The Venetian Betrayal

Locating Alexander the Great s final resting place unknown to this day remains a tantalizing goal for both archaeologists and treasure hunters Now the quest for this coveted prize is about to heat up After narrowly escaping a fire that consumes a Danish museum, Cotton Malone former U.S Justice Department agent turned rare book dealer learns from his friend, the beguilinLocating Alexander the Great s final resting place unknown to this day remains a tantalizing goal for both archaeologists and treasure hunters Now the quest for this coveted prize is about to heat up After narrowly escaping a fire that consumes a Danish museum, Cotton Malone former U.S Justice Department agent turned rare book dealer learns from his friend, the beguiling adventurer Cassiopeia Vitt, that the blaze was part of a campaign of arson intended to mask a far diabolical design From the ashes of the U.S.S.R a new nation has arisen the Central Asian Federation At its helm is Supreme Minister Irina Zovastina, a cunning despot with the single minded desire to surpass Alexander the Great as history s ultimate conqueror The Federation has amassed a harrowing arsenal of biological weapons, and only one thing keeps Zovastina from setting in motion her death march of domination a miraculous healing serum, kept secret by an ancient puzzle and buried with the mummified remains of Alexander the Great in a tomb lost to the ages for than 1,500 years Together, Cotton and Cassiopeia must outrun and outthink the forces allied against them in order to unravel a riddle whose solution could destroy or save millions of people depending on who finds the lost tomb first.
The Venetian Betrayal Locating Alexander the Great s final resting place unknown to this day remains a tantalizing goal for both archaeologists and treasure hunters Now the quest for this coveted prize is about to heat up

  • Title: The Venetian Betrayal
  • Author: Steve Berry
  • ISBN: 9780345485779
  • Page: 386
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 1 thought on “The Venetian Betrayal”

    1. Got this one for Christmas. I'd never read Steve Berry before. He is of the Dan Browne-Robert Ludlum ilk -- international thriller. It's good escape and the fact I've been to Venice made it even more enjoyable. High body count, interesting characters,a nasty lesbian villain and short chapters what more can you ask? Many of the chapters are subdivided as they change scene from one group of protagonists to the other. As the book nears the end, these changes come quicker and quicker and it all get [...]

    2. Yet another Cotton Malone book, this time with an all star cast reunion. Not only do the faithful readers of Steve Berry's books get to see Henrik, Casseiopa and Stephanie again, but even Colin Michener makes a guest appearance.Unfortunately we already know much of the depths of these characters so there was no real character development, hence less emotional involvement for the reader. The book had no surprise twists waiting to catch the reader off guard, just the usual trying to figure out whi [...]

    3. I'd give "The Venetian Betrayal" 2 1/2 stars if it were an option. It's definitely my least favorite of Berry's books that I've read, largely because the plot didn't maintain my interest. The characters lacked human-ness; if I had not read Berry's previous books, I wouldn't have felt I knew them at all. Still, I was pulled into the Alexander the Great storyline, and the imaginative portrayal of the Central Asian Federation, so I'll round this one up to three stars.

    4. You're killing me Steve Berry. This book really dragged for me. I found myself zoning out quite a bit which is surprising considering the amount of explosions that occurred. I liked seeing Stephanie and Cassiopeia again but UGH this story seemed to never end and not in a good way. A problem that I see in many of Steve Berry's novels is that he practically drowns his story in historical facts until it's hard to find the plot. That much info, while informative, makes it feel like you're reading a [...]

    5. This action styled mystery starts out in 323 B.C.E, with Alexander the Great dying from a mysterious fever. Fast forward to present day and the Central Asian Federation, ruled by it's ambitious Supreme Minister, Irina Zovastina. She rules with a totalitarian twist and plans to release a deadly virus in surrounding countries that only she will be able to cure. Cotton Malone, a former U.S. Justice Department agent is contacted by Cassiopeia Vitt and Henrik Thorvaldson, and becomes drawn into the p [...]

    6. This is my fourth Steve Berry book and I thoroughly enjoyed reconnecting with Cotton Malone and the other characters. While the book was slow at times, I found that I could not put it down. I enjoyed the Alexander the Great story and the fictional Central Asia Federation. Not to give away the plot, but the book definitely makes you consider the potential of certain things happening (e.g. with the former Soviet republics in Central Asia) and of certain things existing. I am looking forward to pic [...]

