Friday, February 12, 2010
"The Charlemagne Pursuit", by Steve Berry
Book 4 in the Cotton Malone series
Mr Berry is without any doubt a master at twisting historical events. In the past he has created intriguing and intense stories that stimulate the reader’s imagination.
The story begins with Cotton Malone being held at gun point; it becomes evident that someone else wants the classified Navy files regarding the disappearance of his father and all crew members of a submarine in mid Atlantic. Cotton realizes there must be more behind this incident, there are more questions than answers, and he needs to know the truth.
The main plot is the interesting and captivating part of the novel. True to his style, Steve Berry propels his protagonist in a deadly pursuit, a quest where revelations will be as shocking as they are unexpected…..As the story moves along, sub-plots kick in. They are a series of choppy events that are abnormal, absurd and implausible and did not appear to connect to the main plot.
The story in whole moved at a fast pace and provided: intrigue, conspiracy, treachery and lots of violence. My mind tended to wander with the sub-plots; they were a distraction and did not enhance the story, I found this to be disappointing and not at par with his previous novels