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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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    Glenda Burley, ID, United States 03-05-07
    Glenda Burley, ID, United States 03-05-07 Member Since 2005
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    "Very Entertaining"

    Before I got this book I read the reviews, first this narrator is just fine I foud this very easy to listen to. The subject matter may challenge your accepted ideas on the Bible, but we learn all the time. The story moves just fine, but maybe a little predictable. I travel often and have between 200 and 300 books on audible to I listen too, this one will be replayed. If you pass it up it is your loss.

    34 of 35 people found this review helpful
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    Chris Millers Falls, MA, USA 04-05-08
    Chris Millers Falls, MA, USA 04-05-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Outstanding"

    A totally plausible and fascinating story concept. It kept my attention throughout. The weaving of three groups of characters operating simultaneously and independently help weave a tightly designed plot with a narrative that flows at a natural yet fast pace.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    DMHVetSurveyor Western Wisconsin 05-29-07
    DMHVetSurveyor Western Wisconsin 05-29-07 Member Since 2005
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    "Berry Good Read"

    Without Scott Brick it would've only got 3 stars. The story line itself, the search for the lost library of Alexandria is worthy of writing about. The part about the Old Testament is kind of "out there", but the characters were well thought out and interesting. The action was mostly fast paced. I got lost a few times, but I always caught up. Not one I would choose to re-listen to, but was worth one listen, if only for Brick's performance alone.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jason Des Moines, WA, USA 05-24-07
    Jason Des Moines, WA, USA 05-24-07
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    "good till the end."

    The book is good, reading is good. You move quickly through the story & feel drawn into it.
    The only problem is the same with most of the "DaVinci Knock Offs (historic thrillers"...... bad or incomplete ending. The lack luster "keep the status quo" endings are junk & we have seen it a hundred times before.

    Don't know if I will read the author again.... seems like another guy trying to cash in on the fad without a well defined story ....beginning..middle... end.... simple reciepe

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Prakash USA 03-02-07
    Prakash USA 03-02-07
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    "Great Sequel"

    Very much enjoy Steve Berry's novels. Love the integration of fact and fiction. Novel is fast passed with lots of twists and turns. At the end of part 2 there is an interview with Steve Berry about the book and also a section discussing which places/events/people were real and which were fictional. Great Book!

    13 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    10-29-08
    10-29-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Hey, it's Steve Berry."

    Steve Berry: Flat characters, impossible plots, questionable dialogue, everything the critics say is pretty much right. But, these books are entertaining and will get you through just about any road trip without too much thinking.
    Mr. Berry may never win a Nobel for literature, but he writes a good, quick moving "shoot 'em up" mystery in the style of the old Shadow or Doc Savage dime novels.


    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    C. S. Clark Camp Lejeune, N.C. 03-08-07
    C. S. Clark Camp Lejeune, N.C. 03-08-07 Member Since 2005
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    "Can't wait for the credit"

    I usually only download audio books when I have credits but after listening to The Alexandria Link and finding it such a great story, I can't wait to back track and read The Templar Legacy. I was very sad to hear Robert Ludlum pasted away but I think i've found a new favorite author in Mr. Berry. Cotton is a character that rivals Jason Bourne and Mitch Rapp (vince flynn). Thank you Mr. Berry for your stories, please keep Paul Michael or Scott Brick as your narrators.

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Leslie Calgary, AB, Canada 02-21-07
    Leslie Calgary, AB, Canada 02-21-07 Member Since 2006
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    "Very Enjoyable"

    I've enjoyed all of Steve Berry's books and this one did not disappoint. Bringing back Cotton Malone was a great idea as he seems to be an interesting character to build around. Good spin on taking a topic that everyone knows about and putting a different story around it. Also enjoyed the narrator who's done many other audible books.

    13 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Dennis Seattle, WA, United States 06-14-13
    Dennis Seattle, WA, United States 06-14-13 Member 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....

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kathy New Mexico 04-08-07
    Kathy New Mexico 04-08-07 Member Since 2007

    Kathy

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    "A really good thriller"

    I recently finished The Templar Legacy (TTL) in book form and was delighted to find this book by the same author--it was great! The author did a terrific job of juggling the different story lines in an orderly fashion that kept you wanting to read faster! You revisit characters from TTL as they continue to evolve but it's definitely a stand alone book. His ability to suspend reality is so good I just know I am going to be able to go visit the Alexandria Library sometime. Scott Brick reads clearly so that you have no trouble keeping track of which person is talking. He would definitely influence me to choose a book if he is reading.

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  • Annette
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    5/31/07
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    "nice book, shame about the narrator"

    Once again Steve Berry delivers the goods. What spoilt it for me though, was the narrator. Scott brick has an annoying habit of letting his voice get overly dramatic with no reason - after a while it gets pretty irritating and for me spoilt what is an excellent book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Marielouise
    Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom
    7/30/07
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    "narrator murders story"

    The narrator kills this story with his baffling insistence on reading every sentence with high drama making it exhausting and confusing to listen to. I would have rated the story higher... but it is completely spoilt by this narrator. Save your money and listen to another of the author's audiobooks.

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