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Cotton Malone retired from the high-risk world of elite operatives for the U.S. State Department to lead the low-key life of a rare-book dealer. But his quiet existence is shattered when he receives an anonymous e-mail: "You have something I want. You're the only person on earth who knows where to find it. If I don't hear from you, you will be childless." His horrified ex-Cotton Malone retired from the high-risk world of elite operatives for the U.S. State Department to lead the low-key life of a rare-book dealer. But his quiet existence is shattered when he receives an anonymous e-mail: "You have something I want. You're the only person on earth who knows where to find it. If I don't hear from you, you will be childless." His horrified ex-wife confirms that their teenage son has been kidnapped. When Malone's bookshop is burned to the ground, it becomes clear that those responsible will stop at nothing to get what they want: the lost library of Alexandria.A cradle of historical, philosophical, literary, scientific, and religious ideas, the ancient library of Alexandria was unparalleled in the world. But 1,500 years ago, it vanished into the mists of myth and legend.Now a cartel of wealthy international moguls is desperate to breach the library's hallowed halls, and only Malone possesses the information they need to succeed.Pursued by a lethal mercenary, Malone crosses the globe in search of answers. His quest will lead him to England and Portugal, to the highest levels of the American government, and to a shattering outcome that will have worldwide repercussions....

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  • Josh
    2019-03-03 09:30

    Reading this book I felt a ton of conflicting thoughts and emotions. There were many things I really enjoyed about it, but there was also one large issue that really roiled my blood and is preventing me from giving this book anything higher than 2 stars. Let me first discuss what I liked. This story has three storylines moving parallel to each other. All,though, are connected and are many times propelling each of the three threads along. The big idea of this book is the search for the lost Library of Alexandria, which is a wonderful story idea. This is a huge collection of lost documents that would provide so much new knowledge to what the world already knows. The idea that it survived thousands of years after it was thought to have been destroyed is fantastic. I also liked how off-balance the story kept you. There is so much deception and government plotting and backstabbing, the reader never really knows who is being honest, trustworthy, or whose motives are understandable. Things are constantly shifting fast and furiously. The reader is never truly sure who the enemy is. A third thing I liked was the idea of this big, mysterious entity trying to affect world politics through manipulation, murders, and strife, especially in the Middle East, already a hotbed of issues. This brings me to what I detested about this novel. Hopefully, not giving anything away, Steve Berry posits that the Library of Alexandria will reveal that the present day location of Israel is wrong. That it in fact lies in an entirely different region all together. Wholly implausible, but Berry uses it to thrust his novel along. His pulls in the Saudis, Israelis, and Americans into this story. He says the Bible was mis-translated either intentionally or by a lack of understanding of languages. All fine for a fictional story. What really upset me is that the book is filled with page after page of anti-Semitism and anti-Israeli feelings. At first, I thought it was just me being overly sensitive, but I soon came across a number of other reviews elsewhere that started noting the same thing. After awhile, reading the story became quite distasteful. I guess Berry could hide behind his characters and say that he was only writing what his characters would feel, but the amount of it and the level of animosity shown is clearly coming from somewhere else. It was unnecessary and it doesn't really add anything to the book. If anything, it has seriously questioned if I want to continue to support this author by reading any of his future works. Normally a book like this would have received more than 2 stars, but I couldn't do that here. Not after what I felt were personal attacks against both Israel and Jewish people. I will be taking a break from Steve Berry for awhile and will make a decision in the future if I want to read anything more by him.

  • Jessica Workman Holland (Tales Between the Pages)
    2019-03-05 04:45

    Read my full review at Tales Between the PagesI'm starting to think that Steve Berry is a megalomaniac. The more of his books that I read, the more I see his fascination with power and self-importance. I keep reading him because I expect his stories to get better. I like Cotton Malone, I really do. Thus, I go back.With that being said, The Alexandria Link sounded promising. I've always been fascinated by its secrets. Is it still out there? Did any of it survive? However, what I realized about half way into the book is that it's just another one of Berry's attempts to destabilize religion. I normally wouldn't have a problem with this, but THREE out of the five books that I've read has tried to destabilize religion in some way, shape, or form. It's getting a bit old. I find myself saying, "Yeah, yeah, the Bible is flawed. We know that," a bit too much with his books...So what did I like, you ask? There were moments where I forgot about all of the things I'm griping about and truly enjoyed reading. I like Stephanie and Cassiopeia's story line. I'm a sucker for a government thriller. In fact, I'd would have rather like Berry to go that route instead of the path he did choose. I also liked the riddles and the quests. Seeing Cotton try and figure out the hero's quest was pretty interesting. I did think they solved it a bit too quick. There weren't enough real obstacles in his way ... just men with guns. They're easily taken care of.Overall, the story is fun. It also gets you thinking. But, if you've read a lot of these "religion has secrets" novels like I have, you'll find The Alexandria Link formulaic and pretty unremarkable.

