"I'll have you shot right now.". You made me grin, fellas. More thumps. The Supreme Minister apparently wanted a show, a display of prowess before her men. She watched as he deposited them into the rear compartment along with the two robots, both marvels of Asian engineering, developed by her engineers. With the smart and capable Cassiopeia Vitt by his side, Malone faces down the world’s deadliest threats—unraveling, along the way, some of history’s most legendary and iconic mysteries. About Three Tales from the World of Cotton Malone: The Balkan Escape, The Devil’s Gold, and The Admiral’s Mark (Short Stories). She'd felt that agony herself. Four bullet holes in the chest. "Davis told me they'd be nearby, monitoring things, ready when needed. "She used this to open the panel.". Give your grade and comments. He was pushing it, hanging around inside the house. The American gunships swooped in. She inspected the spacious compartment, which usually accommodated a dozen armed men. I love a good globe-trotting adventure and this terrific author has been kind enough to give me several. Cassiopeia Vitt lay still on the ground and the prisoners were being guarded by the four soldiers. ZOVASTINA BOARDED THE CHOPPER. "I made a bad mistake trusting Zovastina. "What is it? She'd give her a fight. Whether it is continued friendship with his former boss or his association with the influential billionaire or his new closeness to a beautiful, rich, and deadly young woman with an exotic past, Malone is never at a loss of adventure even if he truly wants to stay in his book store and take things easy. But, here, you did exceptionally well.". "The cure for AIDS is in this house. "The gun in my face for show?" Four United States presidents have been assassinated—in 1865, 1881, 1901, and 1963—each murder seemingly unrelated and separated by time. Books and shelves erupted. At times too much verbiage that makes you want to skip the lengthy portions of such. She saw the momentary shock on his face as her words of appreciation registered. "They're ours," Malone said. Malone is asked to find the truth. "What about me?" Ely hesitated. Malone grunted, as he stood and brushed himself off. The House of Long Ago is such a novel. Cotton Malone retired from the high-risk world of elite operatives for the U.S. Justice Department to lead the low-key life of a rare-book dealer. His reluctance was fueled by packs of clear liquid that lay scattered on the tables. Vincenti's man," Ely said, as he found a silver controller. . And I liked another tip in Brad Thor's Scot Harvath series to this one. Learning that a Russian long hating the U.S. for the end of the U.S.S.R. is heading to Washington to use a flaw in the Constitution to bring down America, Cotton Malone is determined to chase him down and stop him. The Billet is a division inside the Justice Department that concentrates on international investigations. Her tasks here had ended with total success. But he told them nothing and in his will he made no mention of his treasure . ", Not bad. ZOVASTINA'S ANGER BOILED. "Killing Zovastina that way may not have been smart. Dust swirled from the dry earth and the helicopter rose into the late-afternoon sky. As general and Emperor, he had stolen uncountable riches from palaces, national treasuries, even the Knights of Malta and the Vatican. Malone grasped the other. Closer. Legal skills are by no means the only abilities Malone had to possess to last as long as he did. As a favor to an old friend, Cassiopeia Vitt is in Bulgaria searching the mountains for a tomb of an ancient Thracian king. They're now programmed to detonate when the ones inside the house are told to explode." She saw a settee fly out and crash to the ground. Just brilliant light erupting from all sides, like a supernova, its volatile fuel quickly joining the melange in a destruction that thundered across the valley. . "No 'how are you?' "No, I don't ever say it. MALONE TOPPED THE STAIRS BEHIND ELY AND REENTERED THE library. To his left, one of the spewing dragons passed by at the intersection of two corridors. His right shoulder slammed to the grass and he tumbled. The engine revved to full power. She faced Viktor, stared hard into his eyes, and said, "Thank you, my friend." Tell us what you think of the series. ", Cassiopeia sensed the resignation in her friend's tone. she quietly asked. She turned, satisfied with the fight. Killing Zovastina could also kill them. He saw Ely stuff the flash drive into his pocket and grab one end of a small settee. He waited for an explanation, which had better be good. But, unfortunately"-the Dane motioned to the burning house-"that's surely gone.". That inquisitiveness takes him deep into the world of the secret Knights Templar and a plot to change the course of history. Malone asked, noticing her face. True, there were only a few present, but tales of a few had long been the foundations of legends. She needed to return to Samarkand and personally supervise the covert military offensive that would soon begin. What happened to your face? Ely, too, hit hard, rolled a few times, his arms shielding his head. Witnessed by four of her militia. SHE CONTROLLED LYNDSEY, ALL OF VINCENTI'S data, Alexander's tomb, the draught, and now Thorvaldsen, Cassiopeia Vitt, and Stephanie Nelle. CASSIOPEIA CIRCLED ZOVASTINA. "I was going to do it myself," he said. For any issue, please contact us to remove/modify immediately. Soon, it would be nothing but rubble. Ely stood. I expect you to do your job. There's an entrance in the library, where we were first held.". There would only be a few more seconds before the fire arrived. While not spies per se, their assignments are world-wide, varied, exotic, and highly dangerous. Foolishness, surely. I have to get it. Unfortunately, Malone doesn't have it and isn't sure what it is. Steve Berry’s bestselling thrillers have mesmerized suspense fans around the world, but his novels alone can’t contain all the exciting exploits of death-defying agent Cotton Malone and his smart, sexy sidekick, Cassiopeia Vitt. A secret passed from President to President can destroy the nation if revealed. . A Chinese wall cabinet rotated one hundred eighty degrees. CASSIOPEIA GLARED AT VIKTOR, HER FINGER ON THE CONTROLLER button. She'd taken a chance killing Zovastina, with Malone and Ely still inside, but, like Malone would say, Whether right or wrong, just do something. One hand lay open, near a table leg, the other fist closed. Three hundred pounds, at least. SHE WAS ACCUSTOMED TO WINNING. I love the plots. Vitt was through. An American Secret Service operative turns to Cotton Malone for help when he is pursued by assassins hired by a group called the Paris Club, a secret cabal of wealthy businessmen out to manipulate the world's economy. His left hand held a pistol, his right hand the controller for the turtles. Vincenti's house would be razed and a proper memorial erected in honor of the conqueror who chose this spot as his final resting place. For both Ely and Cassiopeia. Thumps echoed from somewhere inside the house and he immediately noticed a change in temperature. . In buzkashi. The tomb of China’s First Emperor, guarded by an underground army of terra cotta warriors, has remained sealed for 2200 years.