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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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    Chris Memphis, TN, United States 03-01-10
    Chris Memphis, TN, United States 03-01-10 Member Since 2010
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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
    Heidi East Grand Rapids, MI, USA 02-01-10
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    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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    Robyn CanvastownNew Zealand 10-14-09
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    Really good storyline, loved the mixture of real and fiction . . .some super twists

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    I have to agree that this was a very boring listen. The narrator was very slow. I had a hard time listening to this one and quit.

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    Denise....love to listen.....favorites are alternative history and long complicated plots!

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    I have listened to all Steve Berry's books that are available. I found this one boring. I love Scott Brick as a narrator but even he could not save this book. I did not like it.

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    James columbus, OH, United States 04-07-07
    James columbus, OH, United States 04-07-07 Member Since 2011

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    I really enjoyed it.

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    Richard Longview, TX, United States 01-31-07
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    The narrator reads so slowly that listening is agony. I have given up after the first hour.

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    Francisco Fort Worth, TX, United States 12-16-12
    Francisco Fort Worth, TX, United States 12-16-12 Member Since 2014

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    What did you love best about The Alexandria Link?

    I love the very idea of a plot that touches on such a great marvel as the mythical Library of Alexandria.


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

    Intelligent discussion and contrasts about discrepancies found in biblical scripture and the potential geo-political consequences that could result if such discrepancies were ever to invalidate the Bible as we have come to accept it today.


    Did Scott Brick do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Relatively good.


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

    Jason Borne meets Herodotus


    Any additional comments?

    The voice talent was over dramatic, at times his entonation and style distracted me from concentrating in the story being narrated. I was also dissapointed when at one point, one of the characters grabs a revolver and two magazines for it -- not every writter has to be a firearms expert but a bit of resarch goes a long way to maintain credibility.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Stephen PRAIRIE VILLAGE, KS, United States 08-20-12
    Stephen PRAIRIE VILLAGE, KS, United States 08-20-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Berry mines public interest in history vs religion"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Anyone interested in ancient history (500BCE-500AD) will enjoy this thriller which blends the possibilty of the existence of ancient documents from the Alexandria Library with the potential impact of such documents on current world geopolitics and the relevance of the 3 largest world religions, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Fascinating and wonderfully woven story line.


    What other book might you compare The Alexandria Link to and why?

    Dan Brown's trilogy (Angels & Demons, etc), Berry's Templar Legacy and Third Secret.


    What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I'm not sure he brought anything to the book I wouldn't have gotten reading it, nor did he subtract anything. I use audiobooks and printed books for different purposes but read or listen to 2-3 books/week.


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

    No and no.


    Any additional comments?

    A good "read."

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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