  • Ashley *Hufflepuff Kitten*
    2019-03-14 09:34

    Clearly I'm a sucker for anything involving libraries and books. Not quite as engaging as the previous book, but this feels like it's going to be a middle-of-the-road or guilty pleasure kind of series (which I'm fine with, as long as I remember not to take anything too seriously). A few issues with some of the characters but overall decently enjoyable.

  • Alan
    2019-03-05 05:33

    Okay, another Steve Berry book that gives mixed signals. Just like the Dan Brown stuff, he tries to discredit everything you think that you know about religion. In this one, he has St. Jerome intentionally manipulating the Old and New Testaments. He also has the Old Testament lands actually in Asia and says that no ancient texts really exists of any biblical writings before 900 A.D.(or C.E., if you prefer). He also states that there is not archeaological evidence that Isreal is really where any of the bible took place.He seems to forget all about the Dead Sea Scrolls (which contain parts of every Old Testament book but Esther), Hadrian's wall, the tunnels and wells beneath Jerusalem, and everything else that is chronicled nicely in Biblical Archeaology Review in every issue.Berry is a great story teller and needs to stick to the story and stop trying to tear down religion. In this book, he goes after Christians, Jews, and Moslems with great fury (Jews being his greatest target).

  • Andrew
    2019-03-16 10:34

    4.5 Stars. This is a cracking good read. A good mixture of code breaking, a hunt for the Library of Alexandria, historical backdrop of the Old Testament and Middle East rivalries, as well as good interaction of the characters. If anything I think I enjoyed this more than the first one in the series. Will definitely be continuing in the series.

  • فهد الفهد
    2019-03-07 10:42

    لغز الإسكندرية مكتبة الإسكندرية – لازالت موجودة بعض كل هذه القرون -، وحقيقة أرض الميعاد اليهودية، مع حزمة من الإنفجارات والمطاردات والجماعات السرية والقتلة والمخابرات الأمريكية والرئيس الأمريكي فوق هذا كله، خليط لا يسهل ابتلاعه، شعرت بافتقاد لقدرات دان براون - في رواياته الأولى على الأقل – وأنا اقرأ هذه الرواية التي كان طموحها عالياً، وحاولت التعرض لموضوع حساس ولكنها سقطت في سلسلة من الكليشيهات المملة.

  • Brenda H
    2019-03-09 03:34

    The Alexandria Link is the 2nd book in the Cotton Malone series. After uncovering The Templar Legacy, Cotton - along with his friends Henrik and Stephanie, as well as his ex-wife Pam and son Gary – is on the hunt for the lost Library of Alexandria. Of course, what search for something of such historical significance would be complete without a couple of governments, a few bad guys and a cartel of wealthy international moguls chasing you throughout?Cotton and Pam are brought into the search after their son is abducted. Cotton receives an email threatening his son’s life if information he has is not turned over in 72 hours. It is Cotton’s knowledge of an event 5 years ago that the kidnappers are after and are willing to do whatever they have to in order to get it from Cotton.I rated the 1st book in the series, The Templar Legacy, 3.75 stars. This book was a much better read. There was better action, a stronger plot and characters who were much more likable this time around. There was a good balance between historical fact and fiction.Rating: 4.5 stars

  • Slayermel
    2019-03-09 08:30

    This book was action packed right from the get go, I had a really hard time putting it down. I found the concept of the Old Testament being mistranslated from it's original Hebrew and all the problems this would cause in the world between the Muslims, Christians and Jews very interesting and it made for a great story. I loved how Steve Berry weaved in real places, and historical events with his fictional story. I found the Characters in the story quite likable as well. The Tension between Cotton and Pam was believable as where Cotton's friendships with Haddad and Thorvaldsen. My brain was spinning a bit by the end trying to figure out who was double crossing who within the American Government though, but I enjoyed every minute.

  • Frederick Masterman
    2019-03-19 05:46

    The Alexandria Link has much in common with Dan Brown's DaVinci Code, and that is not meant as a negative criticism. In both there is a search for a mysterious treasure by a male and female protagonist, who cleverly unravel the clues in many places as to where the prize is hidden. In both the protagonists are pursued by ruthless villains intent on stopping them before they reach the goal. The pace is non-stop in each book, and there are sufficient twists and turns to keep the reader attentive to the story flow. A refreshing new twist in the Link is to portray the goal as something to alter world politics, not the pious sentiments of a portion of one religion as in the Code. I was entertained by Berry's book, but I have a few serious doubts about the accuracy of his summary of the terrible flaws in Biblical translation (having had a thorough training in the field myself). These subtleties will not faze the general reader, although I find misinformation annoying wherever it poses as absolute truth (and the Code was full of such errors). Treasure hunts will probably always pique the interest of many, and the bigger the treasure the more exciting the hunt. But the theme is getting old, and I hope The Alexandria Link will conclude the current trend to exploit the idea.

