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"The result is a thriller that intrigues and provides historical context. Berry is the master scientist with a perfect formula." Associated Press

One of USA Today's "Five Books Not to Miss!"

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.

Mysteries & Thrillers
March 5
St. Martin's Publishing Group

Customer Reviews

gatorchuckie ,

Brain candy for Historical Fiction buffs

Pretty standard recipe for Steve Berry and Cotton Malone—but enjoyed this and learning about Malta and it’s historical importance through the ages.

Ellebeebee ,

Malta Exchange

Really awful. Within 10 pages of the end of the sample, I wanted my $$ back. Made me wonder if I ought to go back to the physical bookstore and read a bit more while sitting cross-legged in the aisle before going up to the cash register.

weatwinds ,

The Malta Exchange

This book delivered what I expected. A suspenseful story line, full of history, with a blend of fiction. If you like Steve Berry’s other novels then this is a must read for you.

Can’t wait for the next Cotton Malone adventure.

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