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The Charlemagne Pursuit: A Novel | [Steve Berry]

The Charlemagne Pursuit: A Novel

As a child, former Justice Department agent Cotton Malone was told his father died in a submarine disaster in the North Atlantic. But now he wants the full story. He asks his ex-boss, Stephanie Nelle, to secure the military files. What he learns stuns him: His father's sub was a secret nuclear vessel lost on a highly classified mission beneath the ice shelves of Antarctica. But Malone isn't the only one after the truth.
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Publisher's Summary

As a child, former Justice Department agent Cotton Malone was told that his father died in a submarine disaster in the North Atlantic. But now he wants the full story. He asks his ex-boss, Stephanie Nelle, to secure the military files. What he learns stuns him: His father's sub was a secret nuclear vessel lost on a highly classified mission beneath the ice shelves of Antarctica. But Malone isn't the only one after the truth.

Twin sisters Dorothea Lindauer and Christl Falk are fighting for the fortune their mother has promised to whichever of them discovers what really became of their father, who died on the same submarine that Malone's father captained. The sisters know something Malone doesn't: Inspired by strange clues discovered in Charlemagne's tomb, the Nazis explored Antarctica before the Americans, as long ago as 1938.

Now Malone discovers that cryptic journals penned in the language of heaven; inscrutable conundrums posed by an ancient historian, and the ill-fated voyage of his father are all tied to a revelation of immense consequence for humankind.

In an effort to ensure that this explosive information never rises to the surface, Langford Ramsey, an ambitious navy admiral, has begun a brutal game of treachery, blackmail, and assassination.

As Malone embarks on a dangerous quest with the sisters, one that leads them from an ancient German cathedral to a snowy French citadel to the unforgiving ice of Antarctica, he will finally confront the shocking truth of his father's death and the distinct possibility of his own.

©2008 Steve Berry; (P)2008 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

"Those who relish suspense in the Da Vinci Code vein will snap this one up, the best yet in the series." (Publishers Weekly)
"Berry outdoes himself in his latest Cotton Malone adventure....Mixed in with the complicated action, Berry finds the time to explore the characters as well, making this his most personal and best book to date." (Library Journal)

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    Shawn Carlson Florida 02-11-15
    Shawn Carlson Florida 02-11-15 Member Since 2013

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    "keep them coming!"

    love this series. I buy the new same day I finish one. good story only neg jumped a little fast between scenes made it hard to follow on audio book.

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    Maryalice 10-29-13
    Maryalice 10-29-13
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    "Not as good as Templar"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Too long by at least 20%. Could have used a good editor to tighten the dialog and kill a few characters. The premise was fascinating but by the fourth section, it had become redundant, difficult to keep track of the numerous (too many) characters. Unlike the other "Berry" novels that preceded this one, the mystery wasn't, the killings formulaic, and the women, dreadful..


    If you’ve listened to books by Steve Berry before, how does this one compare?

    Not as good as others.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The reader was strangled by an unwieldy, text. Maybe Berry could have saved the nasty Admiral or the boring hired gun for another book.


    Could you see The Charlemagne Pursuit being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Maybe half of it, but not the entire book -- too many strings and not enough brass.

    I don't go to movies so I haven't a clue. I do understand theater, how ever, and this book, for the most part, missed the boat.


    Any additional comments?

    Other books by the author attest to his skill. This work did not benefit from his obvious talent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Teresa 09-24-13
    Teresa 09-24-13 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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    "Interesting listen."
    What did you love best about The Charlemagne Pursuit?

    The search behind the vessel missing.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The find at the very beginning and the end.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    Interesting listen and a GREAT NARRATOR!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Leroy Las Vegas, NV, USA 08-03-09
    Leroy Las Vegas, NV, USA 08-03-09
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    "love the book, hate the reader"

    I have read and love all of Steve Berry's books. This is the first on I have listened to on CD and while I like the book I find the voice and enunciation of the reader so unpleasant that I could not listen to the second part of the book.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 03-03-09 Member Since 2001
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    "Decent Diversion- A Stretch to Compare to Davinci"

    Every book seems to want to duplicate the formula of the Davinci code and play off of the magic. This book is okay and could probably be made into a movie that is much better than the Davinci Code movie, but that isn't saying a lot. This book really ends up being closer to the Hunt for Red October than it does the Code anyway.

    It is okay, but it isn't spectacular either.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Greg Clark, NJ, United States 01-01-09
    Greg Clark, NJ, United States 01-01-09
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    "Steve Berry's Worst!"

    Waaaay toooooo looong!
    Time to retire Cotton Mallone if this is what you get. Bad story line & the author's jumping around from scene to scene right in the middle is sometimes confusing & certainly annoying. Just because the author's recent honeymoon took him to some of these places he didn't have to force a story out of it.
    Not much to do with Charlemagne, just a sidebar!

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Glenn Snow 01-10-09
    Glenn Snow 01-10-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Meh"

    Had trouble following the story probably because I couldn't listen to it straight through. It jumps from one scene to another like a Ludlum novel, which tells me it has to be read (or heard) in LONG stretches to make sense. I found myself mocking the narrator's style out loud in the car...The descriptive passages were fine, but almost every line of dialogue was spoken the same way (even the ones with the German accents). There was little distinction between male, female, friend, foe, old, young...they all sounded to me like they'd been press-fit into the mold of Mae West's "Come up and SEE me sometime, big boy." I don't know any real human beings who actually talk that way, and so I found myself pretty disgusted with the narrator.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jan Scottsdale, AZ, USA 05-05-10
    Jan Scottsdale, AZ, USA 05-05-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Love the book - Hate the reader"

    Scott Brick is way too camp in this reading. His habit of ending descriptive passages as though Dracula was about to emerge from his coffin, in a breathy, soap opera delivery is irritating to the extreme. This is one time that I ditched the audio book and read the hard copy. So disappointed in Scott Brick. Give me Paul Michael any day. A much much better narrator for Steve Berry's work.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Hampton S. Hancock IV Concord, CA 07-11-13
    Hampton S. Hancock IV Concord, CA 07-11-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Good Book, horrible Narration"

    It is a good book, as typical with most current authors, follows similar and predictable formula and just fills in dates, times, names, etc.... They are enjoyable, hence why I read and listen to them. My issue is with Scott Brick. Normally, I like his reading of books. This time, he has spent too much trying to place accents in his annunciation (which would work if he did a good job at it), which is very annoying and not at all realistic. It got so aggravating that I couldn't even finish it and had to return it. Apparently, Scott has narrated a lot of Berry's books, and does the same accent with any European character. I have listened to Scott on other author's works, and is not as annoying, but to me, this is too much.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 01-07-13 Member Since 2011

    JimBobBillyJoeJackJasonTom

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    "I just want to give a star rating. If you force me"
    If you could sum up The Charlemagne Pursuit in three words, what would they be?

    I just want to give a star rating. If you force me to say more, I will give you this tripe.


    What other book might you compare The Charlemagne Pursuit to and why?

    I just want to give a star rating. If you force me to say more, I will give you this tripe.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I just want to give a star rating. If you force me to say more, I will give you this tripe.


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

    I just want to give a star rating. If you force me to say more, I will give you this tripe.


    Any additional comments?

    I just want to give a star rating. If you force me to say more, I will give you this tripe.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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