The Lost Order : Cotton Malone

  • by Steve Berry
  • Narrated by Scott Brick
  • Series: Cotton Malone
  • 32 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

This program contains two versions of The Lost Order- one is the complete unabridged text, and the other is the writer's cut, which includes Steve Berry's behind-the-scenes commentary at the ends of some of the chapters. If you'd like to listen to The Lost Order WITHOUT Steve Berry's comments, just play the program from the beginning. To listen to the writer's cut version of The Lost Order WITH Steve Berry's commentary, start with Download Part 2 or Chapter 89.
The Knights of the Golden Circle was the largest and most dangerous clandestine organization in American history. It amassed billions in stolen gold and silver, all buried in hidden caches across the United States. Since 1865 treasure hunters have searched, but little of that immense wealth has ever been found.
Now, 160 years later, two factions of what remains of the Knights of the Golden Circle want that lost treasure - one to spend it for their own ends, the other to preserve it. Thrust into this battle is former Justice Department agent Cotton Malone, whose connection to the knights is far deeper than he ever imagined. At the center is the Smithsonian Institution - linked to the knights, its treasure, and Malone himself through an ancestor, a Confederate spy named Angus "Cotton" Adams, whose story holds the key to everything. Complicating matters are the political ambitions of a reckless Speaker of the House and the bitter widow of a United States senator, who together are planning radical changes to the country. And while Malone and Cassiopeia Vitt face the past, ex-president Danny Daniels and Stephanie Nelle confront a new and unexpected challenge, a threat that may cost one of them their life.
From the backrooms of the Smithsonian to the deepest woods in rural Arkansas, and finally up into the rugged mountains of Northern New Mexico, The Lost Order is a perilous adventure into our country's dark past and a potentially even darker future.

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Excellent Cotton Malone series suspense thriller!

This 32 hour audio file is really two versions of the same novel each approximately 16 hours in length. I listened to the writer's cut version which had lots of comments by author Steve Berry added. I should have listened to the regular version (chapters 1 - 88 of the audio) instead because Berry's comments interrupt the flow of the novel.

Author Steve Berry routinely throws aspects of US history, some true and some fictionalized, into his contemporary novels in the Cotton Malone series. In The Lost Order he deals with the history of the Smithsonian Institution including the bequest by British chemist James Smithson (who never visited the US) making the Smithsonian possible. Berry plays the Smithsonian story straight by dealing mostly with facts. Berry also deals with the Knights of the Golden Circle a little known pro-slavery secession group that existed for approximately a decade beginning in 1854. With The Knights of the Golden Circle Berry builds a complex conspiracy web that adds interest to the novel but is counter factual. This type of historical conspiracy web is present in most Berry novels and he always summarizes at the end what is fact and what is contrived.

Steve Berry novels are suspense/espionage thrillers with real and contrived historical items of interest added. I would like to award 5 stars, but this excellent suspense thriller earns only 4 stars. The Lost Order fails the key question, "Would I listen to this novel again?" Nevertheless, I highly recommend this novel and the entire Cotton Malone series.

Scott Brick narrates this novel and 11 of the 12 novels in the Cotton Malone series. Scott Brick seldom disappoints; he is certainly outstanding in his performance of this novel.
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- Wayne "I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!"

History Lesson … So’s You’ll Enjoy It!

If you are looking for lyrical prose … look elsewhere. Each time I start a Steve Berry audiobook, his awkward writing style drives me nearly to distraction for a while … until I loosen up my pedantic OCD a bit, and resign myself to just enjoying the story’s plot. If good writing matters to you, but you also love intelligent thrillers, then here is your dilemma: Steve Berry is not a natural-born writer, like, say, Cormac McCarthy, or Elizabeth Peters, or James Lee Burke. However, he is a natural-born historian, and his passion for history shines through in his Cotton Malone thrillers. If, like me, you had a history allergy in school, let Steve Barry make it fun and exciting for you. Each Cotton Malone episode teaches us a fascinating history lesson by way of a hair-raising, nail-biting, edge-of-your-seat adventure. At the end of each story in the Cotton Malone series, Mr. Berry provides us with an author’s note revealing which aspects of the plot were drawn from actual historical events, and which aspects derived from his imagination. I predict that this revelation will surprise you: Frequently the most far-fetched parts of the novel turn out to have actually happened. In “The Lost Order” I learned more about the Civil War, the Smithsonian Institution, and the United States Government than I ever absorbed in school. As an extra, added bonus for Cotton Malone fans: We finally learn, here in “The Lost Order”, how Cotton got his moniker! So, here is my advice to all thriller-lovers contemplating purchasing “The Lost Order”: Temporarily forget everything you learned in English class, and prepare yourself for a Dan-Brown-esque thriller, with cryptic maps, puzzles, codes, clues, cyphers, multi-generational secret societies, and even a secret hand-shake. BTW: This Audible version of “The Lost Order” offers you two renderings of this audiobook: the first one without Mr. Berry’s interspersed commentary, and the second with it. I listened to both renderings, and recommend that you consider doing so, too, in the prescribed order. Mr. Berry’s commentary supplies both enlightening and entertaining historical insight into the story.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-04-2017
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio