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The Charlemagne Pursuit Audiobook

The Charlemagne Pursuit: A Novel

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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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    BRIAN E HARRIS 09-05-16 Member Since 2013
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    another fascinating adventure while painting a friend's house. Can't wait for the Jefferson Key

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    knitnread 07-29-16
    knitnread 07-29-16
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    "Not Steve Berry's finest..."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    This was probably my least favorite of all of Steve Berry's books in the Cotton Malone series. The story was not nearly as captivating, much of the time you wonder why anyone even cares about the "lost civilization," and the characters outside of the series regulars are not particularly interesting, and often downright annoying. Much of the book takes place from numerous different points of view, and due to it being an audiobook with no visual cues for scene changes, I felt that it made the plot difficult to follow. Some scenes were only a few sentences or small paragraph long, and the constant switching chapter after chapter made it more of a challenge than a pleasure.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Steve Berry again?

    Of course. So long as it is read by Scott Brick. His narration is among my all time favorites.


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    Jennifer K. Howard 04-20-16 Member Since 2013
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    "like the book"

    Love the History and the characters, hope to find out how Cotton got his nickname.

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    Drew 07-02-15
    Drew 07-02-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Thought Provoking"

    The meticulous research that Steve Berry does in his books is extraordinary. This book has so many thought provoking insights. Berries attention to detail interwoven with exceptional character development and storyline, immerses the listener into each scene as though they were there with Cotton Malone. This book is the audible listeners equivalent to a "page turner". I have always been fascinated by the theory of lost Atlantis. Although hotly debated by the scientific community still an intriguing concept.

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    Faith 03-07-15
    Faith 03-07-15
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    "A little far fetched"

    But still interesting. You have to like The narrator to enjoy this story. The hero is likeable but the sisters saga is a little too bazar to be real.

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    Mr. & Mrs. Patrick Coleman 02-28-15
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    "Another Cotton Malone Winner"

    The was great. The narration was sometimes difficult to follow as the story jumped from scenario to scenario.

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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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    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!

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    James P. Evans 03-04-09 Member Since 2015
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    "Book jumps from scene to scene w/o telling us"

    I don't know who made this mistake however in the recording of this book, someone should have edited it so that it would have been easier to understand as a listener. Many, many times the book jumps from scene to scene without giving the listener any idea that it has jumped. By just adding a long pause and then telling us the new location the writer has jumped to, would have made the listen much easier. With the rise of audio books I am shocked this was not done. All writers need to do this, since by adding a new paragraph may let the reader know the scene has changed but it does nothing for a listener. This problem took away from the enjoyment and I would say this Berry book was ok 3 out of 5.

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    RRR 03-03-09
    RRR 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.

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