and the narrator made it almost impossible to tell characters apart during dialog. So I switched to the written version instead, and that helped it move along more. I wish there had been more history and clue finding like in other books by Berry. This book seemed to rely more on character interaction and vendettas and such than adventure. The ending definitely picked up, but I think this is my least favorite of ...more
Jul 24, 2015 Cyndi rated it did not like it
This book had a couple of exciting parts, but, for the most part, really didn't like the flash-backs. Loses the story line too often. It was difficult sometimes to remember in what time or place each scene was taking place.
Randall Christopher
Apr 12, 2012 Randall Christopher rated it really liked it
I loved the prologue about Napoleon giving away secret information, and it never got dull from there. Henrik's mystique really brewed heavily in this one and I enjoyed his character much more from this read. I liked the Cotton Malone pairing with the other agent and their genuine love-hate relationship. They knew they had to work together, yet didn't really fully trust one another along the way. This is one of those books that really shows how much Berry has grown as an author, and helps cement ...more
Mara Call
Mar 12, 2014 Mara Call rated it really liked it
I didn't enjoy the first 1/2 of the book as much as I enjoyed the "Templar Legacy". I think that this story really got interesting more towards the last 1/2 to last 3/4 of the book. Steve Berry spends a lot of time setting the stage and developing characters. Quite often you don't find out what the point of that little detail is until many chapters later. I enjoy Berry's writing, although sometimes (especially when sleepy) it is hard to follow who is talking. I find myself having to go back and ...more
Timothy Darling
Apr 19, 2016 Timothy Darling rated it really liked it
Steve Berry's books are entertaining. This one is no exception. The prospect of the aging spy changing vehicles mid-flight is a bit off. The constant movement of the plot makes it pretty good suspense. Berry has the similar habit of Mary Higgins Clark of repeating what he wants to make sure the reader gets. It's a little strange.

However, Berry has a strongly declared respect for history, and his insertion of well researched historical allusions, along with his detailed itemization of the accurat
Nov 19, 2014 Kim rated it it was ok
WTH? Ok, this is my fault because if I enjoy a few books in a series I get all dogged about it even when they go south. I just don't stop even when I should.

I enjoy the research and history Steve Berry inserts - and his notes at the end that goes through what is his fabrication and what is true history.

And in the first few books I really liked the characters - I mean, why else do you read a series if you don't like the characters? So we get to this one - where I Cassiopia Vitt? And Henrick...w
Mariel Grey
I haven’t read Steve Berry in quite a while so I picked one up that was laying around. The story revolves around Berry’s Cotton Malone character, a retired U.S. Department of Justice Agency agent who owns a bookstore in Copenhagen.

In the opening, Sam Collins, a young Secret Service Agent recently fired from that agency, breaks into Malone’s bookstore. Collins was terminated from the agency because he was the webmaster for an independent website investigating potential world wide financial conspi
Jan 28, 2015 Jen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Steve Berry is one of my favorite historical thriller authors. He thoroughly researches historical topics and politics to give more credibility and believability to his stories. And this one does not disappoint.

This is the 5th book in the Cotton Malone series. While not really necessary to read the others that came before it to enjoy the plot, it may be harder to really appreciate the relationships between the longstanding characters. Cotton Malone is a retired agent, but for being retires he su
Joseph Perkins Jr.
The Paris Vendetta by Steve Berry was yet again what he does best! Berry picks beautiful Paris as our backdrop for this action packed adventure. Once again, combining fiction based on historical fact along with our main character Cotton Malone. we are taken on a chase around the world in search of an unanswered riddle of former Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte. Where exactly in his supposedly lost cache which still has yet to be discovered. With many parties interested and many motives unclear it is u ...more
Oct 12, 2010 Vivienne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I read this last week as light relief during my more serious reading of the Man Booker shortlist.

As always, Berry delivered a sharp, fast-paced thriller that was very hard to put down. Great fun.
Apr 29, 2010 M.J. rated it it was amazing
No one writes historical thrillers like Steve Berry. I can say the same thing for all his books- they keep me turning the pages long into the night.
Shane Briant
Jun 30, 2009 Shane Briant rated it it was amazing
One of the ultimate page-turners. You'll still be reading when your holiday Airbus 300-200 plunges into the side of a mountain. It's that much fun.
Jenette White
Mar 14, 2015 Jenette White rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: action, history,informative and no romance
Recommended to Jenette by: good reads via "similar to this author"
Fast moving. Economy of words. Enjoy ties to history. Like the tightness of plot and no "bogging" down in romantic entanglements. Finally, I enjoy the authors contribution at end he teases out facts from story and leaves the reader with the history as it today.Which leaves me wanting to know more about the super rich, the influence they have and I know it sounds crazy, but the "reserve bank system". This book makes me want to investigate it's function as it was presented as a crazy rip-of-system ...more
Farah El-bialy
Sep 10, 2014 Farah El-bialy rated it really liked it
That was my second book of the Cotton Malone series. It's almost as thrilling as Dan Brown's books. I loved every part of it, Napoleon truly was an enigmatic fella, but an outstanding historical person nonetheless. The reason why these fictional books are my favourite, is that the whole package! They take place in the most interesting cities, they include a lot of history, extremely conspiratorial, thrilling , fun and most importantly they're really educational . I gain a lot of different inform ...more
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Steve Berry is the New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author of 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 Alexandria Link, T
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