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The Last Kingdom (Cotton Malone, 17) (edition 2023)

by Steve Berry (Author)

Series: Cotton Malone (17)

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Fiction. Mystery. Thriller. Historical Fiction. HTML:From celebrated New York Times bestselling author, Steve Berry, comes the latest Cotton Malone adventure, in which the discovery of a lost historical document challenges the global might of the United States.

King Ludwig II of Bavaria was an enigmatic figure who was deposed in 1886, mysteriously drowning three days later.  Eccentric to the point of madness, history tells us that in the years before he died Ludwig engaged in a worldwide search for a new kingdom, one separate, apart, and in lieu of Bavaria.  A place he could retreat into and rule as he wished.  But a question remains:  did he succeed? 
Enter Cotton Malone.  After many months, Malone‚??s prot√©g√©, Luke Daniels, has managed to infiltrate a renegade group intent on winning Bavarian independence from Germany.  Daniels has also managed to gain the trust of the prince of Bavaria, a frustrated second son intent on eliminating his brother, the duke, and restoring the Wittelsbach monarchy, only now with him as king.  Everything hinges on a 19th century deed which proves that Ludwig‚??s long-rumored search bore fruit‚??legal title to lands that Germany, China, and the United States all now want, only for vastly different reasons.  
In a race across Bavaria for clues hidden in Ludwig‚??s three fairytale castles‚??Neuschwanstein, Linderhof and Herrenchiemsee‚??Malone and Daniels battle an ever-growing list of deadly adversaries, all intent on fin
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Title:The Last Kingdom (Cotton Malone, 17)
Authors:Steve Berry (Author)
Info:Grand Central Publishing (2023), 464 pages
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Steve Berry's 'The Last Kingdom' delivers a gripping Cotton Malone adventure, masterfully intertwining historical mystery with modern-day intrigue. The pursuit of a lost kingdom and a 19th-century deed becomes a high-stakes race across Bavaria, with fairytale castles as the backdrop. The blend of fact and fiction, coupled with relentless adversaries, keeps the narrative engaging. A thrilling read for fans of historical mysteries and international espionage ( )
  Mrsmommybooknerd | Jan 28, 2024 |
The Last Kingdom is an interesting story about Bavaria and members of the last monarchy wanting to return to rule Bavaria not Germany again. The desire to return to the monarchy has to do with all of Hawaii being willed to the King of Bavaria by the King of Hawaii upon his death and the whereabouts of such a document. Cotton Malone and other of his spy friends are employed to find the document which required deaths and death defying acts of heroism. The story is plausible. The only problem was that there were to many characters and it was hard to keep track of who was a good guy and who was not. Consequently, the book only received four stars in this review. ( )
  lbswiener | Nov 15, 2023 |
Steve Berry is known for the thrillers he creates around obscure historical incidents. This book focuses on the world of Bavaria's Dream King Ludwig II. The key facts about Ludwig II are accurate and Berry includes a chapter at the end explaining what is real and what is something he made up. The most entertaining thing about the book is when the characters in the book visit the major tourist attractions in Munich and Ludwig's Bavaria. On the negative side, Berry's writing style is not impressive and his modern plot i so over the top that it verges on being silly. If you are familiar with Ludwig II and with Bavaria already, you may also find the book entertaining. If not, the book is not a good investment for your time. ( )
  M_Clark | Oct 22, 2023 |
Too many characters; story ran on too long ( )
  Calaf49 | Jun 12, 2023 |
Steve Berry writes a book a year that features former special agent turned bookseller Cotton Mather. Berry combines historical conspiracies with contemporary themes to create a fast-paced thriller that appeals to history buffs like me. In this case, the focus is King Ludwig II of Bavaria--the Mad King--who was deposed and then died mysteriously days later. The conspiracy hinges on a deed that supposedly Ludwig's descendants access to Hawaii. China and the United States are involved via Luke Daniels, Mather's young colleague. I read it the minute it showed up in my Kindle app and I was not disappointed. After so many books, Berry still manages to surprise the reader. ( )
  witchyrichy | Apr 30, 2023 |
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Fiction. Mystery. Thriller. Historical Fiction. HTML:From celebrated New York Times bestselling author, Steve Berry, comes the latest Cotton Malone adventure, in which the discovery of a lost historical document challenges the global might of the United States.

King Ludwig II of Bavaria was an enigmatic figure who was deposed in 1886, mysteriously drowning three days later.  Eccentric to the point of madness, history tells us that in the years before he died Ludwig engaged in a worldwide search for a new kingdom, one separate, apart, and in lieu of Bavaria.  A place he could retreat into and rule as he wished.  But a question remains:  did he succeed? 
Enter Cotton Malone.  After many months, Malone‚??s prot√©g√©, Luke Daniels, has managed to infiltrate a renegade group intent on winning Bavarian independence from Germany.  Daniels has also managed to gain the trust of the prince of Bavaria, a frustrated second son intent on eliminating his brother, the duke, and restoring the Wittelsbach monarchy, only now with him as king.  Everything hinges on a 19th century deed which proves that Ludwig‚??s long-rumored search bore fruit‚??legal title to lands that Germany, China, and the United States all now want, only for vastly different reasons.  
In a race across Bavaria for clues hidden in Ludwig‚??s three fairytale castles‚??Neuschwanstein, Linderhof and Herrenchiemsee‚??Malone and Daniels battle an ever-growing list of deadly adversaries, all intent on fin

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