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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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    Mr. & Mrs. Patrick Coleman 02-09-15
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    "Second in the Cotton Malone series"

    Lots of detail. Lots of intrigue.

    Great performance by the narrator. Looking forward to book three.

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    Love this game. 01-30-15 Member Since 2014
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    "This was a good one!"

    I really dig Berry's style. I like how he blends enough real history to cause you to look things up and open you mind just a bit. Well done sir!

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    Darian United States 01-29-15
    Darian United States 01-29-15 Member Since 2011
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    In having traveled to many of those places it was an interesting read. Cotton is good but no Mitch Rapp or Scott Harvath.

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    Lionfeather San Diego 07-23-14
    Lionfeather San Diego 07-23-14 Member Since 2014
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    "The narrator...."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Alexandria Link to be better than the print version?

    The print version could be used to hit me over the head and it would still be better than listening to Brick.


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

    Hadad not being hadead!


    What three words best describe Scott Brick’s performance?

    Obnoxious. Unnecessary. Loud.


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    Teresa 05-28-14
    Teresa 05-28-14 Member Since 2010

    I enjoy listening to great detective mysterie & also great thrillers. I enjoy books also by Vince Flynn, David Baldaci including assasins.

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    "1st listen for me by Berry.Great not disappointed!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Alexandria Link to be better than the print version?

    Yes


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes. Keeper of the library.


    Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

    The Dane


    Any additional comments?

    I plan to read all of the series. This was an especial good mixture of love, mystery and some politics! What a mixture! But Berry brought it all together just right!

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    Richard Tabisz Tulsa, OK 09-26-13
    Richard Tabisz Tulsa, OK 09-26-13 Member Since 2009

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    "Disappointing. I lost much of my respect for Berry"
    What did you like best about The Alexandria Link? What did you like least?

    Great character development, intrigue and suspense. Typical Berry style that I have always loved. Well researched- to a point. However, much of what is treated as fact with regard to the integrity of the Bible is far from what most theologians would be able to stomach. Libraries of well- documented sources were completely ignored. And too much credence placed on an obscure author from whom Berry built much of the storyline. Instead of being enjoyable, it was a tedious read.I'm not sure that I will waste time or money on another Steve Berry book after this one.


    What could Steve Berry have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The story would have been more believable if he had stayed closer to fact. The nonsense about the disconnect of the scriptures from the truth was too much to handle.


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    Absolutely great.


    Do you think The Alexandria Link needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. Let it die.


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    Tina ALLSTON, MA, United States 03-23-12
    Tina ALLSTON, MA, United States 03-23-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Steve Berry does it again"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Alexandria Link to be better than the print version?

    i preferred the audio version because i didn't have to put it down. the story was so intriguing i found myself listening almost non-stop to the end!


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    the suspense of finding the library and the characters was amazing. Steve Berry did i great job giving enough detail to keep you hooked, but not enough to


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

    i personally love to listen to Scott Brick. he reads well, the speed and inflection helps the story along. i am glad he does the remainder of the series.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    a few points made me laugh. on the whole the story made me think a lot about conspiracy theories and the main-stream histories we are all taught. Steve Berry did a wonderful job intertwining history and current events.


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    Rick Trussville, AL, United States 11-29-11
    Rick Trussville, AL, United States 11-29-11 Member Since 2011
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    "E Book Hooked"

    I have listened to five of Steve Berry's books, unfortunately I didn't find this one up to the level of the others. Scott has a sound reading performance, but the material was not as good as lets say the Paris Vendetta or my favorite the Charlemagne Pursuit. If this is your first book by Steve, I'd start with another.

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    Richard 07-11-11
    Richard 07-11-11

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    "Interesting "historical" fiction"

    It's OK, but no Baldacci. Some good "action" scenes, but could have been edited down a little more.

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    Erin 06-28-11
    Erin 06-28-11 Member Since 2010
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    "great story...but disappointing"

    This is such a good story, and SO well written, it is easy to get lost in it. I was REALLLY disappointed in the end though. I wish Steve Berry would not have written what I see as a complete "cop out". too bad.

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