A deadly race for the Vatican’s oldest secret fuels New York Times bestseller Steve Berry’s latest international Cotton Malone thriller.
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
While this book was slow going ,I actually liked it that way because it helped with the build of what was going on, it made me want to read more of it and kept my attention though out the story , one of the things I love about his books is how he uses history and mixes it with fiction so well that it blends perfectly together, not once did I have any trouble with fellowing what was going on even though this is book 14 of the series. Basically it was a fantastic read that had me setting on the edge of me set , the history and the characters seemed so real and makes me want to read more of this series ,with that said I want to thank Netgalley for letting me read and review it exchange for my honest opinion.