Audie Award, Thriller/Suspense, 2016
This program contains two versions of The Patriot Threat - one is the complete unabridged text, and the other is the writer’s cut, which includes Steve Berry’s behind-the-scenes commentary at the ends of some of the chapters. If you’d like to listen to the Patriot Threat WITHOUT Steve Berry’s comments, just play the program from the beginning. To listen to the writer’s cut version of The Patriot Threat WITH Steve Berry’s commentary, start with Download Part 3 or Chapter 74.
In an innovative new approach, Macmillan Audio and Steve Berry have produced an expanded, annotated writer’s cut audiobook edition of The Patriot Threat.
The 16th Amendment to the Constitution legalized federal income tax, but what if there were problems with the 1913 ratification of that amendment? Secrets that call in to question decades of tax collecting. There is a surprising truth to this possibility—a truth wholly entertained by Steve Berry, a top-ten New York Times best-selling writer, in his new thriller, The Patriot Threat.
His protagonist, Cotton Malone, once a member of an elite intelligence division within the Justice Department known as the Magellan Billet, is now retired. But when his former boss, Stephanie Nelle, asks him to track a rogue North Korean who may have acquired some top secret Treasury Department files - the kind that could force the United States to its knees - Malone is vaulted into a harrowing 24-hour chase that begins on the water in Venice and ends in the remote highlands of Croatia.
With appearances by Franklin Roosevelt, Andrew Mellon, and a curious painting that still hangs in the National Gallery of Art, Steve Berry’s trademark mix of history and suspense is 90 percent fact and 10 percent exciting speculation, a provocative thriller that poses a dangerous question: What if the federal income tax is illegal?
©2015 Steve Berry (P)2015 Macmillan Audio
This is a great story and Scott Brick, as always does an excellent job performing the story. But I found the that giving all the author notes at the end of each chapter a total distraction and finally after about 5 chapters I had to switch over to the other format. I do like authors that recap the highlights of writing and any interesting tidbits about the story at the end, such as Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child do at the end of their books. I do want to emphasize that this a another great book by Steve Berry and Scott Brick is one of a handful of story tellers that I really love. In fact I have listened to authors that I was not familiar with simply because he was the narrator.
I was fascinated by the story and drawn in by the characters. I liked the commentary, it was good to hear the author's thoughts. I hope Malone and Cassieopia (I'm sure the spelling is wrong) will find their way back together.
Steve Berry is a great historical novelist, and can spin a great yarn. My review is against the backdrop of his excellence - and I think that this offering, while strong, was not his best. The central conflict of the story in terms of an existential threat to the US is unconvincing - it is not really a spoiler to indicate that this conflict is whether the income tax amendment was properly ratified, and if it was not, the premise that the US and Chinese economies would collapse. Perhaps because I saw that as something other than the existential threat it was considered to be, the story lost some verve. Our government is not exactly one that adheres to its own laws, and there are a dozen workarounds to having an improperly ratified amendment. But otherwise, and if you can make that leap of faith, the novel was very well done. I wish the North Korea Hana character was more fully developed, but as it was, she was just a great part of the story. Lots of good interpersonal twists. And once you read it, you'll smile at the mention of Chik-Fil-A man.
I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
Patriot Threat, like Steve Berry's other 9 novels in Cotton Malone series, deals with questions of history. This book takes on the issue of whether the Sixteenth Amendment to the US Constitution which was ratified in 1913 was properly ratified. If it were not properly ratified the income tax would not be legal. Like all of his Cotton Malone novels Patriot Threat is thoroughly researched.
Scott Brick does his usual outstanding job of narration.
The story is great as always with Steve Berry but with Mr Berry adding his narrative at the end of chapters made this story even better!
Scott Brick is my FAVORITE narrator. I have found new authors because he has narrated their book
Once again Mr. Berry takes us on an adventure infusing fact and fiction in a perfect balance. The addition of the authors notes was a great addition for the incites to the story. After listening to Scott Brick narrating the Cotton Malone series I can't imagine anyone else doing it.
I sure would. The Berry/Bick team have hit it again! Not the best either have done by any stretch, but a classic ,well researched and unique offering which captures the best of both performers
Some of the Croatia scenes are memorable.
Hah good question. Malone is an all time fave but in this one its Stephanie Nell, as always, that works best for me.
I almost did!
All good, classic Berry/Brick, but could they stop using the word " DEVOID". as frequently as they do? My only irritatiion, but a real one.
struggled with the narrator because he used the same choice between dialog... very hard to tell who is saying what.This really puts you behind in understanding the story. to make it worse, I couldn't help but roll my eyes because of the story conspiracy to cover up. but it was very educational that many facts were used. I wish the author would have given more insight to his story... it was a good idea, just under utilized.
The constitutional details, although somewhat interesting to American readers I'm sure, are perhaps slightly tedious for non Americans. Other than that trifle, this is a good adventure story which incorporates many current (2015) issues. A fine summer read !
Gotta love a good conspiracy theory, especially when the historical context is as well researched as it is in this book. The author commentary definitely added an interesting dimension. The only way to improve the author commentary would be if it were read by a woman with a smolderingly sultry voice. Sorry, Steve, truth is truth ;)
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