The Paris Vendetta

The Paris Vendetta

A Novel

Unknown - 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 : Random House Audio, p2009
ISBN: 9780739329184
Branch Call Number: BER
Characteristics: 11 compact discs (13.5 hrs.) : digital ; 12 cm
Additional Contributors: Brick, Scott


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May 15, 2014

The Paris Vendetta --- by Steve Berry --- Berry is a member ofr that popular fraternity of authors who is very adept at mixing sleuthing with a healthy dose of history --- he omits the dash of the occult favoured by some of his confreres. The plot is engaging; the underlying concepts are entirely plausible --- something not always the case with the authors who devise elaborate ueber-plots that are ultimately a little too ueber. Of course, Berry writes well enough to keep you pleasantly engaged riding the subway or even on a summer beach holiday. Pass the suntan lotion.

Aug 30, 2012

Kind of a complicated story, but still pretty good. 7 of 10 for me.

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