The Admiral’s Mark

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When Cotton Malone was an agent for the Justice Department, handling the toughest and most sensitive international investigations, sometimes things became intensely personal. In his eBook original short story, New York Times bestselling author Steve Berry lays out just such a tale — one with shocking historical implications

Cotton Malone never cared for the shady dealings of his brother-in-law, Scott Brown. But when Scott dies while scuba diving, Cotton’s wife and her grieving sister demand more than just a secondhand police report. So Malone heads to Haiti. There, beneath crystal clear waters, he learns plenty: that Scott found the sunken wreckage of the Santa Maria, the fabled flagship of Christopher Columbus, and he paid for the discovery with his life. Setting out to learn more of what happened, Malone quickly discovers that he’s not the only man there with questions. An Israeli intelligence agent is in top-secret pursuit of what Scott died trying to protect. And a sinister Austrian with a hidden agenda has no qualms about killing for the mysterious prize. Suddenly, Malone is enmeshed in a deadly cat and mouse game being played across the north shore of Haiti and beneath the Caribbean Sea—on the hunt for something lost 500 years ago--fighting just to get out of there alive.


This e-book short story (along with The Balkan Escape and The Devil's Gold) is available for download in Three Tales From the World of Cotton Malone. A printed copy of the story appears inside the mass market edition of The Columbus Affair.