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The Paris Vendetta

by Steve Berry

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The Paris Vendetta is the fifth book in a series by featuring Cotton Malone, a retired police operative with the U.S. Justice Department's Magellan Billet. He now lives in Denmark and runs a bookstore, but is usually available to help stop terrorist attacks around the globe. When mentor, Henrik Thorvaldsen, sends an him a message via an American Secret Service agent who is being pursued by assassins, Malone feels he has to get involved.

Cotton and Henrik head to Paris where Henrik plans to infiltrate The Paris Club, whose members are some of the world’s richest men and women. Once he gets to Paris, he finds that there is more to the situation than he was originally told. Henrik has his own plan, and he refuses to listen to Cotton or anyone else.

The author always includes a history lesson in his novels and this it focuses on Napoleon. There's plenty of action blended with the historical aspects. While the first half was a little slow moving for my tastes, the last half was fast paced and filled with multiple plot lines. There were some unexpected twists and overall, an enjoyable read. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series, The Emperor's Tomb. ( )
  Olivermagnus | Aug 9, 2017 |
good mystery, set in Paris, old mystery of Napoleon's hidden gold — many Paris sites, Invalides, Latin Qtr. — manipulating economy for wealth

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?
  christinejoseph | Jul 10, 2017 |
In this fifth book in the Cotton Malone series by Steve Berry, we find Cotton pressed into service yet again when Sam Collins, an American Secret Service Agent, breaks into his home in the middle of the nights with assassins on his heels. Cotton discovers that Sam was sent to him by his old friend and ally, Henrik Thorvaldsen who needs his help to stop the Paris Club.

The Paris Club is a cabal of multimillionaires that are on using their connections and influence to manipulate the global financial markets. In attempting to stop the destruction that is planned by the cabal, Cotton must match wits with not only a terrorist-for-hire but also an unscrupulous treasure hunter as they hunt for Napoleon Bonapart’s lost treasure.

This was not one of the better Cotton Malone books, but neither was it the worst (see review of book 4). It’s an interesting story and has the usual thrills and action that we’ve come to expect from Berry. I will assume that this was a blip in the series and continue with Cotton’s various adventures.

Rating: 3.25 ( )
  bhabeck | Jun 25, 2017 |
I enjoyed this book very much and loved learning about Napoleon and his secret hoard. There were a few new characters that were introduced and one of the main characters was killed, so it seems as the series may be going in another direction. Can't wait to read the next book in the series to see how these new developments impact the next book. I was a little confused by some of the action parts as they switched back and forth between two scenes and with all the characters involved, I really needed to concentrate in order to flesh out what was happening. I would highly recommend this series to those who love historical mysteries but suggest reading the books in order. ( )
  EadieB | May 25, 2017 |
The Paris Vendetta by Steve Berry
Cotton Malone series Book # 4
3.5 Stars

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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?

Former Justice Department operative Cotton Malone isn't looking for trouble when it comes knocking at his Copenhagen bookshop. Actually, it breaks and enters in the form of an American Secret Service agent with a pair of assassins on his heels. Malone has his doubts about the anxious young man, but narrowly surviving a ferocious firefight convinces him to follow his unexpected new ally.

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Steve Berry always delivers a great story filled with history and loads of twists and turns. Sometimes he gets a bit carried away with the history part and that was the case with the first part of this book. It kept me reading for a couple of reasons...1. It was the book we were discussing on the Mystery & Suspense group read...2. Berry always eventually comes through with excitement and surprises...3. You just find that you simply have to see if your favorite character survives the mayhem they have created...4. Cotton Malone and company are unlikely heroes in even more unlikely scenarios but you are always guaranteed a good time. ( )
  Carol420 | May 24, 2017 |
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Money has no motherland; financiers are without patriotism and without decency: their sole object is gain.--Napoleon Bonaparte
Money has no motherland;
financiers are without patriotism an without decency:
their sole object is gain.
- Napoleon Bonaparte
History records that the money changers have used every form of abuse, intrigue, deceit, and violent means possible to maintain their control over governments.--James Madison
History records that the money changers have used
every form of abuse, intrigue, deceit and violent means possible
to maintain their control over governments.
- James Madison
Let me issue an control a nation's money and I care not who writes the laws. --Mayer Amschel Rothschild
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For Gina Centrello, Libby McGuire, Kim Hovey, Cindy Murray, Christine Cabello, Carole Lowenstein, and Rachel Kind. With Thanks and Deep Appreciation
For Gina Centrello, Libby McGuire, Kim Hovey, Cindy Murray, Christine Cabrello, Carole Lowenstein, and Rachel Kind

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General Napoleon Bonaparte dismounted from his horse and stared up at the pyramid.
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Former Justice Department operative Cotton Malone isn't looking for trouble when it comes knocking at his Copenhagen bookshop. But narrowly surviving a ferocious firefight convinces him to follow his unexpected new ally--an American Secret Service agent--and help him stop the Paris Club, a cabal of multimillionaires bent on manipulating the global economy. Only by matching wits with a terrorist-for-hire, foiling a catastrophic attack, and plunging into a desperate hunt for the legendary lost treasure of Napoleon Bonaparte can Malone hope to avert international financial anarchy.… (more)

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