(For review from Media Muscle)
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.
As many of you know I am a huge history buff. History was my minor in college and historical fiction is probably one of my favorite genre's to read for pleasure. The Cotton Malone series by Steve Berry, satisfy's my itch the historical while also fulfilling my need to read a good thriller. Book 5 of the Cotton Malone series, The Paris Vendetta takes us into the world of Napoleon Bonaparte.
Exiled in 1821, Bonaparte took his secret to the grave, regarding National treasures he confiscated or stole from many powerful people including treasures from the Vatican. He never gave his English captors the satisfaction of finding out where he hid his vast treasure. Fast forward to present day where we find, Former Justice Department operative Cotton Malone, thrown into the center of a conspiracy to blow up the Eiffel Tower and thrust terrorism to center stage.
Cotton Malone is such a wonderful character. He is what most of us would consider a man's man. He is gets the job done no matter what it might be. As a former operative, he deals with the bad guys in a way that is harsh, but not undeserved. This series is a really a cross between, historical fiction and thriller. I really liked all the action, but there was that component of the unexpected in history as Cotton tries to figure out where Bonaparte's treasure resides.
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I'm giving this one 5 out of 5 apples from my book bag! If you like a good thriller, a mystery with some history. This is the book for you!
Here is some additional information about Steve Berry.
Steve Berry is the New York Times bestselling author of The Charlemagne Pursuit,The Venetian Betrayal, The Alexandria Link, The Templar Legacy, The Third Secret, The Romanov Prophecy, and The Amber Room. His books have been translated into 37 languages and sold in 50 countries. He lives on the Georgia coast and is currently at work on his next novel. He and his wife, Elizabeth, have founded History Matters, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving our heritage. Visit www.steveberry.org to learn more about Steve and the foundation.