The Paris Vendetta: A Novel
When Napoleon Bonaparte died in exile in 1821, he took to the grave a powerful secret. As general and emperor, he had stolen immeasurable riches from palaces, national treasuries, and even the Knights of Malta and the Vatican. In his final days, his British captors hoped to learn where the loot... show more
When Napoleon Bonaparte died in exile in 1821, he took to the grave a powerful secret. As general and emperor, he had stolen immeasurable riches from palaces, national treasuries, and even the Knights of Malta and the Vatican. In his final days, his British captors hoped to learn where the loot lay hidden. But he told them nothing, and in his will he made no mention of the treasure. Or did he?Former Justice Department operative Cotton Malone isn't looking for trouble when it comes knocking at his Copenhagen bookshop. Actually, it breaks and enters in the form of an American Secret Service agent with a pair of assassins on his heels. Malone has his doubts about the anxious young man, but narrowly surviving a ferocious firefight convinces him to follow his unexpected new ally.Their first stop is the secluded estate of Malone's good friend, Henrik Thorvaldsen. The wily Danish tycoon has uncovered the insidious plans of the Paris Club, a cabal of multimillionaires bent on manipulating the global economy. Only by matching wits with a terrorist-for-hire, foiling a catastrophic attack, and plunging into a desperate hunt for Napoleon's legendary lost treasure can Malone hope to avert international financial anarchy.But Thorvaldsen's real objective is much more personal: to avenge the murder of his son by the larcenous aristocrat at the heart of the conspiracy. Thorvaldsen's vendetta places Malone in an impossible quandary—one that forces him to choose between friend and country, past and present. Starting in Denmark, moving to England, and ending up in the storied streets and cathedrals of Paris, Malone plays a breathless game of duplicity and death, all to claim a prize of untold value. But at what cost?
Publish date: 2009-12-01
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Pages no: 432
Edition language: English
Of all the books in the Cotton Malone series I'd read, this one has the least solving of codes and cryptograms. It is, however, the most action-packed and is quite the thriller, and page-turner. It can be read as a standalone, but is better read in sequence for a clearer picture of character develop...
It's been years since I've read a Steve Berry novel and as exciting as this was, I don't really know why I stopped. Well stopped reading them but certainly not buying them as I own six that I haven't read yet. I remember really liking the combination of mystery and history. This one focuses on Napo...
A lot of people have said that they didn't like this book because it wasn't like the other in the Cotton Malone series. I just didn't see it that way. But then again, I love everything that Berry writes, so maybe I'm a little biased. I just can't get enough of his writing. I'm almost to the end of t...
Really, 3.7 stars.I have never read anything by Steve Berry before. I won an advance copy of this book though the giveaways; I entered because it concerns a bookseller in Copenhague. I love books and I love Copenhague. I enjoyed this book, despite the fact that I wished more of it took place in C...