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The Venetian Betrayal

(Cotton Malone #3)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  22,684 ratings  ·  907 reviews
Locating Alexander the Great's final resting place-unknown to this day-remains a tantalizing goal for both archaeologists and treasure hunters. Now the quest for this coveted prize is about to heat up. After narrowly escaping a fire that consumes a Danish museum, Cotton Malone-former U.S. Justice Department agent turned rare-book dealer-learns from his friend, the beguilin ...more
Hardcover, 608 pages
Published December 11th 2007 by Ballantine Books
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Pierre Tassé In my memory of her and Cassiopeia's beliefs, she is a non practicing Muslim. I would guess that this is consistent with the way Mr Berry dresses her…moreIn my memory of her and Cassiopeia's beliefs, she is a non practicing Muslim. I would guess that this is consistent with the way Mr Berry dresses her up (or down) as in the scene at the water pool where Cassiopeia is in a sports bra around men...not something a muslim would do.(less)

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Apr 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery-thriller
The Venetian Betrayal

This is my first book by Steve Berry, I haven’t read any of the previous books in this series. I don’t know Cotton Malone beyond this book or any other character. It wasn’t a serious issue, but I couldn’t overlook it totally too.

It made more difficult for me to attach to Malone, for example. To those who know him from previous book he already is a three-dimensional, complicated character I’m sure. To me he isn’t that developed as a hero. I still like him but I would like to know him more. Or sp
Dan Darragh
Jan 09, 2009 rated it really liked it
Got this one for Christmas. I'd never read Steve Berry before. He is of the Dan Browne-Robert Ludlum ilk -- international thriller. It's good escape and the fact I've been to Venice made it even more enjoyable. High body count, interesting characters,a nasty lesbian villain and short chapters ... what more can you ask? Many of the chapters are subdivided as they change scene from one group of protagonists to the other. As the book nears the end, these changes come quicker and quicker and it all ...more
Kelsey Hanson
Feb 17, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, thriller
You're killing me Steve Berry. This book really dragged for me. I found myself zoning out quite a bit which is surprising considering the amount of explosions that occurred. I liked seeing Stephanie and Cassiopeia again but UGH this story seemed to never end... and not in a good way. A problem that I see in many of Steve Berry's novels is that he practically drowns his story in historical facts until it's hard to find the plot. That much info, while informative, makes it feel like you're reading ...more
Mar 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
Basically a Clive Cussler rip off.

After the historical fiction about the death of Alexander the Great, we get a rash of arson in European museums to cover up the scheme of a Russian oligarch. She wants to use an ancient healing serum to take over the world. Cotton Malone has to stop them.

Not bad, but nothing memorable.
The Cats Mother
This is the third book in the long-running Cotton Malone series about a former Justice Department agent who has retired to sell old books in Copenhagen but keeps getting dragged into archeological and geopolitical conspiracies. I read the previous one not long ago, but while there are recurring characters, each book seems to be a separate adventure.

Cotton’s friend Cassiopeia is investigating a series of arson attacks in small museums across Europe, as someone appears to be collecting rare coins
Jay Pruitt
Jan 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
"Toil and risk are the price of glory, but its is a lovely thing to live with courage and die leaving an everlasting fame."
---Alexander The Great

What happens when the fate of humanity rests upon the tough-guy skills of a retired spy, one who happens to also possess a deep knowledge of ancient history, including that of Alexander The Great, Saint Mark, Ptolemy, Achilles, Greek Fire and Elephant Medallions? These are the skills and knowledge necessary to track down and stop an evil organization be
Dec 21, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yet another Cotton Malone book, this time with an all star cast reunion. Not only do the faithful readers of Steve Berry's books get to see Henrik, Casseiopa and Stephanie again, but even Colin Michener makes a guest appearance.

