The Warsaw Protocol: A Novel

The Warsaw Protocol: A Novel

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In this audiobook, Steve Berry and Macmillan Audio team up again to bring listeners an expanded, annotated Writer's Cut edition of The Warsaw Protocol. This Writer's Cut edition features fascinating behind-the-scenes commentary read by the author. Critically-acclaimed and award-winning narrator Scott Brick returns to his role as Cotton Malone — eponymous hero of Berry's iconic New York Times bestselling series — as the seven precious relics of the Arma Christi, the weapons of Christ, disappear one by one from sanctuaries across the world.

After former Justice Department agent Cotton Malone witnesses the theft of one of them, he learns from his old boss, Stephanie Nelle, that a private auction is about to be held where incriminating information on the president of Poland will be offered to the highest bidder—blackmail that both the United States and Russia want, but for vastly different reasons.

The price of admission to that auction is one of the relics, so Malone is first sent to a castle in Poland to steal the Holy Lance, a thousand-year-old spear sacred to not only Christians but to the Polish people, and then on to the auction itself. But nothing goes as planned and Malone is thrust into a bloody battle between three nations over information that, if exposed, could change the balance of power in Europe.

From the tranquil canals of Bruges, to the elegant rooms of Wawel Castle, to deep beneath the earth into an ancient Polish salt mine, Malone is caught in the middle of a deadly war—the outcome of which turns on a secret known as the Warsaw Protocol.

A Macmillan Audio production from Minotaur Books

Praise for Scott Brick as Cotton Malone:

"Brick is a masterful narrator, raising the tension in the action scenes while keeping the listener engaged in the slower historical segments." - AudioFile Magazine on The Malta Exchange

"Narrator Scott Brick's smooth voice flows with the twists and turns of Berry's political thriller...Secrets unravel, and tensions rise as Brick shifts vocal focus from the historical secret society to contemporary conspirators who include corrupt politicians and judges." — AudioFile Magazine on The Lost Order

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250260857
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Publication date: 02/25/2020
Series: Cotton Malone Series , #15
Edition description: Unabridged
Sales rank: 62,965
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 6.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Steve Berry is the New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author of the Cotton Malone novels (The Bishop's Pawn, The Malta Exchange), among other books, and several works of short fiction. He has 25 million books in print, translated into 40 languages.

With his wife, Elizabeth, he is the founder of History Matters, which is dedicated to historical preservation. He serves as an emeritus member of the Smithsonian Libraries Advisory Board and was a founding member of International Thriller Writers, formerly serving as its co-president.

