The Venetian Betrayal

The Venetian Betrayal

A Novel

Book - 2007
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Rare-book dealer Cotton Malone must stop Irina Zovastina, a ruthless despot, from dominating the world and the only thing that can do this is a serum buried within the tomb of Alexander the Great.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, c2007
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780345485779
0345485777
Branch Call Number: FIC Berry 3558ad 1
Characteristics: xiv, 473 p. :,ill., maps

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BlueHippo
Feb 01, 2015

I like these books-they are sort of "Dan Brownish" and (of course) totally unbelievable (as in, no one ever sleeps and they seem to be able to manage to do things in 2 days that should take months-including criss-crossing the globe). But that's okay-the stories are fun because they have a historical basis and at the end the author tells you what is fact and what he made up for the novel. And the characters can be surprising!

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Shelley51
Jul 31, 2014

This book was a little long -I felt like he was getting paid by the word. I love history but this was overkill.

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rahmmie
Nov 05, 2011

Berry can write an entertaining book as long as you don't expect the plot to be logical, believable, or even historically accurate. Still, a fun read

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zipread
Jan 05, 2011

Set in a somewhat fictitious presnt, this book is a blend of the history and story surrounding Alexander the Great; a power-crazed, dictatorial leader who romantically sees herself as a successor to Alexander; a fictitious Central Asian Republic built upon the remains of the former USSR's cetral Asian republics; a cure for aids; the weaponization of disease bacteria: the search for the relics of Saint Mark; grecian fire; skulldugery and just plain nasty agents. These are just some of the ingredients Berry serves up in Venetian Betrayal. (And just in case you hadn't figured it out yet, yes, some of the novel is set in island city. The story is often quite convoluted --- its often difficult to attempt to figure out how this is going to end. I found this book touch to sink my teeth into --- for a good first quarter of the book I considered abandoning it altogether. But prevail I did.

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Wraithmistress
Mar 02, 2010

If you like serious twist and turns, government cover-up and more, Steve Berry is great!

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