The Alexandria Link

by Steve Berry

Year published: 2007
Category: thriller; series (#2)

SUMMARY {from the back cover}:

Cotton Malone’s teenage son has been kidnapped, and an anonymous email 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.


The Alexandria Link is the second of Steve Berry’s adventure thrillers featuring “retired” federal agent Cotton Malone. Like other books in this series, The Alexandria Link is peopled by interesting, believable characters (both male and female). Berry uses fascinating bits of history to create stories that link ancient events, people, and places with modern geopolitical drama. As you might expect, the settings are international and exotic; spies and other nefarious individuals from around the world dog our hero’s steps; and puzzles must be solved to achieve the quest.

Berry’s Cotton Malone books are well-constructed page-turners that expose the reader to interesting historical trivia and indulge our fascination with the mysteries of the past. Religion—past and present—also plays a role in this and other Cotton Malone stories. Author Steve Berry keeps the language and action scenes clean, making these books safe for readers who dislike profanity and graphic violence.

Reading The Templar Legacy first will familiarize the reader with the characters but it is not necessary.

This book and others in the Cotton Malone series: are perfect beach reads that should appeal to a very broad audience. Berry’s work uses themes that fans of The Da Vinci Code will appreciate.

Steve Berry’s series featuring Cotton Malone:
The Templar Legacy (2006); The Alexandria Link (2007); The Venetian Betrayal (2008); The Charlemagne Pursuit (2009); The Paris Vendetta (2009); The Emperor’s Tomb (2010)

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