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The Jefferson Key Audiobook

The Jefferson Key: A Novel

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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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    Rick Trussville, AL, United States 07-18-11
    Rick Trussville, AL, United States 07-18-11
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    "Avid Listener"

    I like Steve Berry books because he uses a lot of Factoids that add authenticity to the work of fiction. My favorite was the Amber Room, but this is pretty good as well. A little slow at the beginning, but still enjoyable listening. Makes my one hour commute breeze by.

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    Bea in Georgia 07-03-11

    Grandma who spends too much time in her car. The books keep me happy and sane!

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    "Mystery in America??"

    Once again, Steve Berry has hit the nail on the head with a great adventure through American history. As always, Cotton and Cassiopeia (do I sense a romance in the making??) use their wits and wisdom to journey through a maze of clues and situations to save the day.

    I particularly enjoyed this one since I am a big fan of Jefferson and have visited Monticello several times. The descriptions of the architecture are spot on!

    Write quickly, Steve, I'm missing Cotton already!!

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    Ken Draeger SCOTTSDALE, AZ, US 06-15-11
    Ken Draeger SCOTTSDALE, AZ, US 06-15-11 Member Since 2016

    I'm an avid listener always searching for another good book and willing to share my thoughts with a pithy review.

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    "Irritating style of interrupts."

    Writer takes you to a point and switches scenes. He does it so often it gets tiresome. Several characters and situations are taking place and he keeps switching scenes just when something is about to happen. So you have to keep track of who is doing what to whom. This continues ad nauseam and makes for a disjointed read.

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    Becca Jones 06-09-11
    Becca Jones 06-09-11 Member Since 2016
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    "dont waste the credit"

    absolutley boring and confusing, maybe 15 minutes in part 2 is interesting, dont waste valuable credits on this one.

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    Steve Placentia, CA, United States 06-05-11
    Steve Placentia, CA, United States 06-05-11
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    "Don't do it!"

    Tough listen. I'm not sure if it was the narrarator or the storyline or both, but everytime I tried to listen to it, my thoughts would wonder off. The characters were confusing and it was hard to imagine who was who and where they were. Way too much detail and a stupid ending for all the storyline. Doesn't make me want to get another book by this author.

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    Jolae 06-04-11
    Jolae 06-04-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Failed to hook me"

    Could not engage with this story it had so much promise but I kept getting lost in the movement between time periods.

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    rhea port st. lucie, FL, United States 06-03-11
    rhea port st. lucie, FL, United States 06-03-11 Member Since 2010
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    "A Major Disappointment"

    What a disappointment! This book does not work as an audible format. There is too much shifting between characters and dialogue with no awareness. I was expecting a cross between Dan Brown and Clive Cussler but instead got a disjointed narrative that made it hard to keep up. Even Scott Brick couldn't save this one.

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    Jim ARVADA, CO, United States 06-02-11
    Jim ARVADA, CO, United States 06-02-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Worst Book I Have Ever Read or Listened To"

    This book is hard to follow, this author skips from topic to topic in sentence to sentence with no transition whatsoever. The ending is anticlimatic and not worth continuing to listen as I did to get to the end. It was painful and I quit listening several times, but kept coming back because I wanted to find the ending. Do not waste your time or money!!!!

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