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The Charlemagne Pursuit (Cotton Malone #4)

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As a child, former Justice Department agent Cotton Malone was told that his father died in a submarine disaster in the North Atlantic. But what he now learns stuns him: His father’s sub was a secret nuclear vessel lost on a highly classified mission beneath the ice shelves of Antarctica.

Twin sisters Dorothea Lindauer and Christl Falk are also determined to find out what b
Paperback, 546 pages
Published November 24th 2009 by Ballantine Books (first published January 1st 2008)
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Richard Reviles Censorship Always in All Ways
Rating: a breathless 4* of five

Steve Berry does it all right in The Charlemagne Pursuit. He starts right, in the pulse-pounding submarine accident that triggers the action in the book; he ends right, with late-night antics about to begin; he keeps his story moving at a fast clip in between, with love, murder, betrayal, revenge, more betrayal, hate, then love again.

It's a pleasure to give yourself over to a plot-drive thrill ride of a book at least four or five times a year. I couldn't make a die
Ugh, this was a total drag. Normally I really like the Cotton Malone books, but this one did not work for me. There were too many characters flitting all around the world and it took over 250 pages for any of them to end up in the same place. I felt like I was reading three different novels and all I wanted to do was read one that involved Cotton. Total disappointment
Violeta Petrovska
Некогаш, тишината може да каже многу повеќе од зборови, препорака од срце........
Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
Steve Berry has a very fertile imagination. He always creates an exciting and thought-provoking mix of historical fact and wild conjecture. This one has Cotton Malone seeking the truth about how his father really died 38 years ago. There's a U.S. government cover-up of a long-ago Antarctic expedition. It's tied in to worldwide Nazi searches for the origins of their master "Aryan" race.

Imagine the possibility of an advanced civilization existing thousands of years before ancient Egypt. Far-fetch
What seems at first to be an outrageous, impossible plot (Charlemagne, US Navy, Aryan Race/Hitler, a technologically highly-advanced First Civilization of Antarctica-living Sea Kings, political intrigue & murders, and historically-documented submarine trips to the South Pole as elements), turns out to be a very intriguing and on-the-edge-of-your-seat read. All elements are skillfully and believably woven together into a non-stop action/thriller. Characters range widely in nature, motives, an ...more
Fascinating theories posited here. Once again, enjoyed the mysteries, action, and history lessons. And even a little politics. On to the next one!
Kelsey Hanson
Why do I keep coming back to Steve Berry novels? They always sound so promising on the back of the book, but they never live up to the hype. This one is sadly another one. I think the reason why I can't get into his books as much as his colleague Dan Brown is because of the pacing and excess information. Steve Berry obvious does a lot of research for his books which is commendable but his books move so slowly that I lose track of the plot in all the historical details. Also Cassieopeia and Henri ...more
I didn't feel that this book was 500 pages, full of suspense and adventure. I have to give it to my dad, he will love it and have to convince him to give me money to buy the other Steve Berry's book :))...
Eric Wright
Cotton Malone, former Justic Department agent, has retired to a bookstore in Denmark. He is shocked to learn that his father didn't die in a sub disaster in the North Atlantic but on a secret mission to Antarctica. On same sub the father of two rich, but feuding girls, Dorothea and Christl, also perished. Their imperious mother sends them on a mission to find the truth about their father.

From this point the searchers for the truth of their fathers meet and tentatively join forces. The search ta
Alex is The Romance Fox
I like this series and find the protagonist, Cotton Malone very interesting.

This was not one of my favourites. It was really slow, too many characters that after a while I was having to go back pages to remember who was who.
Also, subplots and more subplots.

There is a lot of research done for this in most of the books and whilst I like discovering new theories and learning new history, it just drag too much here...I found myself skimming a lot of pages.

I did like the story but just not
Another Cotton Malone thriller, this book offered what Berry readers have come to expect: international intrigue, a thousand-year-old mystery, and action. Malone is trying to unravel the secrecy behind his father’s death aboard a submarine on a classified mission in Antarctica. This leads him to a family who is also seeking answers to the death of their father who was also on board the sub. But the quest to find answers leads them to a deeper mystery involving a strange language and a link to Ch ...more
Karen Brooks
I generally love Steve Berry books. They’re reliable action/thrillers with a great protagonist, Cotton Malone, former Magellan Billet agent and now a bookshop owner (which you have to love). Berry’s books also possess a good dose of fanciful history – meaning, he researches them, used aspects of known history and adds his own deft touches. While The Charlemagne Pursuit ticked some of the boxes in that it featured Cotton, was action-packed and had some reconstructed history woven through the plot ...more
Chris Gardner
The last Steve Berry book I read was The Templar Legacy and to be honest, I did not enjoy it. I was willing to give Berry another chance because I loved The Romanov Prophecy. I was not disappointed. The Charlemagne Pursuit is excellent.[return][return]The story starts out in Germany with Cotton Malone, an ex-operative for the U.S. government, trying to find information on the mysterious and classified death of his father, the captain of a lost experimental submarine. Things quickly get bad as Co ...more
S. Lynham
I like Berry's character Cotton Malone as he is always willing to jump out of the sandbox and try something new. This is another in a series and I am sure I have read some of the others as references to Malone's past ring some bells. Again, these are thrillers and they do that. A bit more than a beach read as there are a lot of pages but the action moves along well, the tension is well-constructed and Malone lives to fight another day.
Randall Christopher
I enjoyed this book because I love learning about the history Steve Berry provides in his books. The plot, however, just didn't hold my attention as much for me. I don't know if it was because I just didn't like the secondary characters, as I have noticed others have posted, or if it just wasn't a very convincing plot, but this one somewhat disappointed me. I liked Cotton's search for what really happened to his father, but the ending in Antarctica really didn't hold my attention. Malone lovers ...more
Although this is the 4th book in the Cotton malone series it was definitely lacking in something. Some of the previous main characters were noticeable by their absence and only fleeting remarks were made about them. I did enjoy the read, and previously I had wondered when the disappearance of Malone's father would be addressed, but this has left me slightly disappointed as it had a rushed kind of feel to it all. Maybe some aspects of the plot were also trying to stretch the imagination and plaus ...more
Dana Lynn Smith
I just finished the audio version of this book. I really like the way that Steve Berry weaves together historical fact and fiction, but sometimes it was a bit hard to follow the story, with all the jumping around between characters and continents. Maybe it's easier if you're reading instead of listening. The chapter at the end where the author explains which historical references in the book are true and which parts he made up was very interesting. Overall, this is a fun read. I have read severa ...more
Mark Robertson
I'll say this for Steve Berry: He's written a real page turner here. The story rushes from one action scene to another, with the first body dropping very early on and the last one just short of the book's fairly satisfying conclusion. I'll add that I like many of the characters in this book, particularly Cotton Malone, star of the series, and Charles C. Smith, Jr., a fairly entertaining contract killer who's personally responsible for several deaths in this tale. The action takes part in the Alp ...more
Jakub Bielatko
The Charlemagne Pursuit
By Steve Barry

