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The Lost Order (Cotton Malone Series #12)

The Lost Order (Cotton Malone Series #12)

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by Steve Berry

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The Knights of the Golden Circle was the largest and most dangerous clandestine organization in American history. It amassed billions in stolen gold and silver, all buried in hidden caches across the United States. Since 1865 treasure hunters have searched, but little of that immense wealth has ever been found.

Now, one hundred and sixty years later, two


The Knights of the Golden Circle was the largest and most dangerous clandestine organization in American history. It amassed billions in stolen gold and silver, all buried in hidden caches across the United States. Since 1865 treasure hunters have searched, but little of that immense wealth has ever been found.

Now, one hundred and sixty years later, two factions of what remains of the Knights of the Golden Circle want that lost treasure—one to spend it for their own ends, the other to preserve it.

Thrust into this battle is former Justice Department agent Cotton Malone, whose connection to the knights is far deeper than he ever imagined. At the center is the Smithsonian Institution—linked to the knights, its treasure, and Malone himself through an ancestor, a Confederate spy named Angus “Cotton” Adams, whose story holds the key to everything. Complicating matters are the political ambitions of a reckless Speaker of the House and the bitter widow of a United States Senator, who together are planning radical changes to the country. And while Malone and Cassiopeia Vitt face the past, ex-president Danny Daniels and Stephanie Nelle confront a new and unexpected challenge, a threat that may cost one of them their life.

From the backrooms of the Smithsonian to the deepest woods in rural Arkansas, and finally up into the rugged mountains of northern New Mexico, The Lost Order by Steve Berry is a perilous adventure into our country’s dark past, and a potentially even darker future.

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Publishers Weekly
In the 12th thriller featuring former Justice Department operative Cotton Malone (after 2016’s The 14th Colony), Berry delivers exactly what fans of this bestselling series have come to expect—an intricately plotted, action-paced story line that seamlessly blends history with provocative speculation. While on assignment for the Smithsonian in rural Arkansas, Malone becomes entangled with the “most powerful subversive organization in the history of the United States.” Founded in 1854, the Knights of the Golden Circle have allegedly been guarding billions in stolen gold and silver for more than a century. But the treasure can only be found by locating a series of invaluable artifacts that are encrypted with a seemingly unbreakable code. Malone’s quest becomes deadly when he discovers links to a conspiracy by the ambitious present-day speaker of the house, who wants to radically change the political power structure of the country. The fusion of contemporary and historical adventure makes this a page-turner of the highest order. Author tour. Agent: Simon Lipskar, Writers House. (Apr.)
From the Publisher

"Berry raises this genre's stakes."—The New York Times

"I love this guy."—Lee Child

“One of Berry's best books to date.”—Associated Press on The Patriot Threat

“My kind of thriller.” — Dan Brown on The Amber Room

“Steve Berry is a master at weaving together historical details with fiction to create a spellbinding thriller…The Patriot Threat is suspenseful, entertaining and thought provoking. As usual, Berry’s writing is smooth, the plot well thought out, and the characters realistic. Another winner from Steve Berry.”—Examiner.com

"As always with Steve Berry, you're educated about significant things while your knuckles are turning white and the pages are flying by."—David Baldacci

“Every American should read [The Lincoln Myth].”Florida Times Union

“Steve Berry’s sizzling, scintillating and aptly titled The Patriot Threat…provides an extraordinarily well researched, prescient and beautifully structured tale that whisks us off across the globe and through history in search of an elusive truth dating to FDR. [Berry] remains a master of form and function, a stylist as well as a storyteller...Blistering reading entertainment at its level best.”—Providence Journal

“The 10th installment in Mr. Berry’s Cotton Malone series, The Patriot Threat is a fast-paced and entertaining traditional thriller along the lines of The Da Vinci Code. It’s loaded with action, character sketches, fascinating history and Mr. Berry’s liberal use of poetic license.”—Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“Another page-turning thriller blending history, speculation and face-paced action."—Kirkus Reviews on The Patriot Threat

