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In New York Times bestseller Steve Berry’s latest Cotton Malone adventure, a secret dossier from a World War II-era Soviet spy comes to light containing information that, if proven true, would not only rewrite history ― it could impact Germany''s upcoming national elections and forever alter the political landscape of Europe.

Two candidates are vying to become Chancellor of Germany. One is a patriot having served for the past sixteen years, the other a usurper, stoking the flames of nationalistic hate. Both harbor secrets, but only one knows the truth about the other. They are on a collision course, all turning on the events of one fateful day ― April 30, 1945 ― and what happened deep beneath Berlin in the Fürherbunker. Did Adolph Hitler and Eva Braun die there? Did Martin Bormann, Hitler’s close confidant, manage to escape? And, even more important, where did billions in Nazi wealth disappear to in the waning days of World War II? The answers to these questions will determine who becomes the next Chancellor of Germany.

From the mysterious Chilean lake district, to the dangerous mesas of South Africa, and finally into the secret vaults of Switzerland, former-Justice Department agent Cotton Malone discovers the truth about the fates of Hitler, Braun, and Bormann. Revelations that could not only transform Europe, but finally expose a mystery known as the Kaiser’s web.

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"[Berry''s] most ambitious and relevant thriller to date. A no-holds-barred, high-stakes romp with echoes of class spy novelists like John le Carré, Len Deighton, and Alistair MacLean….This is a dream read for the unabashed thriller aficionado, a story stitched along classic lines that never disappoints in laying out a riveting and relentless tapestry.” ― Providence Journal

"Berry skillfully lays out yet another tantalizing historical what-if.” ― Publishers Weekly

“Berry keeps finding enticing alternate-history mysteries for Malone to solve . . . Keep ‘em coming.” ― Booklist

"Ominously up-to-date." ― Kirkus Reviews

"Steve Berry does it as well as anyone in the historical thriller / alternative history genre. . . Filled with mystery, history and intrigue, twists and turns that keep your head spinning until the very end, The Kaiser’s Web is a wonderfully informative, entertaining and fast-paced novel. This is a worthy new chapter in the Cotton Malone series!" ― Mystery and Suspense Magazine

“Another thrill-ride, with lots of twists and turns that keep the reader on their toes.” ―Red Carpet Crash

About the Author

Steve Berry is the New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author of the Cotton Malone novels (The Bishop''s Pawn, The Malta Exchange), among other books, and several works of short fiction. He has 25 million books in print, translated into 40 languages.

With his wife, Elizabeth, he is the founder of History Matters, which is dedicated to historical preservation. He serves as an emeritus member of the Smithsonian Libraries Advisory Board and was a founding member of International Thriller Writers, formerly serving as its co-president.

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Katherine M.
2.0 out of 5 stars
Too much politics and very little plot.
Reviewed in the United States on February 23, 2021
As a huge fan of the author and Cotton for years now I’ve been very disappointed with his books lately and this book has guaranteed it will be the last time I bother with this author. This series has been very hit or miss and no longer books I excitedly await. Recently... See more
As a huge fan of the author and Cotton for years now I’ve been very disappointed with his books lately and this book has guaranteed it will be the last time I bother with this author. This series has been very hit or miss and no longer books I excitedly await. Recently they’ve gotten annoyingly political and the quality of the story has very much declined. The premise of this book had the historical hook I’ve always loved about Berry’s novels but it’s a chore to force myself to read it unfortunately. I find myself wondering if Berry is phoning it in or has turned his franchise over to a ghost writer. This book opens with what should be an action packed scene but even a stolen airplane chase had me bored.

The story takes place in Germany and much like his book set in Poland I’m bored with the emphasis on politics which seem a flimsy excuse to attack politicians and policies he does not like. The “good” politician hates populism and criticizes Brexit. I want well written stories not more politics and a global agenda that can be found everywhere. Ex-President Danny advocates for even unsubstantiated rumor to take out the “bad” candidate. After all win at all costs. It’s a bad combination of boring German politics with an agenda and a slow plot that’s not up to Berry’s previous works. Unfortunately the POV often stays with the different politicians and their henchmen which only shows us their motivations and keeps any action at bay. Like the other novels in this series lately the stories are becoming less and less about Cotton and more focused on other characters that are only relevant to the current politics of the book and not capable of holding the story or the reader’s attention. There is far too much talking and internal monologues and very little action. It’s also very thin on the actual historical gems I’ve always loved in this series.

Another reason I wonder if Berry has passed on the series to a ghost writer is odd word choices that I don’t remember before, like “traversing” being used in a sentence where it makes no sense. Talking about phone calls to his mother Cotton is thinking “she seemed equally satisfied traversing only occasionally.” Possibly a mistake in my galley but I’ve read other novels in this series before publication where I never noticed that. I’m not very nit-picky but I do notice when something makes no sense.

Annoyingly throughout this book there are references to people killed and action having taken place previously that is never explained. A murder is central to important motives that drive some of the action that changes the action of the novel but is never detailed. In the Author’s Note Berry says there is similarity to his novel The Devil’s Gold and looking up the description it appears that could explain much of the events alluded to. I can’t say I remember that novella but if you want to bother with this novel you may wish to know that backstory.

