January 2009 Author of the Month
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
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.
Steve Berry is an international bestselling author, who is a master of historical fiction. He has written seven books, highlighted with
is current release The Charlemagne Pursuit. We talked with Steve in great length about this book and his career. You can listen to
his interview by clicking on the link. We also asked our famous ten question interview, which you can read below. We highly
recommend you pick up any of Steve's books, because once you read one, you will read them all.
|Our exclusive interview with Steve Berry
1. What is your favorite all time book and why? (not yours)
A. Hawaii, by James Michener. It was the first adult fiction I ever read at age 14. Amazing then and now.
2. Who would you like to meet, alive or dead, and talk with for one hour?
A. Walt Disney
3. What is the worst job you have ever had?
A. Cleaning out dog, cat, snake, and other various animal cages at a pet store.
4. Do you have a New Year’s resolution?
A. To stay out of trouble.
5. What is on your “Bucket List” that you still have to accomplish?
A. I have two more continents to visit, not to mention re-visiting the other five. And I wouldn't mind a #1 New York Times
ranking one day. Who wouldn't?
6. What is on your Ipod?
A. I don't have one.
7. Which one of your books would like to be made into a movie first?
A. Any one that somebody pays me money for.
8. What era of history would like to live in for one year?
A. Now, no question. No better time.
9. Which one of your books was the toughest to write?
A. Every single one of them.
10. Which event in history would have liked to be able to personally witness?
A. The opening of Disneyland in 1955
Review of “The Paris Vendetta”:
Long time fans will be overjoyed to see the return of much-loved
Cotton Malone in Steve Berry’s newest twist, “The Paris Vendetta”.
Circling multiple storylines, this is easily the most fast-paced volume
in the series as Berry focuses on the long lost treasure of Napoleon
Bonaparte. Cotton is duty-bound to make a choice between helping
his closest friend, Henrik Thorvaldsen or taking down a terrorist plot
with his former employer Stephanie Nelle.
Bringing together the best of both worlds, Berry skillfully weaves his
readers between truth and fiction like none other. While reading these
treasures, you can’t help but to speculate on what might be
historically true and what nuggets have spun from the imagination of
Berry. Waiting until the end of the book to find out is often too
much and it takes strong willpower to keep from sliding to the final
pages where all is revealed.
With a keen understanding of his readers and brilliant research skills,
“The Paris Vendetta” is an intelligent and exciting escapade.