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21 April, 2011

Book Review: The Venetian Betrayal

Author: Steve Berry
Genre: Historical, thriller, adventure, action
Original Title: The Venetian Betrayal
Series: Cotton Malone 3rd book ( The Alexandria Link, Templar Legacy)
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If you love books that deal with treasure hunts, unraveling historical puzzles and stuff; if you have loved Dan Brown’s Da Vinci’s Code then you will fall in love with Steve Berry’s works.

Steve Berry’s plots generally pick a historical legend – a man or place and the story revolves around it. In this case, the title TheVenetian Betrayal misleads you to think that this book is all about Venice. This book has a Venetian connection but the central theme is all about Alexander the great.

This is the third book in the series featuring Cotton Malone, a retired US justice department employee now running a book store in Copenhagen. Malone with his friends Cassiopea Vitt and Henrik Thorvalsden take on another villain bent on world domination, Irina Zovastina, supreme minister of the Central Asian Federation, and her friends who are plotting to use a bioweapon to destroy Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan. Malone races around the globe trying to find the means to foil the minister.

Is Irina the real villain or do we have other vested interests that are using her to meet their ends? So where was Alexander actually buried? Read the book for all answers. To quote a friend “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

There is so much in this book that will keep you hooked – the Greek fire that can burn down the buildings in minutes, the Venetian council and how they have been controlling world finances, Alexander’s life and death, the manuscripts, the turbulent history of central asia, Alexander’s posthumous Greek kingdom and of course, the intelligence agencies from USA who at times are silent watchers and at times the ones calling shots that add to the thrills and frills of this book.

This is a very entertaining read for history buffs but then there is a lot of fiction too (which has been clearly acknowledged by the author at the end of the book). And for the non- history buffs, give it a try; you will relish the fact that you have been given history lessons while you were busy reading entertaining fiction.

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Published: Hodder & Stoughton

ISBN: 9780340933459
Pages: 560
Format: Paperback
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10 OPINIONS:

shruthi said...

You said it all... It sure is a must read. Loved it :)

subtlescribbler said...

good to see u back..hope u r here to stay from now on :)
as for the book...Sounds like I m gonna enjoy this one but Exams knocking d door..louder each day, maybe after that!

sarah

The Xeno said...

wow! I love Dan Brown type books. And so to go by what you're saying.. looks like i've got to get my hands on this soon.

I've mentioned you here.
http://bit.ly/eHzzHC

Md. Muddassir Shah said...

@Shruthi,
I d love to read your review of the book.

@Subtlescribbler Sarah,
I plan to, Inshallah I will try and keep up.

@TheXeno,
Those are amazing words. Thanks would be something modest to say. But I thank you from the bottom of my heart. :)
Unfortunately I am not able to comment on your blog.

sayedkhadri said...

Hi Muddassir,

Wel-Come back..
Nice review.. I have read his 'The Amber Room', to be honest.. I didn't like his writing style.. It seems to me more like Dan Brown but he (Steve Berry) lack the ability to keep his reader engaged with his book..

Let me try this one.. seems interesting after reading your review..

Usha said...

I haven't been here in a long long while. lol.

I love Dan Brown's work. I am a crazy fan that read all of his work. So guess will give Steve Berry a try.

I have to say history in novels is way interesting than history in texts. ;) I ain't a history buff. :)

Cheers

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Arooj said...

review has been written in very intelligent way it arouses the reader's curiosity without any spoiler.