The Malta Exchange: A Novel

The Malta Exchange: A Novel

by Steve Berry

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"The result is a thriller that intrigues and provides historical context. Berry is the master scientist with a perfect formula." Associated Press

One of USA Today's "Five Books Not to Miss!"

A deadly race for the Vatican’s oldest secret fuels New York Times bestseller Steve Berry’s latest international Cotton Malone thriller.

The pope is dead. A conclave to select his replacement is about to begin. Cardinals are beginning to arrive at the Vatican, but one has fled Rome for Malta in search of a document that dates back to the 4th century and Constantine the Great.

Former Justice Department operative, Cotton Malone, is at Lake Como, Italy, on the trail of legendary letters between Winston Churchill and Benito Mussolini that disappeared in 1945 and could re-write history. But someone else seems to be after the same letters and, when Malone obtains then loses them, he’s plunged into a hunt that draws the attention of the legendary Knights of Malta.

The knights have existed for over nine hundred years, the only warrior-monks to survive into modern times. Now they are a global humanitarian organization, but within their ranks lurks trouble — the Secreti — an ancient sect intent on affecting the coming papal conclave. With the help of Magellan Billet agent Luke Daniels, Malone races the rogue cardinal, the knights, the Secreti, and the clock to find what has been lost for centuries. The final confrontation culminates behind the walls of the Vatican where the election of the next pope hangs in the balance.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250140289
Publisher: St. Martin''s Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/31/2019
Series: Cotton Malone Series , #14
Pages: 576
Sales rank: 597
Product dimensions: 3.90(w) x 6.80(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Steve Berry is the New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author of the Cotton Malone novels (The Bishop's Pawn, The Malta Exchange), among other books, and several works of short fiction. He has 25 million books in print, translated into 40 languages.

With his wife, Elizabeth, he is the founder of History Matters, which is dedicated to historical preservation. He serves as an emeritus member of the Smithsonian Libraries Advisory Board and was a founding member of International Thriller Writers, formerly serving as its co-president.

