The King's Deception

The King's Deception

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"NEW YORK TIMES" BESTSELLER 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 fifteen-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 forty-five-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. Praise for "The King's Deception" "[A] perfect blend of history and adventure . . . The history enhances the main narrative and gives it an added punch. . . . Pick up this new fast-paced book by Berry and have an excellent thrill ride while you also get a wonderfully enjoyable history lesson. Education has never been this much fun."--The Huffington Post "Steve Berry does what Dan Brown thought he did. [He combines] a love of history with global thriller action and creates books that are impossible to put down and even educational. . . . A perfect blend of history and action . . . perfect summer reading."--"Crimespree Magazine" " " "Cotton Malone returns in a thriller that combines history and gunfire. . . . Readers old and new will enjoy "The King's Deception.""--Associated Press "A complex, rollicking forty-hour ride through a very dangerous and wild weekend in London where the betrayals collide with current events and the deceptions of hundreds of years ago, resulting in an explosive finish that no one who reads it will forget. . . . Berry is a wonderful guide as always, interweaving fascinating bits of history into the narrative. . . . I can't give you a better endorsement for a book or an author."--Bookreportershow more

Product details

  • Hardback | 432 pages
  • 152.4 x 236.22 x 40.64mm | 657.71g
  • Random House USA Inc
  • Random House Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0345526546
  • 9780345526540
  • 225,487

About Steve Berry

Steve Berry is the "New York Times" and #1 internationally bestselling author of "The Lincoln Myth, The King's Deception, The Columbus Affair, The Jefferson Key, The Emperor's Tomb, The Paris Vendetta, The Charlemagne Pursuit, The Venetian Betrayal, The Alexandria Link, The Templar Legacy, The Third Secret, The Romanov Prophecy, "and" The Amber Room." His books have been translated into 40 languages with more than 17,000,000 copies in 51 countries. History lies at the heart of every Steve Berry novel. It's this passion, one he shares with his wife, Elizabeth, that led them to create History Matters, a foundation dedicated to historic preservation. Since 2009 Steve and Elizabeth have traveled across the country to save endangered historic treasures, raising money via lectures, receptions, galas, luncheons, dinners, and their popular writers' workshops. To date, nearly 2,500 students have attended those workshops. In 2012 their work was recognized by the American Library Association, which named Steve the first spokesman for National Preservation Week. He was also appointed by the Smithsonian Board of Regents to serve on the Smithsonian Libraries Advisory Board to help promote and support the libraries in their mission to provide information in all forms to scientists, curators, scholars, students, and the public at large. He has received the Royden B. Davis Distinguished Author Award and the 2013 Writers for Writers Award from "Poets & Writers." His novel "The Columbus Affair" earned him the Anne Frank Human Writes Award, and his historic preservation work merited the 2013 Silver Bullet from International Thriller Writers. Steve Berry was born and raised in Georgia, graduating from the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University. He was a trial lawyer for 30 years and held elective office for 14 of those years. He is a founding member of International Thriller Writers--a group of more than 2,600 thriller writers from around the world--and served three years as its co-president. For more information, visit www.steveberry.org.show more

