Cotton Malone (Fictional Character)
Cotton Malone is a fictional American special agent created by author Steve Berry in 2006 in the Cotton Malone series. The character is the centerpiece of Berry's novels and has comparisons and significant differences to other main characters in novels of the same genre. Berry's novels are post-9-11 with other fictional characters for President and Attorney general in present time.
|Cotton Malon, created by Steve Berry|
|Family||Divorced, Teenage son, in relationship with Cassiopeia Vitt|
|Affiliation||United States Justice Department|
|Expertise||trained in espionage, hand-to-hand combat, and firearms. He is also an experience pilot|
Cotton Malone, a one-time top operative for the United States Department of Justice, is retired and living in Copenhagen. He followed his hobbies and opened an antiquarian book store after leaving the agency. However, he is constantly pulled back into the world of spies and espionage per contract at the calling of his former boss, Stephanie Nelle.
Cotton was born Copenhagen, Denmark, to American parents. Steve Berry was sitting at a café in Copenhagen when he decided that his main character was going to originate from. That is why Cotton owns a bookstore there because Berry loves old rare books, he decided that his main character will own a rare antiquarian book store. Cotton moved to the U.S as a young man and continued with school. Cotton was the best of the best in his class in college. He has an eidetic memory that helped him excel in school. He went on to pursue law and instead of going into private practice or top law firms decided to join the Justice Department. Instead of being a lawyer in the Justice Department, Malone was recruited to join an elite team of spies and secret agent working for a special agency within the Justice Department called the Magellan Bullet.
Malone's expertise varies from being trained in espionage, hand-to-hand combat, and firearms. He is also an experience pilot.
Berry wanted to make Malone human with flaws. His marriage failed and has a difficult relationship with his teenage son. They are rarely mention in every novel in the series, but his relationship with his girlfriend with Cassiopeia Vitt has its own set of complications. In the novels, they are never referred as a couple, but it is implied that their feelings are strong for each other. Cassiopeia lives in France and also is contracted by Stephanie Nelle for covert jobs not sanction by the U.S government.
Comparison to other characters
Cotton Malone is a character post-9-11. Many novels in the genre that Steve Berry's writes in have that main character that is the hero, the character that saves the day and sometimes is flawless. It seems that most of these authors used Ian Fleming's James Bond as their inspiration but definitely did made their characters unique. Malone is not a ladies' man like James Bond and is not wearing a suit and driving fancy cars, but the character has some similarities, working alone and being in situations that are either life or death.
Steve Berry's novels are in the genre of Thriller and Suspense. He is a fan of history and loves fabricating a story into a nonfictional historic event. Steve Berry is a fan of books like the Da Vinci Code of finding hidden treasures of the past and historic events that could have led the US and the world in a different direction. The Cotton Malone character is in the middle of these stories bringing the past to present. Some of the Cotton Malone novels are:
1. The Templar Legacy (February 21, 2006).
2. The Alexandria Link (January 30, 2007).
3. The Venetian Betrayal (December 11, 2007).
4. The Charlemagne Pursuit (December 2, 2008).
5. The Paris Vendetta (December 1, 2009).
6. The Emperor's Tomb (November 23, 2010).
7. The Jefferson Key (May 17, 2011).
8. The King's Deception (June 11, 2013).
9. The Lincoln Myth (May 20, 2014).
10. The Patriot Threat (March 31, 2015).
11. The 14th Colony (April 5, 2016).
12. The Lost Order (April 4, 2017).
13. The Bishop's Pawn (March 2018).
Cotton Malone Series
Ian Fleming's James Bond
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