The Venetian Betrayal by Steve Berry; 2007; $9.99; 558 pages; Ballantine Books, New York, NY; 978-0345-48578-6; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Hillsdale; 2/4/15-2/7/15

Cotton Malone, bookstore owner in Copenhagen, gets sucked back into the world of government covert affairs.  The action spans the European-Asian continents moving from Copenhagen to Venice to Afghanistan and spans from the time of Alexander the Great to now.  A despot in Eastern Europe is obsessed with finding Alexander’s body and is attempting to recreate his conquering of the world.  Meanwhile a pharmacologist has found a cure for a worldwide virus but isn’t releasing it because he won’t make enough money and is involved in helping and working against the despot.  Double and triple agents abound and people keeping each other in the dark.

Did I enjoy it?  Yes, it was an exciting adventure that spanned centuries and traveled all over the world.  Plus it featured a cameo by Painter Crowe from James Rollins’ Sigma Force books.

Grade-A

What is with the title of the review?  Alexander the Great tried to conquer his world during his lifetime and now another ruler is trying to do the same thing.