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.
"Berry [makes] intriguing use of ancient history, and the action certainly zooms along." (Booklist)
As you may be able to tell from the few reviews I've done, I not a fan of books that reference other books, or TV shows, or movies, or ... I want a book to help me escape from my own world. But referencing some hit TV show from our own pop culture always ruins the mood. I want authors to tell their own stories without leaning on others.
A different plot? A different set of values displayed by the author? Characters that make you want to care about them?
It's like the author went out of his way to write books that explored his own personal prejudices? I suspect he's politically a "progressive", with a burning desire to show Western culture in as bad a light as possible. The first novel in this series was anti-Christian. The second anti-Semitic. With sympathetic Muslim characters in both. Tiresome crap. I wonder if I can return it?
The reader does a tolerable job. Not great. He doesn't have much range in male and female voices, but again, he's tolerable. But he reads with an over-seriousness about such banal crap. And I wish he'd pause a little more between sections. With voices of characters so similar, I found myself not understanding why a character was saying or doing something, only to find out that the reader had moved onto another section without pause, and he was onto a different character. Or is this the editor's job?
The author himself. The story was overly complicated. He's trying to be Dan Brown, but can't seem to keep his own politics out of the story. Of course, Dan Brown also has such stupid over-the-top antagonists. But at least they weren't pulled from the headlines of The New York Times.
I feel bad for trashing this book so completely. But I just began to tire of the whole seriousness of such a preposterous story. Add in the political bashing of the author's pet devils, and I found myself no longer wanting to finish the novel.
The print version could be used to hit me over the head and it would still be better than listening to Brick.
Hadad not being hadead!
Obnoxious. Unnecessary. Loud.
I enjoy listening to great detective mysterie & also great thrillers. I enjoy books also by Vince Flynn, David Baldaci including assasins.
Yes. Keeper of the library.
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!
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.
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.
No. Let it die.
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!
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
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.
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.
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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