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The Warsaw Protocol (Cotton Malone Series #15) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Fredreeca2001 less than 1 minute ago
Cotton is on the chase to find a historical relic, The Holy Lance. He needs it to get into an auction. An auction which involves several nations to purchase information. Little does he know how deadly this game will become. Well, the past few Cotton Malone books have been a complete failure for me. Steve Berry redeems himself in the read. The history and the chase in this tale really keep the reader engrossed. I loved the old castles and the salt mine. I do not think I have ever read a book with a salt mine. Wow! What a unique way to throw in hidden rooms and secrets! This story is very well researched and extremely intense. I have bailed on the last couple of books in this series. But this one moved like lightening and had me looking up some of the places mentioned and some of the artifacts. I love a book which has ME researching. I would start at the beginning of this series if you have never read about Cotton Malone. There is a lot to be understood about Cotton’s situations and where he is today. I received this novel from the publisher for a honest review.
Rand Middleton 3 hours ago
I like Steve's books. He obviously is a Trump hater. Sad about that. I find his American based better and more enjoyable. That said I look forward to his next novel.
A Burns 1 days ago
Really enjoyed this book.
AuthorsWebTVHost 2 days ago
Steve Berry does it again. In this, the 15th of the Cotton Malone series, Malone returns to us in a complex tale of deception, murder and a tangled web of characters. For the novice to Berry’s books, be prepared to pay attention. You will not only enjoy a really good story, you will learn some little-known historical facts along the way. Berry is a master at weaving fact and fiction into his books, adding just the right twist that leaves you wondering why you have not learned any of this in history class. The research this author does is nothing short of remarkable and that’s what I appreciate most – knowing that he’s going to take me to places I’ve never heard of and have me enjoying every minute. I’m always a bit sad to reach the end because I know I have to wait to see what’s in store for Cotton Malone next. I highly recommend The Warsaw Protocol to anyone who enjoys a good mystery or historical fiction.
JeanK 2 days ago
There is no one better at combining a lesson in history with an action-packed thriller than Steve Berry. His latest, The Warsaw Protocol, takes the reader from the ramparts of Wawel Castle in Krakow to the lowest levels of a salt mine as Cotton Malone attempts to retrieve documents that are damaging to Poland’s president. Invitations have gone out to seven countries to attend an auction. The price of admission is one of the Arma Christi, the Weapons of Christ, a collection of holy relics. Jonty Olivier, a broker of information, has come into possession of documents that reveal Poland’s president was an informer during the communist reign. The United States wants the documents to force the president to accept a missile system on their soil. Russia wants them to not only keep the missiles out of Poland, but to also control the president. In 1982, Janusz Czajkowski, Poland’s current president, was forced to spy on Solidarity. He had also been recruited by Solidarity to ensure that the information that he passed suited their purposes. These actions were specified in the Warsaw Protocol. Czajkowski must find records of the Protocol to counter the damage if his intelligence agent fails to retrieve the documents. Cotton is contacted by his old boss to steal one of the Arma Christi for America’s entry to the auction. Attending the proceedings with a government representative, the auction goes horribly wrong when the representatives are attacked. The race is now on to discover where Olivier concealed the documents. While Berry touches on the history of Poland, his description is brief and relevant to the story. He also draws on the present political climate and the strained relationships between nations. Though Cotton has taken an assignment for the US, should he find the documents for a president who would use them for blackmail? History, politics and a thrilling chase make this another great entry in this series. I would like to thank NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press/Minotaur Books for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my review.
lynguy1 2 days ago
THE WARSAW PROTOCOL by Steve Berry is the fifteenth book in the Cotton Malone series. While it works well as a standalone, you will get better insight into Cotton’s character if you have read prior books in the series. Cotton Malone is a former Justice Department intelligence agent who now owns a rare book shop in Copenhagen, Denmark. He is in Belgium to attend Europe’s largest antiquarian book fair. While there, he decides to go to the Basilica of the Holy Blood, a 12th-century building that is more to one of Europe’s most sacred reliquaries, the Holy Blood, one of the relics comprising the Arma Christi. When three men steal the relic, the thriller accelerates in pace and Cotton is pulled into another adventure. This is a well written novel with action taking place in Belgium, Poland, and Slovakia. As a reader we learn about history, religion and politics at the same time as we experience lots of thrills, action, adventure and suspense. The characters and situation are memorable and the story line is exciting and entertaining. Berry’s descriptions bring the places and characters to life better than most writers today without detracting or slowing down the action. He always does a great job at the end of each book sharing what was fiction versus reality for events, places and people. The amount of research that went into this book is extraordinary. This was my fifth book by this author that I have read in 2019 and I can’t seem to get enough of the series. I am looking forward to reading more of them. I highly recommend this book and the series to those that like political and historical thrillers. Many thanks to St. Martin’s Press and Steve Berry for a digital ARC of this novel via Net Galley and the opportunity to provide an honest review. Opinions are mine alone and are not biased in any way.
S_White_1218 2 days ago
Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review. It took me a while to get into this one, which is odd considering how long I've been reading Cotton's series and how much I've loved it overall, but I felt like the first 60% of the book or so was quite slow... but it paid off, because the slow burn led to a finale that left some of the characters a little salty. (Sorry, couldn't resist that one!) Cotton's adventures are always a pleasure to read, and while I missed Cassiopeia Vitt in this one, we did get a nice dash of Stephanie Nelle, so that was fun. I also like the way that Steve Berry has not let the characters remain in a stagnant time bubble. He's shifted the presidential administration along with the rules of play for our characters, but found ways to keep telling their stories. This one contains a huge shift again, and that final event as the story closed... dang, that made me want the next one right away!!!