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  • Feb 27, 2007
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Steve Berry is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors in the thriller genre. His books are always fast-paced, and the plot just seems to rush along from the first page to the last. The characters are fairly well-defined, and even though some of them are from his last book, reading that one isn't necessary to enjoy this one. As usual the hero is intrepid, the villains are quite nasty, there are some gruesome deaths, and a rich travelogue of places in both Europe and the Middle East. There are surprises, for the reader at times dosn't know friend from foe, but it's all sorted out quite neatly in the end. I understand Mr. Berry is working on his next novel: I can't wait!

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Quick Tip by . September 24, 2010
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This story is a pageturner which kept my attention from the opening page until the end. The single break with reality was the premise about Bible translation and the text used in this process. I don't want to say too much and spoil the plot. In this area Berry created something which is pure fantasy and it broke the reality of how I felt about the realistic nature of this story. When I reached these sections, I shrugged it and kept on reading. I recommend you do the same. It's a solid work.
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At the start of bestseller Berry's second thriller to feature Cotton Malone (after The Templar Legacy), Malone, a former employee of the covert branch of the U.S. Justice Department, is trying to lead a secluded life as a bookseller in Copenhagen. Unsurprisingly, that hope is short-lived when his son is kidnapped and his ex-wife, Pam, asks for his help in rescuing the boy. The abductors intend to force Malone to reveal what he knows about the survival of the legendary lost library of Alexandria, which may hold ancient texts that could undermine Israel's claim to biblical legitimacy. Malone and his allies get mixed up in Washington intrigue and double-dealing as they try to identify the high-level traitor seeking to use the secret sources to change the dynamics of the Middle East. Characters implausibly leave enemies unsecured, placing themselves in unnecessary jeopardy, while the notion that the texts could have the desired effect may strike some readers as too far-fetched. Predictable plots twists (like the growing rapprochement between Malone and Pam) and superficial treatment of the issues between the Israelis and the Palestinians are further minuses.
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ISBN-10: 0345485750
ISBN-13: 978-0345485755
Author: Steve Berry
Publisher: Ballantine Books

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