First and foremost, let me get this out of the way. If you’re not reading Steve Berry’s books, you should be!
(If you’re the type that likes author comparisons, Berry’s novels are similar to Brad Meltzer’s work. Steve, like Brad, mixes historical facts into his fictional thrillers.)
Yesterday, via his Facebook page, Berry officially announced his next novel, titled The Lost Order. The twelfth book in his Cotton Malone series, The Lost Order follows this year’s The 14th Colony and is set to hit store shelves on April 4, 2017.
Here are the plot details:
The Knights of the Golden Circle, created in 1854, was the largest and most dangerous clandestine organization in American history. To finance their grand plans for a new southern empire, the knights amassed billions in stolen gold and silver, all buried in hidden caches across the United States. Treasure hunters have searched for decades, but only a fraction of that immense wealth has ever been found.
Now, one hundred and sixty years later, two factions of what remains of the Knights of the Golden Circle want that lost 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, whose connection to the knights is far deeper than he ever imagined. At the center is the Smithsonian Institution―linked to the knights, its treasure, and Malone himself through an ancestor, a Confederate spy named Angus “Cotton” Adams, whose story holds the key to everything. Complicating matters are the political ambitions of a reckless Speaker of the House and the bitter widow of a United States Senator, who together are planning radical changes to the country. And while Malone and Cassiopeia Vitt face the past, ex-president Danny Daniels and Stephanie Nelle confront a new and unexpected challenge, a threat that may cost one of them their life.
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 is a perilous adventure into our country’s dark past, and a potentially even darker future.
Say it with me… Oh. Heck. Yes!
If you’re pumped up for The Lost Order (how could you not be?), go ahead and submit your pre-order now. In the meantime, don’t forget to check out The 14th Colony, one of Berry’s best novels yet, as it sounds like The Lost Order picks up pretty close to where that one leaves off.
Lastly, scroll down to see the awesome cover art for The Lost Order!