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In 323 BCE having conuered 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 uest for this coveted prize is about to heat up And Cotton Malone–former US Justice Department agent turned rare book dealer–will be drawn into an intense geopolitical chess game After narrowly escaping incineration in a devastating fire that consumes a Danish museum Cotton learns from his friend the beguiling adventurer Cassiopeia Vitt that the blaze was neither an accident nor an isolated incident As part of campaign of arson intended to mask a far diabolical design buildings across Europe are being devoured by infernos of unnatural strengthAnd from the ashes of the USSR a new nation has arisen Former Soviet republics have consolidated into the Central Asian Federation At its helm is Supreme Minister Irina Zovastina a cunning despot with a talent for politics a taste for blood sport and the single minded desire to surpass Alexander the Great as history’s ultimate conueror Backed by a secret cabal of powerbrokers the Federation has amassed a harrowing arsenal of biological weapons Euipped with the hellish power to decimate other nations at will 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 1500 yearsTogether Cotton and Cassiopeia must outrun and outthink the forces allied against them Their perilous uest will take them to the shores of Denmark deep into the venerated monuments of Venice and finally high inside the desolate Pamir mountains of Central Asia to unravel a riddle whose solution could destroy or save millions of people–depending on who finds the lost tomb first From the Hardcover edition


10 thoughts on “The Venetian Betrayal

  1. says:

    This is my first book by Steve Berry I haven’t read any of the previous books in this series I don’t know Cotton Malone beyond this book or any other character It wasn’t a serious issue but I couldn’t overlook it totally too It made difficult for me to attach to Malone for example To those who know him from previous book he already is a three dimensional complicated character I’m sure To me he isn’t that developed as a hero I still like him but I would like to know him Or spend a bit time in the book with him I believe he can be a very interesting heroThe plot is pretty okay The conspiracy theory linked to the Alexander the Great is well thought and has no major inconsistencies It’s entertaining and attention grabbing I’ve got a degree in political science in international relations particularly and sometimes I find the alternative arrangement of political forces or the whole political intrigue terribly tendentious or completely implausible or even against any existing political theories It makes me pretty mad Fortunately this part is uite well made in this book The scholar in me would still have some doubts but for the sake of fiction I can ignore those and enjoy the plot Still there is something missing in this book I’m not really sure what Maybe it’s my inability to fully attach to the characters or maybe something else that stops me from giving this book than 3 stars I recommend this book anyway as an easy and nice read but to be totally honest I have had better ones


  2. says:

    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 enjoyable High body count interesting charactersa nasty lesbian villain and short chapters what 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 uicker and uicker and it all gets a little PattersonesueThe only thing that really bugged me is Berry's use of she made clear or he made clear as a form of attribution Maybe once in a novel is OK but this got to the point where you start looking for it and that is never goodI'm looking forward to his next one as it starts in Garmish Germany where I visited the year following Venice Is this guy following me and writing the books I should be or what?


  3. says:

    You're killing me Steve Berry This book really dragged for me I found myself zoning out uite 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 textbook I was also surprised about how little there was about Alexander the Great which is what encouraged me to read this I suppose you know a book isn't that good when you're thinking only a few pages before I can read something else


  4. says:

    Basically a Clive Cussler rip off After the historical fiction about the death of Alexander the Great we get a rash of arson in European museums to cover up the scheme of a Russian oligarch She wants to use an ancient healing serum to take over the world Cotton Malone has to stop themNot bad but nothing memorable


  5. says:

    Toil and risk are the price of glory but its is a lovely thing to live with courage and die leaving an everlasting fame Alexander The GreatWhat happens when the fate of humanity rests upon the tough guy skills of a retired spy one who happens to also possess a deep knowledge of ancient history including that of Alexander The Great Saint Mark Ptolemy Achilles Greek Fire and Elephant Medallions? These are the skills and knowledge necessary to track down and stop an evil organization bent on using biological warfare to destroy its enemies Answer times like these reuire the special talents of Cotton Malone former agent of a US agency known as the Magellan Billet and basically a major badass The author Steve Berry tells a tightly weaved story line Some have referred to his Cotton Malone series of books as the thinking man's version of Da Vinci Code This book Venetian Betrayal is full of strong colorful characters including a clever Vatican priest a rich and mysterious Dane a SpanishMuslim version of Katniss from Hunger Games a Central Asian lesbian seeking world domination and a Venetian virologist who's developed multiple strains of deadly viruses It helps to have read some of the prior books in this series for a better perspective of the central characters but it's not essential to do so


  6. says:

    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 eg with the former Soviet republics in Central Asia and of certain things existing I am looking forward to picking up his latest book


  7. says:

    This is the third book in the long running Cotton Malone series about a former Justice Department agent who has retired to sell old books in Copenhagen but keeps getting dragged into archeological and geopolitical conspiracies I read the previous one not long ago but while there are recurring characters each book seems to be a separate adventureCotton’s friend Cassiopeia is investigating a series of arson attacks in small museums across Europe as someone appears to be collecting rare coins from Ancient Greece Cotton is drawn in to help and together with Henryk and Stephanie from the last book they uncover a plot involving the ruthless Supreme Minister of the fictional Central Asian Republic whose obsession with Alexander the Great is pushing her to try and expand her territory through the release of a killer virusI’ve been interested in one day travelling to Central Asia for a while and by complete coincidence ended up watching an episode of a BBC reality TV show called Race Across the World where pairs of competitors travelled overland and sea from Baku to Tashkent Some of them stopped in Samarkand Uzbekistan which I had heard of but never seen images of so it was strange to pick this up a few days later and discover that not only is Samarkand one of the major locations it also includes a detailed description of the barbaric game of Buzkashi like polo but with a decapitated goat carcass instead of a ball that was also featured on the TV show Anyway this was another competently written fast paced adventure with a nonsensical premise diabolical baddies willing to let millions die for profitglory double crossing each other left right and centre and a medically implausible wonder cure I knew virtually nothing about Alexander the Great so that was interesting once again the author reveals which bits are real and which he made up in the afterword My biggest complaint is that Cotton is completely devoid of personality has no sense of humour and shows no emotion but he’s not a psychopath I just think the author only writes people in 2D I would read from this series if I come across cheap copies but won’t be in a rush to hunt them down as there are too many other series with much interesting protagonists35 rounded up for the entertainment value of the action and the historical snippets


  8. says:

    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 appearanceUnfortunately 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 which double agent is a triple agent etcThe plot was decent just not the wild romp through history at a breakneck speedThe funny thing is that even Steve Berry's worse book to date is better than many other author's best


  9. says:

    I'd give The Venetian Betrayal 2 12 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


  10. says:

    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 to read8