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2011.19 REVIEW – The Alexandria Link by Steve Berry

The Alexandria Link
by Steve Berry

Copyright: 2007
Pages: 485
Rating: 4/5
Read: April 8 – 17, 2011
Challenge:  TBR Dare; TwentyEleven Challenge
Yearly Count: 19
Format: Print

First Line: George Haddad’s patience ended as he glared at the man bound to the chair.

Blurb: “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.” Cotton Malone’s teenage son has been kidnapped, and an anonymous e-mail from those responsible proves they will stop at nothing to get their hands on a coveted prize: the legendary lost Library of Alexandria, which vanished 1,500 years ago. Within that vast reserve of 500,000 manuscripts, one holds the key to ultimate power – a revelation so shocking it could fundamentally alter modern geopolitics. Pursued by a lethal mercenary, Malone crosses the globe in search of this vast bounty of wisdom. 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.

Review: The last 200 pages of this book made the first 300 pages that I suffered through made this book entirely worth it. There were spots that were just too much for me. I am not a religious person and I found myself skipping over whole passages discussing the Bible and the Holy Land and how the Bible was fundamentally changed in translation. However, I still enjoyed this book. And honestly, I loved the conspiracy part of the book. And once the climax occurred, the book flew by for me. It was just getting to that point that was a little difficult to me. But I toughed it out because I remembered how much I enjoyed the first Cotton Malone book, The Templar Legacy, and I was just patiently waiting for the break-neck thrill ride that I know Steve Berry is capable of writing to happen. I’m glad I stuck with it, because it was honestly a great ending. I already have the third book in this series on my shelf and I hope to get to it quicker than I got to the second book after the first. I would highly recommend this series to anyone who enjoys fast-paced thrill-packed adventure!

Sunday Wrap-Up

Sunday Wrap-Up, April 17, 2011

Well another week gone by. I know things were quiet here at the blog this past week. That’s partly because I stepped away from the computer a little bit this past week. Does that mean that I got a LOT of reading done during that time? Or maybe cleaning the house? Laundry? ANYTHING PRODUCTIVE? Nope. Nada. Zilch. Zero. NOTHING accomplished. There were actually two nights in a row that I didn’t even turn my computer on. And you know what, it was kind of nice!! Of course that also means that I’m having slightly guilty feelings due to this. Oh well, life goes on. I did post two things this week that I had scheduled:

One review: A World I Never Made by James LePore

And I shared my very slim mailbox – oh and guess what, I don’t even have anything to contribute to tomorrow’s Mailbox Monday. It’s kind of a nice relief 🙂

So that’s pretty much it. Maybe this coming week will be more productive for me. Have a great week!!