The King's Deception (Cotton Malone Series #8)

The King's Deception (Cotton Malone Series #8)

by Steve Berry

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • This Cotton Malone 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.

Don’t miss Steve Berry’s novella The Tudor Plot and an excerpt from The Lincoln Myth in the back of the book.

Praise for The King’s Deception

“A Dan Brown-ian secular conspiracy about the Virgin Queen driving nonstop international intrigue.”—Kirkus Reviews

Praise for Steve Berry
“Berry raises this genre’s stakes.”—The New York Times
“I love this guy.”—#1 New York Times bestselling author Lee Child
“Forget Clancy and Cussler. When it comes to this genre, there is simply no one better.”—The Providence Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345526557
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/31/2013
Series: Cotton Malone Series , #8
Pages: 640
Sales rank: 95,551
Product dimensions: 4.30(w) x 7.40(h) x 1.90(d)

About the Author

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 18,000,000 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.
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The King's Deception: A Novel 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 120 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another great Steve Berry book. Five stars.
Novembers_Saturday More than 1 year ago
This is one of Berry's best novels. There are stories going on within stories, deceptions on top of deceptions. I learned more than I ever wanted to know about the history of the British monarchy but in the end it all came together and made a wonderful thriller! I highly recommend this book if you like this genre!
ebooks18 More than 1 year ago
What I enjoyed was the history but the rest of the story became more and more ridiculous as the book went on until it was totally unbelievable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Steve Berry is one of thebest out there. The Kings Deception is no different than his other books, it gets you hooked and before you know it the book is done. Excellent.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great historical thought provoker!!
CaptFrank More than 1 year ago
Typical Steve Berry... lots of twists and turns, plenty of action and a far fetched, though plausible, historical basis. Had a hard time putting it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Steve berry clearly out did himself on this book deals woth the lockerbee bomber and the leverage that might make England try to get Scotland to rethink releasing the bomber and the fact that Elizabeth the first last of the tudors and queen during Englands golden age was not who everybody thought she was
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Berry did an excellent job at taking the Tudor legacy and adding a bit of mystery and intrigue into it. Being a frequent traveler to England I must say he truly captured and studied the culture in Great Britain, it was as if I was standing nearby in all the great English buildings with Cotton and Co. And to those who may feel that the Tudor scandal was less than compelling, let me tell you that if such a thing were true, it truly would have destroyed England and would have been a very real threat to that situation! Overall Berry did a superb job capturing the mood for this book and I will most certainly be keeping an eye out for his future titles!!
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Great location imagery
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a great story line! Complex with so many turns and twists kept one guessing how it would end. Love these stories.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book is riveting, couldn't put it down, Cotton Malone is such a fascinating hero. I also learned about Queen Bess, the theory of the secret is so credible, I actually entertain the idea, it is so plausible - what if it is true? WOW
Mark-B More than 1 year ago
Steve Berry is definitely one of my favorite writers. Love this book. All of the Cotton Malone Series is a must read.
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As always I enjoy reading the Cotton Malone series. Steve Berry is a very good writer.
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rmd270 More than 1 year ago
Steve Berry continues to deliver excellent story telling and action in this latest Cotton Malone chapter. This one is a look back 2 years into the pass and tells the story of Cotton's adventure with his son Gary in England. This involves the legend or the Tudor kings and the possibility that Queen Elizabeth I was not what she appeared to be. The story begins during the period that Scotland was about to release the convicted terrorist bomber of the Lockerbie Pan Am flight 103 to Libya. The US CIA tries to stop this by researching the past history of Queen Elizabeth 1 and the "Kings Deception ", one that could create turmoil for the current English government. There is a great back and forth with lots of twists that keep you interested right up to the thrilling end. Can't wait for the next Cotton Malone chapter as they have not disappointed.
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I felt as if I had read this book before but entertaining, all the same.