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.
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.
I love Scott Brick but I am over Steve Berry
The stories are formulaic and I am now tired of them.
Yes he is just a great narrator
No, enought is enough
Way, way too much religious mumbo-jumbo. Droned on and on with unbelievable dialogue, if my spine was going to tingle it was long gone by the time anything happened.
Yes probably, I do like the Cotton Malone character. But this one was way too unbelievable, his girlfriend is a super model quality, super rich, castle building ex-spy and he doesn't know about it. Huh?
Scott Brick is ok but he needs to vary his tone and delivery. Every sentence sounds like a major effort.
I probably should have gone with the abridged version.
The story line was convoluted, contrived, and confusing. It took so long to tell what the story was going to be about that by the time I was starting to grasp the author's concept I began to lose interest.
The whole idea that something like this could happen was ludicrous. I love to listen or read stories that are fiction, especially when it involves mystery and intrigue, but this was so far out there it was boring.
Possibly if this audio had a different narrator I might have been able to enjoy the listening even if the story line was ridiculous. His speech was monotone and each word started with a high pitch and ended with a low pitch. You could not tell the difference between each character speaking.
I would cut out all the innuendoes regarding President Lincoln and all our fore fathers. How Lincoln got involved in this made no sense. Unless the author purposely did this to sell his product.
Poor President Lincoln has become the butt of some of the books being published. The tales seem to take away from his greatness. This story was so ridiculous. I thought it might get better as time went on but it didn't and the narrator made me loose interest after the first couple of hours. Even a Mormon would not enjoy this story. In fact, if I were Mormon I would be insulted.
I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
The Lincoln Myth is Book 9 in the Cotton Malone series. All of the books are excellent or better. As usual in his novels Steve Berry writes notes at the end explaining the aspects of the stories that are factual and parts that are fiction.
For those not familiar with Cotton Malone he is a former US agent who now sells books in his shop in Copenhagen. Despite being retired he cannot avoid doing more of what he did as a US agent.
This is an excellent thriller. Scott Brick narrates all of Berry's novels. Listening to Scott Brick preform is always more fulfilling than reading myself. I recommend this book and others in the Cotton Malone series.
I love books!
In this book, the 9th in the Cotton Malone series, author Steve Berry tackles two historical myths, 1. Did Abraham Lincoln strike a deal with Brigham Young and the Mormons to help sway the outcome of the Civil War and 2. Did the Founding Fathers who wrote the US Constitution mean for it to allow states to secede from the United States if they wanted? I like the fiction part of these stories the historical parts are educational and fun. Berry's books are called historical thrillers but they aren't the kind of thrillers you can't put down but are interesting enough that you want to keep at them steadily. I really liked this book in the series as I really enjoyed the historical Mormon stories and the speculation on Lincoln and the US Constitution woven into a work of fiction. Oh yeah, I like Cotton Malone.
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.
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