The Alexandria Link (Cotton Malone, #2)
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BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Steve Berry’s The Emperor’s Tomb and a Cotton Malone dossier.

Cotton Malone retired from the high-risk world of elite operatives for the U.S. Justice Department to lead the low-key life of a rare-book dealer. But his quiet existence is shattered when he receives an anonymous e-mail: “You have something I want. You’ re the only p...more
Hardcover, 480 pages
Published January 30th 2007 by Ballantine Books (first published 2007)
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Slayermel
Jan 03, 2010 Slayermel rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who enjoys misterys or thrillers
This book was action packed right from the get go, I had a really hard time putting it down. I found the concept of the Old Testament being mistranslated from it's original Hebrew and all the problems this would cause in the world between the Muslims, Christians and Jews very interesting and it made for a great story. I loved how Steve Berry weaved in real places, and historical events with his fictional story. I found the Characters in the story quite likable as well. The Tension between Cotton...more
Jessica Workman Holland (Tales Between the Pages)
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I'm starting to think that Steve Berry is a megalomaniac. The more of his books that I read, the more I see his fascination with power and self-importance. I keep reading him because I expect his stories to get better. I like Cotton Malone, I really do. Thus, I go back.

With that being said, The Alexandria Link sounded promising. I've always been fascinated by its secrets. Is it still out there? Did any of it survive? However, what I realized about ha...more
Ruth
This is the second book in the Cotton Malone Series by Steve Berry.

I have to say I enjoyed this book as much as the first. It was lovely returning to read all about charcters I'd read about in the first book. This is why I like series of books. I love to get to know the characters.
Cotton Malone is again one of my favourite in the book and I really liked the involvement of his son Gary more. I wasn't so gone on the character of Pam Malone, Cotton's ex-wife, but the dis-like of her was set for me...more
Frederick Masterman
The Alexandria Link has much in common with Dan Brown's DaVinci Code, and that is not meant as a negative criticism. In both there is a search for a mysterious treasure by a male and female protagonist, who cleverly unravel the clues in many places as to where the prize is hidden. In both the protagonists are pursued by ruthless villains intent on stopping them before they reach the goal. The pace is non-stop in each book, and there are sufficient twists and turns to keep the reader attentive to...more
Joy
The story was promising and in fairness to the author,this book was a result of a lot of research, creativity, imagination, and effort. The locations were interesting since most of them were in Europe, where great architecture stands, a lot of landmarks' descriptive writing was impressive. The complex plots and subplots in the story are tangled in a mess, no one is whom they seem, but some characters got the chance to develop, with a little background here and there. Given the things I stated ab...more
Josh
Reading this book I felt a ton of conflicting thoughts and emotions. There were many things I really enjoyed about it, but there was also one large issue that really roiled my blood and is preventing me from giving this book anything higher than 2 stars. Let me first discuss what I liked. This story has three storylines moving parallel to each other. All,though, are connected and are many times propelling each of the three threads along. The big idea of this book is the search for the lost Libra...more
Sammy
I think this another one of those many books that has been riding on the coattails of The Da Vinci Code. Mind you, it's just the latest in an apparant series of book following Cotton Malone's adventures. Perhaps that's why I never really got all that involved in the book was because I had never really gotten to know the characters and there were just so many that I was expected to.

Even so, with the plot jumping to three different places and three seperate storylines (for the most part until they...more
Rita
Jul 08, 2013 Rita rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: kindle
A escrita de Steve Berry é dinâmica, com muita acção e suspense logo no início.

A acção decorre em diversos países, Dinamarca, Áustria, Estados Unidos da América, Inglaterra, Alemanha, Portugal, Península do Sinai. Em cada capítulo mudamos de local e é assim o livro todo, o que se torna um pouco cansativo. Há demasiadas personagens, enredos, teorias da conspiração e a certa altura deixei de me interessar sobre algumas dessas histórias.

