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The Alexandria Link (2007)

by Steve Berry

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Series: Cotton Malone (2)

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The Alexandria Link is the 2nd book in the Cotton Malone series. After uncovering The Templar Legacy, Cotton - along with his friends Henrik and Stephanie, as well as his ex-wife Pam and son Gary – is on the hunt for the lost Library of Alexandria. Of course, what search for something of such historical significance would be complete without a couple of governments, a few bad guys and a cartel of wealthy international moguls chasing you throughout?

Cotton and Pam are brought into the search after their son is abducted. Cotton receives an email threatening his son’s life if information he has is not turned over in 72 hours. It is Cotton’s knowledge of an event 5 years ago that the kidnappers are after and are willing to do whatever they have to in order to get it from Cotton.

I rated the 1st book in the series, The Templar Legacy, 3.75 stars. This book was a much better read. There was better action, a stronger plot and characters who were much more likable this time around. There was a good balance between historical fact and fiction.

Rating: 4.5 stars ( )
  bhabeck | Oct 24, 2016 |
Book Description
Cotton Malone retired from the high-risk world of elite operatives for the U.S. Justice 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. Go get it. You have 72 hours. If I don’t hear from you, you will be childless.” His horrified ex-wife confirms that the threat is real: Their teenage son has been kidnapped. When Malone’s Copenhagen bookshop is burned to the ground, it becomes brutally clear that those responsible will stop at nothing to get what they want. And what they want is nothing less than the lost Library of Alexandria.

My Review
This is book 2 of The Cotton Malone series and I would have to say that it is my favorite. This book had it all - history mixed with religion and suspense. It was a fast moving plot with great characters and never a dull moment that kept the pages turning fast. I loved the short chapters with lots of cliffhangers that Steve Berry does so masterfully. Lots of twists and turns with surprises in the end make for very adventurous read. I'm now looking forward to the next Cotton Malone read and I would highly recommend this series to those who love fast-paced adventure with history and religion mixed in. ( )
  EadieB | Oct 24, 2016 |
This is a cracking good read. A good mixture of code breaking, a hunt for the Library of Alexandria, historical backdrop of the Old Testament and Middle East rivalries, as well as good interaction of the characters. If anything I think I enjoyed this more than the first one in the series. Will definitely be continuing in the series. ( )
  Andrew-theQM | Oct 22, 2016 |
[The Alexandria Link] by Steve Berry
Cotton Malone Series Book#2
4.5★'s

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Cotton Malone retired from the high-risk world of elite operatives for the U.S. Justice 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. Go get it. You have 72 hours. If I don’t hear from you, you will be childless.” His horrified ex-wife confirms that the threat is real: Their teenage son has been kidnapped. When Malone’s Copenhagen bookshop is burned to the ground, it becomes brutally clear that those responsible will stop at nothing to get what they want. And what they want is nothing less than the lost Library of Alexandria.

My Thoughts:
Great story with loads of action and excitement. Is it 100% accurate? No.. and for those that are looking for that element it can be found in your library under the category of "Non-Fiction". Is some of it accurate? Yes. The author has taken some fact and some historical real people and mixed the combination in with just enough of his rich imagination to create a fast-paced, work that will keep the reader on the edge of their seat and guessing until the very climatic end.

If you wish to read this series start with Book #1 [The Templar's Legacy]. Not that one has anything to do with the other, but you will better understand the working relationship of some of the major characters. ( )
  Carol420 | Oct 21, 2016 |
This second book rattled on a bit. It really didn't resolve Cotton and Pam's relationship and the background info was still a bit sketchy on the other recurring characters. I have the next two ready to go so we will have to wait and see. ( )
  debavp | Jun 4, 2016 |
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"History is the distillation of evidence surviving the past." Oscar Handlin, Truth in History (1979)
"Since the first Adam who beheld the night and the day and the shape of his own hand, men have made up stories and have fixed in stone, in metal, or on parchment whatever the world includes or dreams create. Here is the fruit of their labor: the Library...The faithless say that if it were to burn, history would burn with it. They are wrong. Unceasing human work gives birth to this infinity of books. If of them all not even one remained, man would again beget each page and every line." Jorge Luis Borges, regarding the Library of Alexandria
"Libraries are the memory of mankind." Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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For Katie and Kevin, Two Shooting Stars, who drifted back into my orbit
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Cotton Malone retired from the high-risk world of elite operatives for the U.S. Justice 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. Go get it. You have 72 hours. If I don’t hear from you, you will be childless.” His horrified ex-wife confirms that the threat is real: Their teenage son has been kidnapped. When Malone’s Copenhagen bookshop is burned to the ground, it becomes brutally clear that those responsible will stop at nothing to get what they want. And what they want is nothing less than the lost Library of Alexandria.

A cradle of ideas–historical, philosophical, literary, scientific, and religious–the Library of Alexandria was unparalleled in the world. But fifteen hundred years ago, it vanished into the mists of myth and legend–its vast bounty of wisdom coveted ever since by scholars, fortune hunters, and those who believe its untold secrets hold the key to ultimate power.

Now a cartel of wealthy international moguls, bent on altering the course of history, is desperate to breach the library’s hallowed halls–and only Malone possesses the information they need to succeed. At stake is an explosive ancient document with the potential not only to change the destiny of the Middle East but to shake the world’s three major religions to their very foundations.

Pursued by a lethal mercenary, Malone crosses the globe in search of answers. His quest will lead him to England and Portugal, even to the highest levels of American government–and the shattering outcome, deep in the Sinai desert, will have worldwide repercussions.


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Cotton Malone's teenage son has been kidnapped, and an anonymous e-mail from those responsible proves they will stop at nothing to get their hands on a coveted prize: the legendary lost Library of Alexandria, which vanished 1,500 years ago.

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