The Charlemagne Pursuit by Steve Berry; 2008; $26.00; 509 pages; Ballantine Books; 978-2-345-48579-3; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Gresham; 3/6/15-3/8/15

In 1971 Forrest Malone, Cotton’s father, and 10 other men disappeared on a top secret mission for the US Navy.  Now Cotton finds out that the Navy lied about the disappearance and covered up what happened.  When he gets a file from the Department of Defense about the incident it brings him into conflict with a corrupt Admiral, who is angling to be on the Joint Chiefs then Vice President then President.  As he pursues leads it leads him to a German family that has been chasing the First Civilization for generations.  As the action travels around the world travelling from Denmark to Germany to the United States to Antarctica Cotton is unsure of whom he can trust in any agency or administration or the family he is supposed to be working with.  As they follow clues left by those surrounding Charlemagne it leads through time and all over the planet until Cotton comes to find out what actually happened to his father and brings some closure to his life but increases his bitterness against the US Navy.

Grade-A

Did I enjoy it?  Yes I have enjoyed every book by Steve Berry that I have read I really enjoy the combination of history, science and technology that he combines in each thriller.  There is also a cameo by one of Brad Thor’s character in the novel.

What is with the title of the review?  After each of his stories Steve Berry details what is true and what he made up.