The Lost Order by Steve Berry
A Novel (Cotton Malone)

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I love the Cotton Malone novels. They are not merely dry historically based dramas filled with copious amounts of arcane facts and figures. In the hands of Steve Berry, this series is infused on every single page with white-knuckle, cliff-hanging thrills that make reading it a pure pleasure.
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Synopsis

The Knights of the Golden Circle was the largest and most dangerous clandestine organization in American history. It amassed billions in stolen gold and silver, all buried in hidden caches across the United States. Since 1865 treasure hunters have searched, but little of that immense wealth has ever been found.

Now, one hundred and sixty years later, two factions of what remains of the Knights of the Golden Circle want that lost treasure—one to spend it for their own ends, the other to preserve it.

Thrust into this battle is former Justice Department agent Cotton Malone, whose connection to the knights is far deeper than he ever imagined. At the center is the Smithsonian Institution—linked to the knights, its treasure, and Malone himself through an ancestor, a Confederate spy named Angus “Cotton” Adams, whose story holds the key to everything. Complicating matters are the political ambitions of a reckless Speaker of the House and the bitter widow of a United States Senator, who together are planning radical changes to the country. And while Malone and Cassiopeia Vitt face the past, ex-president Danny Daniels and Stephanie Nelle confront a new and unexpected challenge, a threat that may cost one of them their life.

From the backrooms of the Smithsonian to the deepest woods in rural Arkansas, and finally up into the rugged mountains of northern New Mexico, The Lost Order by Steve Berry is a perilous adventure into our country’s dark past, and a potentially even darker future.

 

About Steve Berry

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Steve and Phil were founder members of the TV Cream nostalgia website and have written several books on popular culture. They know lots about stuff from the 70s and 80s.
 
Published April 4, 2017 by Minotaur Books. 508 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction
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All: 6 | Positive: 5 | Negative: 1

Kirkus

Below average
on Jan 23 2017

With the link between the gold and the political power grab ephemeral, this overly long novel tries too hard. Readers looking to sample the historical-conspiracies genre should begin with one of Berry’s earlier efforts.

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Publishers Weekly

Good
on Jun 19 2016

Malone’s quest becomes deadly when he discovers links to a conspiracy by the ambitious present-day speaker of the house, who wants to radically change the political power structure of the country. The fusion of contemporary and historical adventure makes this a page-turner of the highest order.

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Washington Times

Good
Reviewed by Jeff Ayers on Apr 04 2017

Berry’s fans will love his latest endeavor as he brings more detail into Malone’s past and how he came to be known as Cotton. The villains are a bit over the top, and their ultimate goal is somewhat confusing, but it doesn’t matter in the grand scheme of things.

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Good
Reviewed by Ray Palen on Apr 04 2017

I love the Cotton Malone novels. They are not merely dry historically based dramas filled with copious amounts of arcane facts and figures. In the hands of Steve Berry, this series is infused on every single page with white-knuckle, cliff-hanging thrills that make reading it a pure pleasure.

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Reviewed by Patsy Glans on Apr 24 2017

Berry has hit a grand slam with his latest mystery. He keeps it interesting by leaving breadcrumbs of clues throughout the book

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Reviewed by Ilene Cooper on Apr 01 2017

As always with Berry, the author’s note, which separates facts from fiction, adds much to our appreciation of the tale.

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