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The Malta Exchange (Signed Book) (Cotton Malone Series #14) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fredreeca2001 More than 1 year ago
The pope has died and a conclave in convening. But, one cardinal may change the course of history. An ancient sect, knights and secrets are all it takes to bring in Cotton Malone. Cotton is once again on the trail of a mystery. He is searching for letters written between Churchill and Mussolini during WWII. This opens a can of worms and leads to murder and mayhem. I have been a fan of Steve Berry for quite a long time. His book The Amber Room still ranks as one of my all time favorites. However, his past couple of books have been lacking for me. As a matter of fact, I could not even finish the last one. This one, however, is a little better. Notice, I said “a little”. This book’s subject matter is much better because it is a religious mystery with a little bit of WWII sprinkled in. Plus, this one takes you all over Italy and that is a great historical setting. No one does historical research like Steve Berry. He has wonderful history in with action and intrigue. However, I am ready for Cotton to retire. Cotton does not have the allure for me as he did in the past. I feel now that all the books read the same. After that being said….if you have never read Steve Berry, do not let this review stop you. He is a very good writer. I am just ready for something different. I received this novel from Minotaur Books via Netgalley for a honest review.
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Anonymous 9 months ago
good good a little long winded
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another great Steve Berry adventure ! Great read and great pacing. One of my new favorites .
LibbyMcKinmer More than 1 year ago
When Cotton Malone and Luke Daniels both end up on the island of Malta, the race is on to discover (or protect) some major secrets in The Malta Exchange. Malone is on the track of legendary letters between Winston Churchill and Benito Mussolini. Daniels is chasing down information on a cardinal who has left Rome to find an ancient document on Malta that could affect the election of the next pope, even as the cardinals are gathering at the Vatican for a papal conclave. Both will encounter the Knights of Malta, an ancient group in existence for over nine hundred years, although the former soldier monks have now become a humanitarian association. The knights also have an internal organization known as the Secreti, who are determined to keep the 4th-century text a secret. As all the players return to Rome, the action intensifies. Cotton and Luke have become entangled in the schemes of a rogue cardinal, an historic group of knights determined to protect a secret from the past, a papal conclave, a slice of World War II history and the future of the Roman Catholic church. Steve Berry never disappoints. There is plenty of historical info, thrilling action and a just plain good read in The Malta Exchange.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gavin Reese More than 1 year ago
This was my first introduction to Cotton Malone (main character) and to Steve Berry's writing. Berry provides plenty of well-timed backstory to ensure I didn't ever feel like I missed the first novels in this series. I really enjoyed all the authentic references throughout the novel, and its very obviously well researched. Berry's writing perfectly blurs the lines between fact and fiction, and I recommend this book at anyone who likes to wonder where reality stops and the writer's imagination begin.
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tonipollock More than 1 year ago
Normally I love Steve Berry’s books. This one is the exception. Plot and characters were thinly written and seemed secondary to his diatribes on religion and numerous, lengthy history lessons. Honestly, the book was just plain boring. Not worth the money.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Steve Berry once again provides a great combination of actual and fictional history
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fast paced novel with lots of twists.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The result of this its got me back to reading a Concise History of the Catholic Church by Thomas Bokenkotter. Not bad for a retired engineer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written. Keeps you in suspense until the very end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Cotton Malone and am glad that he still takes me on an adventure even tho’ he has retired from the Magellan Billet. Just like every other Steve Berry book, this plot is complex and thought provoking. He weaves fact and fiction together seamlessly. This book won’t disappoint.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this was an easy book to put down, because I had trouble following the characters and the locations. I love the history, however, and will get back to it. The murder and mayhem seems a bit contrived. I read all Berry's earlier books as plots, history and characters were all very interesting. However, when Cassiopeia showed up, I lost interest. I thought it a silly name for a supposed heroine and quit reading his books as long as she was in the story. I was hoping the break up would be permanent, but apparently the mention of her in the earlier part of the book sort of spoiled it. Not a book I would recommend to my book discussion group.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This series just keeps pulling you in and getting better if that's even possible. I always read Steve Berry because of all the intrigue. Thanks, Net-Galley for the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love Steve Berry and the Cotton Malone books, except this one. It was boring. To much unnecessary filler. Couldn't read more then the first 100 pages, wouldn't hold my attention.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent read
carlosmock More than 1 year ago
The Malta Exchange by Steve Berry (Cotton Malone #14) For those of us who love Steve Berry, you will not be disappointed. The time is the present. Pope Francis has died. A conclave to select his replacement is about to begin. Cardinals are beginning to arrive at the Vatican, but one has fled Rome for Malta in search of a document that dates back to the 4th century and Constantine the Great. Orphan twins Kastor and Pollux Gallo are conspiring to have Cardinal Kastor Gallo be elected the next Pope at the conclave. They have recruited a few mercenaries from the Knights of Malta to do the deed. The head of the Entity--The Vatican's Secret Service--Cardinal Spagna, has a flash drive with all the indiscretions that have been committed by the corrupt Cardinals. He hands the drive to Kastor so he can use it to bribe the guilty parties to vote for him at the conclave. Kastor has been in Malta since the death of the Pope, looking for Nostra Trinita - a document from Constantine that sets up the Church as a political entity with religion as a way to control the populace. Aided by Cotton Malone they look for clues and decipher its location. Luke Daniels, an agent of the Magellan Billet, and Laura Price, a Maltese secret service agent are also involved. It all deals with Mussolini's assassination--the way the book opens--and what was believed to be in his possession, a way to control the Church, which is assumed to be Constantine's gift, the last bit of the Trinita. This book has it all: a Vatican conclave, nefarious and corrupt cardinals, another cardinal vying for the top spot, rogue Maltese Knights, turncoat British agents and of course Cotton Malone, Stephanie Nelle and Luke Daniels, along with an assortment of other intriguing and colorful characters. Narrated from the third person point of view, its a fascinating and easy read. The characters are alive and very real. The detailed research and how Mr. Berry combines it all to fit perfectly keeps you interested from start to finish. I had trouble putting it down. I also loved the jab taken against the Catholic Church and how it tries to control the populace. It was Constantine goal to use the Church as a way to keep the empire under his rule (The Council of Nicaea, 325 A. D): "First, establish a consistent doctrine called the New Testament with select gospels that speak to a universal belief, which was precisely what the bishops had done at Nicaea. Then decree that all other beliefs are heretical, unworthy of consideration and all who don't believe will be excommunicated. To further enforce dogma, create the notion of sin, adding that if it's not forgiven, the soul will be sent to eternal damnation in flames. Never mind that the Old Testament mentioned any such place. Just create one in your New Testament, then use it to create loyalty and obedience. The fastest way to ensure a constant laity is to proclaim that every person is born with the sins inherited as punishment for Adam's fail from grace. To purge that 'original sin' a person must submit to baptism, performed only by a priest ordained by the church. A failure to rid that sin damns the soul to hell. To keep people dependent on the church for their entire lifetime, create more sacraments. Holy Communion for children, marriage for adults. Last rites on the dead. A womb-to-grave influence over every aspect of a person's life, each milestone dependent solely on adherence to church doctrine. Along the way, th
Normita More than 1 year ago
Love Steve Berry's books, love Cotton Malone but found this book boring, could not get into the story. Usually I cannot put down a book still I am finished but this one took me a week to read. Yes, it is historical.
CynB More than 1 year ago
The Malta Exchange by Steve Berry is the latest entry in the long-running Cotton Malone series. Berry packs this thriller/mystery with action from beginning to end as Cotton and protégé, Luke Daniels, solve a current international dilemma that has ties to Churchill and Mussolini but is centered in the early history of the Roman Catholic Church. While I prefer my thrillers to be driven more by character, Berry’s novels demonstrate his mastery of historic fact and his artistry in blending fact with fiction. You cannot help but be intrigued by the history while you are carried forward by the action. Many thanks to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for the opportunity to read the eARC in exchange for an honest review. PS - This is probably worth 3.5 stars!