Steve Berry ”The Paris Vendetta” (Cotton Malone book 5)

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Grāmatas apraksts no Goodreads/Synopsis from Goodreads:

When Napoleon Bonaparte died in exile in 1821, he took to the grave a powerful secret. As general and emperor, he had stolen immeasurable riches from palaces, national treasuries, and even the Knights of Malta and the Vatican. In his final days, his British captors hoped to learn where the loot lay hidden. But he told them nothing, and in his will he made no mention of the treasure. Or did he?

Former Justice Department operative Cotton Malone isn’t looking for trouble when it comes knocking at his Copenhagen bookshop. Actually, it breaks and enters in the form of an American Secret Service agent with a pair of assassins on his heels. Malone has his doubts about the anxious young man, but narrowly surviving a ferocious firefight convinces him to follow his unexpected new ally.

Their first stop is the secluded estate of Malone’s good friend, Henrik Thorvaldsen. The wily Danish tycoon has uncovered the insidious plans of the Paris Club, a cabal of multimillionaires bent on manipulating the global economy. Only by matching wits with a terrorist-for-hire, foiling a catastrophic attack, and plunging into a desperate hunt for Napoleon’s legendary lost treasure can Malone hope to avert international financial anarchy.

But Thorvaldsen’s real objective is much more personal: to avenge the murder of his son by the larcenous aristocrat at the heart of the conspiracy. Thorvaldsen’s vendetta places Malone in an impossible quandary—one that forces him to choose between friend and country, past and present. Starting in Denmark, moving to England, and ending up in the storied streets and cathedrals of Paris, Malone plays a breathless game of duplicity and death, all to claim a prize of untold value. But at what cost?

Izdevniecība/Publisher: Ballantine Books

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

Lejuplādēju no torenta

Vērtējums/Rating: 4.25/5

Mana recenzija/My review

Iemesls, kāpēc Malons aizgāja no dienesta bija pēdējā, šķietami mazsvarīga uzdevuma, traģiska neveiksme, kam par upuri kļuva Henrika Torvaldsena dēls, kas vēlāk rezultējās Malona un Henrika draudzībā. Ja iepriekšējā sērijas grāmatas pamatā Malona interese par tēva likteni, tad šinī Henrika atriebe par nogalināto dēlu (vien par kādu cenu?).

Ar vienu no vainīgajiem Henriks tiek galā jau sākumā, bet, lai tiktu galā ar otru, Greihamu Ašbiju(Graham Ashby), viņš aicina talkā Semu Kolinsu (atlaists no slepenā dienesta savu uzskatu un aktivitāšu dēļ), kā arī Malonu. Bet zinot, ka Kasiopeja visticamāk mēģinātu atrunāt, viņai zvanīts netiek.

Bez atriebes, kā lielais noslēpums izvēlēti iespējamie Napoleona dārgumi, kurus viņš it kā paspējis noslēpt pirms trimdas. Šo dārgumu atrašanā ieinteresēts ir ne vien Ašbijs, bet arī Elīza Larokve. Viņas motivācija vairāk balstās uz ģimeniskām jūtām. Turklāt savākusi kopā pāris bagātu ļaužu ar plānu, kā ar bailēm sabiedrībā, iespējamiem draudiem un aizdevumiem varētu pamatīgi nopelnīt.

Jauniņais galvenākais tēls Sems (juška, ka varētu parādīties tālāk sērijā) likās interesants un labs papildinājums.

Tas, ko Henriks, neparedzēja un neiedomājās, ka arī amerikāņi, un šeit parādās Stefānija, varētu būt ieinteresēti Ašbijā; viņš ir viņu spiegs Elīzas izveidotajā klubiņā.

Diemžēl grāmatas atrisinājums pavisam bēdīgs, un, lai gan maitekļus reizēm neesmu atturējies izpaust, šis tomēr tāds pārāk nozīmīgs, un atliek vienīgi – KĀPĒC?! :/

                                                                                                                                                

The reason why Malone left Magellan Billet was devastating failure of seemingly easy last task which resulted in casualties and one of whom was son of Henrik Thorvaldsen. If the previous books was about Malone and his father than this one is about Henrik’s revenge for murder of his son (but really at what cost?).

One of the perpetrators Henrik kills already at the beginning but to deal with the other one, Graham Ashby, he has to call help – Sam Collins (fired from Justice Department because of his activities and beliefs) and also Cotton Malone. But knowing that Cassiopeia might try to talk him out of it she is left aside.

Without the revenge there are also possible treasure, this time they are treasure that supposedly Napoleon Bonaparte was able to hide away before his exile. In finding them Graham Ashby isn’t the only interested, it’s Eliza Larocque. Hers motivation is based on family-oriented feelings. Furthermore she has gathered together few filthy rich people and she has a plan make them even richer using fear in general public, probable threat and loans.

The new good gut Sam was interesting and a nice addition to the main characters. And I have a feeling that he might show up later in the series.

But what Henrik wasn’t able to anticipate was that Americans (where Stephanie shows up) would be interested in Graham Ashby; he is their spy in Elizas little club.

Unfortunately the book has very sad ending and although from time to time I reveal few spoilers this one is too important. I can just ask WHY?! :/

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