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The Alexandria Link: A Novelby Steve Berry
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Tuesday, October 4
Cotton Malone stared straight into the face of trou- ble. Outside his bookshop's open front door stood his ex-wife, the last person on earth he'd expected to see. He quickly registered panic in her tired eyes, remembered the pounding that had awoken him a few minutes before, and instantly thought of his son.
Where's Gary? he asked.
You son of a bitch. They took him. Because of you. They took him. She lunged forward, her closed fists crashing down onto his shoulders. You sorry son of a bitch. He grabbed her wrists and stopped the attack as she started crying. I left you because of this. I thought this kind of thing was over.
Who took Gary? More sobs were his answer. He kept hold of her arms. Pam. Listen to me. Who took Gary?
She stared at him. How the hell am I supposed to know?
What are you doing here? Why didn't you go to the police?
Because they said not to. They said if I went anywhere near the police, Gary was dead. They said they would know, and I believed them.
She wrenched her arms free, her face flooded with anger. I don't know. All they said was for me to wait two days, then come here and give you this. She rummaged through her shoulder bag and produced a phone. Tears continued to rain down her cheeks. They said for you to go online and open your e-mail.
Had he heard right? Go online and open your e-mail?
He flipped open the phone and checked the frequency. Enough megahertz to make it world-capable. Which made him wonder. Suddenly he felt vulnerable. Hojbro Plads was quiet. At this late hour no one roamed the city square.
His senses came alive.
Get inside. And he yanked her into the shop and closed the door. He hadn't switched on any lights.
What is it? she asked, her voice shredded by fear.
He faced her. I don't know, Pam. You tell me. Our son has apparently been taken by God-knows-who, and you wait two days before telling a soul about it? That didn't strike you as insane?
I wasn't going to jeopardize his life.
And I would? How have I ever done that?
By being you, she said in a frigid tone, and he instantly recalled why he no longer lived with her.
A thought occurred to him. She'd never been to Denmark. How did you find me?
They told me.
Who the hell is they?
I don't know, Cotton. Two men. Only one did the talking. Tall, dark-haired, flat face.
How would I know?
How did he speak?
She seemed to catch hold of herself. No. Not American. They had accents. European.
He motioned with the phone. What am I supposed to do with this?
He said to open your e-mail and it would be explained.
She glanced nervously around at the shelves cast in shadows. Upstairs,
When his son is kidnapped and his bookshop destroyed, Cotton Malone embarks on a desperate race against time to uncover clues to the whereabouts of the long-lost Library of Alexandria, a priceless treasury of thousands of ancient manuscripts that vanished more than 1,500 years ago, unaware that finding the lost cache could have dire consequences for the balance of world power. 500,000 first printing.
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.
From the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
Steve Berry is the New York Times bestselling author of The Charlemagne Pursuit, The Venetian Betrayal, The Alexandria Link, The Templar Legacy, The Third Secret, The Romanov Prophecy, and The Amber Room. His books have been translated into 37 languages and sold in 50 countries. He lives on the Georgia coast and is currently at work on his next novel. He and his wife, Elizabeth, have founded History Matters, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving our heritage.
From the Hardcover edition.
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