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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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The Alllexander Link

A good book about the. Library in Alexandria. And the Hebrew religion.
I'm 80 years old and have a large tremor Haas it will takes along time to do this.

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So thought provoking

Wow! What a storyline! Berry does a masterful job of weaving fact and fiction.

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Terrible narration

Probably the worst narration I have heard. I actually like Scott Brick and have bought books just because he did the reading.

But this was one of his worst. OMG - this was a classic case of how to destroy a book by having the wrong reader.

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Not for ppl with education and judgment

The story includes lots of basic facts of history, etc., which are always presented as fascinating details....but everyone with a basic college education already knows these basics and the author's attempt to come off as a deeply self-educated scholar is a serious flop. He's especially ignorant in the area of Theology.

The narrator is the worst I've ever heard. Very over-blown. Everything comes across as slam poetry, revealing that he probably is not able to follow along with the meaning as he's reading aloud. If you love the quality of Juliet Stevenson and Nicholas Boulton, you'll be very put off by this narrator.

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This book is complicated yet amazing

This book was so amazing and I love it. Capital it seemed a bit complicated and truly there was a lot you had to follow but it points to a log of things that happen fitting now like why we're fighting with the middle east it explains a lot of that and that's what I love about it it remains to history as fictitious this and is just amazing this book has it like I said before it was very complicated and I always wondered what was the Alexandria link? And now I understand but it is so sad that we have lost such a treasure of knowledge while reading this book, I was able to get in more understanding you could say on what the details about the library of Alexandria was about I never understood exactly how it disappeared or the series and just was told that it disappeared or actually at what I was really cold was it was burned but this book gives us perspective and it's just

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  • Janet
  • PALO ALTO, CALIFORNIA, United States
  • 06-10-16

Tedious!

After 13+ hours, I am giving up on this book. There are over 3 hours left and I just can't waste any more time on this. I love Scott Brick and must have read a good review about one of the Cotton Malone books. The premise is interesting, but it feels like the author couldn't decide if he wanted to write an action/thriller or a history book. The characters aren't developed enough that I really care what happens to any of them. I really tried to like this book but- meh.

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Disappointing, but Willing To Try Again

This is the 2nd in the Cotton Malone series. The 1st was a satisfying read, but this one had boring written all over it. A premise that the Old Testament has errors in it, and actually was influenced by early Christian leaders is hardly shocking--I mean I'm a woman and you think the New Testament wasn't changed radically to remove any female from the divine dispite a 3 in 1 family godhead? And at one point in the final chapters, it was a repeated question of, "Why should I care about this?" As you can tell, the premise failed to emote emotion in me.

The greatest thing about this book were the action scenes with Cotton Malone and whenever he interacted with his x-wife, Pam. Same was true of the scenes with Cotton's mentor and Cotton's 15-year-old son. Those were excellent, interesting, and kept me going.

As to the crime portion of the book, the variety of clue solving was handed to the main character, and the entire last 20% of the plot involved convulted explainations of who mis-lead whom. Again, I asked, "Who cares?"

Other reviews commented on the heavy research angle, but I'm a person who enjoys depth like that. What those reviewers failed to understand is the research wasn't presented in a satisfying crime structure to make it interesting--and that's why it was boring. Too much research isn't horrid as long as the skill of the author is up to the task.

Better luck next time though, Steve Berry. Just enough with the Cotton scenes to keep your name on my list, but it'll be awhile before I bother to download again. I see one of your recent novels won an Audie in 2016, but I'm a completer, so I'll continue to trudge through your learning curve---just not right away.

My suggestion to Audible, release a special deal on the early books so I fill my library and get me to the better crime fics. Another one like Alexander Link and I'll give up.

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Discovering Steve Berry & enjoying it

My husband has read Steve Berry and thought I'd enjoy his books because of my love for history and a good story. I have thoroughly enjoyed the twists and turns in this story! I am also enjoying getting to know Cotton and his crew. The first two books have been fun adventures and I'm looking forward to continuing the Cotton Malone series. And I love listening to Scott Brick's narration in this series as well as the others he has done, such as Isaac Bell.

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Another Great Cotton Malone Story

As always Scott Brick was great as narrator. The story is unique, exciting and one of the best in the Cotton Malone series. Love the discussion with Steve Berry at end explaining fact from fiction.

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My audio book got "bricked"

What disappointed you about The Alexandria Link?

Scott Brick

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Put warning labels on your audio books "Warning Scott Brick is Narrating"

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Scott Brick?

Anybody but Scott Brick

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Alexandria Link?

All of the ones where Scott Brick speaks

Any additional comments?

Please no more Scott Brick narrations