The Charlemagne Pursuit
As a child, former Justice Department agent Cotton Malone was told that his father died in a submarine disaster in the North Atlantic. But what he now learns stuns him: His father’s sub was a secret nuclear vessel lost on a highly classified mission beneath the ice shelves of Antarctica. Twin... show more
As a child, former Justice Department agent Cotton Malone was told that his father died in a submarine disaster in the North Atlantic. But what he now learns stuns him: His father’s sub was a secret nuclear vessel lost on a highly classified mission beneath the ice shelves of Antarctica. Twin sisters Dorothea Lindauer and Christl Falk are also determined to find out what became of their father, who died on the same submarine–and they know something Malone doesn’t: Inspired by strange clues discovered in Charlemagne’s tomb, the Nazis explored Antarctica before the Americans. Now Malone discovers that cryptic journals penned in “the language of heaven,” conundrums posed by an ancient historian, and his father’s ill-fated voyage are all tied to a revelation of immense consequence for humankind. As Malone embarks on a dangerous quest with the sisters, he will finally confront the shocking truth of his father’s death and the distinct possibility of his own.
Format: mass market paperback
Publish date: November 24th 2009
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Pages no: 576
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...