The Lost Order by Steve Berry; 2017;$28.99; 493 pages; Minotaur Press, New York, NY; 978-1-250-05625-2; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Northwest; 5/4/17-5/6/17

Why did I read this?  I have read all of the previous Cotton Malone books that Steve Berry has written.  I enjoy the way he uses history to create a mystery today.

Cotton Malone’s ancestor Angus “Cotton” Adams had been a spy for the Confederacy during the Civil War and had close ties with an administrator at the Smithsonian.  There is a group known as the Knights of the Golden Circle who stashed gold all over the country prior to the end of the war.  Now people are trying to find it and killing anyone who gets in there way, they are also seeking to find The Vault a repository of a vast quantity of gold.  Meanwhile other members of the Circle are trying to find a way to change the structure of the government.  Cotton has to help decipher clues to find his way to the gold and prevent a cataclysmic restructuring of the U.S. government that would put almost unlimited power in the hands of the Speaker of the House (hope Paul Ryan doesn’t have time to read this.)

Grade A