The Malta Exchange

The Malta Exchange

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The pope is dead. A conclave to select his replacement is about to begin. Cardinals are beginning to arrive at the Vatican, but one has fled Rome for Malta in search of a document that dates back to the 4th century and Constantine the Great. Former Justice Department operative, Cotton Malone, is at Lake Como, Italy, on the trail of legendary letters between Winston Churchill and Benito Mussolini that disappeared in 1945 and could re-write history. But someone else seems to be after the same letters and, when Malone obtains then loses them, he's plunged into a hunt that draws the attention of the legendary Knights of Malta. The knights have existed for over nine hundred years, the only warrior-monks to survive into modern times. Now they are a global humanitarian organization, but within their ranks lurks trouble -- the Secreti -- an ancient sect intent on affecting the coming papal conclave. With the help of Magellan Billet agent Luke Daniels, Malone races the rogue cardinal, the knights, the Secreti, and the clock to find what has been lost for centuries. The final confrontation culminates behind the walls of the Vatican where the election of the next pope hangs in the balance" --Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, 2019
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250140265
Characteristics: x, 401 pages ; 25 cm
Call Number: BERRY, S


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May 17, 2019

I have read all of Steve Berry’s books and this is one of the best! (I didn’t not miss Cassiopeia). Great twist toward the end! I learned a lot about the Knights of Malta (didn’t even know they were still around!). I always love reading the author’s note at the end where he separates fact from fiction - gives me an even greater appreciation of this writer’s skill!

Mar 26, 2019

THE MALTA EXCHANGE by Steve Berry and starring Cotton Malone is another great read. I love historical fiction, and always learn things when reading Berry, which makes for an even better read. The plot is really convoluted with a lot of characters coming and going (usually by death) as the story unfolds. Starts with Mussolini, hearkens back to the Emperor Constantine, and through many Catholic Popes and other church figures over time. Throw in the Knights of Malta and lots of other 'offices' of the church hierarchy and you need a scorecard to keep up with who's on first as the story develops. One thing I like about Berry, and is essential in the case of this story, is he always has an author's note at the end which separates historical fact from portions of the story that come from his imagination. All that said, I have a cautionary note: if you are a Bible believer, and especially if you are Catholic, this story WILL challenge you. It implies many things about organized religion, some based in fact and some opinion. I am a believer and I still enjoyed the story as a work of fiction. That said, if you are a believer, you MUST read Berry's end notes separating fact from fiction.


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