  • Mike French
    2019-02-18 08:18

    Another very enjoyable read in the Cotton Malone series. Lots of twists and turns that kept my attention all the way to the end. Recommend to all Thriller readers! I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series.

  • Leslie Crawley
    2019-03-09 04:19

    This took me a while to get through, partly because I actually have to work and spend time with my family (

  • Ruth
    2019-03-12 06:23

    This is the second book in the Cotton Malone Series by Steve Berry.I have to say I enjoyed this book as much as the first. It was lovely returning to read all about charcters I'd read about in the first book. This is why I like series of books. I love to get to know the characters. Cotton Malone is again one of my favourite in the book and I really liked the involvement of his son Gary more. I wasn't so gone on the character of Pam Malone, Cotton's ex-wife, but the dis-like of her was set for me in the first book but by the end of this second book I did like her. I think though books should have you liking or disliking characters, I think indifference towards a character is one of the worst feelings to evoke in the reader I loved the fast pace of this story, there were no stopping and thinking moments and from opening to shuting the book it was all go go go. It kept me reading up late, not enough for an all night reading marathon but a little beyond bed time. I enjoyed how it hopped from the US to Britain, mainland Europe to Sinai and always at just the right moment that your appetite was wetted ready for you to return to the previous place and set of characters. The three different storylines were all easy to follow and did offer a twist or two that I hadn't expected, nothing worse than having it all figured out before the end.I thought the twist of the mistranslation of the Old Testament and the effects it could cause Christians, Muslims and Jews interesting. Yes you could compare this series so far to Dan Browns Da Vinci code and there are some similarities but I'm finding the Cotton Malone a better character than Robert Langford. I'm looking forward to reading the next in the series.But what I enjoyed most about the book was it was a piece of fiction set in real places and based on controversial and well argued material. Material that has no clear right or wrong, truth or fiction and this book just like the last leaves you with that question as you close the book....what if ?

  • Kathy
    2019-03-04 08:17

    Reading this book is like reading a graphic novel that has no art. Tiny, short sentences. Chapters generally three pages long. Jumping from setting to setting. Denmark, Washington, London, Vienna.The plot is Indiana Jones meets the X Files. Hilarious conspiracy theory stuff, and a diabolical henchman who — can you believe it! — shoots just about everybody as part of his scheme. Informants get shot in broad daylight in famous landmarks. Just like in the movies! Except that without the special effects and scenery, the terrible dialogue and convoluted plot seem all the more ridiculous.I'm on page 205, and I think I'm going to stop now. Whatever enjoyment I'm still getting is coming from mocking the author. There's an unintentional laugh on every page! Here's a sample, from chapter 8: "He'd used too many aliases to remember them all. Five years he'd been gone to ground and not a word from anyone. In one respect, that was good. In another, the silence racked his nerves. Thank God only one man knew he was alive, and he trust that person implicitly."Dialogue from chapter 11: "What are we doing?" Pam asked."The only thing we can do.""Why don't you just give them what they want?""It's not that simple.""Sure it is."He kept his gaze ahead. "Thanks for the advice.""You're an ass.""I love you, too."But this is a New York Times Bestselling author, according to the cover. His name is printed in bigger type than the title. It might make a decent movie, but it's a laughably awful book.

  • Meagan Boeff
    2019-02-26 07:37

    I read this book expecting it to be poorly executed and I was still pretty disappointed. The plot is what you expect, international espionage surrounding the search for the lost Library of Alexandria. But it was just barely interesting enough to finish. The plot starts pretty well, drags on a bit in the middle and ends very poorly.The characters are mere caricatures; heavy-handed, hardly developed and with some of the poorest name choices imaginable. For example, the lead character is named "Cotton Malone" while the sexy, rich girl/amateur spy is named "Cassiopeia Vitt". And those are only two names. By the final 1/4 of the book I was sick to death of reading all those dumb names.Berry also treads on many hot topics in this story with all the grace of a giant bear. There's Israel/Palestine relations, the three major religions (Christianity, Islam and Judiasm), shadow organizations, corrupt US officials and then there's the annoying addition of Cotton's ex-wife. Rather than focus on one or two topics solidly he merely sketches each. The affect is that of a book that started out with a good basic idea but was too hastily written to become well conceived.

