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5 sterren Nederlandse paperback I heb dyslexia Toen Alexander nog klein was, had Aristoteles hem geleerd dat een vriend een tweede zelf was, en dat was Hephaestion geweest In 323 voor Christus had Alexander de Grote zijn zinnen gefixeerd op het veroveren van de Arabische wereld toen hij totaal onverwacht ten prooi viel aan een mysterieuze ziekte Al 1500 jaar wordt er gezocht naar zijn laatste rustplaats, waar volgens de legende het recept ligt voor een geneesmiddel.Cotton Melone wordt wederom in een spannend avontuur getrokken Het is maar goed dat zijn geheim agent instinct nog goed functioneert Zal hij een despoot uit Azi tegen kunnen houden Barry weet wederom spanning, geschiedenis en actie in elkaar te laten overlopen Goed uitgewerkte gegevens zijn grotendeels berustend op de waarheid en dat wat fictief is wordt hiermee goed verbonden Ik vond het weer super om te lezen en was blij met het mooie weer zodat ik met boek en picknick lekker aan de Maas kon zitten we weten waar ze op uit zijn Oliefanten penningen Vijf brandstichtingen Verspreid over Europa Dat moet om olifantenpenningen gaan. 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 them.Not bad, but nothing memorable. 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 characters,a 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 quicker and quicker and it all gets a little Pattersonesque.The 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 good.I 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 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 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. In BCE, 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 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 Conqueror Backed By A Secret Cabal Of Powerbrokers, The Federation Has Amassed A Harrowing Arsenal Of Biological Weapons Equipped 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 , YearsTogether, Cotton And Cassiopeia Must Outrun And Outthink The Forces Allied Against Them Their Perilous Quest 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 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 adventure.Cotton 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 virus.I 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 profit glory, 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 protagonists.3.5 rounded up for the entertainment value of the action and the historical snippets. Toil and risk are the price of glory, but its is a lovely thing to live with courage and die leaving an everlasting fameAlexander 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 require the special talents of Cotton Malone, former agent of a U.S 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 Spanish Muslim 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. 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 which double agent is a triple agent, etc.The plot was decent, just not the wild romp through history at a breakneck speed.The funny thing is that even Steve Berry s worse book to date is better than many other author s best. 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 picking up his latest book. 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.