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Praise for "The King's Deception" "[A] perfect blend of history and adventure . . . The history enhances the main narrative and gives it an added punch. . . . Pick up this new fast-paced book by Berry and have an excellent thrill ride while you also get a wonderfully enjoyable history lesson. Education has never been this much fun."--The Huffington Post "Steve Berry does what Dan Brown thought he did. [He combines] a love of history with global thriller action and creates books that are impossible to put down and even educational. . . . A perfect blend of history and action . . . perfect summer reading."--"Crimespree Magazine" " " "Cotton Malone returns in a thriller that combines history and gunfire. . . . Readers old and new will enjoy "The King's Deception.""--Associated Press "A complex, rollicking forty-hour ride through a very dangerous and wild weekend in London where the betrayals collide with current events and the deceptions of hundreds of years ago, resulting in an explosive finish that no one who reads it will forget. . . . Berry is a wonderful guide as always, interweaving fascinating bits of history into the narrative. . . . I can't give you a better endorsement for a book or an author."--Bookreporter "There are more twists and turns in this plot than in a 1970s disco bar. Interspersed between the modern incidents of betrayals and counter-betrayals are numerous episodes of Tudor/Elizabethan history sure to ruffle the skirts of the most avid Tudor fan. With its great plot and interesting characters, this book is a real page-turner and an enjoyable read. Highly recommended."--"Historical Novels Review" " " "History, mystery and murder surround perennial protagonist Cotton Malone in a fast-moving tale featuring Elizabeth I, England's 'Virgin Queen.' . . . A heart-pumping adventure."--"The Florida Times-Union" " " "Action interspersed with unbelievable shockers from the past . . . [Cotton Malone] conshow more

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8,805 ratings
3.93 out of 5 stars
5 27% (2,412)
4 44% (3,916)
3 23% (2,023)
2 4% (362)
1 1% (92)

Our customer reviews

Add Steve Berry to my list of favorite authors. Steve, where have you been all of my reading life? How come I'm just now discovering you? Me-thriller fan/historical fiction fan/Tudor fan. The King's Deception - all of these rolled into one. How does the upcoming release of a Libyan terrorist responsible for the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland play into international diplomacy? That's easy to figure out. Many British and American citizens were killed in this tragedy, so America is naturally concerned with figuring out why Britain would allow this release. Where does a 500-year-old "Tudor Plot" play into this modern-day intrigue? THAT is the kicker. Cotton Malone, a retired American agent, is doing a favor for his former boss, bringing a teenage fugitive back to London as he travels with his son Gary. This simple favor turns into a dangerous adventure where it's sometimes hard to tell the bad guys from the good, and twists and turns abound. Mix in the fact that there may be a Tudor secret (or two) that could change the course of history - powerful enough to possibly sway the British into intervening in the release of the Libyan terrorist - and you have two parallel tales, both equally fascinating and fun for this reader. There's a suspense thriller with characters that you actually CARE about. The interplay between Cotton, his son Gary, their "fugitive" Ian and various other characters makes for a well-developed character study even for someone new to the Cotton Malone novels. There's enough believable action and plot to keep any thriller/suspense reader happy, and enough plot twists to keep you on your toes. Then there's the historical fiction aspect of it. What would be the international implication if Queen Elizabeth's reign and her actions were deemed false? Was there a reason why Queen Elizabeth enforced such strict rules about touching and/or seeing her person? Why did she never marry? Why did she insist that there be no post-mortem autopsy? What is the Daedulus Society and whose secrets are they keeping? You have to read this one to find out. It was extremely good - fast-paced, involved, with more than a few surprises thrown in - I closed this one with a satisfied thunk. QUOTES: "We truly have little idea what Elizabeth actually looked like. All of the surviving portraits are suspect. And she was definitely a person of strange habits. As Robert Cecil noted, she wore wigs, heavy makeup, and unflattering clothing. By all accounts she was not a pretty woman, her language coarse, her manner brusque. She controlled her life, and her world, totally. No one could, or would, question her decisions. So it is entirely possible that the ruse could have worked." "I've been around a long time, Malone." "I'm not one of your exes. You might find beating up on me a bit more difficult." BLOGGERS: Have you reviewed this book? If so, please feel free to leave a link to your review in the comments section; I will also add your link to the body of my review. Writing: 4.5 out of 5 stars Plot: 4.5 out of 5 stars Characters: 4.5 out of 5 stars Reading Immersion: 5 out 5 stars BOOK RATING: 4.6 out of 5 stars Sensitive Reader: Some people die, but not extremely depicted. Book Club Recommendation: Yes - I can see people having lots of fun with this one.show more
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