Library Journal
★ 02/01/2017
Once again, Berry (The Templar Legacy; The Amber Room) has delivered an excellent political thriller that weaves fact and fiction, history and the present. The Knights of the Golden Circle was one of the largest and most dangerous secret organizations in American history. Established in the 1850s, the group amassed a fortune in stolen treasure, some of it suspected Confederate gold, and buried it in secret caches across the United States. Now factions in the federal government, intent on implementing a plot to upset the balance of power, want to recover the prize. The Smithsonian Institution enlists Cotton Malone to help locate the missing gold. Seemingly unconnected events involving the death of a U.S. senator and murder at the Smithsonian soon links back to the Knights, who continue to guard their secrets. VERDICT Cotton Malone is an action hero like no other, and his many fans will eagerly await the latest entry in Berry's series. A page-turning read that is hard to put down. [See Prepub Alert, 10/24/16; library marketing.]—Sandra Knowles, South Carolina State Lib., Columbia
Kirkus Reviews
Berry's (The 14th Colony, 2016, etc.) latest brews another thriller from the formula that's put him on the bestseller lists: modern bad guys discover a historic conspiracy that can make them rich and/or give them power to overturn the American republic.Again it's the Magellan Billet's Cotton Malone, Navy pilot/spy/Copenhagen bookstore owner, into the fray, this time to find millions in gold secreted by the defeated Confederacy's Knights of the Golden Circle. A map to its location is inscribed on a combination of five stones scattered around the country. It's U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Warren Weston who's sent Malone to recover the stones, with fellow agent (and Malone love interest) Cassiopeia Vitt earning a supporting role. Magellan Billet chief supporter President Danny Daniels has just left office, leaving Magellan chief Stephanie Nelle in limbo. At first, Stephanie's unaware of Malone's mission, but she's soon to be mired in related issues after Daniels discovers another plot when his best friend, Sen. Alex Sherwood of Tennessee, dies. Because of suspicious behavior on the part of Sherwood's widow, Diane, Daniels believes there's a plot to twist the Constitution's Article I to give near-dictatorial powers to the Speaker of the House, Lucius Vance, "a self-confident, pompous ass." Formerly a bit player, Daniels' larger role creates interest, especially as Berry digs deeper into his character. Berry also gives cameos to Jesse James and Confederate VP Alexander Stephens while offering notes on James Smithson's crypt and the history of the Smithsonian and setting up a former Smithsonian curator as a bad guy behind the mask of a stunning disguise. With the link between the gold and the political power grab ephemeral, this overly long novel tries too hard. Readers looking to sample the historical-conspiracies genre should begin with one of Berry's earlier efforts.

Product Details

St. Martin's Press
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Cotton Malone Series , #12
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6.50(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.70(d)

Meet the Author

STEVE BERRY is the New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author of a dozen Cotton Malone novels, and several standalones. He has 20 million books in print, translated into 40 languages. With his wife, Elizabeth, he is the founder of History Matters, which is dedicated to historical preservation. He serves as a member of the Smithsonian Libraries Advisory Board and was a founding member of International Thriller Writers, formerly serving as its co-president.

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Lost Order 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous 4 months ago
Loved the book and especially the maturing of the characters.
Anonymous 4 months ago
My neighbor in St Augustine has written a timley historical novel. Lots of twists and character development is super. Great read!
Anonymous 2 days ago
This is typical Berry. A bit scrambled at times and a scosh long, 380 pages would have been profered, but, I stll loved it.
Anonymous 4 days ago
Always great writing
Anonymous 9 days ago
Steve Berry keeps kicking them out, can't wait for the next one!
Anonymous 16 days ago
It is a great book like a great meal which is to be saviored and enjoyed this book is to be saviored and enjoyed as well . It deals with cottons past the knights of the golden circle a vault of gold a treasure along with an almost que de ta which is stoped but was legal according to the constitution so worth the money
Anonymous 20 days ago
Jumbles a little bit but kept me awake reading it. Good book.
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carlosmock 3 months ago
The Lost Order by Steve Berry This is the 12th installment of the "Cotton" Malone series. This time it deals with The Knights of the Golden Circle. This was a clandestine organization that stole and hid billions in stolen gold and silver. Its original mission was to use the gold to build a Southern Empire which would include Mexico and most of the Caribbean. The organization has kept the loot hidden by a select group of "Sentinels" that guard their spoils since 1865. Treasure hunters have searched, but little of that immense wealth has ever been found. The book opens with the great Smithsonian fire of 1865 in which an ancestor of Cotton Malone, Angus "Cotton" Adams, steals a journal and a key from the Smithsonian. This fact holds the key to everything. Back to the present, there are two factions from Knights of the Golden Circle that want that lost treasure―one to spend it for their own ends, the other to preserve it. The former is lead by Warren Watson, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court; the latter is headed by Frank Beckingridge, a former Smithsonian leader. Narrated from the third person point of view, the plot twists and surprises the reader. There are two subplots: one is the plot deals with power grabs in Congress. By changing the rules of the House via altering Article 1, Section five, Clause 2 - to make all legislation to be originated in the House, thus making the Senate obsolete. The other is by creating a Constitutional convention trying to alter the Constitution. The second subplot just deals with greed: people wanting to find the treasure for their own profit. These later ones are willing to do anything: including killing Senators and even an ex-president to achieve their goal. By finding the five stones that hold the key to "the vault" where all the money is hidden, we are taken to Arkansas, the west, and finally the site of the treasure. All of the characters that we've learned to love: Stephanie Nell, Danny Davis, Cotton Malone, and Cassiopeia Vitt come back to solve the mystery of The Lost Order. The book reads fast and it comes to a wonderful climax/conclusion. I loved the book. If you're a Steve Berry fan, this one will not disappoint you!