The Jefferson Key (Cotton Malone #7)
But what if those presidents were all killed for the same reason: a clause in the United States Constitution -- contained within Article 1, Section 8 -- that would shock Americans?
This question is what faces former Justice Departmen...more
Steve Berry is a favourite author and his recent book does not disappoint. After reading just a few electrifying paragraphs suddenly it would leap effortlessly to yet another scene creating an exhilarating roller coaster of a ride throughout the entire book. Quite remarkable as other books can confuse the reader by jumping back and forth. But not so with the Jefferson Key. It flowed along smoothly, and was a very exciting, suspenseful read. Highly rec ...more
Speaking of rides, best damn scene in the whole book is the motorcycle ride down the stairway of a fancy hotel!
The action middle of the book has too many characters doing too many things at once. The text skips around so fast you can't follow what is going on with any one character for very long. Even in the center of the character's story, there are single sentences that don't fit with the narrative just popped in.
Then...it seems like there is some challenge out there for writers to write the most dem ...more
Berry also examines the world of pirates and privateers in this latest edition of the Cotton Malone series. Malone stays on this side of the Atlantic and pits him against this underground group and his nemesis from the short story The Devil's Gold.
The storyline did drag a little at times, b ...more
For this book, Berry has set his story inside the U.S. and involves the earliest years of the country, when there was no military. Instead the founding fathers offered letters of mark to four individuals - either privateers or pirates, depending who you talk to - who could bedevil the young America's enemies on behalf of the government. In return, they are promised immunity from any prosecution, and the right to keep most of the spoils they acquire ...more
Cotton Malone, former Justice Dept. operative, is summoned to New York only to be caught up in an attempt on the President's life. He manages to stop the assassination and realizes that he had been set up to take the blame if it succeeded.
The story begins with an attempt on Andrew Jackson's life after he informed a group of pirates or privateers, that their services were no longer d ...more
1) My advanced edition had three blurbs from authors David Baldacci, Vince Flynn and Brad Meltzer. I have read everything they have written and they raved about this book so I was ready to start.
2) The opening was interesting and hooked me. It had everything you would need. Two assassination attempts on President's, letters of Marque, and a cipher. T ...more
There are a lot of people involved in this book. Th ...more
Not at all.
The first 30 pages were intense. But then the book turned into a mish-mosh of jumbled scenes
Positives: The only positive of this book, in my opinion, was I liked the premise of the book. Definitely interesting. But the premise was the only good thing.
1) Too many--and I mean WAY too many--main characters. There was not really one protagonist ...more
For the first time in the series the book is set wholly in the USA. I don't have an issue with this as, being an Australian, the US is as foreign as Europe or Asia. The locations were well researched although it would have been nice to have more interesting ones. Monticello was good as was Pamlico Sound and the treasure resting place which I won't give away. O ...more
This book is a quick, quick summer read - perfect for traveling or the beach. The action is fast paced and is happening simultaneo ...more
Put this on your "to-read" list for summer and add some more Steve Berry books. You will love them.
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Cotton Malone, ex-agente operativo del Ministero di Giustizia americano, viene convocato a NY dal suo ex-capo Stephanie Nelle e si ritrova invischiato in un complotto di proporzioni nazionali. Fra assassinii p ...more
The Jefferson Key starts off intere ...more
Cotton Malone gets an email from his boss to show up in NYC at a certain time in a certain hotel room. What Malone doesn’t know is that he is being setup to take the fall in a bold assassination attempt against sitting US president Danny Daniels.
Malone and his girlfriend, Cassiopeia ...more
“Cotton Malone is known for his overseas exploits. A former-Justice Department operative, who can’t stay out of trouble, he’s found adventures in all parts of Europe (The Templar Legacy, The Paris Vendetta), Central Asia (The Venetian Betrayal), Antarctica (The Charlemagne Pursuit), the Middle East (The Alexandria Link), and China (The Emp ...more
The pacing is fast enough & all the usual suspects are here. Stephanie Nelle, s ...more
Steve Barry apparently read the feedback of his last novel and righted the course. This time ex-Magillen Billet operative, Cotton Malone is on US soil for the duration of the book. An assassination attempt against President Daniels turns into a treasure hunt involving a cipher message left by Andrew Jackson using an encoding scheme created by Thomas Jefferson to locate documents signed by George Washington that have the ability to takedown some very powe ...more
However, this method means mixed results, sort of like those boxes of Christmas candy that get handed around at the office party. Sometimes you win the lottery and find yourself biting into a delicious nougat wrapped in dark chocolate. Other times you find you ...more
I've never been a fan of the techno-thiller starring the gruff, no-nonsense super-agent. But when this gruff, no-nonsense super agent has to do contend with a gruff, no-nonsense head of an intelligence agency after thwarting an assassination attempt on the gruff, no-nonsense President all the while battling a gruff, no-nonsense nemesis from his past while making witty ban ...more
From the beginning, we are following the story from several different perspectives: Cotton/Cassiopeia, and then three unknowns; Hale (Commonwealth Captain), Knox (Commonwealth quartermaster), and Wyatt (allegiance unknown). In th ...more
Another good book from this author, very pleasant and entertaining, full of action and suspense and once again mixed with a beautiful and exotic blend of fact and fiction, of reality and fantasy.
Even if this time the plot unfolds only within the US borders, we are still presented with somewhat exotic events and characters from the early years of pirates operating in the waters controlled by US.
And as usual we are pr ...more
Steve Berry is the New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author of The Lost Order, The 14th Colony, The Patriot Threat, 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 Alexa ...more