Cotton Malone is back! Steve Berry’s new international adventure blends gripping contemporary political intrigue, Tudor treachery, and high-octane thrills into one riveting novel of suspense.
Cotton Malone and his 15-year-old son, Gary, are headed to Europe. As a favor to his former boss at the Justice Department, Malone agrees to escort a teenage fugitive back to England. But after he is greeted at gunpoint in London, both the fugitive and Gary disappear, and Malone learns that he’s stumbled into a high-stakes diplomatic showdown - an international incident fueled by geopolitical gamesmanship and shocking Tudor secrets.
At its heart is the Libyan terrorist convicted of bombing Pan Am Flight 103, who is set to be released by Scottish authorities for "humanitarian reasons". An outraged American government objects, but nothing can persuade the British to intervene.
Except, perhaps, Operation King’s Deception.
Run by the CIA, the operation aims to solve a centuries-old mystery, one that could rock Great Britain to its royal foundations.
Blake Antrim, the CIA operative in charge of King’s Deception, is hunting for the spark that could rekindle a most dangerous fire, the one thing that every Irish national has sought for generations: a legal reason why the English must leave Northern Ireland. The answer is a long-buried secret that calls into question the legitimacy of the entire 45-year reign of Elizabeth I, the last Tudor monarch, who completed the conquest of Ireland and seized much of its land. But Antrim also has a more personal agenda, a twisted game of revenge in which Gary is a pawn. With assassins, traitors, spies, and dangerous disciples of a secret society closing in, Malone is caught in a lethal bind. To save Gary he must play one treacherous player against another - and only by uncovering the incredible truth can he hope to prevent the shattering consequences of the King’s Deception.
©2013 Steve Berry (P)2013 Random House Audio
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2 hours to much with historical information. Certainly, a little is needed to support the premise of the story. However, every marriage and offspring in English history is overkill.
Other than that a solid story line. Scott Brick always a solid read.
A good story made even better by Scott Brick's narration. Cotton Malone back on the trail of a historical mystery.
Storywise, it isn't anywhere near the top. Normally, I like Berry's entanglements and complexity in slowly unravelling plots, but this time it seems to be causing fragmentation more than cohesion. Like too many storylines all trying to play out through the same plot.
Some of the sub-plots of the supporting cast took up way too much space and attention. It detracted from the main storyline instead of adding to it. Also, the correlation between the mandatory historical issue and the modern day crisis Malone is trying to handle (which makes up the backbone of all Malone novels) is a bit too much of a stretch for me. Berry is usually really good at validating the modern day crisis through some historical issue being uncovered... but in this book it just seems like the two are completely disjointed. Like I said... too many plots trying to play out at the same time with much too vague correlation.
Brick does a good job, but I really hate his rendition of Ian Dunn - the London teen that ends up in the middle of this. The accent is all weird to me.
I honestly am not sure.
It's a good book. And it addresses an issue that had to come up in Malone's personal life. Hence, why it is also necessary. It definitely shifts some things into place that way. Well worth a credit and it won't be the last time I listen to it - just not my favorite Malone story. :)
I just love how author Steve Berry's mind works! Queen Elizabeth I was really a man???! What a great concept upon which to build a fast-paced novel of intrigue that only Cotton Malone can solve. Once again, the narrator, Scott Brick, does a fantastic job of relaying the action and drawing in the listener. He's my favorite narrator.
Love the intrigue and the mixture of historical fact and fiction which Mr. Berry relates at the end of the book. Makes you think...could this really be?
Scott Brick is the premier narrator in audio books, he truly brings each story to life.
The Kings Deception turns Royal lineage on its head. The blend of historic facts twisted with modern espionage keeps the reader/listener interested on two parallel planes, "what actually happen during and just after the reign of Henry the 8th and how far will modern day diplomats go to keep a 400 year old secret.
Another in Steve Berry's series of spell-binding masterpieces . . . Bring on the next in the series !!
I love the way Berry takes quirks and mysteries of history and turns them into great fictional stories.
anyone else. i could not listen, had to read the book he is so bad. will never get another audio book that he narrates
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