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The Alexandria Link Audiobook

The Alexandria Link: A Novel

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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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    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

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    Kindle 03-13-15
    Kindle 03-13-15

    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.

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    "Author's personal prejudices?"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A different plot? A different set of values displayed by the author? Characters that make you want to care about them?


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

    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?


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

    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?


    What character would you cut from The Alexandria Link?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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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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    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....

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    Tina ALLSTON, MA, United States 03-23-12
    Tina ALLSTON, MA, United States 03-23-12 Member Since 2016
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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
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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

    Southner

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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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    Jason Mount Juliet, TN, United States 03-21-11
    Jason Mount Juliet, TN, United States 03-21-11 Member Since 2012

    Say something about yourself!

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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
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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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