The Alexandria Link, by Steve Berry, read by Scott Brick
This was another book in Steve Berry’s series featuring Cotton Malone, a retired Justice Department Agent who moved to Copenhagen to open a rare book shop.
In The Alexandria Link, Cotton Malone is drawn into the chase when his son his kidnapped. The kidnappers want information related to a previous case Malone worked on, and that only he possesses. Making sure his son is safe will require him to revisit the previous case, and make sure what has been hidden remains that way.
And what is that secret information? Well imagine for a moment that the Holy Land as named in the Bible is not actually in Israel and the region of Palestine? What if Israel, as created after World War II, is not actually located where today’s version of the Bible says it is? And along those lines, how would you prove it?
The adventure sends Cotton Malone on a search for the lost library of Alexandria, the huge research library of the ancient world, that was supposed to have been located in Alexandria, Egypt. The library was said to have contained scrolls of the Old Testament prior to their translation into modern languages. And those scrolls would hold the key to whether the location of the Holy Land, as described in the Bible, was within the modern state of Israel.
But why would that matter? Because… Modern day Christians, Jews and Muslims all make claim to the Holy Land. But if it were in the wrong location, what do that do to the already tense situation? Would an all out war ensue?
Berry’s writing style keeps the reader engaged throughout the whole book and his creative interweaving of history and hypothetical scenarios makes you think. Plus, Scott Brick is one of the best narrators out there!