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...more
Paperback, 576 pages
Published November 24th 2009 by Ballantine Books (first published 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...more
Mia
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
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...more
Becky
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
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...more
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 story...as 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...more
Julie
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
Randy 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
Kris P
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
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...more
Tamara 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...more
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...more
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...more
Ike
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 :))...
M.J.
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.
Wal.li
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...more
Joseph Perkins Jr.
The Charlemagne Pursuit by Steve Berry was a fast paced action thriller. The fourth novel in The Cotton Malone series was yet again another success. This novel finds Cotton thrown into another game of hunt and seek for a artifacts and answers that change the course of history as we know it. Along with some help from several colleagues, Cotton spans the globe to find the answers and missing artifacts. He also has thoughts that these answers can bring some clues to questions about his late father...more
Tuomo
An excellent action thriller, quite on par with The Da Vinci Code! A fantastic collection of pre-historic, mediaeval and current plots, involving a number of historical mysteries, such as the Piri Reis map, the Voynich manuscript, the Nazi's search for Aryan origins, Civilization One and Cold War Pentagon cover-ups and conspirators. Easily the best Steve Berry I've read to date.
The only detail I have a problem with is the naming of the character "Admiral David Sylvian". I've been a fan of the mu...more
Kiki Unhinged
Years ago I devoured the DaVinci Code on vacation in Belize so thought I'd enjoy this more. By the time I finally get through with this novel I doubt I'll much feel much like reviewing as i'll quickly be onto something else. I've been reading it in small bursts along with other more intellectually stimulating books. It probably isn't fair to review a novel such as this after reading one like Atlas Shrugged because it's incredibly boring in comparison. However, as airport novels go it is entertai...more
Toni Osborne
Book 4 in the Cotton Malone series

Mr Berry is without any doubt a master at twisting historical events. In the past he has created intriguing and intense stories that stimulate the reader’s imagination.

The story begins with Cotton Malone being held at gun point; it becomes evident that someone else wants the classified Navy files regarding the disappearance of his father and all crew members of a submarine in mid Atlantic. Cotton realizes there must be more behind this incident, there are more...more
Forrest
T-h-i-s b-o-o-k t-o-o-k m-e f-o-r-e-v-e-r t-o r-e-a-d.... Maybe too many plots with too many characters (too challenging for my feeble mind). Maybe I am getting tired of Steve Berry - But I am not ready to give up on him. In the previous Steve Berry's books that I have read, Berry did a good job of mixing fact with fiction. In fact, I was continually impressed in the research that Berry must have done to write his previous books. I did not get the same feeling with this book. Malone's quest to f...more
Valeria
I own all but one of Steve Berry's books. His stand alones and the Cotton Malone series. While my overall impression of this book is "pretty good", Berry has done much better with reads like "The Alexandria Link" and "The Venetian Betrayal".

While he is true to his long term characters, Cotton & Stephanie, his supporting cast in this one was lacking. I would have liked to know more about Edwin Davis, he was in the thick of things, but you still don't know much about him and his motives were l...more
Elizabeth
Cotton Malone has been sucked into another historical adventure by the ghost of his father and a family of ex-Nazi sympathizers. This time the Holy Roman Empire, artic exploration, WWII, the origins of intelligence on the planet and secret technology peppers the way of his familiar story telling style. But unlike Malone’s previous joy rides through Europe, this effort slogged.

Steve Barry's books normally deliver solid characters, tight plots, and reasonable conspiracy/treasure hunter/historical...more
Alayne Bushey
This is Steve Berry’s seventh novel, and the fourth of the Cotton Malone series. I’ve always enjoyed Berry’s novels, grand adventures, thrilling and suspenseful, intriguing and mysterious. If you like Dan Brown and James Rollins, you will like Steve Berry. If I haven’t convinced you, just go buy him for yourself and see what I mean.

The Charlemagne Pursuit finds former Justice Department agent Cotton Malone involved in another race for information. It seems he can never stay settled in his Copenh...more
Joe White
This book opened in an action sequence that created suspense and allowed numerous plot line choices related to a prototype or first civilization (which was never referred to as Atlantis). It involved an NR1 type sub in Antarctica, which is the last place to look for remains of a civilization, but seems to be popular among action thriller writers.

The big letdown started after the opening sequence when it gradually became clear that this was just a Dan Brownish type follow-up, where a group of ecc...more
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Steve Berry is the New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author of 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 Third Secret, The Ro...more
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