The Charlemagne Pursuit
As a child, former Justice Department agent Cotton Malone was told his father died in a submarine disaster in the North Atlantic, but now he wants the full story and asks his ex-boss, Stephanie Nelle, to secure the military files. What he learns stuns him: His father’s sub was a secret nuclear... show more
As a child, former Justice Department agent Cotton Malone was told his father died in a submarine disaster in the North Atlantic, but now he wants the full story and asks his ex-boss, Stephanie Nelle, to secure the military files. What he learns stuns him: His father’s sub was a secret nuclear vessel lost on a highly classified mission beneath the ice shelves of Antarctica. But Malone isn’t the only one after the truth. Twin sisters Dorothea Lindauer and Christl Falk are fighting for the fortune their mother has promised to whichever of them discovers what really became of their father–who died on the same submarine that Malone’s father captained.The sisters know something Malone doesn’t: Inspired by strange clues discovered in Charlemagne’s tomb, the Nazis explored Antarctica before the Americans, as long ago as 1938. Now Malone discovers that cryptic journals penned in “the language of heaven,” inscrutable conundrums posed by an ancient historian, and the ill-fated voyage of his father are all tied to a revelation of immense consequence for humankind. In an effort to ensure that this explosive information never rises to the surface, Langford Ramsey, an ambitious navy admiral, has begun a brutal game of treachery, blackmail, and assassination. As Malone embarks on a dangerous quest with the sisters–one that leads them from an ancient German cathedral to a snowy French citadel to the unforgiving ice of Antarctica–he will finally confront the shocking truth of his father’s death and the distinct possibility of his own.
Publish date: December 2nd 2008
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Pages no: 528
Edition language: English
, Historical Fiction
, Spy Thriller
, Mystery Thriller
Series: Cotton Malone (#4)
Among the best of the Berry books I've read so far. Cotton Malone to me is getting to be a more and more interesting character in his books, and this strength really meshes well with Berry's well-researched, well-planned plots. I hope Malone continues to grow as a character in future Berry novels.
Of all of Steve Berry's books, and especially all of them with protagonist Cotton Malone, I liked this one the least (2½ star rating). For me there was too much drama which dragged on for too long, and not as much action and deciphering of cryptograms as compared to his other books. There is however...
Edge of your seat plot with twists and turns throughout.
I usually like Berry's books and conspiracy theories, but found that by the end of this book I didn't care what happened anymore. It almost tries to hard to include too much, so even good old Cotton Malone couldn't save it for me. As hard as it tried, I had to try harder to get to the last page.
Steve Berry has a very fertile imagination. He always creates an exciting and thought-provoking mix of historical fact and wild conjecture. This one has Cotton Malone seeking the truth about how his father really died 38 years ago. There's a U.S. government cover-up of a long-ago Antarctic expedi...