The Charlemagne Pursuit

The Charlemagne Pursuit

A Novel

Book - 2008
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As a child, former Justice Department agent Cotton Malone was told his father died in a submarine disaster in the North Atlantic, but now he wants the full story and asks his ex-boss, Stephanie Nelle, to secure the military files. What he learns stuns him: his father's sub was a secret nuclear vessel lost on a highly classified mission beneath the ice shelves of Antarctica. But Malone isn't the only one after the truth. Twin sisters Dorothea Lindauer and Christl Falk are fighting for the fortune their mother has promised to whichever of them discovers what really became of their father--who died on the same submarine that Malone's father captained. The sisters know something Malone doesn't: inspired by strange clues discovered in Charlemagne's tomb, the Nazis explored Antarctica before the Americans, as long ago as 1938. Now Malone discovers that cryptic journals penned "in the language of heaven," inscrutable conundrums posed by an ancient historian, and the ill-fated voyage of his father are all tied to a revelation of immense consequence for humankind. In an effort to ensure that this explosive information never rises to the surface, Langford Ramsey, an ambitious navy admiral, has begun a brutal game of treachery, blackmail, and assassination. As Malone embarks on a dangerous quest with the sisters--one that leads them from an ancient German cathedral to a snowy French citadel to the unforgiving ice of Antarctica--he will finally confront the shocking truth of his father's death and the distinct possibility of his own.--Publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, [2008]
Copyright Date: ©2008
ISBN: 9780345485793
Characteristics: 509 pages : illustrations, map ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: Charlemagne pursuit


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Apr 06, 2015

Another fun read from Steve Berry. He keeps you interested in the series because in every book something new is revealed about the recurring characters. In this one, we find out more about Cotton Malone's father. The only thing I wish is that Berry would find some regular names/spelling of names for his women. Christl-really?

Jan 17, 2014

The Charlemagne Pursuit --- by Steve Berry. Berry never fails to deliver. His novels promise action and suspense in equal measure. He writes the kind story where, the one minute you say to yourself “oh yea, I know what’s gonna happen next; I’ve got it all figured out; I know who did it”, and then, the next minute, you say to yourself, “I didn’t see that coming”. Shocks and surprises are part of the high octane fuel this novel zooms by on. Take some tales of Chalmagne; a pinch of long-dead Nazis; but-freezing Antarctica; long lost experimental nuclear submarines; murder-agents for hire, and (gasp) an avuncular President of the United States and you’ve got some of the main ingredients of this novel. A quick read, a fast read, a fun read, an exciting read. Go for it!

Nov 20, 2011

I don't know what's was worse, the plot with its total lack of credibility, the forcing of the characters into the plot despite not fitting in at all, or Berry's philosophical musings through his characters. I thought this one was one of his worst books

gruessgott Jun 27, 2011

Waste of time

Jun 29, 2010

This was not enjoyable; there was no pursuit. I was hoping for some history about Charlemagne, some twist about his life but all I get is some architecture of Aachen and two clues pertaining to him. It was disappointing: too many pages devoted to no plot.

May 31, 2010

Another amazing adventure for Cotton Malone, (dare I say) through the sands of time. A very enjoyable read.


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