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The King's Deception (Cotton Malone #8)

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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
Paperback, Large Edition, 612 pages
Published June 11th 2013 by Random House Large Print
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This book has everything you need for when it comes to a great adventure book; an old secret, a secret society, American agents, British agents, two old ladies, a thief and, of course, our hero Cotton Malone smack in the middle. He has a talent for really getting in the way of things.

Cotton Malone is on his way to Denmark to celebrate Thanksgiving with his son Gary. But first he needs to drop off a kid in London that has tried to enter The States with a false passport. And as usual, everything g
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
 (shan) Littlebookcove
I'm going to be honest, and this might be a very short review because of it But the only thing that kept me interested in this book was the plot. The whole book, it's self was boring. There were two subplots in this book. One of them is the plot I was interested in and the other I really couldn't care less for as it was so predictable. However the plot I liked in this book was really interesting. There was a time I was really into book's like this mainly Dan browns book's but I didn't feel this ...more
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
Nov 16, 2013 Matt rated it really liked it
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
Jun 24, 2013 Christy rated it it was amazing
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
Randall Christopher
Jul 15, 2014 Randall Christopher rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 18, 2013 Jo rated it it was ok
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.
Bill Dawes
Apr 06, 2014 Bill Dawes rated it did not like it
Must say, I am astonished at all the good reviews this book has earned. I struggled to the end just in case it got better, but it really wasn't worth the effort. Firstly, the book is in serious need of an editor, there are spelling mistakes, incorrect uses of words (since when did 'apt' mean being good at something?), and even complete lines repeated. Plus, all the other things an editor should be doing - assisting the author where his writing could use a little tidying up, or a phrase is being ...more
Toni Osborne
Nov 06, 2013 Toni Osborne rated it really liked it
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
Patrick Nichol
Jun 17, 2013 Patrick Nichol rated it it was amazing
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
May 27, 2013 Miles rated it really liked it
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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
Sep 10, 2014 Ric rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 27, 2014 Sheryle rated it it was ok
I was so disappointed by this book. I have read and enjoyed most of Steve Berry's other books, including the first 6 Cotton Malone books and was looking forward to reading The King's Deception. I found this book hard to get into and only the thought of finding out about Queen Elizabeth I and the hoax surrounding her kept me going. While I really enjoyed the historical part of the book, I found the part set in the present to be slow-going at best. The author kept beating us over the head that Cot ...more
Paul Pessolano
Jul 23, 2013 Paul Pessolano rated it really liked it
“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
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
b00k r3vi3ws
Aug 11, 2014 b00k r3vi3ws rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 24, 2013 Danielle rated it really liked it
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
Jul 10, 2013 The Lit Bitch rated it really liked it
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
Mar 31, 2013 Julie rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, vine, fiction, tudor
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
Jul 17, 2013 Patty rated it liked it
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
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
Aug 07, 2013 Ned rated it really liked it
Four stars!

In this book, Steve Berry channels Dan Brown. But Dan Brown is not the writer that Steve Berry is!
Like Brown, Steve Berry gives us a historical puzzle to figure out. The puzzle is part of the writer's imagination, but a great deal of the history is real and fascinating.

A political novel backed with a fascinating English history of the 15th thru 17th Century and the Tudors. (This was apparently before England had sedans). Henry VII, Henry VIII, and especially Elizabeth I. Royal histor
David Kinchen
Jun 25, 2013 David Kinchen rated it it was amazing

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
Jul 07, 2014 Alisa rated it really liked it
A great romp through the relatively short Tudor period, with legal turns that make me think of all the shadow actions undertaken by the US government in our names, and just how often we must allow agents to go adrift to avoid political issues. How often are those operations compromised by a secret agent gone rogue? Is it due to accidental exposure, personal affiliations or affections, greed, or just simply perceived as rogue by a narrow superior? And do old agents ever really retire? *Rounded up ...more
John Bastin
Aug 04, 2016 John Bastin rated it really liked it
Again, Steve Berry looks into history, this time it's 16th and early 17th century England, to create a dramatic story worked around the colorful characters of that time. How can the ideas and machinations of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I be important enough in the present day to bring international law enforcement and government agencies together to protect their secret? Let him show you the way.
Rick Fisher
Welcome to The History of the British Monarchy 101.
I admit, I have a bromance with Cotton Malone. He is, undoubtedly, one of my favorite characters ever written. Unfortunately, there just wasn't enough of him in this novel.
The premise behind this novel is extremely interesting. I just feel Mr. Berry took to much time, in this novel, regaling the readers with historical facts. While I do enjoy a good backstory, it needs to be limited. Not so much, here. I would have preferred more about our h
Petra Willemse
May 04, 2014 Petra Willemse rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction, series
I am mad a wasted time on this. Normally Steve Berry's books are just fine - the summer beach reading type. However, maybe it's because I know something more about this history (Elizabeth I) that it made me so mad. I just didn't buy the premise of the story and the whole thing came off as fake from there.
This was an interesting book with a good story. However, I got lost by the characters a lot and sometimes couldn't remember which secret agent was which. But other than that I loved the premise. (view spoiler) This book had a great mix of historical fiction, mystery, and action thriller to it. This is my first book in this s ...more
Nov 09, 2013 Carol rated it it was ok
Steve Berry gives us another historical thriller featuring Cotton Malone, the retired State Department agency turned bookseller who always manages to get caught up in political conflicts. This time he is transporting a teenage boy to London with his son Gary. There is a terrorist being released by the British government, allegations of an impostor on the throne, and a coded journal everyone wants to get their hands on but in the end the story is very flat and boring compared to past Berry novels ...more
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