Steve Berry Books In Order – Complete List

Steve Berry is a New York Times bestselling author of his Cotton Malone adventure novels. He also wrote several similar-style standalone books as well, along with his Cassiopeia Witt Adventures and the new Luke Daniels series.

Here are the Steve Berry books in order for his series and his standalone books, listed by year of publication.

Latest Steve Berry Books

The Atlas Maneuver
The Atlas Maneuver (Cotton Malone #18), 2024
Red Star Falling
Red Star Falling (Luke Daniels #2), 2024

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Cotton Malone Books in Publication Order

  1. The Templar Legacy (#1), 2006
  2. The Alexandria Link (#2), 2007
  3. The Venetian Betrayal (#3), 2007
  4. The Charlemagne Pursuit (#4), 2008
  5. The Paris Vendetta (#5), 2009
  6. The Balkan Escape (#5.5), 2010
  7. The Emperor’s Tomb ( #6), 2010
  8. The Devil’s Gold ( #6.5), 2011 (included in The Jefferson’s Key)
  9. The Jefferson Key (#7), 2011
  10. The Admiral’s Mark (#0.5), 2012 (prequel novella)
  11. The Tudor Plot (#7.5), 2013
  12. The King’s Deception (#8), 2013
  13. The Lincoln Myth (#9), 2014
  14. The Patriot Threat ( #10), 2015
  15. The 14th Colony ( #11), 2016
  16. The Lost Order (#12), 2017
  17. The Devil’s Due, (#12.5), 2017
  18. The Bishop’s Pawn (#13), 2018
  19. The Malta Exchange (#14), 2019
  20. The Warsaw Protocol (#15), 2020
  21. The Kaiser’s Web (#16), 2021
  22. The Last Kingdom (#17), 2023
  23. The Atlas Maneuver (#18), 2024

Cotton Malone Short Stories in Order of Publication

Cassiopeia Vitt Adventure Books in Publication Order

with M.J. Rose

  1. The Balkan Escape (0.5), 2020 (prequel short story to Emperor’s Tomb)
  2. The Museum of Mysteries (#1), 2018
  3. The Lake of Learning (#2), 2019
  4. The House of Long Ago (#3), 2020
  5. The End of Forever (#4), 2021

Luke Daniels Books in Publication Order

with Grant Blackwood

  1. The 9th Man (#1), 2023
  2. Red Star Falling (#2), 2024

Standalone Novels in Order of Publication

Novellas and Short Stories in Order of Publication

Anthologies in Order of Publication

Who Is Cotton Malone?

Cotton Malone’s real name is Harold Malone. Initially, he worked for the Navy Jag, after which he went to work for the Billet. Now, a retired person, he moved to Copenhagen and opened a rare bookstore. With selling antiquarian books, he hoped to live a quiet life abroad. However, he is suddenly pulled back into action when some old secrets from his past surfaced.

Due to his past job and his experience in dealing with dangerous cases, he is often called to travel around the world for his “new” part-time job. Thus his life as a retired agent turned bookseller is anything but ordinary.

Steve Berry Biography – About the Author

Steve Berry author of the Cotton Malone series

Steve Berry was born in 1955 in Georgia where he was also raised. He is currently living in St. Augustine, Florida.

He graduated from the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University, after which he became a trial lawyer. He held this position for 30 years, out of which he kept the elective office for 14 years.

He is the perfect example of the motto ‘never give up trying until you succeed’. He started writing fiction novels in 1990 and it took him no less than 12 years and being rejected 85 times with his 5 manuscripts before he finally got published by Ballantine Books in 2003 with The Amber Room.

When asked why did he not simply give up after all these rejections, he said that a lot of credit is due to the Catholic school nuns who taught him discipline and perseverance to write novels and search for a suitable publisher for his works.

Of course, the fact that the world became ready for his work had also something to do with his luck. He openly admits that Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code was the book that made publishers seek other works that complement it, and The Amber Room easily fit that classification. And it became published and it became a hit. And soon other books followed.

He worked as a lawyer until 2008. It was after were here 8 Steve Berry books published that the author finally retired from his daytime job to write books full-time. His books have appeared in the New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly.

Steve Berry’s books have so far been published in over 40 languages selling in 51 countries, and the author has so far over 18 million novels published overall.

While the Cotton Malone books are the most popular of Steve Berry’s fiction works, he first started writing standalone thriller novels including The Amber Room, The Romanov Prophecy, and The Third Secret. The Romanov Prophecy was, in fact, the first book I’ve read by the author, which invariably led me to his famous adventure thriller series.

The Templar Legacy, Steve Berry’s first Cotton Malone novel, was declared by a 2010 NPR survey one of the top 100 thrillers ever written.

Currently, the Cotton Malone historical mystery/adventure series includes 14 main books and a few short novellas. The Bishop’s Pawn is published early 2018, and as usual, it features Malone dealing with an ancient historical puzzle. This time, the case revolves around Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination, which was also the very first case Malone investigated some 18 years ago, where the story takes the reader back as well.

The revelations about the American icon’s assassination are so explosive that they could ruin a lot of lives, including some innocent ones. Still, Cotton Malone wants to see the case through to the very end.

In The Malta Exchange, Malone enters the world of the Vatican with its corrupt cardinals, he meets rogue Maltese Knights and is on the trail of those famous letters between Winston Churchill and Benito Mussolini. Even though Cotton is now a retired spy and current rare bookseller, he won’t stay away when a new, dangerous mission presents itself to the team.

The character is a former Justice Dept. operative who now is the proud owner of a bookstore in Copenhagen, Denmark. While he wants to lead a quiet life with his books, Malone invariably gets drawn back to the old and dangerous situations he used to be involved in as an active operative.

Cotton Malone is a very ordinary guy thrown into dangerous situations. Steve basically modeled him after his own character, except the author doesn’t’ shoot guns or put himself into perilous situations that Malone always finds himself in all the time.

The author had the first idea for him while he was sitting in a cafe in Copenhagen. One could say that Malone was born in Denmark.

For his books, he does a lot of research, often half a year of research even before he sits down to write the novel, followed by additional months of work. Steve Berry likes to keep as close to true life as possible, even though his books are all fiction.

The Steve Berry book list in chronological order includes all the Cotton Malone novels as well as his historical adventure standalone books. The author has also written three separate novellas, one in collaboration with James Rollins, published as The Devil’s Bones, the second one, another short novella titled The Devil’s Due, and the third, Past Prologue, in collaboration with the famous time-travel romance author, Diana Gabaldon, known for her Outlander series.

In fact, this book is a merging of two worlds: Diana’s Outlander world with Berry’s current Cotton world, where Malone gets to meet first-hand the dashing Jamie Fraser.

In addition to writing books, he is also a founding member of the International Thriller Writers group which includes over 2600 authors coming from all corners of the world. He was also co-president of the group for 3 years.

With his wife Elizabeth, Steve has also created a foundation called History Matters dedicated to preserving historical treasures, which is one of his main loves in life, a love that he shares with his wife.

Steve Berry’s work in historical preservation has been recognized several times, with the American Library Association naming him a spokesperson for National Preservation Week both in 2012 and 2013.

What Is His Next Book?

His latest book is Red Star Falling, published in 2024 as part of the Luke Daniels series.


  1. Steve Berry books are a must read if you are into history. I plan to read all his books

  2. Why the last 8 or 9 books of the Cotton Malone series are not available in Spanish ???

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