Saturday, May 21, 2011

Review: The Charlemagne Pursuit

Book Details:
The Charlemagne Pursuit (Cotton Malone, #4)

Author: Steve Berry
Publisher: Ballantine Books

Book Description: As a child, former Justice Department agent Cotton Malone was told his father died in a submarine disaster in the North Atlantic, but now he wants the full story and asks his ex-boss, Stephanie Nelle, to secure the military files. What he learns stuns him; His father was on a secret nuclear vessel lost on a highly classified mission beneath the ice shelves of Antarctica. But Malone isn't the only one after the truth.

Twin sisters Dorothea Lindauer and Christl Falk are fighting for the fortune their mother has promised to whichever of them discovers what really became of their father who died on the same submarine that Malone's father captained. The sisters know something Malone doesn't. Inspired by strange clues discovered in Charlemagne's tomb, the Nazis explored Antarctica before the Americans, as long ago as 1938.

Now Malone discovers that cryptic journals penned in the language of heaven, inscrutable conundrums posed by an ancient historian, and the ill-fated voyage of his father are all tied to a revelation of immense consequence for humankind. In an effort to ensure that this explosive information never rises to the surface, Langford Ramsey, an ambitious navy admiral, has begun a brutal game of treachery, blackmail, and assassination.

As Malone embarks on a dangerous quest with the sisters, one that leads them from an ancient German cathedral to a snowy French citadel to the unforgiving ice of Antarctica, he will finally confront the shocking truth of his father's death and the distinct possibility of his own.

My Review: Well, the description kinda says it all.. that is exactly how the book goes. (note to self: read description before starting the book) Anyways, the entire Cotton Malone series was moving towards Cotton's quest for finding out what happened to his father. This book is all about that. It was standard Steve Berry fare, very old sites, very obvious clues and women after Cotton, first to get laid and then to kill him, (Cotton... there is a pattern here.. maybe you should think about it).

Well, however predictable Steve Berry's books are, the research which goes behind them is awesome and the plot is superb. The whole concept of an ancient civilization is given with  scientific backing and makes you think that this must really be true. I like reading about ancient mysteries, so I quite enjoyed the book. Have any of you read any Steve Berry book before? Tell me your opinions.

Rating: 3/5

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