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The Alexandria Link (Cotton Malone Series #2)
     

The Alexandria Link (Cotton Malone Series #2)

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by Steve Berry
 

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Cotton Malone retired from the high-risk world of elite operatives for the U.S. Justice Department to lead the low-key life of a rare-book dealer. But his quiet existence is shattered when he receives an anonymous e-mail: “You have something I want. You’re the only person on earth who knows where to find it. Go get it. You have 72 hours. If I

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The Alexandria Link (Cotton Malone Series #2) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 247 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In general, The Alexandria Link was good read. Berry's writing holds the readers attention as any good thriller should. However, I was somewhat disappointed in the factual accuracy of the book. Similar to the Da Vinci Code, the author takes significant license with the facts. Repeatedly he states that no Old Testament documents now exist earlier than 1000 A.D. 'The Masoretic Hebrew Text'. Further, he states that the Septuagint 'OT in Greek' was the primary source for the OT translation. Both of these assertions are wrong. First, the oldest Old Testaments documents are the Dead Sea Scrolls 'in Ancient Hebrew' found at Quran and date from 200 years before Christ. Second, while the Septuagint has been used as a corroborative source there are numerous other OT documents from the period were also used. In short, A for a good story, F on the facts.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While it follows some of the hallmarks of the type of international conspiracy thriller made famous by Robert Ludlum, it departs from the mold by nature of the main character. By making Cotton Malone a retired agent (they are almost always retired) who is now a rare-book dealer, Berry gives it a twist from those series that have come before it. It makes the plot revolve more around intellectual issues than standard political and economic issues (even though they are involved). As a scholar of Judaism (I am rabbi), I found the Biblical part to be credibly written while remaining incorrect. I do not view it as Anti-Semitic in any way (as a previous reviewer did) but it does portray Israel in a negative light. One shouldn't read this type of book to learn history but to have fun!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thought provoking premise with a political twist. Very good reading.
AlisaLorrine More than 1 year ago
The unabridged audible book took about 18 hours to finish. My husband and I listened to it during 2 trips back and forth between Southern Ca and Northern Ca. This was the first fictional book my husband has "read" and he was hooked after finishing it - wanting to start the next book. At times, the details were a bit droning, but overall, it was exciting - probably could have done well with the abridged version. I absolutely loved how Steve Berry brings intricate religious conspiracy theories to life. His books are believable and well written with solid characters. Entertaining, and this book stands well alone without reading the Templar Legacy first. (I read it, my husband did not but we both enjoyed the book). This book, though fictional, doesn't seem that unlikely! Makes for a puzzling feeling afterwards.
GtzLstNRding More than 1 year ago
Suspensful, lots of twists and turns, love the religous aspects of the story and the way Cotton Malone gets pulled into so many things even though he's "retired." This particular story is made personal to him with lots of high stakes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book very much but I still feel that it would have been better if condensed to fewer pages of unnecessary information since the plot was already complicated enough. In any case, I certainly plan to continue reading this series. I always like books that challenge the mind and this series definately does that. Stephanie Clanahan
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This is my favorite kind of book a book with lots of action and a book that I learned many new things.
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RWR747 More than 1 year ago
As usual, Steve Berry has woven history and mystery together with plenty of action. This book dealt with a very controversal issue about the Bible and Israel. Try to keep an open mind when you read it and remember it is a work of fiction.
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