When Napoleon Bonaparte died in exile in 1821, he took to the grave a powerful secret. As general and emperor, he had stolen immeasurable riches from palaces, national treasuries, and even the Knights of Malta and the Vatican. In his final days, his British captors hoped to learn where the loot lay hidden. But he told them nothing, and in his will he made no mention of the treasure. Or did he?
Former Justice Department operative Cotton Malone isn't looking for trouble when it comes knocking at his Copenhagen bookshop. Actually, it breaks and enters in the form of an American Secret Service agent with a pair of assassins on his heels. Malone has his doubts about the anxious young man, but narrowly surviving a ferocious firefight convinces him to follow his unexpected new ally.
Their first stop is the secluded estate of Malone's good friend, Henrik Thorvaldsen. The wily Danish tycoon has uncovered the insidious plans of the Paris Club, a cabal of multimillionaires bent on manipulating the global economy. Only by matching wits with a terrorist-for-hire, foiling a catastrophic attack, and plunging into a desperate hunt for Napoleon's legendary lost treasure can Malone hope to avert international financial anarchy.
But Thorvaldsen's real objective is much more personal: to avenge the murder of his son by the larcenous aristocrat at the heart of the conspiracy. Thorvaldsen's vendetta places Malone in an impossible quandary—one that forces him to choose between friend and country, past and present. Starting in Denmark, moving to England, and ending up in the storied streets and cathedrals of Paris, Malone plays a breathless game of duplicity and death, all to claim a prize of untold value. But at what cost?
From the Hardcover edition.
American author, Steve Berry, was born in 1955 in Georgia, where he eventually graduated from the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University. He served as a trial lawyer for 30 years, while holding elected office for 14 of those years. He was also a founding member of International Thriller Writers, where he served as co-president for three years, with a membership of nearly 4,000. Berry and his wife were very supportive of historic preservation. This interest led them to initiate History Matters, a foundation dedicated to historic preservation across the country. They have traveled far and wide with various projects to raise money for the foundation. They have raised over a million dollars by providing a writer's workshop. At this time over 3,000 students have attended the workshop.
Berry's books have been translated into 40 languages with over 22,000,000 copies in 51 countries. His works include: The Lost Order, The 14th Colony, The Patriot Threat, The Lincoln Myth, The King's Deception, The Columbus Affair, The Jefferson Key, and several others. They are always ranked very high in the New York Times, USA Today, and other bestseller lists.
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