By Steve Berry
BONUS: This variation comprises an excerpt from Steve Berry's The Emperor's Tomb.
When Napoleon Bonaparte died in exile in 1821, he took to the grave a strong mystery. As normal and emperor, he had stolen immeasurable riches from palaces, nationwide treasuries, or even the Knights of Malta and the Vatican. In his ultimate days, his British captors was hoping to profit the place the loot lay hidden. yet he instructed them not anything, and in his will he made no point out of the treasure. Or did he?
Former Justice division operative Cotton Malone isn't trying to find difficulty while it comes knocking at his Copenhagen book shop. truly, it breaks and enters within the type of an American mystery carrier agent with a couple of assassins on his heels. Malone has his doubts in regards to the fearful younger guy, yet narrowly surviving a ferocious firefight convinces him to stick with his unforeseen new ally.
Their first cease is the secluded property of Malone's buddy, Henrik Thorvaldsen. The wily Danish multi-millionaire has exposed the insidious plans of the Paris membership, a cabal of multimillionaires bent on manipulating the worldwide economic system. simply via matching wits with a terrorist-for-hire, foiling a catastrophic assault, and plunging right into a determined hunt for Napoleon's mythical misplaced treasure can Malone wish to stay away from foreign monetary anarchy.
But Thorvaldsen's actual target is far extra own: to avenge the homicide of his son through the larcenous aristocrat on the middle of the conspiracy. Thorvaldsen's vendetta areas Malone in an most unlikely quandary—one that forces him to select from good friend and kingdom, previous and current. beginning in Denmark, relocating to England, and finishing up within the storied streets and cathedrals of Paris, Malone performs a breathless online game of duplicity and demise, all to say a prize of untold price. yet at what expense?
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The scent of nachos teased me. My fingers itched to pick up a ball, to send it flying down the lane. I loved bowling. I just hadn’t done it in weeks…because of him. Of Aaron. This was where we had our first date. Where we were supposed to be having a date. Right now. A sharp pang stabbed my heart and each thud was like a hammer against my chest. How had things gotten so messed up? Before we started dating—and even during—I used to think of him as Heart Stopper; I’d see his smile and my heart would give one solid thump and then poof, stop.
Are you getting a divorce? Are we becoming a statistic? ” My father let out a startled laugh, erasing the seriousness from his face for at least two full seconds. ” He quickly waved his hands. ” I let out a deep breath and sat back down, eyeing them warily. I wasn’t ready to relax just yet. The ‘nothing like that’ left a lot of ground uncovered. For instance, they could tell me I had been adopted or something. ” I asked. I shouldn’t have. As soon as the words left my mouth, I knew it’d been a mistake.
And then I burst into hysterics, laughing and crying at the same time. It was a silver necklace with a pendent. The pendent was…I couldn’t fathom the words. It was a small silver heart. Shooting through the heart was a single arrow, the tip made of a black stone. Onyx. My heart leaped and I wasn’t sure my ribs could contain it long. “I’m sorry,” I sobbed, the word bubbling out of nowhere. ” It was beautiful and ironic. And I didn’t deserve it. ” The words, spoken so softly, hit me like a lead fist and went straight through my chest to my heart.