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The Lost Order Audiobook

The Lost Order: Cotton Malone, Book 12

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This program contains two versions of The Lost Order- one is the complete unabridged text, and the other is the writer's cut, which includes Steve Berry's behind-the-scenes commentary at the ends of some of the chapters. If you'd like to listen to The Lost Order WITHOUT Steve Berry's comments, just play the program from the beginning. To listen to the writer's cut version of The Lost Order WITH Steve Berry's commentary, start with Download Part 2 or Chapter 89.

The Knights of the Golden Circle was the largest and most dangerous clandestine organization in American history. It amassed billions in stolen gold and silver, all buried in hidden caches across the United States. Since 1865 treasure hunters have searched, but little of that immense wealth has ever been found.

Now, 160 years later, two factions of what remains of the Knights of the Golden Circle want that lost treasure - one to spend it for their own ends, the other to preserve it. Thrust into this battle is former Justice Department agent Cotton Malone, whose connection to the knights is far deeper than he ever imagined. At the center is the Smithsonian Institution - linked to the knights, its treasure, and Malone himself through an ancestor, a Confederate spy named Angus "Cotton" Adams, whose story holds the key to everything. Complicating matters are the political ambitions of a reckless Speaker of the House and the bitter widow of a United States senator, who together are planning radical changes to the country. And while Malone and Cassiopeia Vitt face the past, ex-president Danny Daniels and Stephanie Nelle confront a new and unexpected challenge, a threat that may cost one of them their life.

From the backrooms of the Smithsonian to the deepest woods in rural Arkansas, and finally up into the rugged mountains of Northern New Mexico, The Lost Order is a perilous adventure into our country's dark past and a potentially even darker future.

©2017 Magellan Billet, Inc. (P)2017 Macmillan Audio

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    Snoodely Santa Barbara, CA United States 04-11-17
    Snoodely Santa Barbara, CA United States 04-11-17 Member Since 2016
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    "History Lesson … So’s You’ll Enjoy It!"

    If you are looking for lyrical prose … look elsewhere. Each time I start a Steve Berry audiobook, his awkward writing style drives me nearly to distraction for a while … until I loosen up my pedantic OCD a bit, and resign myself to just enjoying the story’s plot. If good writing matters to you, but you also love intelligent thrillers, then here is your dilemma: Steve Berry is not a natural-born writer, like, say, Cormac McCarthy, or Elizabeth Peters, or James Lee Burke. However, he is a natural-born historian, and his passion for history shines through in his Cotton Malone thrillers. If, like me, you had a history allergy in school, let Steve Barry make it fun and exciting for you. Each Cotton Malone episode teaches us a fascinating history lesson by way of a hair-raising, nail-biting, edge-of-your-seat adventure. At the end of each story in the Cotton Malone series, Mr. Berry provides us with an author’s note revealing which aspects of the plot were drawn from actual historical events, and which aspects derived from his imagination. I predict that this revelation will surprise you: Frequently the most far-fetched parts of the novel turn out to have actually happened. In “The Lost Order” I learned more about the Civil War, the Smithsonian Institution, and the United States Government than I ever absorbed in school. As an extra, added bonus for Cotton Malone fans: We finally learn, here in “The Lost Order”, how Cotton got his moniker! So, here is my advice to all thriller-lovers contemplating purchasing “The Lost Order”: Temporarily forget everything you learned in English class, and prepare yourself for a Dan-Brown-esque thriller, with cryptic maps, puzzles, codes, clues, cyphers, multi-generational secret societies, and even a secret hand-shake. BTW: This Audible version of “The Lost Order” offers you two renderings of this audiobook: the first one without Mr. Berry’s interspersed commentary, and the second with it. I listened to both renderings, and recommend that you consider doing so, too, in the prescribed order. Mr. Berry’s commentary supplies both enlightening and entertaining historical insight into the story.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 04-10-17
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    "Fabulous Read! Many historical facts:"

    Steve Berry has given us another exciting story with Cotton Malone. Steve included so many descriptions of the Smithsonian Institution that one will want to pack their bags and vacation in Washington. DC for a month. I especially like the director's cut. Steve inserts explanations throughout the story filled with historical information. I'd love to see Mr. Berry write another novel with Cotton Malone with NATO as the central component. I highly recommend this book to those that love action and history!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew SEATTLE, WA, United States 04-19-17
    Matthew SEATTLE, WA, United States 04-19-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Cotton and the Deep South!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Lost Order to be better than the print version?

