The book was well written and the story was cohesive. It didn't go off on tangents.
There were constant twists with the cohesive story line that made you think and made sure that you had to remain engrossed and pay attention.
Cotton Malone was my favorite character
Steve Berry is an author that knows how to keep readers entertained and coming back for more.
I have listened to the entire Cotton Malone series from Steve Berry and looked forward to the next installment. I enjoy the interweaving of a historical narrative with a modern adventure. However, this book is simply ponderous. Though I normally enjoy Scott Brick, in this reading he sounds like a bored history professor. Overall, I would recommend the other books in the series and skip this one.
Storywise, it isn't anywhere near the top. Normally, I like Berry's entanglements and complexity in slowly unravelling plots, but this time it seems to be causing fragmentation more than cohesion. Like too many storylines all trying to play out through the same plot.
Some of the sub-plots of the supporting cast took up way too much space and attention. It detracted from the main storyline instead of adding to it. Also, the correlation between the mandatory historical issue and the modern day crisis Malone is trying to handle (which makes up the backbone of all Malone novels) is a bit too much of a stretch for me. Berry is usually really good at validating the modern day crisis through some historical issue being uncovered... but in this book it just seems like the two are completely disjointed. Like I said... too many plots trying to play out at the same time with much too vague correlation.
Brick does a good job, but I really hate his rendition of Ian Dunn - the London teen that ends up in the middle of this. The accent is all weird to me.
I honestly am not sure.
It's a good book. And it addresses an issue that had to come up in Malone's personal life. Hence, why it is also necessary. It definitely shifts some things into place that way. Well worth a credit and it won't be the last time I listen to it - just not my favorite Malone story. :)
I just love how author Steve Berry's mind works! Queen Elizabeth I was really a man???! What a great concept upon which to build a fast-paced novel of intrigue that only Cotton Malone can solve. Once again, the narrator, Scott Brick, does a fantastic job of relaying the action and drawing in the listener. He's my favorite narrator.
Love the intrigue and the mixture of historical fact and fiction which Mr. Berry relates at the end of the book. Makes you think...could this really be?
Scott Brick is the premier narrator in audio books, he truly brings each story to life.
The Kings Deception turns Royal lineage on its head. The blend of historic facts twisted with modern espionage keeps the reader/listener interested on two parallel planes, "what actually happen during and just after the reign of Henry the 8th and how far will modern day diplomats go to keep a 400 year old secret.
Another in Steve Berry's series of spell-binding masterpieces . . . Bring on the next in the series !!
I love the way Berry takes quirks and mysteries of history and turns them into great fictional stories.
anyone else. i could not listen, had to read the book he is so bad. will never get another audio book that he narrates