Cotton Malone, ex-justice department lawyer and an agent for a Governmental organization is looking for the truth about what really happened to his father when his Submarine was confirmed missing with no possible survivors. But Malone isn’t the only one after the truth. Two sisters Lindauer are looking for their father who disappeared looking for ancient civilizations in the Arctic and they suspect his disappearance is connected to Cotton Malone Father. The
David Erickson
Steve Berry’s, Charlemagne Pursuit’ is arguably one of the best science fiction/spy novels I’ve ever read. It reminds me of Cussler’s novels, but much tighter with no typos, add-on words and unnecessary technical descriptions.

An American operative whose father died in a mysterious submarine accident in 1941, is thrown together with a beautiful French woman who lost her father aboard the same sub. Cotton Malone gets on the trail when he gets his boss to release a top secret file that sets off a f
Cotton Malone is in a hunt to discover what happened to his dad - who had been a submariner and was lost in a mission when Cotton was 10. Like all in this series it involves some interesting historical twists - Berry is great at mixing history and fiction. Charlemagne figures into this as well as a diabolically ambitious Chief of Naval intelligence and some members of a wealthy German family all of them tied together in the usual complex web of Berry's story-telling. Then there is also a shadowy ...more
This is another exciting adventure book by Steve Berry.
Much like a Dan Brown novel, these books take you around the world following clues from the past to try to figure out the present.

In this book, Cotton Malone is trying to find out why and how his father died in a navy submarine mission over 30 years ago. In the midst of his pursuit, he meets twin sisters Dorothea and Christl who are also trying to find about their father who died in the same mission. However, they have more information - a
Mara Call
As always another intriguing story involving political maneuvering, espionage, and unsolved mysteries somewhat mythical in nature.

I enjoy a good tale as well as the weaving of fact into fiction. At the end of each of these Cotton Malone books Berry divulges to his readers what is real and what is fiction. Many of these unveilings has provoked my curiosity on subjects and spurred further research and reading, as I am currently doing about Charlemagne.

I would highly recommend reading "The Life o
Vicki Elia
Audiobook Review
Narrator Scott Brick

After 8 hours, half of the 16:22 hrs of this audiobook, I threw in the towel. Berry does an marginal job of describing the fateful events of the past that lead to his father's death in a high-tech, top-secret submarine, and the subsequent government cover-up. But the story gets sidetracked in Bavaria, we suffer through hours of horrid dialogue between Cotton Malone and the Germanic women who may hold the key to Malone's father's cloaked death. This book is 1/4
Bill Warden
This was another great book by SB. I really liked the premise of the book and the pace. The only negative I can give the book is towards the end. It's almost like the publisher / editor told SB to wrap it up, because he did so very quickly without as much detail or emotion as the rest of the book.
John Lee
In my comments on the previous book of this series, I said that I wished that I had drawn a 'character map' to keep track of who was doing what to whom. I remembered that as I started this one and made one.

My page soon filled up with names joined by arrows as alliances were formed and with deletions as the death toll rose. I certainly found it useful in the early stages and then again later after the Christmas break encroached on my reading time.

As with previous books in the series, the author s
Over zijn vaders dood weet Cotton Malone alleen dat hij omgekomen is bij een ramp met een onderzeeër. Het blijkt een nucleair schip te zijn geweest. Het schip is dan ook vermist tijdens een geheime missie. Hij is niet de enige die de waarheid wil achterhalen. De vader van de tweeling Dorothea en Christl voer aan boord van dezelfde onderzeeër. De zussen weten echter iets wat Malone niet weet: in 1938 verkenden de nazi's Antarctica nadat zij zich voor deze ontdekkingstocht hadden laten inspireren ...more
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.
Das geheimste U-Boot
Cotton Malones Vater ist vor fast vierzig Jahren von einer geheimen U-Boot Fahrt nicht zurückgekehrt. Noch heute spürt Cotton Malone die Lücke, die der Vater hinterlassen hat. Nun nach den langen Jahren gelangt er in Garmisch an die geheimen Akten. Doch schon deren Übergabe führt zum Tod eines Fremden. Nicht nur Cotton will das Geheimnis um seinen Vater lüften, auch die Zwillingstöchter von Dietz Oberhauser wollen wissen, welches Schicksal ihr Vater erleiden musste. Zwischen
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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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