The Venetian Betrayal (Cotton Malone, Bk 3)
The Venetian Betrayal - Cotton Malone, Bk 3 Author:Steve Berry After narrowly escaping incineration in, a devastating fire that consumes a Danish museum, Cotton Malone -- former Justice Department agent turned rare-book dealer -- learns from his friend, the beguiling adventurer Cassiopeia Vitt, that the blaze was neither an accident nor an isolated-incident. As part of a campaign of arson intended to mask a... more » far more diabolical design, buildings across Europe are being devoured by infernos of unnatural strength. Born from the ashes is a new Eastern European nation whose ruthless leader will soon draw Cotton into an intense geopolitical chess game against a shadowy cabal of power brokers. The prize lies buried with the mummified remains of Alexander the Great -- in a tomb lost to the ages for more than two thousand years: Trekking from Denmark to Venice to Central Asia, Cotton and Cassiopeia are determined to solve an ancient puzzle whose solution could destroy or save millions of people -- depending on who finds the lost tomb first.« less
I think Berry uses a formula, or at the very least common structural points. I read The Alexandria Link and this book. Let's see: a bad guy who is actually a good guy, some house or building gets burned down, searching for some obscure historical entity in the Middle East/Eastern Soviet Bloc, US presidential involvement...let alone the same five characters. I realize that he wants to keep the same characters working through many books, but give me a break. Get a plot that is different! Getting through this was work. I almost quit on it.