  • Janice
    2019-02-22 06:22

    The first two books in this series do not have much character development, but there is lots of fast-paced action. And there are some aspects of the relationships Cotton Malone has with both his ex-wife and his son that are explored. All that was enough to keep me reading, but what I enjoy most about these books is the amount of research this author has done. He obviously did a lot of traveling, across the globe, as he investigated how the Old Testament was written, explored the existence now or in the past, of various documents that expose inconsistencies, and efforts to change certain segments, for political or religious reasons. An informative interview with the author was included at the end, that shed light on what in his novel was historically accurate, and what was created for his story. All in all, an enjoyable read.

  • Matt Halpern
    2019-02-19 07:41

    Very well written as usual. This author really has a knack for keeping the reader hooked on the story.

  • Justė
    2019-03-13 05:30

    Bestseleris, legendomis apipinta ir kažkada apie mūsų eros pradžią kažkieno amžiams pradanginta Aleksandrijos biblioteka ir "Da Vinčio kodo" atgarsiai – rodos, tobulas receptas. Užkibau klasiškai ir tikėjausi belenkaip daug, o gavau tai labai didelį šnipštą. Tai antra knyga Steve Berry serijoje apie buvusį specialių pajėgų agentą Kotoną Malouną ir jo lobių paieškas ir vienintelė išversta į lietuvių kalbą. Galvojau imsiu, pabandysiu šitą, nes vien dėl Aleksandrijos bibliotekos ji man pasirodė labai įdomi ir tada jau imsiuosi kitų, jeigu paliks panašų įspūdį kaip Lengdono serija. Na tai ką galiu pasakyti, gerai, kad nepradėjau nuo pirmos turbūt, nes apie Aleksdandrijos biblioteką taip ir nebūčiau nieko sužinojus, nes nu ir antros buvo per akis. Esu prisiekusi Dan Brown simbolistinės serijos apie Robertą Lengdoną gerbėja. Pradėjau ją irgi nuo antros – "Da Vinčio kodo" – ir likau visiškai nokautuota, kibau į kitas tuomet trilogijos dalis ir krykštavau išvydusi apie išleidžiamą ketvirtąją. Visos tos knygos žavi netikėtais siužeto posūkiais ir įdomiomis mįslėmis. Jose daug įdomios epizodinės informacijos apie simbolius, istoriją ir kultūrą, šviežio požiūrio į mitus ir legendas, visokiausių smulkių pasvarstymų apie ką tik nori ir to paties kontraversiškumo kad ir ta pačia religijos tema, kuri man pirmiausia ir imponavo "Da Vinčio kode". Ir aš labai norėjau, kad šita serija būtų į tą panaši ir labai norėjau ją pamėgti. Akivaizdu, kad ir autorius to norėjo, bet jam tai labai nesigavo. Panašumai tai yra tikrai akivaizdūs, didžiausias jų – Biblija. Visas tos knygos veiksmas sukasi apie tai, kad Aleksandrijos bibliotekoje galima rasti vieną pirmųjų „senąja hebrajų“ kalba prašytą Bibliją, kuri parodytų kiek dabartinė intenciškai ar ne yra nukrypusi nuo originalo ir sukeltų daug šaršalo visose trijose didžiosiose religijose. Grynas Da Vinčis, ne? Samprotavimai apie religijas, turiu pabrėžti, kažkuria dalimi buvo tikrai įdomūs. Bet tai maždaug ir viskas, kas toje knygoje buvo gero. Jau nekalbant apie tai, kad ir šitą dalį kažkaip temdo itin ryškus antisemitizmas, kurio priežasčių turbūt geriau jau ir nespėliosiu. O štai minusų tai šiame romane nors vežimu vežk. Pirmiausia, tai visa knyga ir visas siužetas absoliučiai beprasmis. Jeigu pradžioje dar yra kažkokia logika, kodėl dalykai vyksta, tai galiausiai supranti, kad ten absoliutus pilstymas iš tuščio į kiaurą, sukuriant dirbtines intrigas dirbtinėse intrigose, kurioms kurti net ir nėra jokio tikslo. O kai šūdinoje pabaigoje supranti kokiame lygyje tas pilstymas iš tuščio į kiaurą buvo, tai net ir tą krislelį logikos, kur ankščiau buvai pastebėjusi, nuneša galingas cunamis. Kitas dalykas – viskas mirtinai nelogiška bet kokioje skalėje matuojant, o reikia turėti omeny, kad aš tokiose knygose realistiškumo kartelę ir taip jau būnu nuleidusi, nes tokio tipo trileriai nebūtų įdomūs jeigu vyktų pagal realaus pasaulio dėsnius. Bet čia tai.. visokios Baltųjų rūmų intrigos, kurios nu net tolimo panašumo su realiom situacijom neturi, visi aplink turi mobilius telefonus ir visi vieni kitus pažįsta, bet sužinoję apie didžiulį pavojų geriausiems draugams net nesivargina jiems pabandyti prisiskambinti ir sako „nu čia jau aš niekuo negaliu padėti“. Irrr my personal favorite yra istorijos dalis (biški spoiler alert), kur vyksta kažkoks išdavikų paieškos procesas, kur dviem moterėlėm reikia vis papulti į mirtinas situacijas, nes prezidentui reikia įrodymų, kad galėtų pagal įstatymus nuteisti žmogų už valstybės išdavimą (kažkodėl lygiai dviejų liudininkų, nei daugiau nei mažiau), surinkę tuos įrodymus jie jį vis dėl to nušauna, kremuoja ir praneša, kad tas nusižudė (nes gali), o prieš visa tą kremavimo dalį dar pasitikslina ar tikrai turi prisipažinimo įrašą (apie pasiklausymo įrangą irgi sužinai tik tada, nes tai ir taip nebuvo akivaizdu). Ta prasme, whaaat. Ir tokiomis situacijomis baigiasi daugmaž visos trys siužeto linijos, tai nu aš be žodžių. Čia jau nepradedant apie išvis nereikalingą buvusių sutuoktinių passive aggresive santykių fabulą, kuri tik erzina ir apskritai visus vienmačius veikėjus. Galbūt autorius ir daug tyrė visokiausius dalykus susijusius su tais senais raštais, Senuoju testamentu ir visokiomis jo interpretacijomis, religijų istorija bei įvairių šalių kultūriniu paveldu, bet panašu, kad norėta būtent vien ant to ir pastatyt visą romaną, o to neužteko ir teko paskandinti viską nesąmonių katile, kuriame viskas kas gera tiesiog nugrimzdo dugnan. Juokingas trileris, akivaizdžiai bandęs pakartoti "Da Vinčio kodo" sėkmę ir, nors bestselerio etiketės bando teigti kitaip, labai prašovęs pro šalį. Gaila, Kotonai Malounai, bet panašu, kad mums nepakeliui.

