The Lost Order

The Lost Order

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"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, one hundred and sixty 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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Minotaur Books,, 2017
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250056252
Characteristics: x, 493 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm


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Jan 31, 2019

The Lost order amalgamated politics, greed and medieval history dating back to 1850’s. It commences with a meeting with an unknown attendee to instill phenomenon. The name Cotton never appeared although it is anticipated that it was he. The revealed identity came as a surprise. The name “Angus Adams” seemed old fashioned but once again, the character's profound role is admirable – an extraordinary individual as per Cassiopeia Vitt’s depiction. Their relationship was stimulating and so was their affection, nonverbal consideration and compassion for each other. Cotton Malone’s innate consideration for his responsibilities as a member of justice are remarkable and seemingly more significant than the woman he loves. There are times he thinks about her without making an effort to call.
Roles and characters of Danny Daniels and Alex Sherwood were noteworthy and defined exactly as determined. The death of Taisley Forsberg brought sadness; and the corollaries of Diana Sherwood’s proceedings should have surfaced. The comprehensive depiction encompassed redundancy focusing on the Smithsonian institute, the order, sentinels, Knights, the stones and its puzzling messages making the narrative monotonous and surreal. Even Justice Warren Weston acting as “the voice” seemed atypical. If Danny Daniel’s involvement were required, a face-to-face meeting would have served better purpose.

Oct 01, 2017

Another book by this author with lots of action and strong characters. I like the incorporation of historical facts and the information about the Smithsonian.

Sep 08, 2017

Very good new installment of the Cotton Malone series. I enjoy historical fiction and Steve Berry's Cotton Malone character and novels are generally quite interesting. However, Berry can get a bit "wordy".

Jul 15, 2017

This is the first Cotton Malone title I have read. A fascinating read based around the founding of the Smithsonian Institute and the American Civil War. The highly complicated interwoven story line in the present day has a raft of characters on a treasure hunt with subtly coded clues and a trail of corpses. It would adapt well to film or the small screen.

Jun 06, 2017

Another fun read from Steve Berry with the bonus of learning about some little-known aspect of history! Love his books!

May 17, 2017

More politics and manipulation. I couldn't get past the first few chapters. No thank you.

May 16, 2017

I'm a big Berry fan and have never been disappointed with his books. This one ranks with his best as it somewhat mirrors todays Federal government. Read the poem on page 407 and think about it.
What if....states rights.

May 02, 2017

Steve Berry always serves up a great novel. This thriller is no different. Super blend of historical fact and fiction with both familiar and new characters. One thing I like about Berry is he always has a precise description after the end of the book of what was fact and what was fiction (other than the obvious) - and in this case there was even more fact than I was anticipating. So if you like a modern thriller that reaches back to the immediate post-Civil War period regarding the loss of the Confederate archives and treasury and also accounts for some very interesting history of the Smithsonian Museum (particularly the "Castle"), you will like this one. And as a bonus, there are many interesting (real) ideas from way back then that reflect on issues we face with the US Congress and its rule-making ability and gridlock that many are talking about today.


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