The Lost Order : Cotton Malone

  • by Steve Berry
  • Narrated by Scott Brick
  • Series: Cotton Malone
  • 16 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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, 160 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 is a perilous adventure into the dark past of the United States and a potentially even darker future.


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The Lost Order

Another very enjoyable Cotton Malone adventure. This time he's on the hunt for lost Confederate gold, but unsurprisingly so are a few others...
Great to see Danny Daniels get more of a starring role in this story - he really is a great character.
The Lost Order can be enjoyed as a standalone novel, however you would benefit from having knowledge of the various character relationships which have grown in the earlier books of the Malone series.
Another flawless performance from Scott Brick. I'm already looking forward to the next Malone instalment!

This is highly recommended - a thoroughly great enjoyable dash across the US, with plenty of action and intrigue.
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- Salter


What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

The constant interruptions by the author giving historical details at the end of each chapter are extremely disruptive to the story line. Imagine interrupting a movie every 10 minutes by the Director wishing to present a narrative on his work up to that point! Same thing here. Very bad idea in spite of what the author maintained at the very beginning.

Would you ever listen to anything by Steve Berry again?

yes, I love his books

How could the performance have been better?

At least give the option as to whether one wants to hear this interruption by the author every time, so that if not desired, it can be "switched off" to avoid losing the story line every time a chapter ends. This is a listening book after all, and the movie is happening in the mind's eye.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Anger and disappointment

Any additional comments?

Don't get this version if you don't like having the story line interrupted. if you like the history background facts, then maybe fine. Personally I don't because it's not relevant to the story being told in the book itself.

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- Alexandra

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-04-2017
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton