Cotton Malone

23 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 18,910 ratings

The Templar Legacy Publisher's Summary

The ancient order of the Knights Templar possessed untold wealth and absolute power over kings and popes until the Inquisition, when they were wiped from the face of the earth, their hidden riches lost. But now two forces vying for the treasure have learned that it is not at all what they thought it was, and its true nature could change the modern world.

Cotton Malone, one-time top operative for the U.S. Justice Department, is enjoying his quiet new life as an antiquarian book dealer in Copenhagen when an unexpected call to action reawakens his hair-trigger instincts and plunges him back into the cloak-and-dagger world he thought he'd left behind.

It begins with a violent robbery attempt on Cotton's former supervisor, Stephanie Nelle, who's far from home on a mission that has nothing to do with national security. Armed with vital clues to a series of centuries-old puzzles scattered across Europe, she means to crack a mystery that has tantalized scholars and fortune-hunters through the ages by finding the legendary cache of wealth and forbidden knowledge thought to have been lost forever when the order of the Knights Templar was exterminated in the 14th century. But she's not alone. Competing for the historic prize, and desperate for the crucial information Stephanie possesses, is Raymond de Roquefort, a shadowy zealot with an army of assassins at his command.

Welcome or not, Cotton seeks to even the odds in the perilous race. But the more he learns about the ancient conspiracy surrounding the Knights Templar, the more he realizes that even more than lives are at stake. At the end of a lethal game of conquest, rife with intrigue, treachery, and craven lust for power, lies a shattering discovery that could rock the civilized world and, in the wrong hands, bring it to its knees.

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  • Book 1

    • The Templar Legacy

    • By: Steve Berry
    • Narrated by: Paul Michael
    • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2,657
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,008
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 2,009

    The ancient order of the Knights Templar possessed untold wealth and absolute power over kings and popes until the Inquisition, when they were wiped from the face of the earth, their hidden riches lost. But now two forces vying for the treasure have learned that it is not at all what they thought it was, and its true nature could change the modern world.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Dan Brown... eat your heart out

    • By Bonnie-Ann on 07-22-12

    Regular price: $39.93

  • Book 2

    • The Alexandria Link

    • A Novel
    • By: Steve Berry
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 17 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,762
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,148
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,152

    Cotton Malone retired from the high-risk world of elite operatives to lead the 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 ex-wife confirms that their teenage son has been kidnapped, and it becomes clear that those responsible will stop at nothing to get what they want: the lost library of Alexandria.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Very Entertaining

    • By Glenda on 03-05-07

    Regular price: $39.93

  • Book 3

    • The Venetian Betrayal

    • A Novel
    • By: Steve Berry
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 15 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,226
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 818
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 819

    Locating Alexander the Great's final resting place, unknown to this day, remains a tantalizing goal for archaeologists and treasure hunters - as well as a cunning despot with the single-minded desire to surpass Alexander as history's ultimate conqueror. Cotton Malone, former U.S. Justice Department agent turned rare-book dealer, learns from his friend, Cassiopeia Vitt, that a suspicious blaze was part of a campaign of arson masking a diabolical plan to find Alexander's grave - and a miraculous serum.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Ok, not great

    • By W on 01-02-08

    Regular price: $39.93

  • Book 4

    • The Charlemagne Pursuit

    • A Novel
    • By: Steve Berry
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 16 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,141
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 760
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 763

    As a child, former Justice Department agent Cotton Malone was told 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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Another classic Steve Berry complexity

    • By Matthew on 12-23-09

    Regular price: $39.93

  • Book 5

    • The Paris Vendetta

    • A Novel
    • By: Steve Berry
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 13 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,209
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 737
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 727

    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?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent novel

    • By Paul on 12-03-09

    Regular price: $35.93

  • Book 5.5

    • The Balkan Escape (Short Story)

    • A Cassiopeia Vitt Adventure
    • By: Steve Berry
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 259
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 206
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 205