    7. Well, I can t really explain why but this book didn t make a good impression on me. In comparison with other Berry s books, this is the one which I red just to finish. I didn t enjoy in it. That Irina really pissed me off, she was some kind of super woman, not afraid of anyone, killing whoever she wants. And above everything, she was president of one countryif I would meet her on first occassion, I would put her bullet in a head and hasta la vista baby :D

    8. Another exciting and enjoyable book in the Cotton Malone series. Keeps you on the edge of your seat from start to finish. I really enjoy this series and happy I have more to read(8)!

    9. THE VENETIAN BETRAYAL opens in true Steve Berry fashion with a historical scene that lends to the background of the plot. In this case we find Alexander of Macedonia (the Great) brooding over the loss of Hephaestion, his friend, warrior, and possibly lover who has died. In his grief he blames Glaucias, the physician for his death, and is executed, but not before we learn that Alexander is ill. Berry immediately shifts to Cotton Malone, the main character for the author’s series of historical n [...]

    10. A fairly solid entry in the Cotton Malone series although many reviewers consider this their least favorite. Cotton Malone just wants to be a bookseller in Copenhagen but once again gets dragged into another thrilling adventure due to his previous career as an agent for the US Justice Department. This time we find him and his friends on the trail of the leader of the newly formed Central Asian Federation, the lost tomb of Alexander the Great, and a mysterious cure for AIDS.Plots of Cotton Malone [...]

    11. I had a tough time getting into this particular novel. I found the historical aspects fascinating, but for my taste the story was incredibly drawn out. I love these characters but had this been the first Cotton Malone book I would not have been back for another round. Steve Berry has amazing story-telling talents but this felt like he was too caught up in the back story to really provide any action and I found myself dragging a bit. I'll be back for book four but Cotton and I need a bit of a bre [...]

    12. Berry reunites his cast of characters in this somewhat convoluted historical adventure where they are attempting to find the burial place of Alexander the Great, as well as a mystical draught that can cure AIDS.I didn't think this was as good as the previous Cotton Malone adventures, but this was the 3rd in a row that I've read and I tend to get bored with an author's writing style if I read too much back to back, so that may have something to do with it.

    13. Mais uma história baseada em eventos históricos. Neste livro a trama centra-se em Alexandre, O Grande. Grandes viagens, aventuras, muita acção do início ao fim.

    14. Typical Steve Berry action packed with many twists and turns. Love the work he does I haven't read a book of his that I have yet to enjoy.

    15. The Venetian Betrayal by Steve BerryCotton Malone series Book # 34★'sFrom The Book: n 323 B.C.E, having conquered Persia, Alexander the Great set his sights on Arabia, then suddenly succumbed to a strange fever. Locating his final resting place–unknown to this day–remains a tantalizing goal for both archaeologists and treasure hunters. Now the quest for this coveted prize is about to heat up. And Cotton Malone–former U.S. Justice Department agent turned rare-book dealer–will be drawn i [...]

    16. Cotton Malone, notre héros, va avoir du boulot. Sauver ses amis et le monde, rien que ça, tout en résolvant une énigme de plus de 2000 ans ! Heureusement qu’il ne sera pas tout seul et qu’il est super fort (c’est à souligner quand même !). Plus rien à voir avec les Templiers. Vous allez (ré)apprendre l’histoire d’Alexandre Le Grand. Les cours sur cette période sont loin, et j’avoue avoir appris et réappris beaucoup de choses !Encore une fois, j’ai beaucoup aimé cette sui [...]

    17. I wasn't sure I was ever going to read another Steve Berry novel after "The Alexandria Link" because I felt that book was incredibly anti-Semitic. I had felt that Berry had gone overboard with many of his attacks on Israel and Jews. Waiting two years before reading this book allowed me to calm down and give that last book some distance. After finishing this book, I feel Berry is an exciting writer who is able to write exciting action scenes and infuse his stories with detailed historical fact an [...]

    18. This is the third installment of the Cotton Malone series by Steve Berry. As with the previous books, the history was well researched, the story/mystery intriguing and the characters interesting.Cotton and his friends (Cassiopeia, Henrik and Stephanie) are in a race to locate the final resting place of Alexander the Great and to unravel a mystery that either could destroy or save millions of people. Challenging them at every turn is Irina Zovastina, the Supreme Minister, of the newly-formed Cent [...]

