The Venetian Betrayal

The Venetian Betrayal

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In 323 B.C.E, 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 U.S. 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 more diabolical design, buildings across Europe are being devoured by infernos of unnatural strength. And from the ashes of the U.S.S.R., 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 more than 1,500 years. Together, 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.
Publisher: [S.l.] : Ballantine Books, 2008
ISBN: 9780345509604
0345509609
Branch Call Number: Pbk BER
Characteristics: 576 p. ; 19 cm

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BlueHippo
Feb 01, 2015

I like these books-they are sort of "Dan Brownish" and (of course) totally unbelievable (as in, no one ever sleeps and they seem to be able to manage to do things in 2 days that should take months-including criss-crossing the globe). But that's okay-the stories are fun because they have a historical basis and at the end the author tells you what is fact and what he made up for the novel. And the characters can be surprising!

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Shelley51
Jul 31, 2014

This book was a little long -I felt like he was getting paid by the word. I love history but this was overkill.

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rahmmie
Nov 05, 2011

Berry can write an entertaining book as long as you don't expect the plot to be logical, believable, or even historically accurate. Still, a fun read

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zipread
Jan 05, 2011

Set in a somewhat fictitious presnt, this book is a blend of the history and story surrounding Alexander the Great; a power-crazed, dictatorial leader who romantically sees herself as a successor to Alexander; a fictitious Central Asian Republic built upon the remains of the former USSR's cetral Asian republics; a cure for aids; the weaponization of disease bacteria: the search for the relics of Saint Mark; grecian fire; skulldugery and just plain nasty agents. These are just some of the ingredients Berry serves up in Venetian Betrayal. (And just in case you hadn't figured it out yet, yes, some of the novel is set in island city. The story is often quite convoluted --- its often difficult to attempt to figure out how this is going to end. I found this book touch to sink my teeth into --- for a good first quarter of the book I considered abandoning it altogether. But prevail I did.

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Wraithmistress
Mar 02, 2010

If you like serious twist and turns, government cover-up and more, Steve Berry is great!

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