The Venetian Betrayal

The Venetian Betrayal

A Novel

eBook - 2008
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"[Steve Berry] has a genuine feel for the factual gaps that give history its tantalizing air of the unknown."-- The New York Times Book Review

After narrowly escaping incineration in a devastating fire that consumes a Danish museum, Cotton Malone--former Justice Department agent turned rare-book dealer--learns from his friend, the beguiling adventurer Cassiopeia Vitt, that the blaze was neither an accident nor an isolated incident. As part of a campaign of arson intended to mask a far more diabolical design, buildings across Europe are being devoured by infernos of unnatural strength. Born from the ashes is a new Eastern European nation whose ruthless leader will soon draw Cotton into an intense geopolitical chess game against a shadowy cabal of power brokers. The prize lies buried with the mummified remains of Alexander the Great--in a tomb lost to the ages for more than two thousand years. Trekking from Denmark
to Venice to Central Asia, Cotton and Cassiopeia are determined to solve an ancient puzzle whose solution
could destroy or save millions of people--depending on who finds the lost tomb first.

"There's nothing tastier than a globe-spanning mystery. . . . Berry's books excel at bringing out fascinating tidbits of history." --Richmond Times-Dispatch

BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Steve Berry's The Columbus Affair and a Cotton Malone dossier.
Publisher: [S.l.] : [s.n.], 2008
ISBN: 9780345504456
Characteristics: 1 online resource ; xiv, 473 pages : maps.
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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Mar 12, 2018

Steve Berry is the poor man's Dan Brown or even poor man's James Rollins. I like the inclusion of history into the plot and it was kinda cool to see a location off the beaten trail added in Samarkland. However, I didn't like the action and it was too wordy. Also, I don't really like the characters. He could have also developed some more into the Venetian League. I've read three of his books now and won't be reading any more.

Feb 01, 2015

I like these books-they are sort of "Dan Brownish" and (of course) totally unbelievable (as in, no one ever sleeps and they seem to be able to manage to do things in 2 days that should take months-including criss-crossing the globe). But that's okay-the stories are fun because they have a historical basis and at the end the author tells you what is fact and what he made up for the novel. And the characters can be surprising!

Jul 31, 2014

This book was a little long -I felt like he was getting paid by the word. I love history but this was overkill.

Nov 05, 2011

Berry can write an entertaining book as long as you don't expect the plot to be logical, believable, or even historically accurate. Still, a fun read

Jan 05, 2011

Set in a somewhat fictitious presnt, this book is a blend of the history and story surrounding Alexander the Great; a power-crazed, dictatorial leader who romantically sees herself as a successor to Alexander; a fictitious Central Asian Republic built upon the remains of the former USSR's cetral Asian republics; a cure for aids; the weaponization of disease bacteria: the search for the relics of Saint Mark; grecian fire; skulldugery and just plain nasty agents. These are just some of the ingredients Berry serves up in Venetian Betrayal. (And just in case you hadn't figured it out yet, yes, some of the novel is set in island city. The story is often quite convoluted --- its often difficult to attempt to figure out how this is going to end. I found this book touch to sink my teeth into --- for a good first quarter of the book I considered abandoning it altogether. But prevail I did.

Mar 02, 2010

If you like serious twist and turns, government cover-up and more, Steve Berry is great!

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