    19. Steve Berry may be the best at mixing mystery with history. If you have read "The Amber Room", "The Romanov Prophecy", "The Third Secret", "The Templar Legacy", and "The Alexandria Link" you know what I mean. He is once again in true form with his latest book, "The Venetian Betrayal".This book is based around the life and death of Alexander the Great. A woman despot, Zovastina, has brought together several former Russian territories and formed the Central Asian Foundation. She is infatuated with [...]

    20. This is so odd because normally I love Steve Berry but I just hated this book. First off, I thought that there were story lines that were unnecessary and superfluous to the plot at hand that didn't add to the story as a whole, such as Naomi John. Second, I know that James Rollins and Steve Berry are friends and the distinguishing factor that I appreciate most about the two authors is that Steve Berry is much more historically driven with no scientific involvement. This is what attracted me to hi [...]

    21. This is the third in Berry's Cotton Malone series. It's been a while since I read the first two books and I have others in the series that I hope to get to soon. This was a good action thriller similar to Dan Brown's novels. In this one, Malone, a former American government agent, is drawn into intrigue when he is almost the victim of a museum fire set to cover the theft of one of several Alexander the Great elephant medallions. These medallions are being stolen by the megalomaniac leader of the [...]

    22. I really enjoyed this book, actually reading it in little over one day. I have read the first book with Cotton Malone, the Templar Legacy, and I actually liked this one better. This is the 3rd book with Cotton. I havent been able to find the second one but from the sound of it, it had something to do with the LIbrary of Alexandria. In this one, the search is on for Alexander the Greats remains that through out history have appeared, dissappeared, reappearedc. And with a power hungry leader after [...]

    23. I highly enjoy and recommend all Steve Berry books and this is no exception. Alexander the Great really intrigues me and this book helps build some more intrigue and information about him. I love the idea of secret groups and the Asian Federation is great in its secrecy and dastardly deeds. The villainess in this book is one of the more ruthless and cutthroat I have read, and a scene where she kills a man she thinks is a spy really shows this side of her. As always with Berry, the history of the [...]

    24. adventurearchaeologyspring 2012tbr bustingfraudioitalybooks about bookshopsDenmark - CopenhagenItaly - VentianExecutionconflagrationRead by the inimitable Scott Brick. Time for some ancient historical adventure *rubs handies together*Two years ago Malone was divorced, chucked in his job and moved from Atlanta to Copenhagen to start up his life's dream of a bookshop.It is refreshing to feel that and author has actually visited Copenhagen as the descriptions are authentic.

    25. 2nd reread.I am enjoying this series a lot. Mystery mixed with history, espionage and what if???Th 3rd book in the series and we meet up again with Cotton Malone, at his bookshop in Copenhagen and characters we have become familiar with Henrik, Casseiopa and Stephanie Nelle, and a bunch of rather nasty and evil villains. The plot surrounds the mystery of Alexander the Great's death and we get to see a bit of life in those times.There are two intriguing storylines that intertwine with each other [...]

    26. as the rating suggests: i enjoyed it. it had the usual stereotypic characters, wooden dialogue and invincible protagonists (unless you didn't have a name). the world is saved, maniacs killed, a cure for an uncurable disease found, lots of action, interesting premise sprinkled with sufficiently exciting historical topic, what could you want more from a mystery historical action novel. one of the better examples of the genre. i read it without knowing the first two and it worked ok.

    27. Another trip with another plane ride means another book read. This was a great plane read - it was easy to follow, and a fast read. This was another book about Cotton Malone, and if you haven't read Steve Berry before, his books remind me some of Dan Brown books. The plot and intrigue in this book were fun, although I did think at times it dragged a bit.

    28. Fun, fast read. Berry always develops an intriguing link to a historical event in his novels. The idea of a unified central Asia is interesting, considering one the borrowers I work with frequently owns hotels in Uzbekistan.

    29. Stunning portrayal. Many historic notes on Alexander I was unaware of before. Exciting non-stop action. Cotton is retired, yah right! Poor man. although now I am looking for a recipe of his favorite soup! Tomato Bisque!

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