Steve Berry ”The Charlemagne Pursuit” (Cotton Malone book 4)

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Grāmatas apraksts no Goodreads/Synopsis from Goodreads:

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’s sub was 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.

Izdevniecība/Publisher: Ballantine Books

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

Lejuplādēju no torenta

Vērtējums/Rating: 4.75/5

Mana recenzija/My review

Malonam kopš 10 gadu vecuma nācās uzaugt bez tēvā, jo viņš, būdams jūras kara flotē, mira – pēc oficiālās versijas kopā ar 10 citiem vīriem viņa komandētā zemūdene nogrimusi un nav atrasta. Malons beidzot grib noskaidrot patiesību, nevis samierināties vien ar to, kas atklāts. Tā nu viņš palūdz Stefāniju atgriezt pakalpojumu, un viņa piekrīt nodot viņam vajadzīgo informāciju, bet abi nevar iedomāties, ko tas aizsāks.

Zemūdenes un tēva atrašanā ir ieinteresētas arī māsas Doroteja un Kristla. Lai gan dvīnes, abas ir ļoti atšķirības, turklāt necieš viena otru. Nevarētu teikt, ka māte censtos abas samierināt tieši pretēji. Ne mirkli Malons nevar būt drošs, kam un kurai vairāk var uzticēties.

Tikmēr pāri okeānam Stefānijai iet ne mazāk jautri. Šoreiz kopā ar Edvīnu Grīnu(prezidenta Denija Danielsa tuvs, uzticams padomnieks~) jātiek galā ar Langfordu, admirālis, kurš gatavs radīt(ne personiski) pāris līķu, lai virzītos pa karjeras kāpnēm. Viņa saistība ar kopējo stāstu, ka bijis uz vienīgā kuģa, kas devies meklēt zemūdeni. Atrastais visticamāk šokētu ne vien ASV sabiedrību, bet arī visu pārējo pasauli.

Iemesls, kāpēc bijušas slepenas misijas uz apledojušo Antarktīdu, bijusi kāda varena un ar zināšanām bagāta civilizācija, kas attīstījusies pirms mums un vairākkārt visapkārt pasaulē nodevusi tālāk zināšanas. Tomēr arī pašu viedums šķiet nav bijis neizsmeļams, jo palikuši uz kontinenta pat tad, kad tas pamazām apledojis, pametot vien spiestā kārtā. Prātā nāk dziesma ‘’End of Days’’, kur lirikā vienā minēti vārdi par seno ēģiptiešu piramīdām un elektrību…

To visu varētu, protams, pieskaitīt pie konspirāciju teorijām, bet tik un tā liek aizdomāties.

                                                                                                                                                

Since being 10 Malone was forced to grow up without his father because after the official story his commanded submarine sunk and wasn’t found with ten other in the crew. Malone finally wants to know the truth and not just what has been released. So he asks Stephanie to return a favour and she agrees but neither can imagine what by doing that had started.

Malone isn’t the only one who wants to find father and that sub – sisters Dorothea and Cristl. Despite being twin sister they are very different and resent each other. You couldn’t say that their mother would try to bring them to understanding, just the opposite. Malone can’t be sure for a moment to which he could trust more.

Meanwhile over the ocean Stephanie doesn’t have time to be bored. This time she teams up with Edwin Green (close and reliable adviser for President Danny Daniels). They have to deal with Langford Ramsey, admiral who is willing the create bodies (not himself) so he could move up in his carrier. His connection with the story is that he was on the only ship that went looking for the lost submarine. What was found probably would shock not only Americans but the whole world.

The reason for such secret mission in Antarctica was a mighty civilization, rich with knowledge which developed before us and has travelled all over the planet teaching those societies. Though they may have not been that smart because they left the continent only when forced by the nature (ice). This made me to remember a song ‘’End of Days’’ and words about Egyptians and pyramids – that they had to have electrical power…

This all could be called a conspiracy theory but it makes you think and question things.

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