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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
Hardcover, 480 pages
Published January 30th 2007 by Ballantine Books
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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
Jul 08, 2009 Josh rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 24, 2009 Alan rated it did not like it
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Brenda H
Oct 24, 2016 Brenda H rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Alexandria Link is the 2nd book in the Cotton Malone series. After uncovering The Templar Legacy, Cotton - along with his friends Henrik and Stephanie, as well as his ex-wife Pam and son Gary – is on the hunt for the lost Library of Alexandria. Of course, what search for something of such historical significance would be complete without a couple of governments, a few bad guys and a cartel of wealthy international moguls chasing you throughout?

Cotton and Pam are brought into the search after
Frederick Masterman
Feb 26, 2009 Frederick Masterman rated it liked it
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
Dec 29, 2008 Slayermel rated it really liked it  ·  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
Mike French
Nov 19, 2012 Mike French rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another very enjoyable read in the Cotton Malone series. Lots of twists and turns that kept my attention all the way to the end. Recommend to all Thriller readers! I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series.
Leslie Crawley
Jul 07, 2016 Leslie Crawley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This took me a while to get through, partly because I actually have to work and spend time with my family (
Matt Halpern
Jan 31, 2017 Matt Halpern rated it really liked it
Very well written as usual. This author really has a knack for keeping the reader hooked on the story.
Mar 21, 2013 Ruth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 26, 2014 Janice rated it liked it
The first two books in this series do not have much character development, but there is lots of fast-paced action. And there are some aspects of the relationships Cotton Malone has with both his ex-wife and his son that are explored. All that was enough to keep me reading, but what I enjoy most about these books is the amount of research this author has done. He obviously did a lot of traveling, across the globe, as he investigated how the Old Testament was written, explored the existence now or ...more
May 29, 2007 Sammy rated it liked it
Shelves: c-the-okay
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
Feb 09, 2009 Kathy rated it it was ok
Shelves: didn-t-finish
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
Cotton Malone's ex-wife Pam surprises him with the news that his 15-year-old son, Gary, has been kidnapped. The only way they will release Gary is if Malone tells them where he's hidden George Haddad, the man who might know where to find the lost Library of Alexandria. The deadly kidnapper follows Malone and Pam, hoping to find the library. Meanwhile, a mysterious group of world leaders and financiers known as the Order of the Golden Fleece try to manipulate the Alexandria knowledge to gain more ...more
Meagan Boeff
Jul 15, 2013 Meagan Boeff rated it did not like it
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
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
Jun 06, 2013 Rita rated it liked it
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
Feb 13, 2013 Anmol rated it it was ok

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
Carol Cabbiness
Mar 04, 2008 Carol Cabbiness rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Putri Pratiwi
Sep 13, 2014 Putri Pratiwi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Menarik. Bagaimana Steve Berry merangkai detil-detil fakta dan fiksi, dengan alur yang tidak biasa namun baik. Overall emang bahasanyacukup berat. Kadang ada kalimat yg harus saya baca ulang biar paham, tapi ada juga yg saya skip. Ceritanya agak kontroversial memang, tapi plis deh ini novel Sci-Fi. Nggak usah terlalu serius, anggap aja sebuah karya sastra. Bagaimanapun juga intrik dalam ceritanya memang menarik untuk disimak. Overall buku ini seru, Sangat seru.
Feb 15, 2008 Gerald rated it did not like it
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.

Boychik Lit
Steven Z.
Feb 09, 2015 Steven Z. rated it it was amazing
What if the biblical basis for the Israeli state was incorrect? What if the real evidence for the creation of the Jewish state was in western Saudi Arabia? What if the ancient translations that led to the writing of the Old Testament from old Hebrew and Greek were open to an interpretation that could destabilize both Israel and Saudi Arabia and reorient the geopolitics of the Middle East? Intertwine the writings of St. Augustine and St. Jerome; add some nefarious characters that would stand to e ...more
Feb 25, 2017 James rated it liked it
I said I wouldn't write a review of this dry biscuit of a book and I won't. Oops.
Robin Mccormack
Jan 11, 2017 Robin Mccormack rated it liked it
Better than James Patterson but not as good as James Rollins.
Zulfy Rahendra
Ketika baca sinopsis buku ini, hal pertama yg muncul di pikiran saya adalah, "Oh no! Antother book in common with The Da Vinci Code". Tapi tetep aja dibeli, karena saya baru pertama kali denger soal Perpustakaan Alexandria, dan lagi buku ini diterbitin Gramedia, jadi saya berharap cukup tinggi sama buku ini. Dalam banyak hal, buku ini mirip Da Vinci Code, tapi marilah kita menilai buku ini dengan objektif dengan tidak membandingkan keduanya.

Tidak mengecewakan. Itu kesan pertama saya (okey, saya
Blaine DeSantis
Nov 13, 2016 Blaine DeSantis rated it really liked it
If you are a fan of the Thriller/Mystery/Historical Fiction genre than this 2nd book in the Cotton Malone series is a great read. His first book, The Templar Legacy, was a bit of a disappointment for me but with this book he really has upped the game on both his writing and his plot.

The lost library of Alexandria, something that all book lovers and archeologists have dreamed of and wondered both how it really disappeared and what ancient manuscripts were held in this most revered of all ancient
Oct 21, 2016 Carol rated it really liked it
The Alexandria Link by Steve Berry
Cotton Malone Series Book#2

From The Book:
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 person on earth who knows where to find it. Go get it. You have 72 hours. If I don’t hear from you, you will be childless.” His horrified ex-wife confir
Linda I
Dec 27, 2010 Linda I rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thriller, steve-berry
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
Kathryn Bain
Aug 25, 2013 Kathryn Bain rated it really liked it
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
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
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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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