  • Sammy
    2019-02-23 07:29

    I think this another one of those many books that has been riding on the coattails of The Da Vinci Code. Mind you, it's just the latest in an apparant series of book following Cotton Malone's adventures. Perhaps that's why I never really got all that involved in the book was because I had never really gotten to know the characters and there were just so many that I was expected to.Even so, with the plot jumping to three different places and three seperate storylines (for the most part until they join together at the end) I was just pulled in too many directions. I didn't know who I really wanted to follow, root for, or trust.Probably the most annoying aspect of this book was Pam. She just pissed me off. She never listened to Malone, thus majorly messing up plans and almost getting herself (and others) killed. In a way I wish she was killed that way she would have been out of our hair.The last quarter of the book does make up for all the annoyances. The Library of Alexandria has always been something that fascinated me. A place with all old world knowledge stored up and lost. What we could have learned had we not lost the library, where we could be right now, it's amazing to think about. It was the main reason I wanted to read this book and it's the main reason I kept reading. I was extremely pleased they did focus on the library at the end, and we actually got to see it!Still... okay book, just too much. I'm sure for those following the adventures of Cotton Malone the book will be so much more worthwhile. But for those of you who plan on making the mistake I made and thinking this book would mainly address the lost library, you're wrong. Maybe read a couple of the books that come before this, it might make the read more enjoyable.

  •  Olivermagnus
    2019-03-07 06:18

    Cotton Malone's ex-wife Pam surprises him with the news that his 15-year-old son, Gary, has been kidnapped. The only way they will release Gary is if Malone tells them where he's hidden George Haddad, the man who might know where to find the lost Library of Alexandria. The deadly kidnapper follows Malone and Pam, hoping to find the library. Meanwhile, a mysterious group of world leaders and financiers known as the Order of the Golden Fleece try to manipulate the Alexandria knowledge to gain more power and wealth for themselves. Back in Washington DC, colleagues of Malone's are facing their own threats, many which seem to be coming from America's highest political offices.Mixed into the search for the Library is a theory that involves whether the accepted translations of the Old and New Testaments are correct. Did the story of the Bible really take place in Saudi Arabia instead of Palestine? If this theory can be proven it could upset the current world order and disrupt the global balance of power.The author incorporates fascinating tidbits of history to create stories that are well-constructed page-turners. You don't need to know too much history to become intrigued with the fascinating historical trivia and mysteries of the past. There's lots of action and an engaging plot. It was difficult to put the book down once I got involved in the story. I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the series.

