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The King's Deception (Cotton Malone #8)

3.88 of 5 stars 3.88  ·  rating details  ·  5,243 ratings  ·  734 reviews
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 En
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Published June 11th 2013 by Random House Large Print
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Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
Poor Cotton Malone. He can't seem to make a simple trip from one continent to another without getting caught in a tangle of international intrigue. It's a gift, he says. He's a trouble magnet, says I. In this installment, Steve Berry takes us on a whirlwind tour of London's landmarks with the purpose of reminding us that "history matters."

If you've come this far in the Cotton Malone series, you know that a simple plot description never prepares you for the complexity and convoluted path of the
I figured it's close enough to publication date that I can go ahead and post this. Everyone else has!

I received (with immature, unadulterated, dance-around-my-living-room delight) an advanced copy from Netgalley for review.

The mere mention of King Henry VIII sends historians and lovers of Tudor fiction into wild meanderings on the twisted and tangled life that was the monarch’s. Wife after wife, child after child, this man
redefined not only what it meant to be regent and religious leader in Bri
I know that Dan Brown gets all of the attention, but Steve Berry is definitely the better writer in this genre. Since Angels and Demons, Brown has been on a downward spiral with his books while Berry keeps getting better and better. This is probably the most well researched and plausible of all his books.

The format of this book is a little different from previous Berry works. The story is told by Cotton Malone to his ex-wife, Pam, after the fact, so we go in knowing that the CIA operation faile
Berry returns with his newest Cotton Malone installment, sure to impress those with an interest in British history. While transporting a young escapee back to London (a side mission organised by the Magellan Group) before taking his son with him to Denmark, Malone is put in the middle of an international incident. Before British SIS can assume custody, thugs try to kidnap him, which leads to the boy’s escape with young Gary Malone. While the elder Malone tries to find the boy and his son, a larg ...more
Patrick Nichol
There is a common opinion that many best-selling authors "phone in" some of their stories after enjoying massive success.
The implication is one of laziness, relying on formula rather than inspiration. Or, if the author collaborates, taking top billing from the hard work of the partner.
The King's Deception by Steve Berry is neither lazy nor derivative.
This is the eighth outing for Cotton Malone - Berry's ex-US agent-turned-bookseller and it doesn't disappoint. Malone and his son Gary are kidnappe
Full review on my blog:-

A couple of years ago I read my first Steve Berry book – The Emperor’s Tomb – and was immediately caught up in Berry’s writing, his style and the adventure that ensued. I really enjoyed that book and couldn’t wait for the next adventure. Unfortunately for some reason I just couldn’t get involved with The Jefferson Key or The Columbus Affair, no idea why – surprising given my love for American history - but for me the magic wasn’t t
Randy Christopher
I have read all of Berry's books and I have to say this one is clearly his best. It is right up with The Romanov Prophecy in my eyes. I have always been fascinated with the Tudors, and this gives some historical background I, was not familiar with, and even the major thing I won't spoil which I feel I had read or heard before. I feel Berry does a great job in feeding us the information we need a little at a time in order for us to anticipate and desire it more. Reading this will keep you up, bec ...more
Toni Osborne
Book 8, in the Cotton Malone series

This is another suspense thriller that weaves his tale around documented facts, events and known figures of history. Being a fan of conspiracy and the Tudor period I much enjoyed Mr. Berry’s spin on time.

Right from the start I was engaged by the secrets societies the political intrigue and the Tudor secrets although at the heart of the story is the all too real drama of Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, a former intelligence officer, convicted of 270 counts of murder for
David Kinchen

The strange case of whistleblower/traitor (take your pick) intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, and the snubbing of the U.S. by Hong Kong, Russia and perhaps Ecuador shows that countries are capable of acting like the worst kind of junior high kids, making the tension between the U.S. and the U.K. in Steve Berry's explosive (literally and figuratively) "The King's Deception" (Ballantine Books, 432 pages, $27.00), all that more possible.

