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The Lost Order

(Cotton Malone #12)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  5,687 Ratings  ·  592 Reviews
The Lost Order continues renowned New York Times top 5 bestseller Steve Berry’s Cotton Malone series with another riveting, history-based thriller.
The Knights of the Golden Circle, founded on July 4, 1854, was the largest, most dangerous clandestine organization in American history. It formulated grand plans—to expand the United States, change the constitutional landscap
Hardcover, 493 pages
Published April 4th 2017 by Minotaur Books
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Patrice Hoffman
Apr 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: need-to-buy
I practically spent my entire Sunday trying to get through Steve Berry's latest Cotton Malone historical thriller. In the interest of full disclosure, I'm usually Berry's biggest fan. I always look forward to reading the adventures of the least retired, retired Magellan Billet recruit than the next person. The Malone series is always packed full of thrills, close calls, double crosses, and pure excitement.

The Lost Order on the other hand, I sadly must admit, was not my favorite Berry read. Where
Nov 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great read by Berry! I loved the history that gets added to the story line and the fast paced nature of Berry's books. Can't wait to read the next Malone adventure!
I really love Cotton Malone. This entry into the series was no exception! Even though I predicted quite a few of the big twists and reveals, it was still a rollicking fun ride.
Mar 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
I have read a few books in this series. After reading this most recent book, I realize that I really do need to go back and read all of the missing books. I breezed through this book with great speed as I was very engaged with what I was reading. The mystery regarding the Knights of the Golden Circle and the mystery surround billions in lost gold was intriguing. This story may have been fiction but it is not that far unbelievable to imagine that this could be a story ripped right from the histor ...more
The Real Book Spy
Mar 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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With a new president in office and the future of the Magellan Billet still somewhat in doubt, Cotton Malone accepts what is supposed to be an easy job from the Smithsonian that turns out to be anything but.

Leaving his bookstore in Denmark, Malone, the former operator for the justice department’s top-secret intelligence agency, heads to Arkansas with Cassiopeia Vitt, his lover and fellow Magellan Billet agent. Together they were dispatched to i
David Eppenstein
Aug 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
You should know that I am a Berry fan. I follow and collect Steve Berry's books so I might not be the most objective source for an evaluation of his work. All of his books are high on action and adventure which is fun but that wouldn't be enough to keep me interested for very long. What I love about Steve's work is that all of his adventures are premised upon some historic fact, legend, or myth that he then weaves into an action packed adventure for the reader. Since there is a definite history ...more
Fredrick Danysh
Apr 25, 2018 rated it liked it
Cotton Malone is asked by the Smithonian Institution to investigate the Knights of the Golden Circle, a pre-Civil War organization aimed at changing the nature of the US government. They have two divergent aims - change the Constitution through a constitutional convention and locate their Civil War treasure. Ex-president Daniel's friend, dies a mysterious death, and numerous other deaths occur.
Jul 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
this is one of the better ones in the recent series with a mixture of history and thriller as the story takes in a lost order created just before the civil war and hoarded a vast lost treasure which both sects of that modern order are searching for one to keep in hidden and the other to change the house senate/congress. enter cotton malone who great great grandfather is the key to the whole puzzle, fast paced and doesn't disappoint.
Tom Tischler
Apr 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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 U.S. Since 1865 hunters have searched but little
has been found. Now one hundred and sixty years later two factions of what remains
of the Knights want that 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
I like Cotton Malone; I always look forward to a new volume in this series, but I didn't find this one as appealing as the others. Danny is no longer president, and author Berry tried to keep him in the story with a new role that was prompted by his love interest Stephanie's injury, but the book lacked the oomph that the others offer. There is still the trademark mixture of historical fact and fiction, but I missed the camaraderie among the characters. Luke was absent; Danny is evolving into a n ...more
Sevag Sarmazian
Apr 27, 2017 rated it it was ok
I've read all of the Cotton Malone books and enjoyed all of them...except this one.

I think the major reason I disliked it so much was all the US government talk. Frankly it bored this non-American.

It was also more complex than previous novels and I just didn't want to bother to figure it all out.

There was also some inexplicable Cassiopeia wondering if she should marry Cotton while being shot at by a sniper. Really?

The bottom line is this. For most earlier Cotton Malone novels,
Gisela Hausmann
Feb 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: history
"The Lost Order: A Novel (Cotton Malone)" suffers from an overload of information. There are just too many plots to make this book really entertaining.

The overarching plot could be described as:
This is the story of the Knights of the Golden Circle, a dangerous clandestine organization that guards billions in stolen gold and silver, all buried in the Southwest and South of the United States. The money was to be used for a second Civil War. Since that war never happened today everybody who knows
Jun 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
'The Lost Order' was so much fun to read! Read our entire review here:
Oct 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
I recommend reading Steve Berry to anyone who loves history. and if you want to know How I describe his writing it is a combination of Tom Clancy and Dan Brown (HINT: I like Berry Better than them though) SPOILER: We finally find out how Cotton got his Nickname
Linda Reveal
Jan 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
I picked up this one in the airport after I accidentally checked my real book. Apparently it's one in a series about the same characters.

In its favor is historical accuracy about the founding of the Smithsonian and some Civil War intrigue. I found a lot that really interesting. The plot was a bit silly and parboiled but serviceable enough. But the writing was dreadful. "That he did. That she was. That it is. That it would." Ugh. Once in a book maybe but every other chapter? No.