  • C Joy
    2019-03-07 08:26

    The story was promising and in fairness to the author,this book was a result of a lot of research, creativity, imagination, and effort. The locations were interesting since most of them were in Europe, where great architecture stands, a lot of landmarks' descriptive writing was impressive. The complex plots and subplots in the story are tangled in a mess, no one is whom they seem, but some characters got the chance to develop, with a little background here and there. Given the things I stated above, I wasn't really pulled in the story. I still felt like an observer, unlike other books that reel me in big time. I didn't really appreciate the author giving code names to some characters like "no neck", "string bean", and "straw hat" it's kind of childish, like teasing someone. Then again, that's his style. This story is comparable to the first Steve Berry novel I read "The Romanov Prophecy", both had promising storylines, history etched in the backgrounds, but the way they were written wasn't really enthralling. I did find the book compelling when it was close to the end.

  • Rita
    2019-03-17 05:44

    A escrita de Steve Berry é dinâmica, com muita acção e suspense logo no início.A acção decorre em diversos países, Dinamarca, Áustria, Estados Unidos da América, Inglaterra, Alemanha, Portugal, Península do Sinai. Em cada capítulo mudamos de local e é assim o livro todo, o que se torna um pouco cansativo. Há demasiadas personagens, enredos, teorias da conspiração e a certa altura deixei de me interessar sobre algumas dessas histórias.Fiquei bastante surpresa por parte da acção se passar em Lisboa nomeadamente no Mosteiro dos Jerónimos mas acho que as referências ao Mosteiro dos Jerónimos poderiam ser um pouco mais aprofundadas principalmente por se tratar de Património Mundial. Mais uma vez é um livro que nos faz pesquisar sobre o assunto, mesmo que seja só para complementar os conhecimentos já adquiridos noutras alturas.Gostei de no final ficarmos a saber quais os factos verídicos e os pura ficção.

  • Anmol
    2019-03-08 04:35

    Original rating- 1.75/5Having read The Templar Legacy, I wasn't expecting much from this book and I was right in doing so. There are so many characters in the novel, including top businessmen, political people(the president as well) and just silly enthusiasts who do not mind getting killed and chased and tormented, in finding something they are going to have no stake in.I don't know why Cotton Malone goes on meeting the "Alexandria Link" and on a search mission of the Library of Alexandria after rescuing his son from the so-called kidnappers. The book is a jumble of random things, that in the end makes no or little sense.Again, this book lacks in theological evidences just like The Templar Legacy. I don't know what else to write because I am still dazed by the strange events of the story.

  • Carol Cabbiness
    2019-03-18 04:42

    This book was fast paced and exciting. Hard to put down.The story is about a the lost Library of Alexandria, a library that contained all the books from antiquity to the first three or four centuries (A.D.). The library was said to have been destroyed about that time. However, in this book the library was secreted away by monks who are now the guardians. Only certain people such as learned scholars are 'invited' to see the library by the 'guardians' of the library. The catch is that many international governments (U.S, Israel, and Pakistan) want the link to be destroyed and a multinational circle of wealthy business executives want access to it to boost economic wealth for their corporations.

  • Putri Pratiwi
    2019-03-08 06:41

    Menarik. Bagaimana Steve Berry merangkai detil-detil fakta dan fiksi, dengan alur yang tidak biasa namun baik. Overall emang bahasanyacukup berat. Kadang ada kalimat yg harus saya baca ulang biar paham, tapi ada juga yg saya skip. Ceritanya agak kontroversial memang, tapi plis deh ini novel Sci-Fi. Nggak usah terlalu serius, anggap aja sebuah karya sastra. Bagaimanapun juga intrik dalam ceritanya memang menarik untuk disimak. Overall buku ini seru, Sangat seru.

  • Gerald
    2019-03-17 09:41

    I'm a fan of Alexandrian history, and also of spy novels. So you'd think I'd love this.But when this author (speaking through a character) brags that the Iraq war will bring stable democracy to the Middle East, I stopped reading.Gerald. Boychik Lit

