New York Times best-selling author Steve Berry returns with his latest thriller, a Cotton Malone adventure involving a flaw in the United States Constitution, a mystery about Abraham Lincoln, and a political issue that’s as explosive as it is timely - not only in Malone’s world, but in ours.
September 1861: All is not as it seems. With these cryptic words, a shocking secret passed down from president to president comes to rest in the hands of Abraham Lincoln. And as the first bloody clashes of the Civil War unfold, Lincoln alone must decide how best to use this volatile knowledge: Save thousands of American lives, or keep the young nation from being torn apart forever?
The present: In Utah, the fabled remains of Mormon pioneers whose 19th-century expedition across the desert met with a murderous end have been uncovered. In Washington, D.C., the official investigation of an international entrepreneur, an elder in the Mormon church, has sparked a political battle between the White House and a powerful United States senator. In Denmark, a Justice Department agent, missing in action, has fallen into the hands of a dangerous zealot - a man driven by divine visions to make a prophet’s words reality. And in a matter of a few short hours, Cotton Malone has gone from quietly selling books at his shop in Denmark to dodging bullets in a high-speed boat chase.
All it takes is a phone call from his former boss in Washington, and suddenly the ex-agent is racing to rescue an informant carrying critical intelligence. It’s just the kind of perilous business that Malone has been trying to leave behind, ever since he retired from the Justice Department. But once he draws enemy blood, Malone is plunged into a deadly conflict - a constitutional war secretly set in motion more than 200 years ago by America’s Founding Fathers.
©2014 Steve Berry (P)2014 Random House Audio
"In Malone, [Steve] Berry has created a classic, complex hero." (USA Today)
"Malone, a hero with a personal stake in the proceedings, is a welcome respite from the cold, calculating superspies who litter the genre." (Entertainment Weekly)
"Steve Berry gets better and better with each new book." (The Huffington Post)
"Savvy readers…cannot go wrong with Cotton Malone." (Library Journal)
"Berry raises this genre's stakes." (The New York Times)
"I love this guy." (#1 New York Times bestselling author Lee Child)
Steve Berry appeared to create a story that should have been strong and believable, however, plausibility wasn’t achieved and story line was convoluted.
Yes, no doubt he is one of my own favorites. and I always look forward to his intense creations.
No one. Scott Brick only could work with what he was handed. With that in mind, he did a fantastic job and I didn't feel that he should have be dinged for what was given but had to. Scott Brick has always gotten a 5 star rating from me.
Read a few other books by author for comparison and you will find out how wonderful his books are and that they do entertain you, On this one he fell short on entertainment and a lot of other categories.
unknown Mormon history
No. I find him too dramatic. I only listen to stories read by him when they are highly recommended by friends. He irritates me.
Berry does his usual amazing deep history dive, and takes the listened on a complex journey through Mormon and US Civil War and founding fathers history. In some ways, I feel like I was in a classroom, albeit one populated with the usual cast of Cotton Malone etc.
As usual, SB brings the book to life, with his typical bombast and drama. In some parts he may be abit over the top, but his take on the Profet was in particularly powerful.
Actually I came close. Yes, given the opportunity
How many times can you include the 11 dollar word " devoid " in a novel? At least 4, it turns out!
So I happened to like this offering by Stevie B alot, but I can also agree with other critics who note the bombast, the preachiness at the end, and the never ending drama between Cotton Malone and Catherina Vitt. PuhLease....let this be!!!! As a fictional plot carrying device, it really is losing it's cache.
I also think that President Danny Daniels needs to step away gracefully now.
All this said, if you are a Cotton Malone/Berry/Brick fan, you will definitely enjoy this one. Recommended.
Quite enjoyed this book. Most engaging and informative. Resolution of fictional aspects at the end of the book was most informative. Will read others by this author
Any book that starts with the historically-accurate analysis that the Civil War was NOT all about slavery is going to get my attention fast. Period. This novel, which outlines a deal made between President Lincoln and the Mormons was believable, attention-grabbing and just plain wonderful.
Great novel, great characters, amazing blend of fact and fiction. And I learned about something new (in this case, the Mormon religion) which is always my favorite part of a Berry novel. I downloaded. I listened. I'll listen again. Very few authors have the ability to earn a second listen -- Steve Berry is one of those authors. .
Well done. Very well done!!!
A story and an ending.
I've listened to most of his books and enjoyed the Cotton Malone character. This last offering may be the last. I will be hard pressed to select a book by this author in the future.
Have Scott Brick change the inflections. Mix it up a bit.
I used to like Cotton Malone. In this book, however i'd have to say that none impressed me.
I was extremely displeased by the lack of any substance with this story. The concept of th states secession from the United States was interesting..but only that. The long and drawn out segments and passages from th book of mormon, the letters from public officials and such had me several times with my finger over the delete button. I kept waiting for it to get better and actually hung in to the end of the book. I wish I would have hit the delete button when I had the first inkling of what might be down the road.
I don't write many reviews. And at this present moment I am extremely busy with work. The fact that I took time from my schedule to pen these words should say enough about how bad I thought it was.
There were many factors that I had never know were in play besides slavery. The narration by Scott Brick was very well done and again Steve Berry did a great job with research and making things much more plain.
The discovery of everything that was at stake and was weighing on Lincoln's mind at this time.
His horror at the site if the loss of lives at Gettysburg. The speech required a lot of fortitude after witnessing the carnage and knowing that he was feeling the burden of the decision he had made.
The title is a teaser but was appropriate.
Left me thinking of the horrors of war and the fact that it was not a solution.
I picked this book out of the blue. I didn't know anything about the author or the story. I like historical fiction and that's why I chose it. I had no idea that the LDS Church/Church members would play a major role in the story. Being a Mormon I listened with apprehension as the story unfolded. Most reporters and authors usually only get a bit of the story and doctrine right about the Mormons and mess up the rest but in my opinion Berry nailed it 99% of the time. I was impressed with his research and telling. I was nervous about how the book would end, but I was satisfied with it. Listen to the epilogue. It's informative. As for the reader, I didn't care much for the style. I would call it sultry but I'm not sure that's the word I want.
Steve Berry's hero "Cotton Malone" is more vulnerable and more off balance in this tale than any of the other books in the series. This story catapulted me into the next book to see what happens next.
Readers/listeners will enjoy how Berry takes histories legends, combine's them with fact, throw in some unsubstantiated myths, hire an unparalleled story teller in Scott Brick and I dare you to separate fact from fiction.
This book started a little slower than most of the past books, but shifts gears once the main players are introduced. Enjoy
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