Steve Berry ”The Alexandria Link” (Cotton Malone book 2)

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Grāmatas apraksts no Goodreads/Synopsis from Goodreads:

Cotton Malone retired from the high-risk world of elite operatives for the U.S. Justice Department to lead the low-key life of a rare-book dealer. But his quiet existence is shattered when he receives an anonymous e-mail: “You have something I want. You’ re the only person on earth who knows where to find it. Go get it. You have 72 hours. If I don’t hear from you, you will be childless.” His horrified ex-wife confirms that the threat is real: Their teenage son has been kidnapped. When Malone’s Copenhagen bookshop is burned to the ground, it becomes brutally clear that those responsible will stop at nothing to get what they want. And what they want is nothing less than the lost Library of Alexandria.

A cradle of ideas–historical, philosophical, literary, scientific, and religious–the Library of Alexandria was unparalleled in the world. But fifteen hundred years ago, it vanished into the mists of myth and legend–its vast bounty of wisdom coveted ever since by scholars, fortune hunters, and those who believe its untold secrets hold the key to ultimate power.

Now a cartel of wealthy international moguls, bent on altering the course of history, is desperate to breach the library’s hallowed halls–and only Malone possesses the information they need to succeed. At stake is an explosive ancient document with the potential not only to change the destiny of the Middle East but to shake the world’s three major religions to their very foundations.

Pursued by a lethal mercenary, Malone crosses the globe in search of answers. His quest will lead him to England and Portugal, even to the highest levels of American government–and the shattering outcome, deep in the Sinai desert, will have worldwide repercussions.

Izdevniecība/Publisher: Ballantine Books

Kā tiku pie šīs grāmatas?/How I got this book?

Vērtējums/Rating: 4.5/5

Mana recenzija/My review

Zudusī Aleksandrijas bibliotēka un milzīgais informācijas daudzums, kas pēc oficiālās versijas pilnībā zudis, bet, ja nu tomēr, kāds būtu paspējis izglābt vismaz daļu? Arī otrā daļa koncentrējas uz reliģijas tēmu, bet šoreiz saistībā par Vecajā Derībā ebreju tautai apsolīto zemi, un, vai Izraēlas teritorija atbilstu oriģinālajos tekstos minētajai, vai arī tā būtu kur citur.

Ir organizācija super-bagāta austrieša Alfrēda Hermana vadībā, kas būtu gatava gūt grandiozu peļņu, ja tāda informācija nonāktu atklātībā. Ieinteresēti būt gan kristieši, gan musulmaņi, gan minētie ebreji.

Savu intrigu piedod politisko līderu aktivitātes ASV, ar kurām mēģina tikt galā Stefānija un Kasiopeja (Cassiopeia Vitt) – abas jau drusku iepazītas pirmajā grāmatā. Vēl viens tēls no ‘’The Templars Legacy’’, abu dāmu un Malona sabiedrotais – ar savām interesēm (vecā nauda) un arī lielu bagātību apveltītais Henriks Torvaldsens.

Alexandria Link – misijas nosaukums pirms pieciem gadiem, pēc kuras Malons ir vienīgais, kurš zina par sargājamā subjekta pašreizējo atrašanos, un nav nemaz pagājis tik ilgs brīdis kopš saskares ar templiešiem, kad Malons jau spiests atkal iesaistīties dzīvību apdraudošā piedzīvojumā. Spiests, jo nolaupīts dēls Garijs.

Bibliotēkas meklējumos Malons nav viens, to laikā iespēja nogludināt attiecības ar bijušo; kā arī līdzās ienaidnieks, kurš jāpieciešas.

Beigās no autora puses izdomātu un reālu faktu skaidrojums, kas pat vairāk sarūgtināja : )

                                                                                                                                                

The lost Library of Alexandria and the vast amount of information and documents which officially has been completely lost but what if it wasn’t? The second book of this series also concentrates on religion but this time it’s about Israel, its territory and is it the correct one. Does match the one mentioned in the Old Testament?

The Order of the Golden Fleece led by Alfred Hermann is surely ready and willing to take economical advantages if the information that the promised land is elsewhere would become public.

Some intrigue to the plot comes from political leader activities in USA, with whom Stephanie Nelle and Cassiopeia Vitt tries to tackle – both were active in the first book. The other know character and participating on Malones side with his own agenda – the rich Henrik Thorvaldsen.

Alexandria link was a mission five years ago after which Malone was the only one to know where his protected subject lives. Malone didn’t have much time to rest after the interaction with Templars. He is forced in the action because his Gary gets kidnapped.

Malone isn’t alone in his search for the lost library, he is accompanied with ex-wife Pam – a chance to repair relationship; also they have to tolerate the company of an enemy.

At the end there are explanations about imagined and actual facts which were a bit disappointing : )

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