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The Alexandria Link

(Cotton Malone #2)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  36,825 ratings  ·  1,220 reviews
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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Jul 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
I loved it, so much! It was well written indeed!! … Love Steve Berry very much!!! … :)))
Jul 08, 2009 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
The Cats’ Mother
I had not previously read anything by this author but got this from Book Club, and it’s been sitting on the shelf for a while. This is the second book in a long-running series about retired American super-agent Cotton Malone, who now runs a second hand bookshop in Copenhagen, but gets drawn into high-stakes treasure hunts with geo-political undertones, like a cross between Dan Brown and David Baldacci with a bit of Indiana Jones thrown in for good measure. I had no problems from not reading the ...more
Jessica Workman Holland (Tales Between the Pages)
Read my full review at Tales Between the Pages

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
Ashley *Hufflepuff Kitten*
Clearly I'm a sucker for anything involving libraries and books. Not quite as engaging as the previous book, but this feels like it's going to be a middle-of-the-road or guilty pleasure kind of series (which I'm fine with, as long as I remember not to take anything too seriously). A few issues with some of the characters but overall decently enjoyable.
Jay Pruitt
Oct 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
"Words are indeed the true weapons of mass destruction"
---The Alexandra Link---

I picked this book up mainly for my fascination with the Library of Alexandria. Unfortunately the novel didn't really spend that much on the Library itself. Rather, it was more of a follow-the-clues type of treasure hunt in search of one of the earliest known bibles, written prior to its subsequent Greek translations. This ancient text, if found, would spell great turmoil for the Middle East, and great power to the
Brenda H
Oct 24, 2016 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
Dec 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars. This is a cracking good read. A good mixture of code breaking, a hunt for the Library of Alexandria, historical backdrop of the Old Testament and Middle East rivalries, as well as good interaction of the characters. If anything I think I enjoyed this more than the first one in the series. Will definitely be continuing in the series.
Feb 24, 2009 rated it did not like it
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Meagan Boeff
Jul 15, 2013 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
Dec 29, 2008 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
Feb 09, 2009 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
Linda Isakson
Dec 27, 2010 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
Frederick Masterman
Feb 26, 2009 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
Mike French
Nov 19, 2012 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.
Mar 21, 2013 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 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
Oct 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2016
This is book 2 of The Cotton Malone series and I would have to say that it is my favorite. This book had it all - history mixed with religion and suspense. It was a fast moving plot with great characters and never a dull moment that kept the pages turning fast. I loved the short chapters with lots of cliffhangers that Steve Berry does so masterfully. Lots of twists and turns with surprises in the end make for very adventurous read. I'm now looking forward to the next Cotton Malone read and I wou ...more
Feb 15, 2008 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
Matt Halpern
Jan 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Very well written as usual. This author really has a knack for keeping the reader hooked on the story.
Leslie Crawley
Jul 07, 2016 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 (
May 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Recommended to Judy by: Lynn Martinelli
Shelves: fic-1986-present
intrigue, conspiracy, greed, politics, religion
history of religion, secret societies, ancient library

This isn't a title that I'd choose, but a neighbor insisted I read it because of the descriptions of the ancient library of Alexandria in Egypt. She reassured me that there wasn't much violence, which in itself says something about the book. There is violence. Lots of point-blank murders. So many that I lost count. But I never felt the suspense that I usually feel when reading books of this natu
May 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: soft
guy threw his ex out a plane!
how sick is that?

p47: a third shot and durant collapsed to the floor.
malone whirled.
a man stood twenty feet away, holding a glock. malone stuffed his right arm under his jacket to find his own weapon.
"no need," the man calmly said, and he tossed the gun.
malone caught it. he gripped the pistol's stock, finger on the trigger, aimed, and fired.
only a click came in response.
his finger worked the trigger.
more clicks.

p74: his left hand gripped the knob, his right held the
Steven Z.
Feb 09, 2015 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
May 29, 2007 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
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
C 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
Feb 13, 2013 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 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
Jorge Ancona
Aug 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The series with Cotton Malone certainly does not dissapoint; I am hooked. This book deals with the lost Library of Alexandria and the historical documents it may or may not contain. At question is the location of the true Holy land which according to this book is not Israel. As you can imagine, if true, the ramifications would be significant.
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Steve Berry is the New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author of nineteen novels, which include: The Warsaw Protocol , The Malta Exchange, The Bishop’s Pawn, 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 C

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