Steve Berry’s new Cotton Malone thriller The Lost Order delivers exactly what fans of the series expect, blending history, speculation and fast-paced action.
The Lost Order begins with Malone dispatched by the Smithsonian Institution to Rural Arkansas, where he makes contact with an ancient and subversive organisation known as the Knights of the Golden Circle. Founded in 1844, the Knights — still operating today, albeit in a smaller capacity — have been guarding billions in stolen treasures for more than a century. Trouble is, the treasure can only be found by uncovering the location of a serious of artifacts encrypted with an “unbreakable” code. Meanwhile, former US President Danny Daniels becomes mired in a related-plot when his best friend and Senator of Tennessee is killed in mysterious circumstances. Shadowy figures a planning to implement the Constitution’s Article I to give near-dictatorial powers to the Speaker of the House, Lucius Vance.
Malone’s investigation and Daniels’ eventually tie together, although in truth, the connection between the hidden treasure and the political power grab is a little flimsy, and seems to exist only to bring Berry’s protagonists together. That won’t limit the novel’s appeal however, because The Lost Order is nothing of short of compulsive. Long-time readers will revel as Berry delves into Malone’s ancestry — revealing why he was named ‘Cotton’ — and newcomers seeking thrills will delight in the numerous action scenes and chases.
With The Lost Order, Steve Berry shows off his top-notch storytelling skills. This is a mile-a-minute thriller peppered with historical factoids. It’s fast, furious and fun.
Format: Paperback (234mm x 153mm x mm)
Imprint: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
Publish Date: 4-Apr-2017
Country of Publication: United Kingdom