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The Charlemagne Pursuit: A Novel

by Steve Berry

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Series: Cotton Malone (4)

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Cotton Malone lost his Dad when he was 10 years old. His father, Forest Malone was the Captain of an experimental 11 man submarine called NA-1. It was lost at sea in 1971. Cotton wanted to find out what had really happened to his Dad. To that end, he contacted the head of the super classified Magellan Billet and his friend Stephanie who directed the group. She sent him secret documents that alluded to the sub having actually been lost in the Antarctic rather than the Artic. In a round about manner, this brought Cotton to the Charlemagne Persuit. Twin German sisters are searching for their father who also was aboard the NR-1 sub, but he was a researcher. He was researching a lost Aryan civilization which he tracked to the Antarctic via a book which was buried with Charlemagne. Meanwhile, a US Navy admiral is tying up loose ends as he pursues an appointment to head the Joint Chief of Staffs. Cotton and company seem to be among those loose ends.

An enjoyable fast paced read with many twists and turns. ( )
  Raspberrymocha | Jun 8, 2018 |
A mysterious manuscript discovered in the tomb of Charlemagne sends Cotton Malone on a perilous international quest that takes him and twin sisters with their own agenda from an ancient German cathedral to the harsh, unforgiving world of Antarctica in pursuit of the truth about the death of his father on a classified sub mission beneath Antarctica. ( )
  OldFrenchie | Apr 19, 2018 |
When he was ten, Cotton Malone's father, Navy Captain Forrest Malone, was lost in a submarine accident. The body was never recovered. When Cotton is approached by a mysterious woman named Dorothea Lindauer she tells him the real truth. His father actually died on a classified mission in Antarctica along with Dorothea's father who was also on board. After requesting the classified file from former boss, Stephanie Nelle, Cotton teams with Dorothea and her twin sister, Cristl Faulk, to find out what really happened back in 1971. He's looking for his father, but they are looking for some sort of evidence that there was an advanced society that has now disappeared. Meanwhile Stephanie and deputy national security advisor, Edwin Davis, team up to try to find out why several of the men who knew about that mission are dying in different ways.

The writing was choppy and the action moved from one subplot to another. There are four or five separate plot lines going on, none of them compelling. The characters are neither likable nor their motivations believable. Charlemagne didn't have much to do with the story and I believe he was only used to provide an interesting title. I've read and enjoyed the previous three books in the Cotton Malone series so I hope this was just a bad one. Overall, I'm glad this underwhelming and tiresome book is over.
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  Olivermagnus | Aug 9, 2017 |
I always really enjoy the ending author's note in these as well, where he reveals what was fact and what was fiction. It's always surprising to me which things he didn't add! ( )
  shaunesay | Jun 21, 2017 |
Of the 4 books I've read in the Cotton Malone series by Steve Berry, this has been the most disappointing. The style was choppy, the storyline was jumbled, a majority of the characters were unlikable (or just blah) and Cotton, himself, seemed to be a side story. You know it's bad when the best characters in the book are the bad guys who are on a continent half a world away from your actual hero.

Cotton has always wondered about his father who died in a submarine accident when Cotton was 10. There has never been a satisfactory answer -- let alone an actual body to bury. Cotton wants closure and uses his connection to the Magellan Billet to get access to the classified reports of the subs demise. However, the file is completely different from the fiction that Cotton has believed most of this life and he begins searching for answers.

Unfortunately (!) Cotton isn't the only one searching for answers and he has to team up with Dorothea and Christl Oberhauser - two women also seeking the truth behind their father's death aboard that ill-fated submarine. The search will take you from Denmark to Germany to France and Antarctica. Meanwhile, another drama is playing out in Washington DC involving Stephanie Nelle.

Rating: 3.25 stars ( )
  bhabeck | Feb 18, 2017 |
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Epigraph
Study the past, if you would divine the future.
--Confucius
The Ancient Masters were subtle, mysterious, profound, responsive.
The depth of their knowledge is unfathomable.
Because it is unfathomable, all we can do is describe their appearance.
Watchful, like men crossing a winter stream. Alert, like men aware of danger.
Courteous, like visiting guests. Yielding like ice about to melt.
Simple, like uncarved blocks of wood.
-- Lao-Tzu (604 BCE)
He that troubleth his own house shall inherit the wind.
-- Proverbs 11:29
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For Pam Ahearn and Mark Tavani, Dream makers
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November 1971
The alarm sounded and Forrest Malone came alert.
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A mysterious manuscript discovered in the tomb of Charlemagne sends Cotton Malone on a perilous international quest that takes him and twin sisters with their own agenda from an ancient German cathedral to the harsh, unforgiving world of Antarctica in pursuit of the truth about the death of his father on a classified sub mission beneath Antarctica.… (more)

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