Title: Steve Berry
Description: and Cotton Malone
Antipodean Andy - November 15, 2009 01:08 AM (GMT)
I started Steve's The Templar Legacy a while ago and got more than half way through it before getting distracted for some reason or the other - wrong headspace perhaps. Anyway, I finally finished it last night and thorougly enjoyed it. Enjoyed it so much, in fact, that I'm thinking about reading The Venetian Betrayal (next one on my shelf) straight away.
Has anyone else delved into these books?
I've got a couple of Andy McDermotts on the shelf too but haven't touched them. Will Adams' The Alexander Cipher was read earlier this year and wasn't bad. Enough there to try the next one but new Cusslers will take priority!
Nick Kismet - November 16, 2009 02:22 AM (GMT)
I foundered whilst reading Templar Legacy. I wanted to like it since James Rollins speaks so highly of Berry's work, but the characters--particularly the protagonist, just didn't catch fire for me. I may pick it up again someday.
The Andy McDermott books are great, with a real emphasis on the action. I just started the second one (Tomb of Hercules). Maybe a bit over the top (nowhere near s OTT as Matt Reilly though).
Seems like there was another book I was going to recommend...hmmm...it'll come to me, I'm sure.
Antipodean Andy - November 16, 2009 05:30 AM (GMT)
LOL, and I'll buy it one of these days. Am on another self-imposed book-buying ban.
When you commented about the action in McDermott's books I immediately thought of Reilly so am glad it's not that heavy. I've got Hercules and Excalbur but am holding off till I stumble upon a copy of Atlantis.
Started Berry's The Venetian Betrayal last night and am already 200 pages into it. It got going pretty quickly and has involved several 'items' that are integral to the story but you can't quite see how they'll be used ... yet.
Nick Kismet - November 16, 2009 06:44 AM (GMT)
|QUOTE (Antipodean Andy @ Nov 15 2009, 10:30 PM)|
| I've got Hercules and Excalbur but am holding off till I stumble upon a copy of Atlantis. |
Oh, definitely read them in order. Atlantis lays the foundation for the rest of the series.
I envy you. We won't see Excalibur in the States until next April.
Antipodean Andy - November 16, 2009 07:53 AM (GMT)
Genesis, Osiris and Shiva to follow too!
I'm a big fan of reading in order even if it's not chronological which is why I haven't hit McDermott yet. To save money I buy this type of book (Cussler included) in the big department stores - small PB is $12.95 - so if I 'discover' a new series after it's a couple of books old, it's usually hard to find the earlier ones. I'm also on an Ebay ban so ... patience! :blink:
They can all be read as stand-alones but that's only half the fun.
Have noticed Berry's books are getting more elaborate (longer) and involved. Venetian Betrayal is two books on from Templar Legacy and the development of the series is evident. Picked up Charlemagne Pursuit on the weekend (pre-ban!) and will be keeping an eye out for Paris Vendetta.
Have got a couple of Chris Kuzneski's books - Sword of God and Sign of the Cross but not sure when/if I'll get into those.
Nick Kismet - November 17, 2009 01:08 AM (GMT)
I dipped into Chris K.'s first book, the plantation. It struck me as a little amateurish, but then it was his breakout book. Maybe his newer titles will be a little more polished (Like I should throw stones).
If it's not already too late, let me save you some money--avoid David Gibbins. eesh.
Antipodean Andy - November 17, 2009 06:24 AM (GMT)
Don't think I've heard of him but thank you!
Antipodean Andy - January 19, 2010 01:41 AM (GMT)
I am happy to report my wife - who is well-read Cussler/DP-wise in that she is up to Atlantis Found - has started Berry's The Templar Legacy.
VanDornsBell - May 1, 2010 11:41 AM (GMT)
I went out of order and read the Venetian Betryal first. I loved it.
Ill be on the lookout for the others.
Antipodean Andy - July 17, 2010 08:27 AM (GMT)
Berry's books keep coming with The Emperor's Tomb being the next to be released. I've still only read the second and third (of six, IIRC) Cotton Malone's but I'd have to say I'm a fan with #1 and 4 sitting on the shelf. ;)
blackjack - July 22, 2010 07:55 AM (GMT)
Currently reading the Venetian Betrayal after finishing templar legacy, the Charlemagne pursuit, Paris Vendetta, and the Alexandria Link. Loved them all so far. Got to meet him when he was touring with James Rollins, look forward to reading his books for years to come.
Antipodean Andy - August 15, 2010 03:03 AM (GMT)
There was something on Berry's website about James Rollins saving him from drowning in a pool in Fiji. Interesting.
Picked up a small format PB of The Paris Vendetta on Friday and the same again for McDermott's The Cult Of Osiris. While waiting for my wife to do some clothes shopping I, somewhat absent-mindedly, started reading Osiris. By the time she was finished I was 30 pages in and hooked. Have grabbed a bit of time here and there - haven't had the chance to sit down for an afternoon etc - and am well over 100 pages in. Most enjoyable despite breaking my rule of reading series' in order ... but then my first ever Clive Cussler was Dragonand that's not exactly the first Dirk Pitt!
Definitely another favourite author.
blackjack - August 26, 2010 04:02 PM (GMT)
|QUOTE (Antipodean Andy @ Aug 15 2010, 03:03 AM)|
| There was something on Berry's website about James Rollins saving him from drowning in a pool in Fiji. Interesting.|
Steve Berry and James Rollins came through Phoenix together on a book tour. It was very easy to tell that those guys are close friends. Love both of their work. Excited for the new eBook Berry is doing.
boros1124 - December 16, 2010 01:48 PM (GMT)
Steve Berry - Alexandria link
think what book? Should I Buy? A friend of mine told me that the book is very good, but it is still a few people would ask.
Thank you for the answers to!
Antipodean Andy - July 15, 2011 12:02 AM (GMT)
Life has gotten in the way of visiting here but I'm happy to report my reading for my website has been going well and I've even managed to squeeze in some Berry reading and finally started the McDermott Wilde/Chase series after finding a mass market PB copy of The Hunt For Atlantis. McDermott is still churning them out so I'm a long way behind.
Atlantis was quite enjoyable. Only finished it last night. Good fun. Have read Berry's The Charlemagne Pursuit as well but was slightly disappointed with it. Didn't grab me as much as the others but it developed Cotton Malone further in that he had some closure.
The Emperor's Tomb has been added to the shelf and I'm intrigued to see how his new book The Jefferson Key goes as it looks a good one.
Quite dismayed to see the next lot of Cussler books coming out. Haven't even bought the last tranche yet!