    Didn't read the book version, but this audio version is outstanding!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Danny Davis is always a fascinating study in contrasts, and he does it again in this offering.


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

    Consistently one of the best performers in Audible, and nothing different ( meaning, well done ) in this one. I would note that sometimes he is somewhat overly dramatic, but his Southern accents and professional approach makes up for it.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Maybe not moved, but made me do some research into topics I didn't otherwise know about.


    Any additional comments?

    Cotton, the Director, Cassiopeia, and the Billet continue to explore the nuanced corners of history. This is a strong, well researched and compelling offer from Mr. Berry. SB does a command performance, and overall this is a fine continuation of this durable series.

    Highly recommended.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Geneva 04-05-17
    Geneva 04-05-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Great!"

    This book was a great read. Amazing, because it was a page turner, and it was a great thrilled to read. I wonder sometimes how Steve Berry does it. But, he has done it again. Scott brick, a great narrator, performed this book really well. His knowledge of foreign language seems really good. He pronounces it amazingly. All in all, for a picky person, it was awesome.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 04-16-17
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    "Excellent as Always "

    Love Steve Berry's Cotton Malone series and this newest edition is no exception. As always Mr. Berry takes a little know historical event or group and weaves a fascinating story. Can't wait to revisit the Smithsonian Castle to view with new eyes. Great story...enjoy!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer San Antonio, Texas, United States 04-14-17
    Kindle Customer San Antonio, Texas, United States 04-14-17 Member Since 2017

    Interested in everything History,Biology,Astronomy,Physics,Chemistry,Theology,Mysteries,Science Fiction,Drama, and much more!!

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    "Another Great Book"
    What did you love best about The Lost Order?

    This book thrills to the very end.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The plot is both historical and compelling.


    Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

    Scott Brick does a superb job as usual.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Denton elmendorf, TX, United States 04-11-17
    Denton elmendorf, TX, United States 04-11-17 Member Since 2009

    truck driver I listen while driving

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    "Another great novel"

    I listened to the Auther's edition and enjoyed it very much. I have all of Mr. Berry's cotton Malone series and I enjoyed this novel just as much as I have any of the others

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Robert 04-19-17
    Robert 04-19-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Another Great"

    I've been reading Steve Berry's books for years now; and I have to say this is one of the best.
    Great plot lines and history linked into everything.
    This one touched home to me as well as a Southerner myself it brought back memories of running around in the woods looking for civil war artifacts and treasure.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Wayne Matthews, NC 04-07-17
    Wayne Matthews, NC 04-07-17 Member Since 2017

    I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!

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    "Excellent Cotton Malone series suspense thriller!"

    This 32 hour audio file is really two versions of the same novel each approximately 16 hours in length. I listened to the writer's cut version which had lots of comments by author Steve Berry added. I should have listened to the regular version (chapters 1 - 88 of the audio) instead because Berry's comments interrupt the flow of the novel.

    Author Steve Berry routinely throws aspects of US history, some true and some fictionalized, into his contemporary novels in the Cotton Malone series. In The Lost Order he deals with the history of the Smithsonian Institution including the bequest by British chemist James Smithson (who never visited the US) making the Smithsonian possible. Berry plays the Smithsonian story straight by dealing mostly with facts. Berry also deals with the Knights of the Golden Circle a little known pro-slavery secession group that existed for approximately a decade beginning in 1854. With The Knights of the Golden Circle Berry builds a complex conspiracy web that adds interest to the novel but is counter factual. This type of historical conspiracy web is present in most Berry novels and he always summarizes at the end what is fact and what is contrived.

    Steve Berry novels are suspense/espionage thrillers with real and contrived historical items of interest added. I would like to award 5 stars, but this excellent suspense thriller earns only 4 stars. The Lost Order fails the key question, "Would I listen to this novel again?" Nevertheless, I highly recommend this novel and the entire Cotton Malone series.

    Scott Brick narrates this novel and 11 of the 12 novels in the Cotton Malone series. Scott Brick seldom disappoints; he is certainly outstanding in his performance of this novel.

    12 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia Cowan 04-09-17
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    "The Lost Order is confusing"

    Not well organized. Too much about several stories. Should have been separated into two or e Ben three books. The major themes of Congress and the knights should have been at least two books. I still don't understand all of it and i've listened to it twice. Love Scott Brick however

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful

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