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Venetian Betrayal (Cotton Malone)

Venetian Betrayal (Cotton Malone) [Kindle Edition]

Steve Berry
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'Pure intrigue. Pure fun.' (Clive Cussler on Steve Berry)

'A major twist... the puzzles are so much fun... radical thinking of the Gospels that's sure to spark some lively debate . . . pretty grabby stuff' (Wall Street Journal on THE TEMPLAR LEGACY)

'Complex and fast-moving thriller writing, delivered with a great deal of dash, and shades of The Da Vinci Code' (Good Book Guide on THE TEMPLAR LEGACY)

Sexy, illuminating . . . my kind of thriller. (Dan Brown on THE AMBER ROOM)

'Writes with the self-assured style of a veteran' (Dan Brown)

'Not to be missed. Anagrams and complicated symbology... a complex, well-written, and extremely readable story.' (Library Journal on THE TEMPLAR LEGACY)

Steve Berry is a writer on the rise. (David Morrell, author of NIGHTSCAPE and CREEPERS)

Conspiracies and plots abound . . . Berry handles his thriller tradecraft skilfully, [and] his descriptions are stellar. (Booklist on THE THIRD SECRET)

International intrigue, swashbuckling action, indestructible hero from the American South. . . . Not to be missed. (Kirkus Reviews, on THE ROMANOV PROPHECY)


'Pure intrigue. Pure fun.' -- Clive Cussler on Steve Berry 'A major twist... the puzzles are so much fun... radical thinking of the Gospels that's sure to spark some lively debate ... pretty grabby stuff' -- Wall Street Journal on THE TEMPLAR LEGACY 'Complex and fast-moving thriller writing, delivered with a great deal of dash, and shades of The Da Vinci Code' -- Good Book Guide on THE TEMPLAR LEGACY 'Sexy, illuminating ... my kind of thriller.' -- Dan Brown on THE AMBER ROOM 'Writes with the self-assured style of a veteran' -- Dan Brown 'Not to be missed. Anagrams and complicated symbology... a complex, well-written, and extremely readable story.' -- Library Journal on THE TEMPLAR LEGACY 'Steve Berry is a writer on the rise.' -- David Morrell, author of NIGHTSCAPE and CREEPERS 'Conspiracies and plots abound ... Berry handles his thriller tradecraft skilfully, [and] his descriptions are stellar.' -- Booklist on THE THIRD SECRET 'International intrigue, swashbuckling action, indestructible hero from the American South... Not to be missed.' -- Kirkus Reviews, on THE ROMANOV PROPHECY

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 620 KB
  • Print Length: 497 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder (13 Aug 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002VHI8GI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #78,496 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Steve Berry is the New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author of The Lincoln Myth, The King's Deception, The Columbus Affair, The Jefferson Key, The Emperor's Tomb, The Paris Vendetta, The Charlemagne Pursuit, The Venetian Betrayal, The Alexandria Link, The Templar Legacy, The Third Secret, The Romanov Prophecy, and The Amber Room. His books have been translated into 40 languages with 17,000,000 copies in 51 countries.

History lies at the heart of every Steve Berry novel. It's his passion, one he shares with his wife, Elizabeth, which led them to create History Matters, a foundation dedicated to historic preservation. Since 2009 Steve and Elizabeth have crossed the country to save endangered historic treasures, raising money via lectures, receptions, galas, luncheons, dinners and their popular writers' workshops. To date, nearly 2,500 students have attended those workshops. In 2012 their work was recognized by the American Library Association, which named Steve the first spokesman for National Preservation Week. He was also appointed by the Smithsonian Board of Regents to serve on the Smithsonian Libraries Advisory Board to help promote and support the libraries in their mission to provide information in all forms to scientists, curators, scholars, students and the public at large. He has received the Royden B. Davis Distinguished Author Award; the 2013 Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award; his novel The Columbus Affair earned him the Anne Frank Human Writes Award; and International Thriller Writers bestowed him the 2013 Silver Bullet for his work with historic preservation. A 2010 NPR survey named The Templar Legacy one of the top 100 thrillers ever written.

Steve was born and raised in Georgia, graduating from the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University. He was a trial lawyer for 30 years and held elective office for 14 of those years. He is a founding member of International Thriller Writers--a group of more than 2,600 thriller writers from around the world--and served three years as its co-president.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By Amelrode VINE VOICE
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I have to admit that Steve Berry is fast becoming one of my favourite authors. He just does not disappoint his readers.

No. 6 in the Cotton Malone mysteries is not exception. As in the previous five novels Steve Berry offers the reader a fast moving plot linking present and past. It is a gripping plot from page No. 1 onwards. The plot is slightly weird and amusing: if one puts it very short: a power hungry dyke and head of state who fancied herself as the new Alexander the Great goes for world domination and an HIV cure to save her estranged and HIV infected lover. At the same time an equally power hungry financial cartel tries to dominate the world markets. All before the background of a new super power in Asia. There is enough background to make it not too unrealistic while at the same time keeps it clearly in the realm of a novel.