    As a favor to enigmatic billionaire Henrik Thorvaldsen, Cassiopeia Vitt treks into Bulgaria's Rila mountains in search of a buried stash of exceedingly rare artifacts from a bygone civilization: the ancient tomb of a Thracian king. But when her presence is discovered by a shadowy group of Russians secretly mining the area, she needs a way out. Who to trust becomes the question, and her life depends on choosing the right option.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Don't waste a credit; so short, like a chapter

    • By Judith on 01-22-11

    Regular price: $5.27

  • Book 6

    • The Emperor's Tomb

    • By: Steve Berry
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 14 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,645
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 914
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 914

    The tomb of China’s First Emperor, guarded by an underground army of terra-cotta warriors, has remained sealed for more than 2,000 years. Though it’s regarded as one of the greatest archaeological sites in the world, the Chinese government won’t allow anyone to open it. Why? That question is at the heart of a dilemma faced by former Justice Department operative Cotton Malone, whose life is shattered when he receives an anonymous note carrying an unfamiliar Web address.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Dull

    • By Eva Gannon on 12-11-10

    Regular price: $35.93

  • Book 6.5

    • The Devil's Gold

    • By: Steve Berry
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 1 hr and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 332
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 286
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 284

    Once he was called the Sphinx, a man so inscrutable that neither his adversaries nor fellow intelligence operatives could predict his next move. Now a contract agent with a secret mission, Jonathan Wyatt has gone rogue. For eight years he's been scheming to kill two Federal agents, whom he blames for the loss of his career. But as Wyatt prepares for a final confrontation, he makes a discovery that stretches back to the horrors of World War II, to Martin Bormann and Eva Braun and to a fortune in lost gold.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • A short alternative ending to Nazi history!

    • By Librarian on 01-24-13

    Regular price: $4.19

  • Book 7

    • The Jefferson Key

    • A Novel
    • By: Steve Berry
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 13 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,768
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,252
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,248

    Four United States presidents have been assassinated - in 1865, 1881, 1901, and 1963 - each murder seemingly unrelated and separated by time. But what if those presidents were all killed for the same reason: a clause in the United States Constitution - contained within Article 1, Section 8 - that would shock Americans? This question is what faces former Justice Department operative Cotton Malone in his latest adventure. When a bold assassination attempt is made against President Danny Daniels in the heart of Manhattan, Malone risks his life to foil the killing....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Great listen; great narration, worth the credit

    • By Eric on 05-25-11

    Regular price: $31.50

  • Book 7.5

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  • Book 8

    • The King's Deception

    • A Novel
    • By: Steve Berry
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,019
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 911
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 919

    Cotton Malone and his 15-year-old son, Gary, are headed to Europe. As a favor to his former boss at the Justice Department, Malone agrees to escort a teenage fugitive back to England. But after he is greeted at gunpoint in London, both the fugitive and Gary disappear, and Malone learns that he’s stumbled into a high-stakes diplomatic showdown - an international incident fueled by geopolitical gamesmanship and shocking Tudor secrets.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another wonderfully researched thriller

    • By LibbyListener on 09-24-13

    Regular price: $31.50

    • The King's Deception

    • By: Steve Berry
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 13 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 5

    There is a secret from our history - 500 years old - startling in its revelations and devastating in its political impact. A secret that has, thankfully, stayed hidden. Until now. Former Justice Department agent Cotton Malone travels to England and finds himself caught in a dark conspiracy born long ago, in the time of the Tudors. Now both the CIA and MI6 seem to be competing to uncover the mystery, and for Malone, supposedly on holiday with his son, Gary, it's not just the action which comes thick and fast.

