The Venetian Betrayal

The Venetian Betrayal

Audiobook CD - 2008
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Locating Alexander the Great's 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. After narrowly escaping a fire that consumes a Danish museum, Cotton Malone -- former U.S. Justice Department agent turned rare-book dealer -- learns from his friend, the beguiling Cassiopeia Vitt, that the blaze was part of a campaign of arson intended to mask a far more diabolocal design. From the ashes of the U.S.S.R., a new nation has arisen: the Central Asian Federation. At its helm is Supreme Minister Irina Zovastina, a cunning despot with the single-minded desire to surpass Alexander the Great as history's ultimate conqueror. The Federation has amassed a harrowing arsenal of biological weapons, and 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 more than 1,500 years. Together Cotton and Cassiopeia must outrun and outthink the forces allied against them in order to unravel a riddle whose solution could destroy or save millions of people -- depending on who finds the lost tomb first.
Publisher: New York : Random House Audio, p2008.
ISBN: 9780739358948
0739358944
Branch Call Number: BERRY
Characteristics: 12 sound discs (15 hr., 30 min.) : digital, Dolby processed ; 4 3/4 in.

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rene1951
Apr 13, 2016

Long winded. The writer will describe a situatuibon in 15 words when 3 would have sufficed.

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billmacrotarian
Apr 18, 2014

The Venetian Betrayal is similar in style to the novels of James Rollins to the point that Berry even mentions Rollins’ Sigma Force. It’s a good solid techno-thriller with an evil central Asian despot as the enemy, crosses, and double-crosses. The novel was exciting enough. I found the use of CE and BCE instead of AD and BC annoying due to Berry’s inconsistency. I respect an author’s right to use these politically correct designations but not while he’s using the Christian church and the alleged body of St. Mark while referring to centuries “before Christ.” I listened to the CD version and the Danish accent wasn’t bad although the other accents blended together to sound rather non-descript Russian. This was my first exposure to this series and I plan to read more but it’s not on top of my priority list.

koda68 Feb 05, 2012

excellent book, plus it is read by Scott Brick, great!

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c210flyer
Jul 06, 2010

I liked it. 7 of 10 for me.

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