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The Venetian Betrayal (original 2007; edition 2008)

by Steve Berry

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Title:The Venetian Betrayal
Authors:Steve Berry
Info:Ballantine Books (2008), Edition: Reprint, Mass Market Paperback, 576 pages
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In 323 B.C.E, having conquered Persia, Alexander the Great set his sights on Arabia, then suddenly succumbed to a strange fever. Locating his final resting place–unknown to this day–remains a tantalizing goal for both archaeologists and treasure hunters. Now the quest for this coveted prize is about to heat up. And Cotton Malone–former U.S. Justice Department agent turned rare-book dealer–will be drawn into an intense geopolitical chess game.

After narrowly escaping incineration in a devastating fire that consumes a Danish museum, Cotton learns from his friend, the beguiling adventurer Cassiopeia Vitt, that the blaze was neither an accident nor an isolated incident. As part of campaign of arson intended to mask a far more diabolical design, buildings across Europe are being devoured by infernos of unnatural strength. And from the ashes of the U.S.S.R., a new nation has arisen: Former Soviet republics have consolidated into the Central Asian Federation. At its helm is Supreme Minister Irina Zovastina, a cunning despot with a talent for politics, a taste for blood sport, and the single-minded desire to surpass Alexander the Great as history’s ultimate conqueror.
Backed by a secret cabal of powerbrokers, the Federation has amassed a harrowing arsenal of biological weapons. Equipped with the hellish power to decimate other nations at will, only one thing keeps Zovastina from setting in motion her death march of domination: a miraculous healing serum, kept secret by an ancient puzzle and buried with the mummified remains of Alexander the Great–in a tomb lost to the ages for more than 1,500 years. Together, Cotton and Cassiopeia must outrun and out think the forces allied against them. Their perilous quest will take them to the shores of Denmark, deep into the venerated monuments of Venice, and finally high inside the desolate Pamir mountains of Central Asia to unravel a riddle whose solution could destroy or save millions of people.

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Steve Berry's characters make things happen. The action is continuing and you continually want to read another chapter. Is the history always authentic? No. Berry's real talent is finding "holes" in the authentic history and filling them with stories about what "could have" or "might have" been, or what didn't happen. Readers will need to read his novels reminding themselves that it's fiction and it's a well told story. The possibilities that history presents enables the author to weave into your mind the possibilities that there might still be some unsolved mysteries from our ancient past which remain to be solved. 4 stars. ( )
  Carol420 | May 31, 2016 |
Another great read from Steve Berry with his Cotton Malone character. I loved the history of Alexander the Great weaved into a present day story. ( )
  yvonne.sevignykaiser | Apr 2, 2016 |
Another good installment of the Cotton Malone series. I like how Berry takes history and puts his own fictional spin on it. ( )
  biggs1399 | Jan 19, 2016 |
I admit it I like The Da Vinci Code and books like it. The main character Cotton Malone (seen in other works by Steve Berry) is part of a group solving the mystery of Alexander the Great's tomb. I liked this book and found it interesting, but I don't think it is the best Steve Berry book out there. ( )
  i.should.b.reading | Jan 15, 2016 |
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  rouzejp | Sep 2, 2015 |
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Toil and risk are the price of glory, but it is a lovely thing to live with courage and die leaving an everlasting fame.
--Alexander the Great

It is a divine right of madness, not to be able to see the evil which lies just in front.
--Unknown Danish playwright
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For Karen Elizabeth,
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Alexander of Macedonia had decided yesterday to kill the man himself.
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In 323 B.C.E, having conquered Persia, Alexander the Great set his sights on Arabia, then suddenly succumbed to a strange fever. Locating his final resting place–unknown to this day–remains a tantalizing goal for both archaeologists and treasure hunters. Now the quest for this coveted prize is about to heat up. And Cotton Malone–former U.S. Justice Department agent turned rare-book dealer–will be drawn into an intense geopolitical chess game.

After narrowly escaping incineration in a devastating fire that consumes a Danish museum, Cotton learns from his friend, the beguiling adventurer Cassiopeia Vitt, that the blaze was neither an accident nor an isolated incident. As part of campaign of arson intended to mask a far more diabolical design, buildings across Europe are being devoured by infernos of unnatural strength.

And from the ashes of the U.S.S.R., a new nation has arisen: Former Soviet republics have consolidated into the Central Asian Federation. At its helm is Supreme Minister Irina Zovastina, a cunning despot with a talent for politics, a taste for blood sport, and the single-minded desire to surpass Alexander the Great as history’s ultimate conqueror.
Backed by a secret cabal of powerbrokers, the Federation has amassed a harrowing arsenal of biological weapons. Equipped with the hellish power to decimate other nations at will, only one thing keeps Zovastina from setting in motion her death march of domination: a miraculous healing serum, kept secret by an ancient puzzle and buried with the mummified remains of Alexander the Great–in a tomb lost to the ages for more than 1,500 years.

Together, Cotton and Cassiopeia must outrun and outthink the forces allied against them. Their perilous quest will take them to the shores of Denmark, deep into the venerated monuments of Venice, and finally high inside the desolate Pamir mountains of Central Asia to unravel a riddle whose solution could destroy or save millions of people–depending on who finds the lost tomb first.

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A miraculous healing serum, kept secret by an ancient puzzle and buried with the mummified remains of Alexander the Great--in a tomb lost to the ages for more than 1,500 years--is the coveted prize for a cunning despot unless Cotton Malone, former U.S. Justice Department agent turned rare-book dealer, can beat her to it.… (more)

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