Am I recommendin
Zohar -
Mar 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
The Lost Order by Steve Berry is the 12th novel featuring Cotton Malone. Mr. Berry is not only an author, but also a professor and former attorney.

Cotton Malone is asked by the Justice Department to investigate the largest and most dangerous clandestine organization in American history, The Knights of the Golden Circle. The organization is a holdover from the American Civil War and has a cache of gold many are interested in.

The Lost Order by Steve Berry is a fast read which brings back the famil
May 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Cotton's help is requested to seek a huge horde of Confederate gold, when the prior person is scared off by one of the guardians. Meanwhile, ex-President Danny Daniels discovers a parallel plot for the Speaker of the House to become as powerful than the President by changing House Rules, relegating the Senate to the minor role it had following independence from Great Britain. I liked the role played by Cotton's grandfather, Danny finagling himself to become a Senator, and learning about the Smit ...more
Nov 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
Not as good as some of his earlier works - found this jumped around a lot, between characters/scenes, but the history was interesting, as always. Ready for my next trip to the Smithsonian - will look at it with different eyes!
May 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Another winning entry from Steve Berry that fills in the blanks of history with a thrilling contemporary suspense story. In The Lost Order we have Confederate sympathizers and secret societies of the past coupled with a political coup attempt in the present. As usual, it all comes together and the reader is treated to a fast paced thriller and the author supplies a final chapter that separates the historical facts from the fictional conjecture.

The first books in the series seemed to set up Cotto
Joe Gambill
You know when you pick up a book, skim the pages, and say to yourself, "Hey i know this book,this place and character". As books go this is #12 in the series and Ive never read a Steve Berry, Cotton Malone adventure, but yet I felt like ive been reading him all along. Its a swift and enthralling book, working on the fringes of historical fact and of course throwing in outlandish action that engaged me to the end. I tend not to me so self inclined and critical of a good action/fiction/thrill and ...more
Jill Manske
May 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Steve Berry has created a fascinating Indiana Jones-like treasure hunt for a billion dollar cache of gold hidden away by the Knights of the Golden Circle, a secret brotherhood with roots in the deep South predating the Civil War. Cotton Malone and Casssiopeia Vitt must decipher clues to find the treasure before current day Knights and a trio of murderous villains with their own plans for the gold. Many of the clues are found at the Smithsonian Institution, and Berry does an excellent job of expl ...more
Apr 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
I am a huge fan of Steve Berry, especially his Cotton Malone series. I've read all of his books to date as I love the combination of history, a modern day story. and the intrigue. I also appreciate the end notes. Those notes let you distinguish between fact and fiction. You will be surprised at how much fact is present in this fiction book. Most of the books are based on American History, one of my focus areas.

I pre-ordered Lost Order and anxiously awaited the delivery on my Kindle. This particu
Jan 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
I love this series of books and this was no exception. This time our character, Cotton Malone gets caught up in a tangled web of buried confederate gold that is being protect by the remaining members of the Knights of the Golden Circle, the history and purpose of the Smithsonian and a covert attempt to change the legislative process of our country. Intrigue, brinkmanship and a treasure hunt await you when you read "The Lost Order"
Aug 06, 2017 rated it it was ok
I remember why I stopped this series. I call this US popcorn adventure writing. Its good every now and then for some pure escapism but after a few novels in the series it just becomes the same story/characters with a different history lesson.
Feb 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another fast paced, intriguing run through history from Mr. Berry. The Smithsonian history was especially appealing to me. I also loved that this one had more Danny Daniels, and more history on Cotton's family background!
Jun 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If you love historical fiction, you will love Steve Berry's books. This one has the history of the Smithsonian Institute and also current information and loads of other history. Most of the story was based on actual facts and incidents that really happened. I really enjoyed this book. In September I have chosen his book, the Lincoln Myth, for our bookclub to read. I love learning new information and reading a good book.
Martin Hunt
Feb 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very good book 📙 with a good plot and interesting characters, with a historical background to the plot, i really enjoyed the book.
May 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
You can't help but learn something when reading Steve Berry. Lost Order is one of his best, lots of ups and downs, fast paced, page turning climax. Definitely worth the read.
Ryan Hillis
Apr 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A great thriller about the Civil War!
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Steve Berry is the New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author of The Lost Order , The 14th Colony , The Patriot Threat , The Lincoln Myth , The King's Deception, The Columbus Affair , The Jefferson Key , The Emperor's Tomb , The Paris Vendetta , The Charlemagne Pursuit , The Venetian Bet

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Cotton Malone (1 - 10 of 15 books)
  • The Templar Legacy (Cotton Malone, #1)
  • The Alexandria Link (Cotton Malone, #2)
  • The Venetian Betrayal (Cotton Malone, #3)
  • The Charlemagne Pursuit (Cotton Malone, #4)
  • The Paris Vendetta (Cotton Malone, #5)
  • The Emperor's Tomb (Cotton Malone, #6)
  • The Jefferson Key (Cotton Malone, #7)
  • The King's Deception (Cotton Malone, #8)
  • The Lincoln Myth (Cotton Malone, #9)
  • The Patriot Threat (Cotton Malone, #10)
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