The Jefferson Key
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
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
Speaking of rides, best damn scene in the whole book is the motorcycle ride down the stairway of a fancy hotel!
I just love these books. Cotton is amazing. You learn something about history and the world and it's super exciting!
And this book was just as great as the others - BUT ... there was a bit too much Pirate stuff in there. It was just too much. There are also too many people telling the story - we have 5 POVs!
And sometimes Steve just drones on and on about things I wasn't interested in. BUT, I also still loved the book. I love Cotton and Cass together and the last 150 pages were reall ...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
Libraries are awesome! This is one of the series that I can read via library loans. As always, interesting mix of history and closer to home politics were woven into this story. I find most of the Cotton Malone stories to be either starts well and ends on a neutral tone or slow build with better pacing towards the end. I have yet to read one where it's well paced from start to finish. ...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
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
American didn't sign the treaty when piracy was outlawed by many countries back in the 18th century. The United States nor France signed the treaty. Spain and Great Britain did. Which means according to our Constitution, letters of marque ca ...more
yo ho ho and a bottle of rum;
i kept expecting for some pieces of eight to turn up
p78: kennedy's protection was waved off for political reasons.
p106: her right hand held a revolver.
p107: he noticed that her weapon was sound-suppressed.
p180: the front door slowly opened and a dark formed stepped inside.
p240: she was visibly upset at the site of the missing wheel.
p265: "...if we had, we would taken preventive measures."
p265: "i'd say that should be tops on your list," daniels said.
It’s hard to go wrong with a superman hero, Cotton Malone, his kick-ass love interest, Cassiopeia Vitt who holds her own when trouble comes to a ...more
Author: Steve Berry
Publisher: Ballantine Books
My rating 5 out of 5 stars.
Each book I read of Steve Berry’s is for me a lesson in the nuance of historical events and people. While the book is a work of fiction, at the end he kindly separates the facts from the fiction of his work. I am constantly amazed at the number of events that have escaped my notice or memory that make the novels all the more captivating to me from start to finish.
Cotton Malone rea ...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. ...more
I think that I have said before that I am old enough to remember when it was easy to tell the Good Guys from the Bad Guys because the Goodies always wore the lighter hats. Here much of the story concerns the rivalry among the various groups of supposedly Good Guys who make up America's Security Services and there is more double crossing than you would find in t ...more