The tension arises from the decision by Scotland to rel
The King's Deception opens with Cotton Malone and his fifteen-year-old son, Gary traveling to Europe so they can escort a teenage fugitive England. This favor for the justice apartment goes array, when upon arrival in London, both Cotton's son and the teen are kidnapped. This is the catalyst for Cotton to do what he does well, research, kick butt and beat the bad guys.
I have always liked Cotton Malone and his adventures, with their mix of history and suspense; they have always been a great read.
The eighth book about Justice Department' Magellan Billet agent Cotton Malone. Cotton and his son are taking a prisoner back to London when they are kidnapped. There is a battle underway between the CIA and MI-6 to prevent the release of the Lockerbie bomber for humanitarian reasons. A 500 year old secret, involving the history of the Tudor line, the role of law, the conflict in Northern Ireland, traitors, thieves, spies, etc. create a complex plot, like all Berry novels. As always, well-researc ...more
I may have read one of the previous 7 books by Steve Berry which featured the retired agency man, Cotton Malone, but don't recall it. This was good and bad, the former because I had no preconceptions with The King's Deception, and the latter because I could forget about this one too.

Nonetheless, I can say I enjoyed listening to this audiobook. Berry has a style of writing that works like a serialized comic, where threads are left hanging until the next episode, or chapter. In this way, he moves
Paul Pessolano
“The King’s Deception” by Steve Berry, published by Ballantine Books.

Category – Mystery/Thriller Publication Date – June 20, 2013

Steve Berry is one of the best writers today that can combine mystery/thriller with historical fiction. In fact, he is so good that sometimes it is difficult to distinguish what is fiction and non-fiction. It is a good thing that at the end of his books he explains what is fiction and non-fiction in his novels. Cotton Malone is back and is headed for England. He become
Sharon Chance
Author Steve Berry’s Cotton Malone series always rank high on both the bestsellers’ lists and on his fan’s must-have lists, and his eighth installment, “The King’s Deception” is proving to be no exception.

In “The King’s Deception” Berry takes his readers on another full-blown excitement-fest in a story that is filled with intrigue, suspense, and fast-paced action as his main character, Cotton Malone, finds himself once again embroiled in a scandal that only he can resolve. Now retired from his f
Mina De Caro (Mina's Bookshelf)
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[...] One of the best kept secrets in history, and the grave repercussions this secret may have on the United Kingdom's fate, lay at the heart of Steve Berry's conspiracy thriller. The King's Deception swept me away with its non-stop action, flawless writing, and fleshed-out characters. Cotton Malone's multi-layered arc (ex US Department of Justice, newly divorcee and antique books amateur) unfolds throughout eight
Debdatta D. Sahay (b00k r3vi3ws)
This is my first time reading a book from the Cotton Malone series even though I have heard about them for the longest of times.

Cotton Malone is a retired agent for the Department of Justice who is now a proud owner of a bookstore. While taking a trip with his teenage son, he agrees to escort a teenage fugitive back to London as a favour to an old connection. When they arrive at the London Airport, it doesn’t take long for things to go horribly wrong. Before anyone has a chance to react, Malone
Love Steve Berry! I recommend reading the short story The Tudor Plot before beginning The King's Deception. It is not necessary, but will give you a little more background about the Tudor's and Sir Thomas Mallory.

I do not know that much about the Tudors (I have never seen any of the movie's or tv series). I am now completely hooked and can't wait to learn more. This book mainly focuses on Elizabeth I and the story of the Bisley Boy. I found all of the stories and the historical facts fascinating
The Lit Bitch
4.5 stars!

This is my first ‘historic thriller’ I’ve read since Dan Brown’s The DaVinci Code. If you are a fan of Robert Langdon and Brown’s other novels then you will adore Cotton Malone!

I enjoyed Steve Berry’s writing style. It was quick, direct, and to the point. He didn’t spend too long on ‘the back story’ but provided enough info so that I could follow along with the series (this is the 8th book in the Cotton Malone series). He got right into the thick of things.

One of the things I loved mo
I had high hopes for this novel since Steve Berry is one of my favorite authors and I’m a Tudor-phile. Though it was as exciting and entertaining as all Cotton Malone novels, this one didn’t quite hit the mark, perhaps because the subject is so near and dear to me. Berry takes an obscure and absurd legend about Elizabeth I and ties it into the release of the Lockerbie bomber and the conflict in Ireland, which seems a bit of a stretch. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed the historical aspect of it, an ...more
Pure Textuality
I have been all about the historical thriller fiction these days!