    Regular price: $21.31

  • Book 9

    • The Lincoln Myth

    • A Novel
    • By: Steve Berry
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 14 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,149
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,034
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,032

    New York Times best-selling author Steve Berry returns with his latest thriller, a Cotton Malone adventure involving a flaw in the United States Constitution, a mystery about Abraham Lincoln, and a political issue that’s as explosive as it is timely - not only in Malone’s world, but in ours. September 1861: All is not as it seems. With these cryptic words, a shocking secret passed down from president to president comes to rest in the hands of Abraham Lincoln.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • The title made the book sound interesting to me

    • By BklynBabe on 06-19-14

    Regular price: $31.50

    • The Lincoln Myth

    • By: Steve Berry
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 14 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3

    September 1861: All is not as it seems. With these cryptic words, a shocking secret passed down from president to president comes to rest in the hands of Abraham Lincoln. And as the first bloody clashes of the Civil War unfold, Lincoln alone must decide how best to use this volatile knowledge: save thousands of American lives or keep the young nation from being torn apart forever?

    Regular price: $21.31

  • Book 10

    • The Patriot Threat

    • Cotton Malone
    • By: Steve Berry
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 27 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,203
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,079
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,068

    Audie Award, Thriller/Suspense, 2016. In an innovative new approach, Macmillan Audio and Steve Berry have produced an expanded, annotated writer’s cut audiobook edition of The Patriot Threat. The 16th Amendment to the Constitution legalized federal income tax, but what if there were problems with the 1913 ratification of that amendment? Secrets that call in to question decades of tax collecting. There is a surprising truth to this possibility - a truth wholly entertained by Steve Berry, a top-ten New York Times best-selling writer, in his new thriller, The Patriot Threat.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I don't like the director cut format

    • By Michael on 04-26-15

    Regular price: $27.99

    • The Patriot Threat

    • By: Steve Berry
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 13 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 3

    A provocative thriller posing a dangerous question: what if federal income tax is illegal? The 16th Amendment to the Constitution legalized federal income tax, but what if there were problems with the 1913 ratification of that amendment? Problems that call into question decades of tax collecting and could even bring down the US economy?

    Regular price: $18.58

  • Book 11

    • The 14th Colony

    • A Novel
    • By: Steve Berry
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 15 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,945
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,761
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,757

    What happens if both the president and vice-president-elect die before taking the oath of office? The answer is far from certain - in fact, what follows would be nothing short of total political chaos. Shot down over Siberia, ex-Justice Department agent Cotton Malone is forced into a fight for survival against Aleksandr Zorin, a man whose loyalty to the former Soviet Union has festered for decades into an intense hatred of the United States.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • 5 stars after I overcame my doubts!

    • By Wayne on 04-06-16

    Regular price: $27.99

    • The 14th Colony

    • By: Steve Berry
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 15 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 9
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 7

    The explosive new Cotton Malone thriller by international best seller Steve Berry. People say the Cold War is coming back. For some it never went away. Shot down over Siberia in what was to be a simple meet-and-greet mission, ex-Justice Department agent Cotton Malone is forced into a fight for survival against Aleksandr Zorin, whose loyalty to the former Soviet Union has festered for decades into an intense hatred of the United States.

    Regular price: $21.31

  • Book 12

    • The Lost Order

    • Cotton Malone, Book 12
    • By: Steve Berry
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 16 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 6

    The Knights of the Golden Circle was the largest and most dangerous clandestine organization in American history. It amassed billions in stolen gold and silver, all buried in hidden caches across the United States. Since 1865 treasure hunters have searched, but little of that immense wealth has ever been found. Now, 160 years later, two factions of what remains of the Knights of the Golden Circle want that lost treasure - one to spend it for their own ends, the other to preserve it.

    Regular price: $21.31

    • The Lost Order

    • Cotton Malone, Book 12
    • By: Steve Berry
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 32 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 954
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 870
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 871

    The Knights of the Golden Circle was the largest and most dangerous clandestine organization in American history. It amassed billions in stolen gold and silver, all buried in hidden caches across the United States. Since 1865 treasure hunters have searched, but little of that immense wealth has ever been found. Now, 160 years later, two factions of what remains of the Knights of the Golden Circle want that lost treasure - one to spend it for their own ends, the other to preserve it.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • History Lesson … So’s You’ll Enjoy It!

    • By Snoodely on 04-11-17

    Regular price: $27.99

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