Unfortunately we already know much of the depths of these characters so there was no real character development, hence less emotional involvement for the reader. The book had no surprise twists waiting to catch the reader off guard, just the usual trying to figure out whi
Dec 29, 2008 rated it really liked it
This is my fourth Steve Berry book and I thoroughly enjoyed reconnecting with Cotton Malone and the other characters. While the book was slow at times, I found that I could not put it down. I enjoyed the Alexander the Great story and the fictional Central Asia Federation. Not to give away the plot, but the book definitely makes you consider the potential of certain things happening (e.g. with the former Soviet republics in Central Asia) and of certain things existing. I am looking forward to pic ...more
Sep 06, 2008 rated it liked it
I'd give "The Venetian Betrayal" 2 1/2 stars if it were an option. It's definitely my least favorite of Berry's books that I've read, largely because the plot didn't maintain my interest. The characters lacked human-ness; if I had not read Berry's previous books, I wouldn't have felt I knew them at all. Still, I was pulled into the Alexander the Great storyline, and the imaginative portrayal of the Central Asian Federation, so I'll round this one up to three stars.
Steven Z.
Nov 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
THE VENETIAN BETRAYAL opens in true Steve Berry fashion with a historical scene that lends to the background of the plot. In this case we find Alexander of Macedonia (the Great) brooding over the loss of Hephaestion, his friend, warrior, and possibly lover who has died. In his grief he blames Glaucias, the physician for his death, and is executed, but not before we learn that Alexander is ill. Berry immediately shifts to Cotton Malone, the main character for the author’s series of historical nov ...more
This action styled mystery starts out in 323 B.C.E, with Alexander the Great dying from a mysterious fever. Fast forward to present day and the Central Asian Federation, ruled by it's ambitious Supreme Minister, Irina Zovastina. She rules with a totalitarian twist and plans to release a deadly virus in surrounding countries that only she will be able to cure. Cotton Malone, a former U.S. Justice Department agent is contacted by Cassiopeia Vitt and Henrik Thorvaldson, and becomes drawn into the p ...more
Benjamin Thomas
Jun 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
A fairly solid entry in the Cotton Malone series although many reviewers consider this their least favorite. Cotton Malone just wants to be a bookseller in Copenhagen but once again gets dragged into another thrilling adventure due to his previous career as an agent for the US Justice Department. This time we find him and his friends on the trail of the leader of the newly formed Central Asian Federation, the lost tomb of Alexander the Great, and a mysterious cure for AIDS.

Plots of Cotton Malone
Almir Olovcic
Dec 25, 2012 rated it liked it
Well, I can t really explain why but this book didn t make a good impression on me. In comparison with other Berry s books, this is the one which I red just to finish. I didn t enjoy in it. That Irina really pissed me off, she was some kind of super woman, not afraid of anyone, killing whoever she wants. And above everything, she was president of one country...if I would meet her on first occassion, I would put her bullet in a head and hasta la vista baby :D...
May 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: soft
sigma's painter crowe (james rollins) was mentioned, creating a pre-faceoff (2014, david baldacci) link

colin michener also made a significant appearance, linking the third secret (2005) to this series

cass' pre-existing (view spoiler)

p422: he'd been that way every since returning home.

p423: "i haven't spoke with cassiopeia much since we left the federation...."
Mike French
Jun 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another exciting and enjoyable book in the Cotton Malone series. Keeps you on the edge of your seat from start to finish. I really enjoy this series and happy I have more to read(8)!
Tom Tischler
Mar 16, 2018 rated it liked it
After narrowly escaping a fire that consumes a Danish museum Cotton Malone former
U.S. Justice Department agent learns from his friend the adventurer Cassioperia Vitt
that the blaze was part of a campaign to mask a far more diabolical plot. From the
ashes of the U.S.S. R. a new nation has arisen. At it's helm is Supreme Minister Irina
Zovastina a cunning despot with the single minded desire to surpass Alexander The Great
as histories ultimate conqueror. One thing keeps Zovastina from setting in mot
May 23, 2017 rated it liked it
I had a tough time getting into this particular novel. I found the historical aspects fascinating, but for my taste the story was incredibly drawn out. I love these characters but had this been the first Cotton Malone book I would not have been back for another round. Steve Berry has amazing story-telling talents but this felt like he was too caught up in the back story to really provide any action and I found myself dragging a bit.

I'll be back for book four... but Cotton and I need a bit of a
The last half of this book was intense, loved it.

