For most of his life, Former U.S. Justice Department operative Cotton Malone believed his father, Navy Captain Forrest Malone, died in a 1971 accident aboard the submarine USS Blazek. The government maintains the sub was lost in the mid-Atlantic, but Malone discovers it was actually near Antarctica on a secret mission.In Steve Berry’s book, “The Charlemagne Pursuit,” Malone is retired from espionage work and living in relative obscurity in Copenhagen where he owns a rare book store, Malone finds himself pulled back into the world of cloaks and daggers when he receives a top secret file detailing the events surrounding the Blazek’s tragedy.
Immediately after his former boss, Stephanie Nelle, approves the release of the Blazek file, Malone’s world explodes with danger and violence. It seems a lot of other people want to see the classified information, too.
Dorothea Lindauer and Christl Faulk, twin sisters, are interested in the file and will stop at nothing to get it.
Their father, German Dietz Oberhauser, was on the doomed sub when it went down. Oberhauser was chasing a theory their grandfather believed about the existence of a superior race, ancestors to the Aryan nation.
Dietz Oberhauser’s widow, Isabel, has pitted the girls against each other, with the family fortune going to the one who unravels the mystery of their father’s death first.
Behind the scenes, and in a powerful position, lurks a character with every reason to keep the Blazek’s story under wraps.
From the snowy streets of Copenhagen to the beauty of the Biltmore Estate all decked out for the holidays to the frozen Antarctic, Berry provides a non-stop page-turner cleverly wrapped up in a history lesson that challenges our notion of an ancient civilization who held the secrets of the universe.
Berry meticulously separates fact from fiction in copious Writer’s Notes at the end of the book, but even with a detailed explanation, “The Charlemagne Pursuit” will leave you scratching your head and wondering what might have been.
Look for an interview with Berry in an upcoming edition of your News-Telegram.
Editor’s note: Steve Berry's books contain graphic violence. Interferring with Cotton Malone and his allies guarantees a very short life span.
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