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  • Malta Exchange

    Loved it from the first chapter. The history was great and the speculation about "the treasure " was gripping. I like the entire cotton Malone series but this one really caught me.

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  • Historical Fiction at its finest!

    I checked my website (https://www.kheniadis.com/) and it looks like I’ve never reviewed a Steve Berry book, even though I’ve read 10 in the Cotton Malone series. The only reason I can come up with is because they are such a fast read, that by the time I think of it, I’ve already read another book, and am totally lazy, and don’t want to go back and write a review. To which I say, “Shame on me!” Berry is such a wonderful writer, that I should write reviews to let others know about this great series. Whenever people at the library ask me what they should read, I ask them what they have read that they enjoyed. If they mention, Dan Brown, then I always tell them that they must read Steve Berry. And it’s totally sexist, but if it’s a guy, I will mention Berry. I told my step-dad about this series, and he’s read them all, and has really enjoyed them. What I enjoy about the Cotton Malone series is the great action scenes, the fast pacing, and how Berry incorporates historical fact with fiction. In this book almost all of the historical references are real, with only a few made up to help solidify the story. If history textbooks were written like this, kids in school would love to learn. If I was a teacher, I would have the kids read one of Berry’s books, and then the textbook on the same subject to fill in anything else. Since Berry does such in depth research into whatever topic he’s writing about, and often has visited the places, the detail he gives to the scenes are amazing. There will be some books where I skim through scenes because the scenery and architectural descriptions are either not good, or so lengthy and boring, but never Berry’s books. His depictions of the architect and surrounding scenery is amazing. The only thing that pulled me out of the story was when Luke Daniels, agent for the good guys, started thinking about another of the characters romantically. The scenes were written well, but I just wanted to get back to the action. If you couldn’t guess already, I highly recommend this book. And if you haven’t been reading the Cotton Malone series, you may want to start with the first book, The Templar Legacy.

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  • Exciting, fast moving thriller

    The Malta Exchange is classic "Cotton Malone". It has a great plot with twist and turns I didn't see coming. There is complex character development with wonderful psychological insights. It is a fast moving thriller. I highly recommend The Malta Exchange.

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  • Malta Exchange

    Enjoyable reading with believable premise of historical background . Very pertinent in relation to today’s troubles of the Vatican . I enjoy Steve Berry’s work .

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  • Should encourage a love for history.

    Read many of his novels and he doesn't disappoint. Lots of history and how inhuman humans are when in expectation of grace. I know Cotton well from other novels. I knew to expect at the end there would be what was true and what was his story but I wish he would explain at the beginning. I have the internet so could look up all the true facts and see with my own eyes all those structures built so long ago. Not sure what some Catholic's would think of it yet the truth is the truth.

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