Series: Cotton Malone #1
Published by Random House LLC on 2007-11
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BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Steve Berry's The King's Deception and a Cotton Malone dossier. The ancient order of the Knights Templar possessed untold wealth and absolute power over kings and popes . . . until the Inquisition, when they were wiped from the face of the earth, their hidden riches lost. But now two forces vying for the treasure have learned that it is not at all what they thought it was-and its true nature could change the modern world. Cotton Malone, one-time top operative for the U.S. Justice Department, is enjoying his quiet new life as an antiquarian book dealer in Copenhagen when an unexpected call to action reawakens his hair-trigger instincts-and plunges him back into the cloak-and-dagger world he thought he'd left behind. It begins with a violent robbery attempt on Cotton's former supervisor, Stephanie Nelle, who' s far from home on a mission that has nothing to do with national security. Armed with vital clues to a series of centuries-old puzzles scattered across Europe, she means to crack a mystery that has tantalized scholars and fortune-hunters through the ages by finding the legendary cache of wealth and forbidden knowledge thought to have been lost forever when the order of the Knights Templar was exterminated in the fourteenth century. But she's not alone. Competing for the historic prize- and desperate for the crucial information Stephanie possesses-is Raymond de Roquefort, a shadowy zealot with an army of assassins at his command. Welcome or not, Cotton seeks to even the odds in the perilous race. But the more he learns about the ancient conspiracy surrounding the Knights Templar, the more he realizes that even more than lives are at stake. At the end of a lethal game of conquest, rife with intrigue, treachery, and craven lust for power, lies a shattering discovery that could rock the civilized world-and, in the wrong hands, bring it to its knees.
So in my review of The Third Secret I mentioned that I have a love/hate relationship between Steve Berry. However, the introduction of Cotton Malone into the fray helped me along with The Templar Legacy. It doesn’t take away from the fact that he’s still capitalizing on the religious mystery/Dan Brown bandwagon, though. However, Cotton is a likeable character. The story was interesting. I especially loved Stephanie Nell, Cotton’s former boss. She’s a tough cookie … and I like tough cookies.
It’s not complicated. It’s a page turner. The reveal at the end wasn’t totally obvious. Overall, an entertaining read. I especially recommend it for those who like Dan Brown. Sometimes books are just fun. This is one of those books.
As a side note, my review is sparse because I read this in December. Bad blogger, bad! I know.
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