The Paris Vendetta

The Paris Vendetta

A Novel

Book - 2009
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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? From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, c2009
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780345505477
0345505476
Branch Call Number: FIC Berry 3558ad 1
Characteristics: 418 p

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BlueHippo
May 05, 2015

Really enjoyed this book-having been to Paris it was fun to be able to picture the locations!

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Shelley51
Jul 31, 2014

Sorry I couldn't finish it!!

mrsgail5756 Jun 15, 2012

The book was okay – but not one of my favorites.

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rahmmie
Jan 08, 2012

This is one of those books that only got published because the author had written other books and was probably under contract. What an awful book! The plot is barely credible and the events and characters are made to fit into the plot regardless of whether things make sense or not.

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waterboy
Sep 20, 2010

The author has created a series of entertaining books in the same tone as the Dan Brown, Robert Langdon character. This story (as with most of the other Steve Berry books I’ve read) is heavy on action and suspense, but it always follows some treasure hunt of an artifact of historical significance. It’s a bit far fetched to think the heroes not only fight for their lives but at the same time discover valuables lost to mankind. If you can suspend disbelief and just enjoy the ride then they are fun stories. I enjoy them and I’ll give this one a 4.

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Spillie
Jun 09, 2010

The latest in a captivating series that takes historical events and figures and weaves them with legend and lore to create fascinating action adventure stories. HIghly recommended.

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