Berry ends the novel in his Author’s note with his disdain for popularism which he paints as akin to the rise of Hitler. He actually quotes Hitler by saying, “The masses have little time to think. And how incredible is the willingness of modern man to believe.” I find it outrageous that Berry is literally calling people too stupid to think for themselves while leveling such an inflammatory charge that sounds like he is the ignorant one. He is outraged Europeans many want their own countries in charge instead of the EU. He paints this as outright racism and his disdain for the people is very evident in this novel. Clearly this explains why this novel is focused on German politicians and is a bore. The author wanted to write his political opinions and gave up any pretense of being a writer of thrillers with compelling plots. That elitism Berry feels is very evident in this novel and I found it very off-putting. I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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Melissa Tebrock
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This Steve Berry fan is disappointed
Reviewed in the United States on February 25, 2021
I have read all of Steve Berry''s books, to include the Kindle and coauthored novellas. This book is billed as a Cotton Malone/Cassiopeia Witt series addition, but our favorites characters are reduced to merely flying from place to place, asking a few questions and... See more
I have read all of Steve Berry''s books, to include the Kindle and coauthored novellas. This book is billed as a Cotton Malone/Cassiopeia Witt series addition, but our favorites characters are reduced to merely flying from place to place, asking a few questions and pulling their weapons. For those looking for both a new twist on an old historical mystery/conspiracy, with some forward momentum in the lives of the series'' characters, this is not for you. I am also disappointed Mr. Berry chose this mystery/conspiracy (not stating the conspiracy as do not want to ruin it for others, though the book jacket does so). His conclusion was obvious from the introduction of his characters. I didnt mind the politics, but concur with other critiques that the book was unbalanced- thin/little plot, heavy on politics. In the end, the book was predictable and frankly boring. A struggle to finish. I hope Mr Berry returns to historical periods and mysteries that may not be as well known, and spends the time developing a more sophisticated plot and more time on our heroes. Our media cycle is already exhausting. Fiction with a heavy dose of the same is no escape.
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John D Poole
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Editor Needed, schnell! (that''s German for fast)
Reviewed in the United States on March 5, 2021
I''ve been a fan of Steve Berry since about 2008. Met him at the signings, still a fan. I do have to agree with the other reviews that the politics (which are off base anyway) and thin and predictable plot are disappointing. My main problem is that either Steve''s editor... See more
I''ve been a fan of Steve Berry since about 2008. Met him at the signings, still a fan. I do have to agree with the other reviews that the politics (which are off base anyway) and thin and predictable plot are disappointing. My main problem is that either Steve''s editor was on vacation or asleep or just incompetent with regard to the use of German language words. The German was grammatically incorrect, and with a language and culture like German/German speaking people, this is verboten. That''s forbidden. Engle meaning "angel"? Nein, that''s Engel. Schloss is "castle", not the same word with the umlaut over the "o". Aderflug does not mean "eagle''s flight". It means nothing because Ader isn''t a word; Adlerflug would be correct.
Is this nitpicky? Ja. It is. But what does an editor do? They edit and proofread.
I''m sure the next book will be to the standards of his previous, awesome, enjoyable works.
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Ju
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Ugh, BORING
Reviewed in the United States on February 27, 2021
Have been a fan of Steve Berry''s books for a long time but no longer. This book reads like a child reiterating the same idea in different ways. Berry''s last book was not great either. Thinking it''s time for me to move on. Oh, and the irony of Bormann having a child. A.M. of... See more
Have been a fan of Steve Berry''s books for a long time but no longer. This book reads like a child reiterating the same idea in different ways. Berry''s last book was not great either. Thinking it''s time for me to move on. Oh, and the irony of Bormann having a child. A.M. of Germany always reminded me of someone. Watched a show about Hitler on the History Channel and had an Aha moment. If you superimpose Hitler''s mustache on A.M., dang if she doesn''t look like a relative! Shocked me and of course, not saying it''s fact, just ironic with the book''s subject matter.
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Robert James Vandevoort (Show Low, Arizona)
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The Kaiser''s Web: The Best of the 16 Cotton Malone Novels
Reviewed in the United States on February 28, 2021
The election for German Chancellor is fast approaching. Chancellor Marie Eisenhuth, who has served for sixteen years, is running for reelection. Marie is a conservative, who is for open borders, immigration and other beliefs that Germany still needs to atone for their sins... See more
The election for German Chancellor is fast approaching. Chancellor Marie Eisenhuth, who has served for sixteen years, is running for reelection. Marie is a conservative, who is for open borders, immigration and other beliefs that Germany still needs to atone for their sins from the Nazi past, even though that was generations ago. Running against her is Theodor Pohl, who leans to the right and believes strongly that Germany is for Germans. He is very popular and the race is neck in neck.

Danny Daniels is the former President of the United States. He is now serving as a Senator. He is a friend of Chancellor Eisenhuth. She asks Danny for help. She has heard the rumors that Martin Bormann did not die in Berlin at the close of the war, as the Soviets claimed. She also wanted to know what happened to the billions that Adolf Hitler controlled. This knowledge, if proved, could help one win the election.