Fiquei bastante surpresa por parte da acção se passar em Lisbo...more
Anmol

Original rating- 1.75/5
Having read The Templar Legacy, I wasn't expecting much from this book and I was right in doing so. There are so many characters in the novel, including top businessmen, political people(the president as well) and just silly enthusiasts who do not mind getting killed and chased and tormented, in finding something they are going to have no stake in.
I don't know why Cotton Malone goes on meeting the "Alexandria Link" and on a search mission of the Library of Alexandria after...more
Carol Cabbiness
This book was fast paced and exciting. Hard to put down.

The story is about a the lost Library of Alexandria, a library that contained all the books from antiquity to the first three or four centuries (A.D.). The library was said to have been destroyed about that time. However, in this book the library was secreted away by monks who are now the guardians. Only certain people such as learned scholars are 'invited' to see the library by the 'guardians' of the library. The catch is that many interna...more
Gerald
Nov 07, 2008 Gerald rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: I wouldn't
I'm a fan of Alexandrian history, and also of spy novels. So you'd think I'd love this.

But when this author (speaking through a character) brags that the Iraq war will bring stable democracy to the Middle East, I stopped reading.

Gerald.
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Loraine
The Alexandria Link is a book written in much the same vein as Dan Brown's DaVinci Code. Several people/groups are all trying to find the lost Library of Alexandria in order to discover the early Old Hebrew works that might show errors in the writing of the modern versions of the Old Testament and that the state of Israel was created in the wrong place.

This book is full of action and lots of interesting characters. It jumps from place to place all over the world with excellent descriptions of t...more
Linda I
Former secret service agent, Cotton Malone, becomes embroiled in another post-retirement situation after his son is kidnapped and his rare book store is burned. The head of the Order of the Golden Fleece, a network of politically powerful European business men and women, seeks the lost library of Alexandria in hopes of finding information that could destabilize the Middle East and create more economic power for the Order. Many years prior, Cotton helped to protect and hide a man, called the Alex...more
Meagan Boeff
I read this book expecting it to be poorly executed and I was still pretty disappointed. The plot is what you expect, international espionage surrounding the search for the lost Library of Alexandria. But it was just barely interesting enough to finish. The plot starts pretty well, drags on a bit in the middle and ends very poorly.

The characters are mere caricatures; heavy-handed, hardly developed and with some of the poorest name choices imaginable. For example, the lead character is named "Cot...more
Meredith
There was, perhaps, too much going on. There's two different secret societies, at least four different governments, and a man with a guilty conscience.

It's was an interesting element to have Cotton's ex wife ending up in the middle of the action, and by necessity Cotton and Pam need to work through at least a portion of their animosity.

What makes this genre of hidden knowledge interesting and annoying is I'm frequently left wondering why the secret knowledge is being kept secret. Do they think...more
Kathy
Reading this book is like reading a graphic novel that has no art. Tiny, short sentences. Chapters generally three pages long. Jumping from setting to setting. Denmark, Washington, London, Vienna.

The plot is Indiana Jones meets the X Files. Hilarious conspiracy theory stuff, and a diabolical henchman who — can you believe it! — shoots just about everybody as part of his scheme. Informants get shot in broad daylight in famous landmarks. Just like in the movies! Except that without the special eff...more
Kathryn Bain
The following were what was wonderful about this book:

1. Kept the action going
2. Fast-paced
3. You never knew who could be trusted which kept the reader on their toes.

The things I didn’t like:

1. Too much historical and scenery decoration/information for me. I don’t really care when a building was built and by whom. And everyting is beautiful. But people have made international thrillers a huge market just for that reason. They get to visit lands they might never travel to. I’m a home body, so I d...more
Jeff
Oct 22, 2012 Jeff rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2012
SUMMARY: What if someone found proof that fabrications were made to the Old Testament and New Testament? What if the city of Bethlehem wasn’t a city, but a series of places? The implications to Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Middle East-U.S. relations, and the entire world would be massive.

