THE CHARLEMAGNE PURSUIT, Steve Berry’s latest work, is a 500-plus-page opus that combines fact, fiction, educated conjecture and strong characterization while maintaining rapid-fire readability at all times.
Main protagonist Cotton Malone once again is the lynchpin that holds together what transpires. This time, though, he shares the spotlight with Edwin Davis, a presidential deputy national security advisor, and Stephanie Nelle. Nelle is the head of a U.S. Justice Department lawyer task force in Atlanta, Georgia, and a member of Magellan Billet, an off-the-book operation from which Malone is ostensibly retired. All are drawn together by two