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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Oh yes Learn a lot of history and a good story
Yes if they love Cotton Malone if they dont most likly no
All the British characters
No the story is very complete
The story had a lot of interesting history but was told in small amounts. Jump to much between time periods
Scott Brick is the only reason I listened to this book until the end. He never fails to enthrall the listener, which was difficult in this audiobook. I found that the book had promising elements, but rambled on in a way that was difficult to follow at best. I dislike the character, Cotton Malone. Maybe its just his idiotic name, but I don't think so.
No, not in this genre. I love suspense books and thrillers.
It was only Scott Brick that involved me at all. I was not pleased with any character in the book although Mr. Brick was able to make each one real.
Disappointment. It really wasn't worth all these hours of my time.
I really tried to like the character "Cotton Malone." I am well aware of his popularity, but it was a no go for me. I even went so far as to listen to another book in the series. My overall opinion? I will not waste my time with this author again.
Elizabethan, paternity, and corruption.
The young pickpocket and Ms. Mary. They add a bit of humanity to the book that may have otherwise been missing.
For the most part he did a great job. There were times I found it difficult to separate his portrayals because their voices and mannerisms were quite similar, but for the women he did a pretty nice job.
I don't typically read Steve Barry books, but I purchased it for a road trip I was taking with my husband. I found the action packed narrative to go quite well with my cleaning schedule.
I really liked the early Cotton Malone books, but the series seemed like it was losing steam into just being "ok" and formulaic. I found the story line here to be well paced and engaging. I did find the big historical secret to be a bit of a laugh-er, but if you can suspend your disbelief and stifle some giggles and focus on the spy story and intrigue aspects it's an enjoyable ride.
Scott Brick does his usual solid job. He's not my favorite but he does a good performance, but I do always struggle with his representation of female characters that always sound the same.
I would recommend it because it is part of the series but it isn't nearly as compelling as other entries into the series. Don't get me wrong, I love the writing of Steve Berry and Cotton Malone as a character. This was just my least favorite so far.
As always, Scott Brick's performance was fabulous.
yes Reader was great and the story line was fasinating with the history
the emotion of all the characters
I loved it
Yes, for the perfomance, the story line and the well researched background material.
The Tudor history is fascinating.
As usual, SB brings drama to the characters. Another top notch presentation.
Berry seems to have his A game back. This books doesn't run off the rails like his last couple have ( to me at least ) and I enjoyed it immensely. Recommended.
Didn't read the print version
Yes. The Tudors fascinate me from a historical perspective. This story puts a really cool twist to the reign of King Henry the Eighth.
Anybody but the dramatic contortions of Scott Brick. I don't think I can listen to another book narrated by him. His whining got to me this time and added nothing to the story. It detracted a lot. Problem is I like most of the authors he narrates, so I guess I will have to read them. Don't the authors listen to the narration of their books?
No, it was too long. Did love the story though!
Find another narrator!!!
Had to find the Bram Stoker work after listening to this book. Love it when a book makes me want to explore further. Scott Brick used his whiny voice too often. Too bad.
Scott Brick is the worst narrator on Audible. I listen many, many, many hours per month and he has finally gone to far. His sleep voice and unexcitable diction and narration have made me drift off one too many times. I am done! No more Scott Brick. IF you are an author pick someone else to read your story.
I love the premise of this story but unable to finish because I cannot stay with narrator.
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