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The Venetian Betrayal - A Novel

Steve Berry

In 323 B.C.E, having conquered Persia, Alexander the Great set his sights on Arabia, then suddenly succumbed to a strange fever. Locating his final resting place-unknown to this day-remains a tantalizing goal for both archaeologists and treasure hunters. Now the quest for this coveted prize is about to heat up. And Cotton Malone-former U.S. Justice Department agent turned rare-book dealer-will be drawn into an intense geopolitical chess game. After narrowly escaping incineration in a devastating fire that consumes a Danish museum, Cotton learns from his friend, the beguiling adventurer Cassiopeia Vitt, that the blaze was neither an accident nor an isolated incident. As part of campaign of arson intended to mask a far more diabolical design, buildings across Europe are being devoured by infernos of unnatural strength. And from the ashes of the U.S.S.R., a new nation has arisen: Former Soviet republics have consolidated into the Central Asian Federation. At its helm is Supreme Minister Irina Zovastina, a cunning despot with a talent for politics, a taste for blood sport, and the single-minded desire to surpass Alexander the Great as history's ultimate conqueror. Backed by a secret cabal of powerbrokers, the Federation has amassed a harrowing arsenal of biological weapons. Equipped with the hellish power to decimate other nations at will, only one thing keeps Zovastina from setting in motion her death march of domination: a miraculous healing serum, kept secret by an ancient puzzle and buried with the mummified remains of Alexander the Great-in a tomb lost to the ages for more than 1,500 years. Together, Cotton and Cassiopeia must outrun and outthink the forces allied against them. Their perilous quest will take them to the shores of Denmark, deep into the venerated monuments of Venice, and finally high inside the desolate Pamir mountains of Central Asia to unravel a riddle whose solution could destroy or save millions of people-depending on who finds the lost tomb first.

In 323 B.C.E, having conquered Persia, Alexander the Great set his sights on Arabia, then suddenly succumbed to a strange fever. Locating his final resting place-unknown to this day-remains a tantalizing goal for both archaeologists and treasure hunters. Now the quest for this coveted prize is about to heat up. And Cotton Malone-former U.S. Justice Department agent turned rare-book dealer-will be drawn into an intense geopolitical chess game. After narrowly escaping incineration in a devastating fire that consumes a Danish museum, Cotton learns from his friend, the beguiling adventurer Cassiopeia Vitt, that the blaze was neither an accident nor an isolated incident. As part of campaign of arson intended to mask a far more diabolical design, buildings across Europe are being devoured by infernos of unnatural strength. And from the ashes of the U.S.S.R., a new nation has arisen: Former Soviet republics have consolidated into the Central Asian Federation. At its helm is Supreme Minister Irina Zovastina, a cunning despot with a talent for politics, a taste for blood sport, and the single-minded desire to surpass Alexander the Great as history's ultimate conqueror. Backed by a secret cabal of powerbrokers, the Federation has amassed a harrowing arsenal of biological weapons. Equipped with the hellish power to decimate other nations at will, only one thing keeps Zovastina from setting in motion her death march of domination: a miraculous healing serum, kept secret by an ancient puzzle and buried with the mummified remains of Alexander the Great-in a tomb lost to the ages for more than 1,500 years. Together, Cotton and Cassiopeia must outrun and outthink the forces allied against them. Their perilous quest will take them to the shores of Denmark, deep into the venerated monuments of Venice, and finally high inside the desolate Pamir mountains of Central Asia to unravel a riddle whose solution could destroy or save millions of people-depending on who finds the lost tomb first.
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In 323 B.C.E, having conquered Persia, Alexander the Great set his sights on Arabia, then suddenly succumbed to a strange fever. Locating his final resting place-unknown to this day-remains a tantalizing goal for both archaeologists and treasure hunters. Now the quest for this coveted prize is about to heat up. And Cotton Malone-former U.S. Justice Department agent turned rare-book dealer-will be drawn into an intense geopolitical chess game. After narrowly escaping incineration in a devastating fire that consumes a Danish museum, Cotton learns from his friend, the beguiling adventurer Cassiopeia Vitt, that the blaze was neither an accident nor an isolated incident. As part of campaign of arson intended to mask a far more diabolical design, buildings across Europe are being devoured by infernos of unnatural strength. And from the ashes of the U.S.S.R., a new nation has arisen: Former Soviet republics have consolidated into the Central Asian Federation. At its helm is Supreme Minister Irina Zovastina, a cunning despot with a talent for politics, a taste for blood sport, and the single-minded desire to surpass Alexander the Great as history's ultimate conqueror. Backed by a secret cabal of powerbrokers, the Federation has amassed a harrowing arsenal of biological weapons. Equipped with the hellish power to decimate other nations at will, only one thing keeps Zovastina from setting in motion her death march of domination: a miraculous healing serum, kept secret by an ancient puzzle and buried with the mummified remains of Alexander the Great-in a tomb lost to the ages for more than 1,500 years. Together, Cotton and Cassiopeia must outrun and outthink the forces allied against them. Their perilous quest will take them to the shores of Denmark, deep into the venerated monuments of Venice, and finally high inside the desolate Pamir mountains of Central Asia to unravel a riddle whose solution could destroy or save millions of people-depending on who finds the lost tomb first.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Erik Singer

Length:

6h 20m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

02:59


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

03:57


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

02:35


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

02:53


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

04:33


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

03:10


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

02:20


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

05:00


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

03:16


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

02:55


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

03:13


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

04:56


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

02:39


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:42


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

04:40


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

04:14


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

04:26


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

03:47


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

04:48


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

03:38


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

03:03


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

03:57


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

04:34


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

04:02


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

03:40


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

04:07


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

03:41


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

03:28


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

04:40


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

03:02


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

02:48


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

04:14


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

04:04


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

03:41


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

03:44


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

03:03


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

04:35


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

04:38


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

04:56


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

03:27


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

03:30


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

03:00


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

03:33


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

04:15


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

04:46


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

03:24


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

03:14


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

03:43


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

04:05


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

03:52


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

03:54


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

03:53


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

04:49


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

04:51


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

03:30


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

04:02


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

04:42


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

03:53


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

04:03


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

03:05


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

04:14


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

03:57


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

03:27


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

03:41


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

04:46


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

03:49


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

03:44


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

03:18


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

04:21


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

02:53


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

02:40


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

04:04


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

03:15


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

03:23


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

03:17


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

03:58


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

03:50


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

02:38


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

04:05


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

02:59


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

03:11


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

04:57


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

03:15


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

03:11


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

02:42


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

03:39


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

04:38


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

04:55


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

03:21


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

02:49


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

03:26


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

04:02


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

03:54


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

03:49


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

04:39


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

04:18


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

03:56


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

03:17


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

03:12


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

03:35


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

03:00


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

00:31