  • Katherine 黄爱芬
    2019-03-07 10:30

    Novel ini mirip-mirip tipikal novel Dan Brown. Nah. jagoan disini bernama Cotton Malone yg berprofesi sbg pedagang buku (walau sblmnya adalah agen rahasia). Dimulai dgn penculikan putranya, Gary, membuat Malone dan Pam (ex istrinya) hrs berpetualang ke London-Portugal-Gurun Sinai. Pencarian perpustakaan purbakala yg diyakini sudah lenyap di muka bumi ini menjadi titik sentral kisah di buku ini. Dan rahasia Perjanjian Lama yg ditranslasi sudah dimanipulasi dan kebenaran rahasianya mengancam tiga agama besar di dunia, Yahudi, Nasrani dan Islam utk berperang. Hal ini mengundang banyak pihak utk melindungi atau melenyapkan pihak lawannya.Selain itu ternyata ada komplotan pengkhianatan di sekitar Gedung Putih. Stephanie dan temannya, Cassiopeia, juga dibuat jungkir balik utk mengetahui siapakah dalang dibalik semua intrik ini. Dan utk menambah kerumitan cerita, Gary yg dititipkan kpd Thorvaldsen (sahabat karib Malone) juga berjibaku dlm Perkumpulan Bulu Domba Emas yg punya kepentingan tersendiri utk pencarian perpustakaan Alexandria tsb.Buku ini dari awal hingga akhir cerita menyuguhkan full suspense yg tidak kikir dgn adegan penembakan, peledakkan, pembunuhan dsb. Intrik dan tipuan serta skandal juga meliputi hampir keseluruhan ceritanya. Benar-benar menegangkan dan mengasyikkan utk dibaca. Selain itu deskripsi tempat-tempat bersejarah juga lumayan memukau seperti Biara Belem di Portugal serta "Perpustakaan Alexandria" di Gurun Sinai. Dan buku ini sukses membuat saya penasaran utk membaca buku "The Templars Legacy".

  • Buddy Draper
    2019-03-06 06:16

    This is the second in the Cotton Malone series and I like the main character. The writing is solid and the suspense and action are great. I forced myself to get through the first novel in this series even though it was denigrating to Jesus and the Gospels because I wanted to get a good feel for the character and writing. However, this novel follows that by denigrating the Old Testament as well, with an academician calling it a “haphazard translation”. The Bible is sacred to me and I’m offended at an author using it as the center of a conspiracy, calling it false. There is a huge lack of respect and I refused to force myself through to the end again. I’ve read other books in the series that focus on US presidents and conspiracies they created. It’s interesting fiction, but the Bible shouldn’t be included in creating fiction in a way that denigrates it.

  • Steven Z.
    2019-03-14 07:42

    What if the biblical basis for the Israeli state was incorrect? What if the real evidence for the creation of the Jewish state was in western Saudi Arabia? What if the ancient translations that led to the writing of the Old Testament from old Hebrew and Greek were open to an interpretation that could destabilize both Israel and Saudi Arabia and reorient the geopolitics of the Middle East? Intertwine the writings of St. Augustine and St. Jerome; add some nefarious characters that would stand to enhance their power and monetary profit, and sprinkle in American politics and you have the basic premise of Steve Berry’s novel, THE ALEXANDRIA LINK.The book is part of Berry’s series featuring Cotton Malone, a retired member of the U.S. Justice Department’s elite Magellan Billet who lives in Copenhagen and operates a bookstore. The story begins with a scene from April, 1948, when the British gave up their mandate over Palestine realizing that they no longer have the power to broker a peace between the Arabs and Jews. We meet George Haddad, a nineteen year old Palestinian who grows frustrated interrogating a man who had come to speak with his father. The man came with ideas pertaining to a peace settlement, but two weeks before the man’s visit his father had been killed. Haddad was in no mood to chat with another peace messenger in the midst of the nakba, “the catastrophe,” and executed his prisoner.The novel quickly shifts to contemporary Copenhagen where Cotton Malone is confronted by his estranged wife, Pam informing him that their son Gary was kidnapped. The ransom for Gary’s release is the “Alexandria Link,” something only Malone and a few others have knowledge of. The result is a bombing of Malone’s bookstore and violent confrontation that leads to Gary’s release. Despite this release the plot begins to further evolve as Malone realizes that he must uncover the “Alexandria Link,” which is the location of an ancient Egyptian library supposedly located in Alexandria. According to George Haddad, now a grown man, a philosopher and theologian, within the library lays evidence that God’s covenant with Israel delineated in the Bible may be mistaken. The Israeli and Saudi governments do not want this information to become public knowledge and their security services work to block any progress in discovering the library and its artifacts. In the United States the Vice President is allied with a European syndicate, called the Order of the Golden Fleece, whose chair, Alfred Hermann is determined to destabilize the Mideast for the economic and political benefit of his cabal.The plot brings Malone from Copenhagen, to London, Lisbon, the Sinai with his new companion his ex-wife Pam. Characters from previous novels have major roles; Henrik Thorvaldsen, a Jewish Danish billionaire and close friend of Malone; Stephanie Nelle his former boss in the Justice Department; and Cassiopeia Vitt, an art historian and well trained in the military arts. New additions include the previously mentioned Alfred Hermann; Dominick Sabre, an operative hired by Hermann who later in the book goes by the alias James McCollum who has his own agenda when it comes to the “Alexandria Link;” Larry Daley, a presidential advisor with his own plans; Attorney-General Brent Green who seems to support a number of positions; and President Robert Edward Daniels, Jr.As with all of Berry’s novels in the Malone series the reader must pay careful attention as the author integrates legitimate, theoretical, and counter-factual history with contemporary events and politics. Historical figures permeate the narrative as they are interwoven to support or discredit what the fictional characters deem important. The plot line concerns power politics and wealth but Berry tries to base much of his action on uncovering “knowledge” as a weapon in the geopolitics of the Middle East. In this case the knowledge rests on the concept that God’s promise to Abraham for a Jewish homeland in Canaan as written in the Torah is not accurate, thereby debunking the major argument in the Jewish religion for Israel’s existence. As the story progresses we witness Mossad agents enter and leave. Further an assassination plot to remove the President of the United States seems to be on the table. A proposed deal between al-Qaeda and elements in Washington is in place. Saudi assassins seem to appear everywhere. There is even an interesting visit by David Ben-Gurion to the Alexandria library and a host of other interesting historical occurrences that may or may not have ever occurred. Thankfully Berry provides an addendum at the end of the book to inform the reader as to what he has made up and what actually took place. But what cannot be denied is that he has chosen a topic that has tremendous relevance to current geopolitics in the Middle East. There is no doubt that the books opening scene displaying the hatred between Palestinians and Jews still remains in place today. All we have to do is point to the events of last summer between Israel and Hamas. Though a very good yarn, Berry does provide some important contemporary issues to contemplate.Berry has written numerous historical novels and though I have only read three, I look forward to continuing to explore his Cotton Malone series as they are interesting, educational, and very entertaining.

