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The Alexandria Link Audiobook

The Alexandria Link: A Novel

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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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    Janet PALO ALTO, CALIFORNIA, United States 06-10-16
    Janet PALO ALTO, CALIFORNIA, United States 06-10-16 Member Since 2016
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    "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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    Meg E Dobson United States 05-13-16
    Meg E Dobson United States 05-13-16 Member Since 2014

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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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    toby meister 05-03-16
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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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    Amazon Customer 04-22-16 Member Since 2015
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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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    Nathan 04-12-16
    Nathan 04-12-16 Member Since 2014
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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

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    goodiebythesea sunny st.pete 03-24-16
    goodiebythesea sunny st.pete 03-24-16 Member Since 2011

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    "Esoteric ancient religious novel."

    80% historical, arcane languages and truthfulness of the bibles, 20% too many characters interacting, though when the action happens (10%), it is very exciting.

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    wlrobin 03-02-16
    wlrobin 03-02-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Great History"

    very Good and good characters especially the libarian. lots of unanswered questions about the Middle East and the Israeli and Palestinian conflict this helped me a lot

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    terry l 08-24-15
    terry l 08-24-15
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    "Better than Templar"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Berry moves the action along by covering three duos before coming together at the end.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Alexandria Link?

    George Hadad resurfacing.


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    Average


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

    Murder for knowledge


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    Peter G. Osborne 04-19-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Good read but a little slow"

    The Templar legacy drew me in right away. I'm a history buff and this is a fun way to learn some history. I almost stopped listening a few times but so many of Steve Berrys other titles and subjects in the series interested me that u didn't want to miss a book or read them out of order. I'm not a huge fan of the Narrator Scott Brick. He's not as talented as other narrators when it comes to different character voices. All in all I'd say this book is not my favourite but it's good in its blend of action and history and worth the read!

    Peter G. Osborne

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    Kindle 03-13-15
    Kindle 03-13-15

    As you may be able to tell from the few reviews I've done, I not a fan of books that reference other books, or TV shows, or movies, or ... I want a book to help me escape from my own world. But referencing some hit TV show from our own pop culture always ruins the mood. I want authors to tell their own stories without leaning on others.

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    "Author's personal prejudices?"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A different plot? A different set of values displayed by the author? Characters that make you want to care about them?


    What could Steve Berry have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    It's like the author went out of his way to write books that explored his own personal prejudices? I suspect he's politically a "progressive", with a burning desire to show Western culture in as bad a light as possible. The first novel in this series was anti-Christian. The second anti-Semitic. With sympathetic Muslim characters in both. Tiresome crap. I wonder if I can return it?


    Did Scott Brick do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    The reader does a tolerable job. Not great. He doesn't have much range in male and female voices, but again, he's tolerable. But he reads with an over-seriousness about such banal crap. And I wish he'd pause a little more between sections. With voices of characters so similar, I found myself not understanding why a character was saying or doing something, only to find out that the reader had moved onto another section without pause, and he was onto a different character. Or is this the editor's job?


    What character would you cut from The Alexandria Link?

    The author himself. The story was overly complicated. He's trying to be Dan Brown, but can't seem to keep his own politics out of the story. Of course, Dan Brown also has such stupid over-the-top antagonists. But at least they weren't pulled from the headlines of The New York Times.


    Any additional comments?

    I feel bad for trashing this book so completely. But I just began to tire of the whole seriousness of such a preposterous story. Add in the political bashing of the author's pet devils, and I found myself no longer wanting to finish the novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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