Book Review: Cotton Malone Book 17 – The Last Kingdom

If you’re looking for an adventure that will take you on a wild ride around Bavaria, then Steve Berry’s latest novel, The Last Kingdom, is the book for you. Berry, a celebrated New York Times bestselling author, has done it again with this installment in the Cotton Malone series, which features a lost historical document that challenges the global might of the United States.

The novel brings to life the enigmatic figure of King Ludwig II of Bavaria, who was deposed in 1886 and mysteriously drowned three days later. Ludwig was an eccentric figure, and history tells us that in the years before he died, he engaged in a worldwide search for a new kingdom. A place he could retreat to and rule as he wished. But did he succeed? This is the question that sets the plot of the novel in motion.

Enter Cotton Malone, who, after many months, sends his protégé, Luke Daniels, to infiltrate a renegade group intent on winning Bavarian independence from Germany. Daniels gains the trust of the prince of Bavaria, a frustrated second son intent on eliminating his brother, the duke, and restoring the Wittelsbach monarchy with him as king. Everything hinges on a 19th-century deed that proves Ludwig’s long-rumored search bore fruit–legal title to lands that Germany, China, and the United States all now want, but vastly different reasons.

Malone and Daniels embark on a race across Bavaria for clues hidden in Ludwig’s three fairy tale castles–Neuschwanstein, Linderhof, and Herrenchiemsee–and battle an ever-growing list of deadly adversaries, all intent on finding the last kingdom.

The Last Kingdom is a thrilling and entertaining read from start to finish. Berry’s writing style is engaging and fast-paced, and the plot is full of twists and turns. The novel is also well-researched, which adds to its credibility and authenticity. The historical aspect of the story is fascinating, and readers will learn a lot about Bavarian history, culture, and traditions.

The characters are also well-developed, and readers will find themselves rooting for Malone and Daniels as they navigate their way through Bavaria. Malone is a complex and intriguing character, and it’s interesting to see how his relationship with Daniels develops throughout the novel. The supporting characters are also well-written and add depth and intrigue to the story.

One of the things that make The Last Kingdom such a fun read is the location. Bavaria is a beautiful and mystical place, full of castles, forests, and mountains. Berry brings the location to life in his writing, and readers will feel like they are right there with Malone and Daniels.

The Last Kingdom is a great addition to the Cotton Malone series, and fans of the series will not be disappointed. However, readers who are new to the series can still enjoy the novel as it can be read as a standalone. It’s a perfect book for anyone who loves a good adventure, and it’s guaranteed to keep you entertained from start to finish.

In conclusion, The Last Kingdom is an enjoyable and thrilling read that I highly recommend to anyone who loves a good adventure story. The characters are engaging, the plot is full of twists and turns, and the location is magical. Steve Berry has once again delivered a winner, and I can’t wait to see what he has in store for his readers next.
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