The Warsaw Protocol (Signed Book) (Cotton Malone Series #15)

The Warsaw Protocol (Signed Book) (Cotton Malone Series #15)

by Steve Berry

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In New York Times bestseller, Steve Berry’s, latest Cotton Malone adventure, one by one the seven precious relics of the Arma Christi, the weapons of Christ, are disappearing 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250768612
Publisher: St. Martin''s Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/25/2020
Series: Cotton Malone Series , #15
Edition description: Signed Edition
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 218
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

STEVE BERRY is the New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author of fifteen Cotton Malone novels, four stand alones, 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.

Customer Reviews

The Warsaw Protocol (Cotton Malone Series #15) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
garlrh 11 days ago
heck of a good read, ended to soon.
virtual_realist 13 days ago
This is the 15th book in the Cotton Malone series. Don't start here. You could, but I think you would really not understand Cotton's motivation for continuing this assignment unless you have the background of his relationship with Stephanie Nelle. It is no secret that I love this series. I like the way Steve Berry incorporates history into a thriller so you feel like you have learned something while also going on a wild ride. While the characters are employed by the US government and their are politicians in the stories, I've always felt Berry never betrayed a particular political leaning until this book. Former POTUS, Danny Daniels could have been from either party. Maybe I am reading too much into it, but the new President feels very familiar. I loved that Cassiopeia Vitt made a cameo appearance. It made the book feel complete. I wasn't prepared for a cliffhanger. I hope book 16 is nearly finished because I don't know if I can wait. Full disclosure: I received an advanced reader's copy from the publisher via Net Galley in exchange for possibly writing a review.
Jack Bradbury 14 days ago
Denice_L 17 days ago
I've read many Steve Barry books and loved them all. Cotton Malone is a man who believes in his abilities and uses them in the country's best interest. Full of action and suspense, this is not a book you can read a few pages and set it down. Multiple counties, each with their own team of bad guys, have tried to stop Cotton before and failed. How he will beat them this time will keep you reading from the first page to the last.
Edward Mawyer 19 days ago
not his beat but entertaining
Dee_Arr 20 days ago
“The Warsaw Protocol” is in the same vein as older spy novels, which were well-told tales where the suspense was built in to the story rather than based on how many gunfights and battles the book contained. Author Steve Berry’s account is excellent, slowly building the story through character development and allowing readers to become wrapped up in the multiple people who tell their parts of the story. This is my first Steve Berry book, and though it is the 15th in an ongoing series, this is a standalone. Malone is an ex-government agent who becomes wrapped up in what could turn out to be an international scandal. Rather than the typical chapters that only seem to lead from one bit of action to another, Cotton Malone’s world features spies that have respect and almost honor for each other while at the same time always looking for that opportunity to betray someone if it is beneficial for their mother country. In today’s world of foul-mouthed characters, Mr. Berry gets the characters’ emotions across to the reader without having to drop vulgarities on every other page. I thoroughly enjoyed the deep characterizations that support the actions of Malone and others. The bits of history at the beginning of many chapters add a depth of color few authors ever achieve, enlightening the reader while painting a distinct background for the characters. Add in a believable plot and you have a five-star novel. Highly recommended. My thanks to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for a complimentary electronic copy of this title.
Ratbruce 26 days ago
I love how much I learn about religious relics and history while reading Steve Berry's page turning thrillers. He never disappoints. Cotton Malone is back and caught up in an intriguing story about Poland's history and the accumulation of ancient artifacts. Highly Recommended
Anonymous 27 days ago