  • Mohieddin
    2019-03-01 08:21

    Magnificent!

  • أشرف فقيه
    2019-03-15 06:16

    I never read any of Steve Berry’s works before. I was particularly interested in this novel because a friend told me it’s based on the controversial theory stating that the biblical history took place in west Arabia, which was well explained in the writings of Kamal Al-Salibi (The Bible Came from Arabia) and Fadel Al-Rabiei.To begin with, The Alexandria Link is an excellent thriller. I REALLY enjoyed it. But I cannot get over my disappointment in the political agenda it enforces. At the beginning, I was really impressed by the sympathy with which the Nakba was portrayed and how the Bible was shown to be flawed: a mere collection of mistranslations (which, by the way, coincides with the Islamic view of it). (view spoiler)[Berry continued to surprise me when he presumably adopted a balanced position between the Arabs and the Jews when describing the conflict in the Middle East. Heck, he was so unbiased I started asking myself questions about the way he managed to keep on writing and avoided being trashed by right-wing fanatics. But as the novel reached its ending, everything went back to the usual. The Israelis, and those who blindly support them, were confirmed to be the good guys, and the Arabs (particularly the Saudis) were shown to be the ugly ones whom you couldn't trust. The usual cliché.. So typical!Yet, the fictional plot raises some very interesting points regarding today’s political landscape and the fragility of its balance. One can’t help questioning the disparate American support of Israel –even in the novel- given the strong historical and archaeological doubts surrounding Israel’s claims in Palestine which are not all fictional by the way.It‘s worth mentioning that Berry’s story had a huge flaw concerning how Muslims would react to the aforementioned alternative biblical history. Cotton Malone claims that that the real holy land; residing within the province of Aseer in western Arabia, includes the city of Mecca. That’s not true. Mecca is part of a different region, called the Hejaz, immediately north of Aseer. (hide spoiler)] Nevertheless, the exclusion of Mecca from the presumed “real” promised land represents -to me personally- a huge blow to Al-Salibi’s theory. After all, if God granted Aseer to Ibrahim (Abraham), how come Mecca, whom he was commanded by God to leave his wife and son at, only to return later and erect the Ka’ba with the help of Ishmael (all according to Muslim belief) how come this particular holiest piece of land is no part of the biblical promised land?Regardless, there are many stories and legends in the folklore of Aseer referring to the existence of an ancient Solomonic Kingdom in the region. Today, many natives get agitated when confronted with Al-Salibi’s theory, thinking it may support Israeli claims in their homeland. I don’t think it would be the case. Once the Israeli claims in Palestine are denied by proving such a theory, if this ever happened, then the whole myth of a God-given-Jewish-right will collapse. Besides, if God has promised the offspring of Abraham any holy land and this happens to be in western Arabia. Then the old promise has been fulfilled a couple of millennia ago. After all, the descendants of Ishmael are all over the place.