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The King's Deception: A Cotton Malone Novel, Book 8 | [Steve Berry]

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

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.
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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

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    Carol westerville, OH, United States 09-25-13
    Carol westerville, OH, United States 09-25-13
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    "First Book Mr Berry fell flat on."
    What disappointed you about The King's Deception?

    The story line was OK but for a Cotton Malone series it was slow.


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

    No. To slow and disjointed. Difficult to get into any flow.


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

    Life. I always search for books read by Scott first, author second


    Any additional comments?

    First book I have ever returned.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    James columbus, OH, United States 08-15-13
    James columbus, OH, United States 08-15-13 Member Since 2006

    sports announcer, cyclist, enjoys to travel and the outdoors.

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    "Oh Yes !! If you like London !!!"

    I just got back from 2 weeks in London as I began listening to this book. Perfect timing, Berry incorporates so many places I saw into this book. Its worth the read. One of the castles in the book I did not see, but looked up in my London book and am now upset I didnt get there. It's an interesting tail that I understand after 2 weeks in London. Truth is the mystery could be told in 3 chapters but the sights and scenes of London make the unabridged version worth it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Renae Rockwall, TX, United States 07-13-13
    Renae Rockwall, TX, United States 07-13-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Another great Cotton Malone book"
    Any additional comments?

    I love this series and this book did not disappoint. I love the way Steve Berry weaves historical facts with his own ideas. It gives his books a great twist. I appreciate how Mr. Berry explains the places he visited for his research at the end of his book and separates the fact from fiction. I highly disagree with other reviewers regarding Scott Brick's narration. I think Mr. Brick is one of the best narrators and cannot imagine Cotton Malone with any other voice.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jim St. Louis, MO, USA 06-22-13
    Jim St. Louis, MO, USA 06-22-13 Member Since 2002
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    "Get the Abridged version"
    What did you like best about The King's Deception? What did you like least?

    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.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Expected


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

    Ian


    Could you see The King's Deception being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Theresa Hackensack, NJ, United States 06-13-13
    Theresa Hackensack, NJ, United States 06-13-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Another history and Cotton Malone great!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes and I've been recommending these Steve Berry novels for years.


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

    How could it not? All of the good/bad guys plus the subject matter truly makes one wonder.


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

    Scott has a wonderful speaking voice which has become "Cotton Malone" to my ears.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Is truth worth the consequences?


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tamarala Avondale, AZ, USA 12-19-13
    Tamarala Avondale, AZ, USA 12-19-13 Member Since 2001
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    "Subpar Cotton Malone"
    Would you recommend The King's Deception to your friends? Why or why not?

    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.


    Have you listened to any of Scott Brick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    As always, Scott Brick's performance was fabulous.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jeanne SCHAUMBURG, IL, United States 09-24-13
    Jeanne SCHAUMBURG, IL, United States 09-24-13 Member Since 2004
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    "Another wonderfully researched thriller"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The King's Deception to be better than the print version?

    I typically don't read a title if I'm going to listen to it. The reader, Scott Brick, is excellent.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The King's Deception?

    I'd really hate to give anything away! The whole premise of the story is very plausible.


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

    Brick is a good reader for Cotton Malone, he does Malone's sarcasm very well


    Any additional comments?

    I really like the author's notes at the end which tell what parts of the book are accurate to history and what was made up. It really adds to the historical aspect.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rachel Asheboro, NC, United States 08-28-13
    Rachel Asheboro, NC, United States 08-28-13 Member Since 2012

    Avid mystery reader

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    "Great Adventure"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The book was well written and the story was cohesive. It didn't go off on tangents.


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

    There were constant twists with the cohesive story line that made you think and made sure that you had to remain engrossed and pay attention.


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

    Cotton Malone was my favorite character


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

    It was


    Any additional comments?

    Steve Berry is an author that knows how to keep readers entertained and coming back for more.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew Larchmont, NY, United States 08-20-13
    Andrew Larchmont, NY, United States 08-20-13 Member Since 2004
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    "Berry misses the mark"

    I have listened to the entire Cotton Malone series from Steve Berry and looked forward to the next installment. I enjoy the interweaving of a historical narrative with a modern adventure. However, this book is simply ponderous. Though I normally enjoy Scott Brick, in this reading he sounds like a bored history professor. Overall, I would recommend the other books in the series and skip this one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Buffy Luther, OK, United States 07-10-13
    Buffy Luther, OK, United States 07-10-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Mr. Brick always makes the story great!"

    It seems that we look at the narrator first when looking for a book. We love Scott Brick.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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