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The Lost Order

(Cotton Malone #12)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  7,999 ratings  ·  760 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 landsc
Hardcover, 493 pages
Published April 4th 2017 by Minotaur Books
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Nate Brightman I don't think it's necessary. The book certainly works as a stand alone. But if you read the previous books first you have a better understanding of t…moreI don't think it's necessary. The book certainly works as a stand alone. But if you read the previous books first you have a better understanding of the relationships between the characters that doesn't come through as clearly if you just read this book. (less)

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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
May 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
Returning with another Cotton Malone thriller, Steve Berry never ceases to impress, embedding fact and fiction throughout a fast-paced narrative. Malone finds himself out in rural Arkansas on a mission, tracking down a small collection of gold. Hired and sent by someone other than the president, Malone's still loosely working for the Magellan Billet, a covert part of the Justice Department. While cracking a code engraved on one of the majestic trees, he is attacked and questioned by a gentleman ...more
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.
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!
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
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,
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
Linda Munro
Mar 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Do you enjoy historical fiction? Do you enjoy thrillers? Do you enjoy American Legends? If you answered yes to any of the questions, this book is for you!

According to the book, The Knights of the Golden Circle was founded on July 4, 1854, while encyclopedia Britannic list the date as 1859. Both agree that the Knights were one of the largest clandestine organizations to exists in America. They also agree that the group wanted to expand the United States (by annexing Mexico) and change the constit
David Lucero
Oct 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I've been a fan of author Steve Berry since reading 'The Amber Room' many years ago. I've been an even bigger fan of his Cotton Malone character and read nearly all of his books. 'The Lost Order' does not disappoint.

In this story, Cotton Malone is on a treasure-seeking trail, and learns of an ancestor of his with the same nickname (Cotton), was in fact a spy for the Confederate States of America. His name was Angus 'Cotton' Adams. At the end of the Civil War, Angus Adams is charged with securing
Dec 31, 2019 rated it liked it
Let me begin by saying that I found the first eight books absolutely fascinating...real page turners with good story lines and just enough historical facts to make them interesting. The last two...and this one in particular...had all the makings of continuing in that vein EXCEPT so much of it seemed to be repeating the things that had already taken place and there was page after page of small print initialized history...that really added nothing more to the story. Far be it from me to tell a cel ...more
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
Susan Ash hanson
Dec 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Took me a while to finish, worst paperback I ever read, kept getting paper cuts from the sharp edges, terrible publishing, hard to enjoy the story, and I always love Cotton
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!
Tom Donaghey
Apr 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Lost Order (2017) (Cotton Malone #12) by Steve Berry. The Knights of the Golden Circle, a group founded just before the start of the Civil War, had the mission of creating a “Golden Circle’ of Southern states along with territories held by Mexico to the southwest. This bloc of citizens would offer a balance of power against the North. But rather than do this, the South went to war with the north and, as they say, the rest is history.
This actually did happen. The history in Steve Berry’s bo
May 17, 2019 rated it liked it
A complicated storyline with some backtracking to the American Civil War and various factions competing for some lost treasure - what could possibly go wrong? Well, this novel, despite its apparent trueness to historical events, becomes a vast muddle of competing characters who are not all just going after lost gold treasure but who are also involved with political infighting for a new or re-interpretation of the American Constitution & US government political process (somehow related to Article ...more
Jan 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio-2019, read-2019
From the backrooms of the Smithsonian to the deepest woods in rural Arkansas, and finally up into the rugged mountains of northern New Mexico, The Lost Order by Steve Berry is a perilous adventure into our country’s dark past, and a potentially even darker future.
I loved learning about The Knights of the Golden Circle and it's connection to the Smithsonian Institution. We are introduced to Cotton's namesake uncle, Angus 'Cotton' Adams, a confederate spy, and his connection to knights and the lo
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
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"
I find it amazing the way Berry weaves such a wealth of little-known historical fact together to create a plot for a modern-day thriller. This one is a treasure hunt for Confederate gold, but with modern political implications. I wasn't sue Cotton Malone's girlfriend Cassiopeia Vitt was going to get out of this one alive.
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Steve Berry is the New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author of nineteen novels, which include: The Warsaw Protocol , The Malta Exchange, The Bishop’s Pawn, The Lost Order, The 14th Colony, The Patriot Threat, The Lincoln Myth, The King's Deception, The Columbus Affair,

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