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The 14th Colony Audiobook

The 14th Colony: A Novel

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What happens if both the president and vice-president-elect die before taking the oath of office? The answer is far from certain - in fact, what follows would be nothing short of total political chaos. Shot down over Siberia, ex-Justice Department agent Cotton Malone is forced into a fight for survival against Aleksandr Zorin, a man whose loyalty to the former Soviet Union has festered for decades into an intense hatred of the United States. Before escaping, Malone learns that Zorin and another ex-KGB officer, this one a sleeper still embedded in the West, are headed overseas to Washington DC. Noon on January 20th - Inauguration Day - is only hours away. A flaw in the Constitution, and an even more flawed presidential succession act, have opened the door to disaster and Zorin intends to exploit both weaknesses to their fullest. Armed with a weapon leftover from the Cold War, one long thought to be just a myth, Zorin plans to attack. He's aided by a shocking secret hidden in the archives of America's oldest fraternal organization - the Society of Cincinnati - a group that once lent out its military savvy to presidents, including helping to formulate three invasion plans of what was intended to be America's 14th colony - Canada. In a race against the clock that starts in the frozen extremes of Russia and ultimately ends at the White House itself, Malone must not only battle Zorin, he must also confront a crippling fear that he's long denied, but which now jeopardizes everything. Steve Berry's trademark mix of history and speculation is all here in this provocative new thriller.

©2016 Steve Berry (P)2016 Macmillan Audio

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    Wayne Matthews, NC 04-06-16
    Wayne Matthews, NC 04-06-16 Member Since 2016

    I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!

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    "5 stars after I overcame my doubts!"

    Even for Steve Berry this book contains an exceptional number of conspiracy theories concerning US history. It is certainly the most ahistorical of all novels of the Cotton Malone series. That is the reason for my doubts about my 5 star rating. However, novelists are entitled to take liberties with historical facts to improve the story. The reader must allow ones self to suspend disbelief.

    The 14th Colony is, in my view, the second best story in the Cotton Malone series (with Patriot Threat being better). The suspense is especially intense. The entire novel takes place in the waning days and hours of the administration of President Danny Daniels as the inauguration of the new president is about to occur. It is a superb espionage novel.

    Scott Brick narrates perfectly as usual.

    22 of 23 people found this review helpful
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    Nicoleabouttown Toronto 04-07-16
    Nicoleabouttown Toronto 04-07-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Wonderfull"

    One of the best Steve Berry 'Cotton Malone' books in a while. As usual Scott Brick did an amazing job!

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    paul 04-15-16
    paul 04-15-16 Member Since 2010
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    "One of his best"

    Great story and Scott Brick is phenomenal. A must read for Steve Berry fans everywhere

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Sleepless in Frisco 05-09-16
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    "Disappointing"

    I love Scott Brick, but this was the first book I had listened to by Steve Berry, and it did not live up to the ratings given it by other Audible listeners. The story was formulaic, the characters plastic and the writing uneven. The story really had nothing to do with a 14th colony and was more about Russian Revenge and the plot was essentially the same thing happening 3 or 4 times in different places. As usual, Scott Brick was outstanding.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew SEATTLE, WA, United States 04-29-16
    Matthew SEATTLE, WA, United States 04-29-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Not the best, and not the worst from Berry/Brick"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I feel it needs some tightening up aka. editing. Sort of a sprawling book with story lines that , while fascinating and related, can sometimes walk over one another, and become abit confusing.


    Would you recommend The 14th Colony to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would, with the caveat that the friend would need to already know the principle characters and their history, otherwise some significant context would be lost.


    Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

    I like the President.


    Did The 14th Colony inspire you to do anything?

    Some research on the history of the 14th Colony ( which, without giving it all up, is where I am from! )


    Any additional comments?

    This is very typical of the ongoing Berry/Brick team, and in that context it is professionally produced and researched. I liked it on balance , but it seemed to take a while to get rolling, and could have benefited from some editing IMHO. Recommended with reservations.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Jeffrey 04-27-16
    Jeffrey 04-27-16 Member Since 2010
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    "Spectacular"

    The book was awesome as always the cotton Malone series if one of my favorites. The story really keeps you on your toes and very exciting.

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    Amazon Customer 04-19-16 Member Since 2002
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    "one of his best books ever!"

    Super story, exciting with lots of twists and turns. Move continuously and Scott Brick is great as usual.

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    Stephen Not cross, GA, United States 04-30-16
    Stephen Not cross, GA, United States 04-30-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Great Story, Great Performance"

    Well worth the time and money! Try it, you will enjoy it tremendously, and want more!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    ewock 04-13-16
    ewock 04-13-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Same old, same old."

    I really enjoyed the first few books by Steve Berry. Malone was educated in many areas and the supporting characters were a good balance. but the plots have become a formula approach and Casseopia lost her strong professional behavior focusing on Cotton rather than the world safety. Berry is a good writer, maybe he just needs a break.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    John San Rafael, CA, United States 04-12-16
    John San Rafael, CA, United States 04-12-16 Member Since 2010
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    "Great narration of a good though not one of the best Cotton Malone stories"

    I have enjoyed earlier Cotton Malone stories more than the last few. That said, this was enjoyable to listen to and the narrator, Scott Brick was terrific, as usual.
    Cotton's romance to Casseopia (so?) adds nothing to the story line. I miss the focus on Cotton's efforts to live a normal life running a bookstore in Cpenhagen. Now he is back doing what super heroes do with little to differentiate him from other such types.
    The author drove home, a bit too much, his admiration for President Reagan's astuteness in world affairs. Recent biographies give a more balanced view of the former President.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    "Great story!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Steve Berry at his best once again! His stories just seem to get better and better!


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