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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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    Carter Merkle Norman, OK United States 06-23-15
    Carter Merkle Norman, OK United States 06-23-15 Member Since 2001
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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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    teamsperl 03-06-15
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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
    me 08-03-14 Member Since 2017
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    "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<br/>


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    B S Davis 07-18-14
    B S Davis 07-18-14 Member Since 2017
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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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    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.

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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.

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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.

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    Tamarala Avondale, AZ, USA 12-19-13
    Tamarala Avondale, AZ, USA 12-19-13 Member Since 2017
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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 2 people found this review helpful
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    James P. Evans 08-15-13 Member Since 2015
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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.

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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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