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The King's Deception Audiobook
The King's Deception
Written by: 
Steve Berry
Narrated by: 
Scott Brick
The King's Deception Audiobook

The King's Deception: A Cotton Malone Novel, Book 8

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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

"Berry raises this genre’s stakes." (The New York Times)

"I love this guy." (number-one New York Times best-selling author Lee Child)

"Forget Clancy and Cussler. When it comes to this genre, there is simply no one better." (The Providence Journal)

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    B S Davis 07-18-14
    B S Davis 07-18-14 Member Since 2014
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    "interesting story hard to follow"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Oh yes Learn a lot of history and a good story


    Would you recommend The King's Deception to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes if they love Cotton Malone if they dont most likly no


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

    All the British characters


    Do you think The King's Deception needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No the story is very complete


    Any additional comments?

    The story had a lot of interesting history but was told in small amounts. Jump to much between time periods

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara 04-23-14
    Barbara 04-23-14
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    Would you try another book from Steve Berry and/or Scott Brick?

    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.


    Has The King's Deception turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, not in this genre. I love suspense books and thrillers.


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

    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.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment. It really wasn't worth all these hours of my time.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Raquel 04-15-14
    Raquel 04-15-14 Member Since 2012
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    "A Light Listen Filled with HIstorical Intrigue"
    If you could sum up The King's Deception in three words, what would they be?

    Elizabethan, paternity, and corruption.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The young pickpocket and Ms. Mary. They add a bit of humanity to the book that may have otherwise been missing.


    Did Scott Brick do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    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.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Not particularly.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bill Minnetonka, MN, United States 03-05-14
    Bill Minnetonka, MN, United States 03-05-14 Member Since 2013
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    "A Big Improvement"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    madeleine padilla 07-05-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Steve Berry has done it again MUST READ"
    Would you listen to The King's Deception again? Why?

    yes Reader was great and the story line was fasinating with the history


    What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    the emotion of all the characters


    Any additional comments?

    I loved it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew SEATTLE, WA, United States 07-03-13
    Matthew SEATTLE, WA, United States 07-03-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Makes one yearn for a trip to London!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, for the perfomance, the story line and the well researched background material.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The Tudor history is fascinating.


    What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    As usual, SB brings drama to the characters. Another top notch presentation.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Nothing extreme.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lee California,USA 07-01-13
    Lee California,USA 07-01-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Steve Berry is a great historical writer."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The King's Deception to be better than the print version?

    Didn't read the print version


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes. The Tudors fascinate me from a historical perspective. This story puts a really cool twist to the reign of King Henry the Eighth.


    How could the performance have been better?

    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?


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, it was too long. Did love the story though!


    Any additional comments?

    Find another narrator!!!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Susan 06-28-13
    Susan 06-28-13
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    "Interesting concept..."

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Household Six 06-13-13
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    "Brick ruins good story"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    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.


    Has The King's Deception turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I love the premise of this story but unable to finish because I cannot stay with narrator.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ram in WI Milwaukee 06-27-13
    Ram in WI Milwaukee 06-27-13 Member Since 2013

    Ram

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    "Not a great Steve Berry & definitely not Dan Brown"
    Would you try another book from Steve Berry and/or Scott Brick?

    I always look forward to the new Steven Berry book and I think Scott Brick is a great reader. But King's Deception just didn't do it for me. I suspect that Berry was 1/2 way through writing the book when Ghadaffi was killed, so he had to do the story as a recollection, which was a distraction early on.

    I just never got into the story, but I also don't care much about British Royalty or history.

    I slogged through to the end, but it definitely put me to sleep several times.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The least interesting part was the arcane British history.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Scott was overly dramatic at times.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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