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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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    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 Lake Ridge, va, United States 07-11-11
    Richard Lake Ridge, va, United States 07-11-11 Member Since 2010

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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 United States 06-28-11
    Erin United States 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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    Jason Mount Juliet, TN, United States 03-21-11
    Jason Mount Juliet, TN, United States 03-21-11 Member Since 2010

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    "Entertaining"

    These are my types of novels and I highly enjoyed it but I think it kind of dragged out towards the end but because the history and context of the book I will still give it 4 stars and not 3.

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    Stan Coolgardie, Australia 02-09-11
    Stan Coolgardie, Australia 02-09-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Violent obscenity"

    This is the first book that I have listened to by this author. It will certainly be the last. I can’t believe that i actually paid for it. Totally implausible plot and wooden characters . the author obviously thinks, encouraged by most of the reviews above, that a murder a page is necessary to keep things moving. This writing is the height of violent obscenity, and even Scott Brick shouting every line cannot make it believable. No wonder the USA has so many mass shootings.
    Stan, Australia.

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    Judith Naples, FL, United States 11-30-10
    Judith Naples, FL, United States 11-30-10 Member Since 2002
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    "Newer Cotton Malone books are better"

    Good subject matter, but tedious and somewhat flimsy. Great narration by Scott Brick. Berry's later books that weave history with fiction are better.

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    Jaime Chavez Texas 07-10-10
    Jaime Chavez Texas 07-10-10 Member Since 2004

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    "Replace the Narrator and earn 5 stars"

    I enjoyed the story, but I almost stopped listening to the book because the narration is sooooo terrible. There were times in the book that I couldn't tell what character was talking because they all sound the same. Other times it feels like William Shatner as Captain Kirk reading to you. If over acting is possible with narration...it's done here.

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    Chris Memphis, TN, United States 03-01-10
    Chris Memphis, TN, United States 03-01-10 Member Since 2006
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    "Decent Story - Terrible Narrator"

    The story is entertaining enough, but the narrator is absolutely awful. I can't understand why he keeps getting hired to read books. I would have gone with 4 stars if not for that.

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    Heidi East Grand Rapids, MI, USA 02-01-10
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    "Finger nails on a chalk board"

    Awful....I don't understand how the producers of this audio book thought that the narrator reading was even sort of OK. There are so many wonderful actors and/or readers with fabulous voices that, to borrow the phrase, one would be glad to listen to them read the phone book. Not the case here, as I couldn't bear to listen to him read a presumably good story. So I really don't get the choice on this one. The story seemed fine, even sort of interesting but after a few tries and approximately 20 minutes of listening I just couldn't stand it anymore and I had to stop for good. I'm bummed I used my credits on this one. To be fair to the author I might check the book out from the library and give it a go at a later date.

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    M Fairfax, VA, USA 11-18-09
    M Fairfax, VA, USA 11-18-09 Member Since 2006
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    "Excellent, smart, complicated"

    I enjoyed this book very much; the narrator was excellent. The story is complicated and it is sometimes confusing when the reader switches characters. This book is very similar to Dan Brown books, so if you like those, you will enjoy this -- maybe more.

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