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The Jefferson Key: A Novel | [Steve Berry]

The Jefferson Key: A Novel

Four United States presidents have been assassinated - in 1865, 1881, 1901, and 1963 - each murder seemingly unrelated and separated by time. But what if those presidents were all killed for the same reason: a clause in the United States Constitution - contained within Article 1, Section 8 - that would shock Americans? This question is what faces former Justice Department operative Cotton Malone in his latest adventure. When a bold assassination attempt is made against President Danny Daniels in the heart of Manhattan, Malone risks his life to foil the killing....
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Publisher's Summary

Four United States presidents have been assassinated - in 1865, 1881, 1901, and 1963 - each murder seemingly unrelated and separated by time.

But what if those presidents were all killed for the same reason: a clause in the United States Constitution - contained within Article 1, Section 8 - that would shock Americans?

This question is what faces former Justice Department operative Cotton Malone in his latest adventure. When a bold assassination attempt is made against President Danny Daniels in the heart of Manhattan, Malone risks his life to foil the killing—only to find himself at dangerous odds with the Commonwealth, a secret society of pirates first assembled during the American Revolution. In their most perilous exploit yet, Malone and Cassiopeia Vitt race across the nation and take to the high seas. Along the way they break a secret cipher originally possessed by Thomas Jefferson, unravel a mystery concocted by Andrew Jackson, and unearth a centuries-old document forged by the Founding Fathers themselves, one powerful enough - thanks to that clause in the Constitution - to make the Commonwealth unstoppable.

©2011 Steve Berry (P)2011 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

“One of the most spellbinding and ingenious openings in all of thrillerdom. The cast of characters is huge but every one of them is memorable. The action is intense and masterfully choreographed. As always with Steve Berry, you’re educated about significant things while your knuckles are turning white and the pages are flying. Easily Cotton Malone’s most epic, swashbuckling adventure.” (David Baldacci)

"The Constitution. . . secret codes . . . loads of history. . . AND pirates! What else does anyone need? The Jefferson Key won't just haunt your nights - it'll haunt your life. Cotton Malone is coming back to the scariest place of all: Home." (Brad Meltzer)

"The Jefferson Key starts with a bang and holds the reader in its grip until the last page. Fascinating American history, up-to-the-minute politics, pulse-pounding action. This is a story Mitch Rapp would love." (Vince Flynn)

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    Armand Glenville, NC, United States 05-27-11
    Armand Glenville, NC, United States 05-27-11 Member Since 2003
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    "Terrible"

    I made the mistake of buying this audible book early on because it was on the "most downloaded" list and needed a book for my travel. This was before their were any audible customer reviews. Something I never do and learned a lesson! The book was terrible and had I read the reviews that now exist I would never have purchased it. The comments about how the author kept flipping from one scene to another constantly made it incoherent and the plot so disjointed it became impossible to follow.. I agree the Scott Brick did a great job and one of the reasons I purchased it....however the plot was so discombobulated ...even with his great reading ability...I couldn't finish it.

    17 of 22 people found this review helpful
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    Riverman63 Riverside CA 07-15-11
    Riverman63 Riverside CA 07-15-11 Member Since 2008

    Drudge

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    "Too Much Literary License?"

    With apologies to the author - I know you wroked hard on this and all your novels, this one is just too far fetched. I found myself shaking my head numerous times over the books premise, the incredible luck the main characters have in finding extra ammunition, clothes, food, etc and the travelling from Nova Scotia to the Carolina's and back, as if they were going to lunch. The whole thing was just too much. Sorry, could not make the book believable. I was actually glad when it was over --

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Marlon Edgewater, NJ, United States 06-30-11
    Marlon Edgewater, NJ, United States 06-30-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Don't Do It! (spoiler alert)"

    I'm about half way through this one, and it's all I can do to keep listening to it. It is nothing more than a conglomeration of poorly disguised story lines lifted from everything from National Treasure to 24 (remember the whole story line with the secret service agent and the First Lady in 24 one season?).

    Also, the way the story is told makes keeping up with the characters very difficult. I listen to lots of audiobooks, even several read by Scott Brick, and have never had this problem before. Perhaps it's because SB doesn't alter his voice between characters as much as some other readers, but I think the way it's written is the real problem.

    I find myself at this point listening, not because the story is enjoyable, but because I'm determined not to waste the credit I used to purchase the darned book.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia Reno, NV, United States 06-30-11
    Patricia Reno, NV, United States 06-30-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Don't Bother"

    This book is about a group of pirates who have a family liniage from the time of the revolutionary war when they were issued "Letters of Mark" allowing them to pillage the enemies of the US. They are desperate to get back the missing parts of the Letters, so they can WHAT?? attack and pillage the current enemies of the US??? This is so far-fetched, filled with conflicting secret government agencies, and illogical reasoning that it was painful to finish. Don't bother.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Bruce Hungary 06-27-11
    Bruce Hungary 06-27-11
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    "Possibly the silliest thing I've ever read"

    It begins with two devices that would require an expert in computer programming, ballistics, metallurgy, networking and covert ops that assumes everyone working at a major NYC hotel is an idiot. It continues with two characters (Cotton Malone and Danny Daniels) that have southern drawls so similar as to be indecipherable. We are introduced to a document still intact and readable 200 years after being secreted in an underground grotto that floods on a regular basis. And finally, 3 female characters, at least 2 of whom have lead relatively sedentary lives, have the ability to leap into the open ocean from a sinking ship and be picked up from rocket firing helicopters ill-equipped to deal with air-sea rescue. Absolutely preposterous. Get it it if you wish to sacrifice 12-15 hours of your life that you will never get back.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    John Dublin, Georgia, United States 05-26-11
    John Dublin, Georgia, United States 05-26-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Below expectations"

    Not at all near the quality of his previous work! Redundant unbelivable shoot 'um up.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew SEATTLE, WA, United States 02-09-12
    Matthew SEATTLE, WA, United States 02-09-12 Listener Since 2009
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    "Welcome to the Outer Banks!"

    I was abit skeptical about this BOT, given the critical reviews so many people posted. That said, I was more than pleasantly surprised. An interesting ( although abit " out there " ) plot line, and protoypical Scott Brick presentation of Cotton Malone and his usual cast of characters.

    If this series caught your ear initially, this continuation should work for you. Enjoy, as I did.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Stephen 11-02-11
    Stephen 11-02-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Ugh!"

    This is my first time to write a review of an audio-book. I listen to three or four books a month and this one was one of the worst. I was very disappointed in both the story and the narration. I felt the story was difficult to follow and the dialogue was so banal. Brick's narration almost seemed to emphasize the banality. The narration lacked the energy one would find in Dick Hill's Jack Reacher. I like Brick's work with the Mitch Rapp series but this was awful.
    I did appreciate the historical effort Berry made and I liked the endnotes the best.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    David Barnett Cedar Hill, TX USA 10-03-11
    David Barnett Cedar Hill, TX USA 10-03-11 Member Since 2006
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    "Stupid Story - Great narrator"

    I gave up on this when characters I didn't care about and couldn't follow were shooting up Jefferson's Monticello. Dumb

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    kelly la jolla, CA, United States 09-08-11
    kelly la jolla, CA, United States 09-08-11
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    "25 pounds of groceries in a 1 pound bag - bad"

    This book is confusing, there are too many characters that require more development. The level of character development is weak and there are too many to keep track of. The plot is loosely based in American History which even the author acknowledges he has taken several liberties. The liberties are far fetched and are cheesy. This book is bad.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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