I am completely new to Steve Berry as a writer. The King’s Deception was my first trip into his writing and I loved it! He’s probably sick of hearing the comparison (or he’s extremely flattered, who knows!) but if you’re a fan of the Robert Langdon books by Dan Brown or any of the Daniel Silva novels, you would LOVE Steve Berry’s writing style. It’s very rich with history and intrigue. I love a book that leaves me feeling like my
I must admit to enjoying a suspense/thriller every once and again and it there is a bit of the historical within it all the better! This is not my first book by Steve Berry and I doubt it will be my last - he does know how to keep the pages turning. This time he takes on the big guns though, the Tudors. They are mighty popular these days with readers who might not have shown interest in the past but with the advent of the cable series and more books than a person can possibly read the Tudors are ...more
Jo Dervan
This is the 8th in the Cotton Malone series and once again the author has written a suspenseful novel with many surprises. The book begins with ex-Justice Department agent now book store owner flying with his son from Georgia to London. Cotton, who now lives in Denmark, is bringing his son, Gary, to that country for a vacation. He is also accompanying a teen to London at the behest of the CIA. The boy, Ian, is to be handed over to the Metropolitan police. However they all get kidnapped and end u ...more
For anyone who has seen me since last Tuesday with my earbuds constantly in my head, this book is the reason why. I had it in my Audible wishlist to download the moment it became available and it didn't disappoint... Steve Berry rarely disappoints me even a little bit.

This is the 8th book in the Cotton Malone series (don't ask why he's called Cotton; it's sensitive) and it also happens to be about my own personal favorite period of history, the Tudors. Combine Cotton Malone's propensity for find
Patrice Hoffman
I have completed Steve Berry's 8th Cotton Malone novel, The King's Deception and I'm once more reminded why I'm such a fan of this series. Cotton and his son Gary are in Europe as a favor to his (ex)boss Stephanie. His assistance in escorting a teenage fugitive, Ian, is needed. Once they touch down in England, they are approached by some very dangerous men weilding weapons. This is where Cotton is seperated from his son, as well as Ian, and things begin to explode in ways that Cotton wasn't expe ...more
Amy Lignor
Cotton Malone, a former Justice Department agent, takes the reins of this latest Berry novel. With the author’s perfect research into both modern and historical time periods, the reader will be thrilled with this extremely engaging puzzle.

In the history of Tudor England there is a secret being hidden that, if it came to light, would throw the Brits into a tizzy. Thanks to the machinations of Henry VIII and some of his cohorts way back when, the secret has stayed hidden…until now.

Cotton is retire
Darlene Ferland
Thank you Mr. Berry! It had been worth the wait for Cotton Malone to come back. Cotton and his fifteen year old son Gary are heading to Europe and he receives a call from his former boss from the Justice Department. She asks if he could escort a teenager fugitive back to England. . . That's when the adventure begins! Operation King's Deception is the name of the covert undertakings of the CIA which they hope will make the British Government to intercede with Scotland's decision to let the Libyan ...more
Paula Howard
Steve Berry's The King's Deception is more unique that the other Cotton Malone series. In the King's Deception, Cotton is telling his ex-wife events from 2 years past.

We previous learned that Gary was not Cotton's biological son. Pam would tell neither one who the father was. Gary had been upset and wanted to go spend Thanksgiving with Cotton in Copenhagen. Cotton was asked to take a runaway, Ian, back to London. Of course, nothing is as easy, straight forward or simple was it seems it would be.
—— I received this book from Meryl L Moss Media for my honest review——

This is my first Cotton Malone book that I have read, and I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed it. For me this book was slow reading for the first 1/2 to 1/3 because you keep switching between who's telling the story and it took me this time to get into the rhythm of the changes and to learn the characters enough not to get lost with who was telling the story. The story line for this book I found very interesting because I
Jaime Boler

Cotton Malone returns in Steve Berry’s newest novel The King’s Deception and the stakes have never been higher. I am a huge Malone fan, and I must say that Berry’s eighth installment in the Malone series is his best and his most controversial yet. The King’s Deception made my heart pound, my pulse race, and my eyes go wide. I predict all Malone fans will have similar reactions.

The King’s Deception is actually a flashback. Malone relives an experience he had two years previously in a conversation

The King's Deception by Steve Berry

Operation Kings Deception rose from evidence that Henry VII had hidden his abundance of wealth in a secret location before he died. On his death bed, Henry VIII indulged the information on the whereabouts of the insurmountable treasure. This information has recently surfaced in the form of a flash drive which contains clues and broken codes. A fifteen year old boy named Ian Dunn had witnessed the murder of the man with ownership of the drive and has unintention
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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 Ro
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