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The Venetian Betrayal by Steve Berry
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"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 bent on using biological warfare to destroy its enemies. Answer: times like these require the special talents of Cotton Malone, former agent of a U.S. agency known as the Magellan Billet and, basically, a major badass.

The author, Steve Berry, tells a tightly-weaved story line. Some have referred to his Cotton Malone series of books as the "thinking man's version of Da Vinci Code". This book, Venetian Betrayal, is full of strong, colorful characters, including a clever Vatican priest, a rich and mysterious Dane, a Spanish/Muslim version of Katniss from Hunger Games, a Central-Asian lesbian seeking world domination, and a Venetian virologist who's developed multiple strains of deadly viruses. It helps to have read some of the prior books in this series for a better perspective of the central characters, but it's not essential to do so.
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January 1, 2018 – Shelved
January 1, 2018 – Shelved as: library-ebooks
January 21, 2018 – Shelved as: library-all
March 4, 2018 – Shelved as: library-audiobooks
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