Throw in ambitious politicians, Saudi and Mossad operatives, hired assassins, the Secret Service, a kidnapping, and an international gathering of super-rich folks to the mix, and this pretty much sums up the f...more
Chris Matney
My review today is of The Alexandria Link by Steve Berry. It is a thriller based around ex-spy Cotton Malone – a man desperately trying to crank down his life into that of a humble antique bookseller. As the story unfolds, we learn that Cotton has knowledge of the legendary Library of Alexandria – and the bad guys want that information. His son is kidnapped, throwing Cotton and his ex-wife together, hopping around the globe to save the boy and protect the secret long-held by an ancient society –...more
Randy Christopher
This book is about the lost library of Alexandria. This library contained the most important documents in history at the time and was apparently lost forever in a fire. This book helps provide the notion that maybe it wasn't lost forever. What if at least some of the documents were saved? It would be the Holy Grail of libraries and every treasure hunter or antiques dealer would want to find it. That is exactly what happens in this book. Several people want to find it and Cotton Malone gets swept...more
Sayed Khadri
The Alexandria Link is the second book in the Cotton Malone series by Steve Berry. As the name suggests this book revolves around finding the lost library of Alexandra Library of Alexandria.
This book goes in line with Dan Brown’s ‘The DaVinci Code’ in a sense that it also involves a high stake treasure hunt by male protagonist and a female side kick. As in DaVinci, here also protagonist is persuaded by the merciless villains who wants the treasure for themselves to accomplish there sinister agen...more
Kris P
This was the second book in Steve Berry's Cotton Malone series, and continues on with now familiar characters. Besides the main plot line that Cotton is following, there are also a couple of sub plots for others to become involved with. Everything is written in such a way that there are continual twists and unexpected events to keep the reader enthralled and guessing. Even though I have previously read this book I still thoroughly enjoyed re-reading it, and i will probably do so again in the fut...more
Keith
Bad guys who are really good. Good guys who are really bad. A good, then bad, then good again operative. A sacrificing martyr. A dead person who was never really dead, but faking it. The head of a secret society willing to kill anyone and everyone in order to gain the secret of another secret society, which will change the world as we know it. Of course, I the end, the secrets are maintained and civilization goes blissfully and ignorantly on...

Had I not read the first in the series, The Templar...more
Linda
The first Cotton Malone mystery I've read, and I'll read more. A little like the DaVinci code in that it deals with historical lost library of Alexandria that existed (or is rumored to have existed) 1500 years. It appears to have been well researched and gave me insight into something I knew little about.
Joseph Perkins Jr.
The Alexandria Link by Steve Berry was an intriguing, fast paced, action thriller. The novel centers around The Library of Alexandria. We are thrust right from the start of the novel into a race which involves politics, espionage, treason,betrayal and religion with a splash of history. Our central character is once again Cotton Malone, and this time we are formerly introduced to Cotton's ex-wife Pam Malone and their son Gary. With not only Cotton's family, but several other important characters...more
Jeanie
I really should have read the first book before this one. From the plot, the two are very connected. Another thing I should have done before I read the book, was read the Author's note. Author explains how he came to the plot and what is based on fiction and what really has happened. What really has happened is more scandalous than what is true. What would happened to the world of politics, religion and world order if it could be proven that the bible was not true.

The Alexandria Link is the los...more
Corky
Dec 18, 2007 Corky rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Da Vinci Code fans
OK so I still like Da Vinci Code readalikes. Steve Berry is one of the better authors in this particular market. The research is good and the historical references and links to Old World Egyopt made it particularly interesting to me.
CJ
The thing I love most about Steve Berry's books is that they're rooted deeply in history. Who doesn't love a good story about a library? This book left me feeling deeply sorry that the Library at Alexandria was lost.
Keith Lovell
Beginning to sense a formulaic series commencing. Although that is not bad in this case an engaging mystery thriller around an intriguing hypothesis. A quick read and well paced, very little extraneous story.
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