I also appreciated the historical footnotes at the end, a nice touch.
Anthony Kinner
Jun 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. I have become a fan of Steve Berry and the Cotton Mallon series. I really enjoy the mix of History and Fiction and Steve Berry is able seamlessly blend the two together.
Dec 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Venetian Betrayal by Steve Berry
Cotton Malone series Book # 3

From The Book:
n 323 B.C.E, having conquered Persia, Alexander the Great set his sights on Arabia, then suddenly succumbed to a strange fever. Locating his final resting place–unknown to this day–remains a tantalizing goal for both archaeologists and treasure hunters. Now the quest for this coveted prize is about to heat up. And Cotton Malone–former U.S. Justice Department agent turned rare-book dealer–will be drawn into an int
Mar 01, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't sure I was ever going to read another Steve Berry novel after "The Alexandria Link" because I felt that book was incredibly anti-Semitic. I had felt that Berry had gone overboard with many of his attacks on Israel and Jews. Waiting two years before reading this book allowed me to calm down and give that last book some distance. After finishing this book, I feel Berry is an exciting writer who is able to write exciting action scenes and infuse his stories with detailed historical fact an ...more
Paul Pessolano
Feb 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
Steve Berry may be the best at mixing mystery with history. If you have read "The Amber Room", "The Romanov Prophecy", "The Third Secret", "The Templar Legacy", and "The Alexandria Link" you know what I mean. He is once again in true form with his latest book, "The Venetian Betrayal".

This book is based around the life and death of Alexander the Great. A woman despot, Zovastina, has brought together several former Russian territories and formed the Central Asian Foundation. She is infatuated with
Aug 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the third in Berry's Cotton Malone series. It's been a while since I read the first two books and I have others in the series that I hope to get to soon. This was a good action thriller similar to Dan Brown's novels. In this one, Malone, a former American government agent, is drawn into intrigue when he is almost the victim of a museum fire set to cover the theft of one of several Alexander the Great elephant medallions. These medallions are being stolen by the megalomaniac leader of the ...more
Feb 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: aventura
Very action packed, thrilling and entertaining.

This time we follow Malone, Cassiopeia and Thorvaldsen in a adventure involving Alexander the Great.

What I like the most about Berry's books is how fast paced they are. He can describe the setting in a way you are transported there but aren't overwhelmed with excessive details. The chapters are short so you want to know what happens in the next one. It's full of twist and turns that keeps you at the edge of your seat. He does a good job mixing rea
Jul 29, 2010 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book, actually reading it in little over one day. I have read the first book with Cotton Malone, the Templar Legacy, and I actually liked this one better. This is the 3rd book with Cotton. I havent been able to find the second one but from the sound of it, it had something to do with the LIbrary of Alexandria. In this one, the search is on for Alexander the Greats remains.. that through out history have appeared, dissappeared, reappeared...etc. And with a power hungry leade ...more
Brenda H
Dec 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the third installment of the Cotton Malone series by Steve Berry. As with the previous books, the history was well researched, the story/mystery intriguing and the characters interesting.

Cotton and his friends (Cassiopeia, Henrik and Stephanie) are in a race to locate the final resting place of Alexander the Great and to unravel a mystery that either could destroy or save millions of people. Challenging them at every turn is Irina Zovastina, the Supreme Minister, of the newly-formed Cent
as the rating suggests: i enjoyed it. it had the usual stereotypic characters, wooden dialogue and invincible protagonists (unless you didn't have a name). the world is saved, maniacs killed, a cure for an uncurable disease found, lots of action, interesting premise sprinkled with sufficiently exciting historical topic, what could you want more from a mystery historical action novel.
one of the better examples of the genre. i read it without knowing the first two and it worked ok.
Doris Pearson
Jul 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Stunning portrayal. Many historic notes on Alexander I was unaware of before. Exciting non-stop action. Cotton is retired, yah right! Poor man.... although now I am looking for a recipe of his favorite soup! Tomato Bisque!
Angie Soufi
Sep 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Amazing! I can't stress enough on how i loved this book ! An excellent read!
Matt Halpern
Mar 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Typical Steve Berry action packed with many twists and turns. Love the work he does I haven't read a book of his that I have yet to enjoy.
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