A pacy international suspense thriller with a historical twist, from the New York Times bestselling author.
Ex-agent Cotton Malone wants to know what really happened to his father, officially lost at sea when his submarine went down in the north Atlantic in 1971. But when he uses his government contacts to obtain the submarine's sealed file, he finds he is not the only person looking for answers.
Malone is in the line of fire when he is attacked in an attempt to take the file. He is pitched into a lethal power struggle between Dorothea Lindauer and Christl Falk, twin sisters whose twisted ambition takes sibling rivalry to new levels.
Malone and the twins embark on a dangerous adventure involving Nazi explorations in Antarctica, US government conspiracies, and a series of cryptic historical clues built into the legend of Charlemagne. Forced to choose a side when neither can win, Malone is determined to uncover the truth behind his father's death - but will he be able to escape his own?
A meticulous researcher, Berry carefully integrates such elements as Charlemagne, Nazis, ancient manuscripts, historical puzzles and scientific surprises into the plot. Those who relish suspense in the Da Vinci Code vein will snap this one up, the best yet in the series. - Publisher's Weekly (Starred Review)
Berry outdoes himself in his latest Cotton Malone adventure . . . So much is going on that there is enough material for two good books, let alone one great one. Mixed in with the complicated action, Berry finds the time to explore the characters as well, making this his most personal and best book to date. - Library Journal (Starred Review)
A solid action thriller - Booklist
Berry inundates readers with lessons in history, theology, geology, and through the political regimes of another era with the deft hand of a surgeon. He slices and stitches information skillfully throughout this hair-raising adventure. The plot is complicated and laden with emotion. Berry has another blockbuster. - Romantic Times Book Review
Action-packed, fast paced and engaging - Sunday Express on THE VENETIAN BETRAYAL
'Pure intrigue. Pure fun.' - Clive Cussler on Steve Berry
Sexy, illuminating...my kind of thriller - Dan Brown on THE AMBER ROOM
'Complex and fast-moving thriller writing, delivered with a great deal of dash, and shades of The Da Vinci Code' - Good Book Guide on THE TEMPLAR LEGACY