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Alexandria Link
by Steve Berry
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Ballantine, 2007 (2007)
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* * *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

The reader needs a score card to sort out the goodies and the baddies in Steve Berry's thrilling, daring new novel, The Alexandria Link. Cotton Malone, retired from the games of intrigue practiced by various countries, is living in Amsterdam, making his living from rare books. He knows he's back in the game when his bookstore is burned to the ground.

His ex-wife Pam appears, hysterical with fear over their son's abduction. By whom? Why? What do these people want? What is their agenda? Things begin to unravel as dead bodies litter the ground, while Cotton and Pam run for their lives. After discovering that the unknown terrorists want the lost library of Alexandria, they set out on an almost impossible quest to find that lost wonder of the world. This leads them from Amsterdam, on to Lisbon and England, and thence to the Sinai desert.

Are they successful? I'm not going to tell you. Don't miss this exciting thriller by the author of The Amber Room, The Romanov Prophecy, The Third Secret and The Templar Legacy. The settings are vivid and very real. Reading of the very evident tension between husband and wife borders on eavesdropping. The pace is fast and sure as the lines between reality and fiction intertwine inexorably toward a conclusion. The three major faiths of the world are questioned, each argument for and against making sense.

The Alexandria Link is a great read, and one that will keep the reader ruminating for some time to come.

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