This is a delightful entry in the Cotton Malone series. If you haven't read him before (a fact I can't imagine) it's like reading a Raiders of the Lost Ark book, lots of action and lots of history. I think I enjoy them so much because I learn so much in a very entertaining way. This time I learned about Bruges, Poland and a famous salt mine. Malone is a former agent for a highly secret Justice Department agency and when his former boss calls him for help, he obliges. This time they are going to an auction of secret documents designed to blackmail the Polish president into letting the U.S. install missiles into his country. Russia and Iran don't want this so they are bidding against America. The new American president is obviously modeled on Trump and is as big an idiot as he is. The auction takes place in an old salt mine and is quite interesting. The action scenes are just wonderful including a chase across an old salt lake. The entire book was just so fun and entertaining. This is the 15th book of the series but amazingly enough it can be read as a stand alone. Thanks to Net Galley, St. Martins Press and Steve Berry for a copy of this book in exchange for a fair review.
Anonymous 27 days ago
The Warsaw Protocol is the 15th book in the Cotton Malone series by Steve Berry. As usual, Berry hooks you quickly, and the story takes off right from the start. Fans of the series know the author diligently researches these stories, and the new book is no exception, as the author is an expert at melding fact and fiction into an exciting, action packed story that will leave Cotton Malone fans thrilled. It’s great as a stand-alone novel, as Berry gives you just enough background on the recurring characters so that new readers are up to date, while not boring seasoned readers. And the ending sets up the next story, so I’m eagerly anticipating the next Malone adventure. Another 5 story novel from Berry, who never disappoints.
Booksandknitting 27 days ago
Cotton Malone, retired intelligence officer and current antique bookstore owner, is in Belgium for a book sale. While visiting the church where a vial of sacred blood is kept, he witnesses and tries to stop its theft. That doesn’t go well for him, and he needs to be bailed out of trouble by Stephanie, the head of the Magellan Billet that Cotton worked for before retiring. Stephanie needs help. The current US President (who bears a striking and unflattering resemblance to a real character) wants to put missiles in Poland and is willing to blackmail the Polish president to get his way. Stephanie and Cotton must work together to keep the US out of trouble and still behave honorably. The descriptions of the churches and towns in Poland were amazing and the history of Poland was fascinating. Personally, my favorite setting was the salt mine with its descriptions of carvings in the salt and huge rooms. A political thriller, steeped in the history and descriptions of the area, The Warsaw Protocol is both current and a thought-provoking look at the politics of the world.
72BRUIN 27 days ago
International intrigue, alliances, ancient artifacts, and politics have always been key ingredients throughout the Cotton Malone series. Readers will not be disappointed in this addition to the series a as Cotton, once again, must put his unique talents to work as he first must find/secure one of seven ancient artifacts that is the admission ticket to an auction of valuable information. Berry’s research is once again on display in addition to plot development that adds to the excitement that comes from reading this novel when a great cast of characters make that job more difficult.
jdowell 29 days ago
This is a fast-paced international thriller set in Poland and is rich in Polish history (of which I knew almost nothing). The country has certainly been a hotbed of polical intrigue and upheaval, as well as being caught up in two World Wars. Steve Berry certainly had a handle on the material and had researched well for the background. The story revolves around Cotton Malone being caught up in a secret auction that was billed as the sale of stolen religious relics, the Arma Christi, from seven countries. Various countries were invited to this auction and were being led there under great secrecy and high security. I thought this was what the book was going to be about - but really the story is about something altogether different. A very complicated, but interesting book. I liked the character Cotton Malone - I believe this is the first book I've read in this series and I will likely read more. Thanks to Steve Berry and St. Martin's Press through Netgalley for an advance copy in exchange for an honest review.
Sharon McKinley 30 days ago
Enjoyed the read, location details, etc. However felt like Cotton could have been anyone ... 20% Cotton and 80% other characters. Omit the politcal BS views. Perhaps it is time to let this 'hero' retire in peace.
K_C_Kissig 30 days ago
“The Warsaw Protocol” was a terrific read and another sterling example of how smoothly Steve Berry can merge real world locations and history with his fiction to create an experience that is both thrilling and evocative. I enthusiastically recommend “The Warsaw Protocol” for fans of Steve Berry, spy novels, and action thrillers. It’s a terrific reading experience you won’t want to miss.
Fredreeca2001 30 days 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.
A Burns 3 months ago
Really enjoyed this book.
AuthorsWebTVHost 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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!!!
Rand Middleton 3 months 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.