President Daniels turns to his friend Cotton Malone, a former top-secret operative for the American government, who has since retired and immigrated to Denmark, where he opened a bookstore. Cotton has done a number of special requests from the former president and agrees to investigate the money trail, along with his lover, the beautiful billionaire Cassiopeia Vitt who is Spanish by birth, but owns a major French corporation. Cassiopeia has done a number of dangerous missions with Cotton, and soon they head to Chile in South America. It is not long before they encounter danger, as they typically do on these types of missions.

The novel mentions frequently the political issues Germany faces today. They are realistic and appropriate part of the book. The author most certainly understands today’s Germany.

“The Kaiser’s Web”, by author Steve Berry was released this past week. This is the 16th novel in the Cotton Malone series. For this reader, this was the best of all the novels by Steve Berry. In fact, is was simply an outstanding novel. This reader has long been interested in the movement of Nazis to South America as well as the reports of wealth being transferred. When doing business in years past in Buenos Aires or Santiago, should there be a weekend layover, a day was often spent researching the movement of Germans following WWII. This reader truly believes that Martin Bormann did end up in Argentina.

“The Kaiser’s Web” has no shortage of twists and turns. Lovers of history will especially enjoy this novel and when it ends, one will ask “What if, could this be true?”
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dennis barron
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The Kaiser''s Web
Reviewed in the United States on March 13, 2021
This is an excellent read. This story is entwined with fact, fiction and many possibilities in reality. The chancellor of Germany is well liked, respected. She is running for re-election. Her opponent is a treacherous, conniving man. Extremely rich and powerful. His past as... See more
This is an excellent read. This story is entwined with fact, fiction and many possibilities in reality. The chancellor of Germany is well liked, respected. She is running for re-election. Her opponent is a treacherous, conniving man. Extremely rich and powerful. His past as well as the chancellor''s is well hidden. She is extremely anti Nazi and recognizes the cruelty of Adolph Hitler and his staunch supporters. The other candidate thinks he is Bormans son. The chancellor is actually the daughter of Eva Braun, Hitler''s wife. Cotton Malone and Casseiopa Vitt are asked by the former American president at the request of the German chancellor to investigate her opponent for ties to the former Nazi regime. What they discover is truly shocking which no one expected. This s an extremely fast paced and powerful read. A believable scenario. My highest recommendation!!
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APSC
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Trump and conservative bashing. More cancel culture at work.
Reviewed in the United States on April 5, 2021
I have read every Steve Berry book and I am sorry to say I wont read another one. He couldn''t keep his political views out of this book and the Warsaw Protocol. It''s clear he thinks Trump is a bumbling idiot as he makes it clear that President Fox is Trump. He clearly... See more
I have read every Steve Berry book and I am sorry to say I wont read another one. He couldn''t keep his political views out of this book and the Warsaw Protocol. It''s clear he thinks Trump is a bumbling idiot as he makes it clear that President Fox is Trump. He clearly favors the left and its leanings in Europe and thinks the right are a bunch of wackos. It''s too bad he couldn''t keep his political views to himself. I am tired of the left pushing their agenda and thinking anything related to the conservatives is bad. It''s cancel culture in wide open display.
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CARLOS RUEDA
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Not the best book by Berry
Reviewed in the United States on March 30, 2021
I have been a fan of Steve Berry ever since I read The Venetian Bretrayal, I have bought all of his books/booklets. The last two (this Kaiser Web and Warsaw Protocol) have been not good as the others. In this one Berry attempts at writing German, with very poor results,... See more
I have been a fan of Steve Berry ever since I read The Venetian Bretrayal, I have bought all of his books/booklets. The last two (this Kaiser Web and Warsaw Protocol) have been not good as the others. In this one Berry attempts at writing German, with very poor results, since it is one of my languages I understand it fully and he does not. Even google translate does a marginal better job. Then the Hitler/Bormann story mixed with Chile and South Africa... places I know very well indeed.To add insult to injury, making this absurd ending...
I know you can do anything with fiction, but you have to make it credible, at least in my book. I shall have a hard time paying Costco or amazon for the next Berry book. Perhaps $10 to Barnes and Noble a year from now in the nobody-wants-these books table...
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Jason Jones
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A real page turner
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 14, 2021
A superb read it really is. Two stories intertwine into each other superbly. The historical content is as always brilliant. Highly reccomended.
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Ruth b
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Always a good read
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 17, 2021
As always the history content of this book leaves you wanting to know more and keeps you wanting more. Cotton Malone continues to defy the odds.
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Mrs. Lorraine Pullen
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Enjoyable read
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 3, 2021
As usual very well paced story with a few twists and turns but unusually I had worked out the plot quite early in the book so no surprise for me at the end. Still enjoyed it though
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mrB
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Excellent
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 28, 2021
Yet another excellent novel from Steve Berry
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JL
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Good read
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 16, 2021
Well researched fast paced page turner
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