The chapters are short and easy to read and one simply wants to know what happens next. The main characters are the same as in books 1 to 5 and they develop further, becoming rounder and more human. It is not the so often lovingly portrait US vision of the (male) hero saving all on his own the world. Here it is a team, male and female, strong, but weak as well who fight the evil. But Steve Berry writes in such a way that one does not need to have read the first five novels in order to understand these characters. This novel is sequence but stands as well alone and makes perfect sense.

All in all, I just loved to be entertained by Steve Berry's writing: top notch. I am looking forward to his next novel.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good, entertaining read 5 Sep 2009
After the disappointment of my last Steve Berry novel, The Alexandria Link, I was pleased that in this, Cotton Malone's third outing, Steve Berry is back on form with this entertaining, pacy read. As with all Berry novels, there is plenty of pace, action and bodies galore, enough to satisfy any thriller fan. There is also political intrigue mixed with the quest for Alexander the Great's lost tomb, the Central Asian Federation's Supreme Minister Irina Zovastina's quest for world dominance (as a latter-day Alexander) and her desire to save her dying ex-lover from AIDS, and the murky Venetian League's greed to monopolize trade in the emerging Federation. The League's leading member, Enrico Vincenti, is also important to the plot as head of a medical firm that could have found the cure for AIDS. Other reviewers have done an excellent job in outlining the plot so I won't repeat them here. Suffice to say that there is plenty going on, but unlike in The Alexandria Link, in this novel it all works perfectly and every sub-plot has a bearing on the overall plot.

However, I would agree with Dragonfish's review below in that the final section of the book is not as strong as the rest, and the plot slightly loses it's way. Some of the characters, notably Zovastina and Cassiopeia Vitt, also seem to make illogical decisions that don't make sense. Indeed Vitt's actions and character made her one of the most selfish, and annoying, protagonists. I won't say what they are as to not ruin the story. Dragonfish is wrong though in that Glasgow appears nowhere in this book. Zovastina's head of the Sacred Band, Viktor Tomas, is also a strange character and some of his actions, particularly why and how he did them, are not explained fully. His changing of allegiance was also confusing, yet exciting.

In conclusion I enjoyed the novel and would recommend this.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Dan Brown Meets Ian Flemming? 9 Jun 2009
By Elizabeth Taylor VINE VOICE
This book has taken many elements from the two masters above but unfortunately its not in the same class. We have a secret society, The Venetian League, The Roman Catholic Church is of course involved, there is an evil women running an eastern state bent on power and obtaining it by using biological weapons, an evil man focused on being the richest man in the world, he has a newly constructed centre of operations complete with secret passages and hi-tech gizmos already for the Secret Services to blow-up, we have an ancient mystery - the search for Alexander the Great's body but even more a potion to cure all ills, even more ancient secrets of fire and water and of course the rogue, recently retired but still active if called upon to save the world American Secret freelance agent. Wow what a film.

The good guys are fighting for what else the US of A and can therefore go wherever they want whenever they want. The bad guys of course only want money & power and if possible the body of Alexander the Great - the ultimate good luck charm. It all sounds a bit much and it is. The story is also told in snappy, short chapters as we reel from one character to the next and unravel all the mysteries. What did I think, well its fun, the author certainly has an imagination and it would make a great movie. Is it a great book, certainly not, in the beginning I did not like the style as I was confused over who was who, but, as that becomes clear and the story hots up I could forgive the style. There is almost no character development and our heros and villans are cardboard cutouts. Having said that it's a diverting and sometimes interesting story, but, its all a bit over the top, and, black and white and the ancient mystery doesn't read true next time the author needs to focus on less and write more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 months ago by John Churchill
5.0 out of 5 stars First Rate Page Turner
As always with Steve Berry his books are well written with strong plots and excellent historical research. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Sally-June
5.0 out of 5 stars VENETIAN BETRAYAL
I read the books out of sequence starting with the Jefferson key which I really enjoyed and the main character of cotton Malone. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Craig Bagshawe
4.0 out of 5 stars Adventure thriller par excellence!
I am getting [become!] addicted to Steve berry's writing, and forgive the [very] occasional slips in plot simply because of the complexity and quality of the writing style and... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Lindsay R. Bayne
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read
All Steve Berry's books keep you gripped with murder and intrigue. Love them all! I would recommend for anyone to read
Published 24 months ago by Freebee
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy holiday read
Needed something to read on summer beach holiday as didn't want my Kindle to get full of sand. So, I found this book on the shelf in the hotel and was intrigued by the summary on... Read more
Published on 23 Oct 2012 by Percy Q
3.0 out of 5 stars Far fetched
I found this book rather unbelievable and hard going not as good as Steve Berry's previous books. I would not recommend this book unless you are a fan of Steve Berry.
Published on 23 Oct 2012 by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars It's OK, but ...
This isn't a bad book, but it's not exactly a good book either. First of all, it's far, far too long. Read more
Published on 23 Oct 2012 by Peter Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read!
Steve berry mixes historical facts with an exciting fictitious storyline in search of the lost tomb of Alexander the great in a seamless way, making for a very good read indeed.
Published on 8 July 2012 by Jones
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun, but not like the previous two in the series.
Overall an enjoyable story. However, I was left with the feeling that Steve spoiled me with The Templar Legacy and The Alexandria Link. Read more
Published on 3 Aug 2010 by Scriptor
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