[Prime] The Venetian Betrayal (Cotton Malone, #3) Author Steve Berry – Z55z.co

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 You re killing me Steve Berry This book really dragged for me I found myself zonin This action styled mystery starts out in 323 B.C.E, with Alexander the Great dying from a mysterious fever Fast forward to present day and the Central Asian Federation, ruled by it s ambitious Supreme Minister, Irina Zovastina She rules with a totalitarian twist and plans to release a deadly virus in surrounding countries that only she will be able to cure Cotton Malone, a former U.S Justice Departm 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 whi Yet another Cotton Malone book, this time with an all star cast reunion Not only 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 l Well, I can t really explain why but this book didn t make a good impression on me In comparison with other Berry s books, this is the one which I red just to finish I didn t enjoy in it That Irina really pissed me off, she was some kind of super woman, not afraid of anyone, kil 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 pic 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 Federati Another exciting and enjoyable book in the Cotton Malone series Keeps you on the edge of your seat from start to finish I really enjoy this series and happy I haveto read 8 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 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 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 From The Hardcover Edition. After narrowly escaping a fire that consumes a Danish museum Cotton Malone former U.S Justice Department agent learns from his friend the adventurer Cassioperia Vittthat the blaze was part of a campaign to mask a fardiabolical plot From the ashes of the U.S.S R a new nation has arisen At it s helm is Supreme Minister IrinaZovastina a cunning despot with the single minded desire to surpass Alexander The Greatas histories ultimate conqueror One thing keeps Zovastina from setting in mot After narrowly escaping a fire that consumes a Danish museum Cotton Malone former U.S Justice Departm THE VENETIAN BETRAYAL opens in true Steve Berry fashion with a historical scene that lends to the background of the plot In this case we find Alexander of Macedonia the Great brooding over the loss of Hephaestion, his friend, warrior, and possibly lover who has died In his grief he blames Glaucias, the physician for his death, and is executed, but not before we learn that Alexander is ill Berry immediately shifts to Cotton Malone, the main character for the author s series of historical nov THE VENETIAN BETRAYAL opens in true Steve Berry fashion with a historical scene that lends to the background of the plot In this case we find Alexander of Macedonia the Great brooding over the loss of Hephaestion, his friend, warrior, and possibly lover who has died In his grief he blames Glaucias, the physician for his death, and is executed, but not before we learn that Alexander is ill Berry immediately shifts to Cotton Malone, the main character for the author s series of historical novels Malone is a former US Justice Department covert operative who retired two years ago and purchased a bookstore in Copenhagen Malone notices a door to a Greco Roman museum is open so he enters only to find himself in grave danger and is saved from an arsonist s work by Cassiopeia Vitt, an archeologist, scholar,