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The Venetian Betrayal by Steve Berry
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really liked it
bookshelves: 2016, asia, action-adventure, mystery, mystery-and-suspense-discussions

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 plan to keep Zovastina from releasing her poison. Of course, this will involve solving a riddle found on eight legendary medallions commemorating Alexander's conquest and finding the lost Tomb of Alexander the Great.

The characters are interesting and often trade witticisms back and forth during the battles they engage in. I did like the way each book, and I've only read three, start to fill out each character with some backstory. In the last book, the Alexandria Link, it concentrated on Cotton and in this book we get some additional layers to Cassiopeia Vitt. Vitt is an especially compelling female character who embodies that mysterious woman who is intelligent and can be counted on in a tight spot. The twists and turns in this book were amazing. If you like action and international thrillers, give him a try.
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December 2, 2016 – Shelved
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December 21, 2016 – Finished Reading

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