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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

Critic Reviews

"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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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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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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Re-writing History !!

Scott Brick is the premier narrator in audio books, he truly brings each story to life.
The Kings Deception turns Royal lineage on its head. The blend of historic facts twisted with modern espionage keeps the reader/listener interested on two parallel planes, "what actually happen during and just after the reign of Henry the 8th and how far will modern day diplomats go to keep a 400 year old secret.
Another in Steve Berry's series of spell-binding masterpieces . . . Bring on the next in the series !!

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History matters

I love the way Berry takes quirks and mysteries of history and turns them into great fictional stories.

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Enjoyed another Berry book

Very entertaining. Good author and narrator. There was some wordiness and details that could have been left out but very good book.

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  • me
  • 08-03-14

Scott Brick is the worst audio performer

If you could sum up The King's Deception in three words, what would they be?

great story

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Scott Brick?

anyone else. i could not listen, had to read the book he is so bad. will never get another audio book that he narrates

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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

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Popular, why?

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.

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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.

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  • Bill
  • Minnetonka, MN, United States
  • 03-05-14

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.