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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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    Jim St. Louis, MO, USA 06-22-13
    Jim St. Louis, MO, USA 06-22-13 Member Since 2014
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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 3 people found this review helpful
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    Darbys Mom 05-22-17
    Darbys Mom 05-22-17 Member Since 2007
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    "Very confusing"

    I found it very difficult to follow until late into the book when it started to make some sense.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Hmmmm Little Rock, AR, United States 05-03-17
    Hmmmm Little Rock, AR, United States 05-03-17 Member Since 2014
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    "I'm all for fictionalizing history, but **SPOILER"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. I enjoy historical fiction, as I very much enjoy history. I was particularly excited about this book, because I consider myself a student of the Tudor period. While I expected a rewrite of history, I am considerably disappointed that out of the vast potential for mystery surrounding the Tudors, Steve Berry took this opportunity to strip one of history's few famously strong, smart and visibly successful women and turn her into a man. Really? I mean, really? Horribly disappointing.


    What could Steve Berry have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Change the entire premise of the "mystery".


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

    Cotton


    Any additional comments?

    I finished the book even though I was put off by the initial suggestion of what would turn out to be the mystery. I honestly thought that it was too ridiculous and pathetic to be the actual story. Unfortunately, I was wrong.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    James 04-30-17
    James 04-30-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Wonderful, compelling story."

    Compelling story, fascinating and believable characters. The unexpected but plausible plot twists are vintage Steve Berry. He's a master story teller.

    As with all good literature a reader learns something about him/herself, others, and the world around him/her. Loved the professional narrative by the author following the novel in which he talks about the research required to write the book, putting a story with a mixture of fact and imagination in some enlightening historical context.

    I recommend the book and the authors other works. This book was read and listened to by my wife and me who says to add, "I like happy endings, where the good guys and right prevail." Certainly, there is a valuable place in the human experience for such inspirational narratives.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Compute 04-24-17
    Compute 04-24-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Just ok"

    This book was just ok. Not up to his usual high standards. It just couldn't keep my attention.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joe at Manhattan Beach Manhattan Beach, CA USA 09-01-16
    Joe at Manhattan Beach Manhattan Beach, CA USA 09-01-16

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    "Another good Steve Berry adventure"

    A good story made even better by Scott Brick's narration. Cotton Malone back on the trail of a historical mystery.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tine 04-08-16
    Tine 04-08-16

    Say something about yourself!

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    "A necessary but trite Malone story"
    Where does The King's Deception rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    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.


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

    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.


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

    I honestly am not sure.


    Any additional comments?

    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. :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amy ROCKFORD, IL, United States 03-02-16
    Amy ROCKFORD, IL, United States 03-02-16 Member Since 2015
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    "A brilliant twist on history..."

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon Speer 02-26-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Steve Berry Fan"

    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?

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    Benay 12-04-15
    Benay 12-04-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Interesting Premise"

    A bit confusing in the beginning for me, but because of the interesting premise for the story I enjoyed it and would recommend it

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