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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.

Critic Reviews

"Berry [makes] intriguing use of ancient history, and the action certainly zooms along." (Booklist)

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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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Not the best

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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Interesting subject

I found the book to be very interesting in concept. I did not read his first book in the series but I may go back and read it. The characters are accessible and on a good way to being a fuller character. Scott Brick is why I tried out t his book. I think he is a great narrator and I read a lot of what he narrates. The book is just a little slow sometimes but it picks right back up delivering an up and down rollercoaster ride.

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Fun historical thriller

The book and performance are wonderful. Author style reminds me of James Rollins. Only negative is the chapter divisions in the audiobook seem randomly placed and are far fewer in number than the book (maybe there’s some limit for chapter breaks from the CD era?).

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Great author

Berry always delivers a fascinating blend of history and fiction. The interview at the end of the book, splitting fact and fiction is a very interesting addition.

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Creative author.

I found this and the previous offering of this author that I took in to be imaginative. Both were fast paced and expanded my boundaries of expectation. For edgy treatment of speculative subjects, have a go at one of Berry's books. He is creative. But once in a while you may find you asking "really buddy."

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Engaging and fun!

Cotton Malone is an interesting character, I hope all of the books continue to entertain, and keep up the pace.

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Taking a small bit of true and building a tale

The story lines are close to history or human movement that you have heard about. Maybe not in depth but in folklore or fringe stories.
At the end of the stories the author let you know what parts are factual and what are made up. Which is fun to listen too and interesting to consider

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Bypass

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I couldn't tell which was worse: the book itself or the performance of it. I won't try another Steve Berry. His females are shrill and interchangeable. His authorial bias taints any validity in the story. I know he's a bestseller. I can't figure out why.

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Fiction but not so fictional

The book approached the subject of the big two religions and their predecessor from a literary interpretive view point. It is for the person who thinks and not one who is susceptible to institutional dogmas. A fun book.