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The Alexandria Link: A Novel | [Steve Berry]

The Alexandria Link: A Novel

Cotton Malone retired from the high-risk world of elite operatives to lead the 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 person on earth who knows where to find it. If I don't hear from you, you will be childless." His ex-wife confirms that their teenage son has been kidnapped, and it becomes clear that those responsible will stop at nothing to get what they want: the lost library of Alexandria.
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Publisher's Summary

Cotton Malone retired from the high-risk world of elite operatives for the U.S. State 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 person on earth who knows where to find it. If I don't hear from you, you will be childless." His horrified ex-wife confirms that their teenage son has been kidnapped. When Malone's bookshop is burned to the ground, it becomes clear that those responsible will stop at nothing to get what they want: the lost library of Alexandria.

A cradle of historical, philosophical, literary, scientific, and religious ideas, the ancient library of Alexandria was unparalleled in the world. But 1,500 years ago, it vanished into the mists of myth and legend.

Now a cartel of wealthy international moguls is desperate to breach the library's hallowed halls, and only Malone possesses the information they need to succeed.

Pursued by a lethal mercenary, Malone crosses the globe in search of answers. His quest will lead him to England and Portugal, to the highest levels of the American government, and to a shattering outcome that will have worldwide repercussions.

©2007 Steve Berry; (P)2007 Random House Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Berry [makes] intriguing use of ancient history, and the action certainly zooms along." (Booklist)

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    Maurizio 01-07-08
    Maurizio 01-07-08 Member Since 2006

    - research assistent at the University of Lugano (communication) - co-founder of the Seth publishing company Switzerland - translator of the Seth material by Jane Roberts

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    "A bit of a yawn..."

    I've listened to all the books by Steve Berry and I've always been absolutely thrilled by his stories and his immagination. But this book was unfortunately a total disappointment - I actually had to start it three times. The first two times I gave it up eacht time after about 3 or 4 hours - the story was just too boring and - to my utmost swizz Scott Brick was terrible and made a very bad job. I'm Swiss and so I'm usually quite happy when the reader doesn't speak too fast, but Brick just exaggerated - he sounded like a broken audio tape, his voice ever so whining and drowsy. Well, I gave the book a third chance, hoping the second part will be better, but this wasn't the case.
    The idea for the story would have been a good one, but Berry just doens't seem to have found the right kick to transform it into a thrilling adventure and remaind on a not even mediocre level.
    I really hope that the Venetian Betrayal will be as good as his earlier books.

    11 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle Pogodzinski 05-11-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Love the story... But...."

    I will most likely not buy anymore of his books.
    I love how this author can make me turn the pages and make me "like" characters. It's just I can't take the religion bashing anymore. In this book (like the last) he makes me feel stupid for being a Christian. Like it's an insurance policy that's nothing more than a lark. I AM a Christian so I always get upset during these stories. There are too many other good authors for me to spend my money on one that bashes my religion. (And he really bashes Jews in this book). It is a good story.... Just, personally, 2 books of Christian bashing is enough for me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dean Yorba Linda, CA, United States 12-03-12
    Dean Yorba Linda, CA, United States 12-03-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Couldn't turn off iPhone"
    If you could sum up The Alexandria Link in three words, what would they be?

    Cotton Malone rocks!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Alexandria Link?

    Too many to choose


    Have you listened to any of Scott Brick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Scott Brick at his best.Very consistent and definitely makes the book.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    Hope Scott Brick continues with other novels.Having been an audible book fan for years, I can definitely say the narrator is just as important as the book.When the two are congruent, the result is a masterpiece that can't be put down!Other narrators that I highly recommend that comes immediate to mind includes Peter Jay Fernandez and Johanna Parker.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Ada, MI, United States 12-04-10
    Michael Ada, MI, United States 12-04-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Narrator"

    The story is excellent, but almost destroyed by a narrator who is a ham, continually emoting and sounding more like the background voice to Disney's Haunted House than a narrator of a modern adventure novel. He tries to put excitement and emotion into simple declaratory sentences, e.g., "I'M GOING TO DO SOMETHING!!!". This sort of silliness is painful to listen to. I'll buy a Steve Berry book anytime, but will never buy one narrated by Scott Brick.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dennis 06-14-13
    Dennis 06-14-13 Listener Since 2004

    Like action, adventures, war stories, militay happenings, historical readings-fiction, & mysteries. Unabridged only! Reader IMPORT!

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    "Low rating...."

    My main reason for the low rating is --- the authors form of writing! He jumps from one happening to the next seemingly like it's a new chapter or event! This made it seem as though I missed something or WHAT HAPPENED.... I found the book very hard to follow....

    The reader Mr. Brick was at his usual best!

    I did NOT finish it....

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Stevon Tempe, AZ, United States 06-02-08
    Stevon Tempe, AZ, United States 06-02-08 Member Since 2015

    I love books!

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    "another good Berry"

    I enjoy Steve Berry's books, they aren't the greatest books ever written but they are entertaining. What I enjoy most is the historical perspective he brings to his books, he takes a look at times and situations you might not think about otherwise. I'm sure I'll listen to some more.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Christi Marietta, GA, USA 04-06-07
    Christi Marietta, GA, USA 04-06-07 Member Since 2002
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    "Enjoyable, if unchallenging, thriller"

    Steve Berry has been putting together continent-spanning, history-spinning stories for a while now, and The Alexandria Link is no exception. The book is a work of fiction, and the author takes some pains in a note at the end to underscore what all is based on his research and what is pure fabrication. Given the highly sensitive nature of some of the subject matter, I'm wondering if his enumeration is too little, too late.

    The parts that tickled me most were:

    1. The fate of the world hinging on a library.

    2. Twin scenes of unadulterated wish fulfilment for anyone who has ever been divorced.

    3. Comments in the author interview at the end indicating we'll see even more of Cotton and his friends in future books.

    I quite enjoyed this outing with Cotton, Stephanie, Henrik & Casseopeia, and look forward to more in the future.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    terry l 08-24-15
    terry l 08-24-15
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    "Better than Templar"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Berry moves the action along by covering three duos before coming together at the end.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Alexandria Link?

    George Hadad resurfacing.


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    Average


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Murder for knowledge


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Leslie Greenville, SC, United States 05-27-15
    Leslie Greenville, SC, United States 05-27-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Stopped listening at the beginning"
    What did you love best about The Alexandria Link?

    The performance was so poor I stopped listening after about 30 minutes so I really don't know how to rate the story. Bad performance!


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    Peter G. Osborne 04-19-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Good read but a little slow"

    The Templar legacy drew me in right away. I'm a history buff and this is a fun way to learn some history. I almost stopped listening a few times but so many of Steve Berrys other titles and subjects in the series interested me that u didn't want to miss a book or read them out of order. I'm not a huge fan of the Narrator Scott Brick. He's not as talented as other narrators when it comes to different character voices. All in all I'd say this book is not my favourite but it's good in its blend of action and history and worth the read!

    Peter G. Osborne

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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