Steve Berry born in 1955, is an award-winning American author, professor and a former attorney born and raised in Georgia. Having graduated from Mercer University from the school of Law, Berry worked as a trial lawyer for 30-years and also held elective office for 14 years. He is the founding member of the International Thriller Writers. He served as a co-president for the group for three years. He has been active as an author since 2003, specializing in thriller and suspense genre.
Steve Berry is best known as the author of the book series, The Templar Legacy. The Cotton Malone series book one is ranked as the top 100 thrillers ever written. The storyline is based on the Templar knights, whom during their existence were the most powerful and wealthiest in the world.
Order of Cotton Malone Series
|1||The Templar Legacy||2006|
|2||The Alexandria Link||2007|
|3||The Venetian Betrayal||2007|
|4||The Charlemagne Pursuit||2008|
|5||The Paris Vendetta||2009|
|6||The Emperor's Tomb||2010|
|7||The Jefferson Key||2011|
|8||The Tudor Plot||2013|
|9||The King's Deception||2013|
|10||The Lincoln Myth||2014|
|11||The Patriot Threat||2015|
|12||The 14th Colony||2016|
|13||The Lost Order||2017|
Order of Steve Berry Short Stories
|1||Three Tales from the World of Cotton Malone: The Balkan Escape, The Devil's Gold, and The Admiral's Mark||2012|
|2||The Devil's Bones: Cotton Malone vs. Gray Pierce (Short Story)||2014|
Order of Steve Berry Standalone Novels
|1||The Amber Room||2003|
|2||The Romanov Prophecy||2004|
|3||The Third Secret||2005|
|4||The Columbus Affair||2012|
|1||The Devil's Due and Other Stories||2012|
STEVE BERRY AWARDS:
In 2012 and 2013 Steve Berry was appointed as spokesperson for National Preservation Week. This was due to the recognition of his historic preservation work by the American Library Association.
Steve Berry also received the Royden B. Davis Distinguished Author Award for his prolific works. He also was awarded the 2013 Barnes & Noble Writers Award by the Poets and Writers.
Other awards include; Silver Bullet in 2013 by the International Thriller Writers; the 2013 Anne Frank Human Writers Award.
He was appointed to serve on the Smithsonian Libraries Advisory Board by the Smithsonian Board of Regents. During which, he was tasked to facilitate and assist libraries in their work in the provision of information in forms to curators, students, scholars, scientists, and the public.
A survey conducted by the National Public Radio (RPR) named The Templar Legacy as among the top 100 thrillers to have ever been written.
BEST STEVE BERRY BOOKS:
These are the best two books written by Steve Berry:;
The Templar Legacy: The book storyline is a based on the Knights Templar who possessed immense wealth and absolute power over the face of the earth. The Templar knights are then wiped from the face of the earth by the Inquisition together with their riches. Later two forces compete for the treasures which its true nature could change the world.
The protagonist, Cotton Malone who is a former top officer for the U.S Justice Department receives a call to action while enjoying his new life as a book dealer in Copenhagen. He plunges back to his old life that he had once left behind.
It all begins when Cottons Former supervisor, Stephanie Nelle is violently robbed. Apparently, she is away from home on a mission which has no relationship with the national security.
Stephanie is determined to solve puzzles and crack mysteries that no one has been able to solve before. She is resolved to finding wealth and forbidden knowledge that was thought to have been lost with the fall of the Templar knights.
However, all in all, she is not alone in this quest. A shadow zealot, Raymond de Roquefort together with his army of assassins will stop at nothing to obtain the information that Stephanie possesses.
Cotton is determined to fight side by side with Stephanie against the zealot. However, he learns that the mystery surrounding the Knights Templar puts not lives at stake but even the entire world. This intriguing game of conquest, lust for power, treachery and the discovery could bring the world to its knees.
The Paris Vendetta: this is the Cotton Malone Series Book #5. In 1821 when Napoleon Bonaparte died in exile, it is believed that he took to the grave a very powerful secret. Being the empire and the general he had stolen riches from national treasuries and palaces. He did not indicate this in his will and not even the captors had managed to retrieve this crucial information from him during the final days.
Trouble comes at Cotton Malones bookshop in Copenhagen when an American secret service agent together with his pair of assassins visit the bookstore. Malone is anxious about the agent, but after narrowly escaping a ferocious firefight, he unexpectedly forms a new ally.
They visit Malone’s friend Henrik Thorvaldsen a Danish tycoon. Malone is later bound to find out that his good friend has his personal motives, and is placed in a dilemma of choosing between his friend and the state. In this series of action, Malone plays a game of duplicity and death but at what cost? To claim a prize of untold value.