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The Charlemagne Pursuit (Cotton Malone #4)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  14,760 Ratings  ·  813 Reviews
As a child, former Justice Department agent Cotton Malone was told his father died in a submarine disaster in the North Atlantic, but now he wants the full story and asks his ex-boss, Stephanie Nelle, to secure the military files. What he learns stuns him: His fathers sub was a secret nuclear vessel lost on a highly classified mission beneath the ice shelves of Antarctica. ...more
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Richard Derus
Jan 19, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 13, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009-books
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
Brenda H
Of the 4 books I've read in the Cotton Malone series by Steve Berry, this has been the most disappointing. The style was choppy, the storyline was jumbled, a majority of the characters were unlikable (or just blah) and Cotton, himself, seemed to be a side story. You know it's bad when the best characters in the book are the bad guys who are on a continent half a world away from your actual hero.

Cotton has always wondered about his father who died in a submarine accident when Cotton was 10. There
Jesse A
Decent action/adventure book. Berry knows his niche and follows everything well. Nothing earth shattering but entertaining all the same.
May 28, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-thriller
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
Violeta Petrovska
Некогаш, тишината може да каже многу повеќе од зборови, препорака од срце........
Feb 17, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Charlemagne Pursuit by Steve Berry
Cotton Malone series Book #4
3 ★'s

From The Book:
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 became of their father, who died on the s
When he was ten, Cotton Malone's father, Navy Captain Forrest Malone, was lost in a submarine accident. The body was never recovered. When Cotton is approached by a mysterious woman named Dorothea Lindauer she tells him the real truth. His father actually died on a classified mission in Antarctica along with Dorothea's father who was also on board. After requesting the classified file from former boss, Stephanie Nelle, Cotton teams with Dorothea and her twin sister, Cristl Faulk, to find out wha ...more
Feb 17, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2017, audio-1000
I was a little disappointed in this book as it was not as good as the first three in the series. It started out as an interesting concept about finding out what was going on in Antartica but too much was going on with the other stories and made the book too choppy. I liked learning about Charlemagne and all the history but was spoiled by the weird sisters and their mother being involved. I thought the ending was a bit anti-climatic because there's no way I believe what they found and too many pe ...more
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
David Lucero
Apr 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Here's another story with Berry's main character Cotton Malone.

Cotton is a semi-retired agent (semi because he keeps getting drawn into clandestine ops with the state dept he used to work for). In this story he learns about his father's fate. The action takes place in Europe too, and it's plain to see the writer visits many of the places he writes about, so you get a good feel for the time and place.

I like the fact how Cotton spends his time running a bookstore in Copenhagen. I'm a writer too, a
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
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
Feb 17, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
After the first few books in the series this one was a great disappointment! It seemed too long and too disjointed. The usual characters were missing (and were a big miss) and I didn't like the central characters in this book. Even Cotton seemed to show poor judgement and to be acting out of character. Hopefully they get back on track with the next book.
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 :))...
Apr 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Fascinating theories posited here. Once again, enjoyed the mysteries, action, and history lessons. And even a little politics. On to the next one!
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
Bonnie Wilson
Aug 07, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned
I can enjoy an "arcane quest" book even though the premise of such are always completely silly - The Templars! Dracula! - but this is just awful. There is a difference between observing the conventions of this sort of tale and the written equivalent of paint-by-numbers - and sloppily painted at that. Keeping track of the cartoonish characters and the plot in this choppy jumble is far more trouble than it's worth.
This book was okay. I've read a few of the Cotton Malone books now and this was my least favourite so far. It was slow to get into it but I put that down to the length of the book (it's a fair bit larger than the other Cotton Malone books) but the storyline was a bit confusing and it felt slightly convoluted how it all fit is together (although I'm not completely sure it did as it felt a bit like two separate stories, with a small link). However it was still a book that kept me gripped and I wan ...more
Chris Gardner
Sep 07, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 25, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, fiction
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
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
Jan 31, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This isn't a bad book, just not a very good book. The writing is not strong, but the plot deals with two phenomena that interest me greatly: portolan charts (in this case the Piri Reis map) and advanced yet extinct ancient civilizations.

Berry isn't really talented enough as a writer to do either topic real justice, but he gets enough right that I didn't want to abandon the book (not that I would).

I have no real knowledge of this, but it seems Berry was influenced by the Dan Brown phenomenon and
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
Jul 08, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 30, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
Bill Warden
Oct 13, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Steven Z.
Nov 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have been searching for a post-election tonic as I contemplate the future. My solution has been Steve Berry novels. Having just completed THE VENETIAN BETRAYAL I have moved on to THE CHARLEMAGNE PURSUIT to keep my mind from contemplating what a Trump administration might produce. Mr. Berry did not let me down as he weaves “historical license” with an imaginative mystery to keep me grounded. Berry’s protagonist remains Cotton Malone, a former naval officer and a member of the Justice Department ...more
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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 Bet
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Other Books in the Series

Cotton Malone (1 - 10 of 13 books)
  • The Templar Legacy (Cotton Malone, #1)
  • The Alexandria Link (Cotton Malone, #2)
  • The Venetian Betrayal (Cotton Malone, #3)
  • The Paris Vendetta (Cotton Malone, #5)
  • The Emperor's Tomb (Cotton Malone, #6)
  • The Jefferson Key (Cotton Malone, #7)
  • The King's Deception (Cotton Malone, #8)
  • The Lincoln Myth (Cotton Malone, #9)
  • The Patriot Threat (Cotton Malone, #10)
  • The 14th Colony (Cotton Malone #11)
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