When I saw The Alexandria Link by Steve Berry, I immediately knew this was the book I needed to read. I didn’t know why though. It probably had to do with Alexandria, the lost library of Alexandria in ancient Egypt. Or perhaps it had to do with the fact that it was a thriller book. But little did I know that it was the mixture of both. It is the second book in the Cotton Malone’s series, where the story revolves around Malone who is the former Justice Department operative.In the Alexandria Link, Malone’s son gets kidnapped by unknown enemy who wants to trade him for the information on the Alexandria Link. Alexandria Link is a code word for a Palestinian biblical scholar who is said to be dead but his location is only known by Malone. With his former wife, Malone goes on the journey of saving his son in 72 hours and along the way he takes help from his friends.
While reading the book, the first thing I realized was the fact that my father would have enjoyed this book. My father loved action thrillers, both in movies and books. His favorite includes Tom Clancy and Robert Ludlum. He was the one who introduced me to this genre. While reading Alexandria Link, I was taken back to the time, right after my tenth grade when father and I used to sit in his room and discuss the books we’ve just read. At that time, I had a membership of the library in British Council, which now has moved to the Kathmandu Valley Public Library in Bhrikutimandap. Every week, I used to bring three books to read, and one almost, always was a thriller. Even during my high school, I brought many thrillers and espionages home, those written by Ken Follet and Dick Franscis.
My father loved reading books. He had this love for words, that I simply never understood. Every morning, you would find his face deep in newspapers because he would be solving the cross word puzzles. And only after solving them, he used to move onto the news and op-eds. He would finish reading all the books I used to bring, before I could finish them first myself. And he loved to discuss about them with me. I still remember, how father would always comment on my love for romance novels. He would then go on to read them just to affirm/confirm his comment on those books. We’ve spent many days talking about books we’ve read, thrillers and others.
While reading the Alexandria Link, I kept on thinking how I would have loved to discuss about the whole historical and philosophical part of the book with him. As the book proceeds on giving us a little information on how Judaism, Islam and Christinaity came into existence, I wondered about Hinduism and Buddhism, the easter religions. I got pretty sure our discussion after this book revolving around how nobody has written anything as such on Hinduism and Buddhism. I would have gone on to ask father about the mysteries and histories of our religion and we could have spent days amusing each other with our theories.
The book made me miss my father. I never thought that I would miss the little details we shared. I never thought that I would miss the discussion we used to have on books and words and literature. But man I have been so wrong. And I am happy to be wrong. The book made me miss my father and hence this musing came to existence.
On a review note, the book was as entertaining as this genre is. I was determined to finish it in one go because it had me hooked. And I would recommend this to anyone who enjoyed Dan Brown’s Robert Langdon series. This book is more fun because the protagonist is an ex agent. Till next time, happy reading!