I love a good story. I especially love a good story that I learn something from. There is so much history that remains hidden and I am very glad that we have authors who are willing to do the research and then write these interesting novels. Steve Berry’s new novel The Lost Order, is that wonderful breed of book. Chock-full of historical findings with a dash of intrigue and duplicity around every corner.
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 and it is buried in hidden caches all across America. Since 1865 every fortune hunter and adventurer has searched for it with only a little bit found. Former Justice Department agent Cotton Malone is drawn into this tumultuous search because of the Smithsonian Institution and his ancestor, a Confederate spy named Angus “Cotton” Malone, whose story may hold the key to everything. Of course, in true Berry fashion, the story only gets more complicated when an ambitious and reckless Speaker of the house and a bitter widow of a United States Senator plot to make radical changes to the running of the country. With Malone and Cassiopeia Vitt working on the past, the Former President Danny Daniels and Malone’s former boss, Stephanie Nell must also confront the new threat that could darken the country’s past and future.
This is a pure delight. Author Berry sets up these marvelous problems for his characters to solve and we get to come along for the ride. There is non-stop action with lots of peril to keep everyone on the edge of their seats.
** Make sure you read the end notes where Steve Berry separates fact from fiction and shows how fascinating our country’s history really is.
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