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The Alexandria Link

Posted on: May 12, 2014

9780340899298Name: The Alexandria Link

Author:  Steve Berry 

Genre : Historical Fiction

Series: Cotton Malone #2

Pages : 480 pages pages

Publication Year: January 30th 2007

Is Review Spoiler: Yes

Rating: 2 stars (out of 5)


The Alexandria Link is the second book in the Cotton Malone series by Steve Berry. As the name suggests this book revolves around finding the lost library of Alexandra Library of Alexandria.

This book goes in line with Dan Brown’s ‘The DaVinci Code’ in a sense that it also involves a high stake treasure hunt by male protagonist and a female side kick. As in DaVinci, here also protagonist is persuaded by the merciless villains who wants the treasure for themselves to accomplish there sinister agenda.

Library of Alexandria is always remained a mystery for the treasure hunters and everyone want’s know the fate of library. Is it still exists? or is any scrolls or books present in library still somehow survived?

In 642 AD, Alexandria was captured by the Muslim army of Amr ibn al `Aas. It’s said that the library is destroyed by the orders of Caliph Omar (R.A), The longest version of the story is in the Syriac Christian author Bar-Hebraeus (1226–1286), also known as Abu’l Faraj. He translated extracts from his history, the Chronicum Syriacum into Arabic, and added extra material from Arab sources. In this Historia Compendiosa Dynastiarum[20] he describes a certain “John Grammaticus” (490–570) asking Amr for the “books in the royal library.” Amr writes to Omar for instructions, and Omar replies: “If those books are in agreement with the Quran, we have no need of them; and if these are opposed to the Quran, destroy them.” [Wikipedia]

Whatever the fate of library, Steve Berry here tried to weave the formation of Israel with Old Testament, stating that the Old Testament was mistranslated from it’s orginal Hebrew and the verse about the promised land of Jews is not referring to Palestine but it’s somewhere else and Jews occupation of Palestine land and formation Israel is illegal.

To reveal the actual location of the promised land – Cotton Malone has to race against time find the lost library of Alexandria before anyone else finds it and if actual locations is revealed it may involve greater conflicts between Jews, Christian and Muslims.

At times the book is enjoyable but if you have read Dan Brown or any other religious fiction books, at the middle of the book you will find it hard to digest the facts presented and special about the promised land being Saudi Arabia, though many facts contrary to that has been historically proved.

If you are a Steve Berry fan or like religious fiction, you may like this book but if you are Dan Brown fan you may dislike this book. The choice is yours.

Excerpt from book:

Cotton Malone retired from the high-risk world of elite operatives for the U.S. Justice Department to lead the low-key life of a rare-book dealer. But his quiet existence is shattered when he receives an anonymous e-mail: “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.” His horrified ex-wife confirms that the threat is real: Their teenage son has been kidnapped. When Malone’s Copenhagen bookshop is burned to the ground, it becomes brutally clear that those responsible will stop at nothing to get what they want. And what they want is nothing less than the lost Library of Alexandria.

A cradle of ideas–historical, philosophical, literary, scientific, and religious–the Library of Alexandria was unparalleled in the world. But fifteen hundred years ago, it vanished into the mists of myth and legend–its vast bounty of wisdom coveted ever since by scholars, fortune hunters, and those who believe its untold secrets hold the key to ultimate power.

Now a cartel of wealthy international moguls, bent on altering the course of history, is desperate to breach the library’s hallowed halls–and only Malone possesses the information they need to succeed. At stake is an explosive ancient document with the potential not only to change the destiny of the Middle East but to shake the world’s three major religions to their very foundations.

Pursued by a lethal mercenary, Malone crosses the globe in search of answers. 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.



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