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When Napoleon Bonaparte died in exile in 1821, he took to the grave a powerful secret. As general and emperor, he had stolen immeasurable riches from palaces, national treasuries, and even the Knights of Malta and the Vatican. In his final days, his British captors hoped to learn where the loot lay hidden. But he told them nothing, and in his will he made no mention of the treasure. Or did he?

Former Justice Department operative Cotton Malone isn't looking for trouble when it comes knocking at his Copenhagen bookshop. Actually, it breaks and enters in the form of an American Secret Service agent with a pair of assassins on his heels. Malone has his doubts about the anxious young man, but narrowly surviving a ferocious firefight convinces him to follow his unexpected new ally.

Their first stop is the secluded estate of Malone's good friend, Henrik Thorvaldsen. The wily Danish tycoon has uncovered the insidious plans of the Paris Club, a cabal of multimillionaires bent on manipulating the global economy. Only by matching wits with a terrorist-for-hire, foiling a catastrophic attack, and plunging into a desperate hunt for Napoleon's legendary lost treasure can Malone hope to avert international financial anarchy.

But Thorvaldsen's real objective is much more personal: to avenge the murder of his son by the larcenous aristocrat at the heart of the conspiracy. Thorvaldsen's vendetta places Malone in an impossible quandary - one that forces him to choose between friend and country, past and present. Starting in Denmark, moving to England, and ending up in the storied streets and cathedrals of Paris, Malone plays a breathless game of duplicity and death, all to claim a prize of untold value. But at what cost?

©2009 Steve Berry; (P)2009 Random House

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"All the Berry hallmarks are here: scale, scope, sweep, history - plus breathless second-by-second suspense. I love this guy." (Lee Child)

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Excellent novel

This is perhaps Berry's best effort in the Cotton Malone series. Thrilling from the get go, most of the story takes place in France during the present day with a story tie-in to the age of Napoleon Bonaparte. Cotton is put in the position of having to support one series friend and betraying the other series friend. The brunt of the story is the usual treasure chase, but in this outing, it is the strength of the characters that shines through. Berry's writing in this series entry is top notch.

35 of 37 people found this review helpful

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  • Bob
  • North Lauderdale, FL, United States
  • 12-30-09

It's not about the narrator.

I don't understand all the negativity. I enjoyed the book. Scott Brick read this like he does everything else I've heard him do. I guess you either like him or not. I know a narrator can make or break a book. I had some difficulty in the first third of the story, but got into it after that. Maybe the problem was SB narration but feel there was just too much "setup". If You like Scott Brick's narration style, and a decent mystery, you will enjoy this one.

14 of 15 people found this review helpful

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Not Suitable for Audio

The rapid switching every several paragraphs among parallel but related parts of the story make it at times incomprehensible for audio. Besides, the story was weak and foolish and the mulitple accents spilled over across different characters.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Matthew
  • Lake Ariel, PA, US Minor Outlying Islands
  • 01-03-10

Historically loaded, stagnant plot

This book was a thorough letdown. While the story was packed with endless historical references, the characters we have come to know in Malone and Thorvaldsen were like strangers in Berry's latest effort.
The story lines changed with such abruptness that the listener needs a moment to figure out what is happening. This was a tale that took forever to go nowhere.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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DISAPPOINTING

I am a hugh fan of Steve Berry and have been waiting for the release of this book as my Christmas treat. Very disappointed. The story felt contrived, the characters disconnected from previous books. Don't waste your time, money, or credits.

10 of 12 people found this review helpful

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  • Jim
  • Los Angeles, CA, US
  • 01-19-10

Jimmy

I disagree with the people who didn't like the narrator. I thought he was very good. The story was extremely suspenseful. It was a typical Cotton Malone adventure with characters from Berry's other books. I found it a thoroughly enjoyable listening experience.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Excellent Narration, book a bit repetative

I've read the previous reviews and cannot understand why so many have slammed Scott Brick (SB) for his narration - which I have always found excellent.

I think many people who like a book read to them in a drab manner don't deserve the ability of this narrator and should listen only to those books that are read poorly.

Personally, SB rocks and brings even a bad book (which this one is not) to life!

As far as the book is concerned, I found it 'ok', but a bit repative in places. Good plot though and more or less worth the read.

9 of 12 people found this review helpful

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Uggggh

I have listened to about 1 hour of this book and could bear it no longer. The story is old, the language is hackneyed, and the reader, oh the reader...dull, dull, dull. Can't think of a reason to give it even one star.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Alan
  • Timmins, Ontario, Canada
  • 01-23-10

The Paris Vendetta

This novel lacks pace and is really disappointing.I am a Scott Brick fan but even he is unable to breathe life into this plodder. I grow weary of story lines which take 5 hours to develop and even then fail to deliver on their promise of intrigue.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Michael
  • San Juan, Trinidad and Tobago
  • 01-05-10

Bad Narrator

The story itself looks like it has lots of potential for a good book. However, I had to stop listening to the audio after about an hour because I could just not stand the Narrator's rendition. Every character even if in a different accent had the same tone. It was hard to distinguish when different characters were speaking. Sorry Mr. Berry. The story line seemed interesting enough that I might actually buy the hard copy but Mr. Brick is not doing justice to you.

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  • Salter
  • 07-23-15

Another good Cotton Malone yarn...

What did you like most about The Paris Vendetta?

The Cotton Malone series is excellent, and The Paris Vendetta continues the theme. A really interesting blend of historic intrigue and Bond style action and adventure...

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Paris Vendetta?

Its all good! ;)

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

I'm a big fan of Scott Brick. He just seems to bring characters to life, and provide a distinct variation to each and every character.

Any additional comments?

I'd recommend listening to the series. They're simply fantastic!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful