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The King's Deception

(Cotton Malone #8)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  12,387 ratings  ·  1,133 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 E
Paperback, Large Edition, 612 pages
Published June 11th 2013 by Random House Large Print
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Eric Lewis The books are supposed to stand alone, but I would read the first few before reading this one so that you will understand the main relationships. Pers…moreThe books are supposed to stand alone, but I would read the first few before reading this one so that you will understand the main relationships. Personally, I have enjoyed reading them in order. A very good series.(less)

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Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
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
Jeanette (Again)
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
Oct 17, 2012 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
Captain Goodvibes
Apr 06, 2014 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
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
Jun 20, 2013 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
Feb 17, 2014 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
Dale Rutter
Jul 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
5 stars!

I had forgot how much I enjoy these sort of books! I hadn't read this genre for ages but now reading it, I don't see why I had stopped, I loved it! The mix of history, thriller and adventure is great and Steve Berry writes it so well.
Without giving spoilers away, the ideas and theories about Queen Elizabeth I is captivating. The whole book was so enthralling and I enjoyed it a lot.
May 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
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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
Mar 18, 2013 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.
Aug 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: electronic
too bad i am not into royalty and such.

i've had my doubts about the percussion explosives.

p3: a part from the well-known actual people, events, and locales that figure in the narrative, all names, characters, places, and incident sare the products of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously.

p69: a garden party for a friend who’d attainted the rank of bencher, one of the select few who governed the middle temple.

p119: a couple of pocketknives, some jewelry, three watches, twenty pounds s
Alain Dib
Sep 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed reading this book it was amazing really appreciated it as it was artistically good it had a good atmosphere big turns of events it is very engaging and most of all it has historic touches witch make it lovely.
I slightly disliked that not all the historic part is a hundred per cent true but didn't really affect my enjoyment.
Recommend it very much a thrilling story well written,I especially recommend it for those who like stories about royalty history and monarchies.
Apr 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audio-2018, read-2018
Cotton Malone is back in Steve Berry's new international adventure, The King's Deception, which blends gripping contemporary political intrigue, Tudor treachery and high-octane thrills. 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. Antrim Blake also has a more personal agenda - a twisted game of revenge in which Gary, Cotton's son, is a pawn ...more
Toni Osborne
Oct 09, 2013 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
Apr 10, 2013 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
Feb 16, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Randall Christopher
Aug 01, 2013 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
Steven Z.
Jan 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Every few months after reading a series of authors I always seem to come back to Steve Berry. He is a superb purveyor of historical fiction that seems about 90% fact and 10% artistic license. Picking up another Berry volume is like satisfying a fix for someone seeking a history lesson wrapped inside a taut mystery that involves complex, yet fascinating characters. In my latest adventure, THE KING’S DECEPTION, Berry as usual does not disappoint as he transports the reader back to Tudor England wi ...more
Dec 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
I always enjoy how Steve Berry weaves history into his tales of intrigue. It adds another level to his stories that you will not find in any other novels in this genre. The King's Deception does not disappoint as he brings in the history and mystery surrounding reign of Elizabeth I and how that might impact the troubles in Ireland. ...more
Nov 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
I continue to enjoy reading these books. This book was fun because of all the Tudor history and the "made up" story. It was a great "what if?" ...more
Jun 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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One of my favorite of Steve Berry's by far. If you want to know more about my thoughts on this book, check out my reading blog.
Tom Fernald
Jul 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Interesting story intertwined with Elizabethan England. The first Lizzy that is...
May 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Always enjoy Steve Berry's books. This was good also. Interesting plot, one I hadn't heard before. ( Don't want to give anything away )
Nick LaManna
Jul 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Berry never disappoints!! Still enjoy the mix of fiction with history!
Jul 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“The King's Deception” (Cotton Malone #8) by Steve Berry

Henry VIII, Elizabeth I, a secret society, Pan AM Flight 103 and Libyan terrorist responsible for the downing of the flight, MI6 and the CIA are combined into a fast paced story. Cotton Malone, Berry’s protagonist finds himself in the middle of dispute between MI6 and a rouge CIA agent. What I like is Steve Berry’s Writer’s Note at the end of the book, when he explains what is historical fact and what is from his imagination. If you like hi
May 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2017
Berry kind of has a rough time with endings, but his thrillers are always an enjoyable ride.
Jul 12, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. -Albert Einstein

This is how I feel when I read a Cotton Malone series book. I will not recap the plot line, as it is done better in many of the more positive reviews. This is a review of the structure of the story and plot of The King's Deception. I have read several of Steve Berry's books, while i greatly enjoyed the Amber Room and the Third Secret, I have never cottoned to this series (see what I did there?). B
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
David Kinchen
Jun 25, 2013 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 re
Jul 10, 2013 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
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Steve Berry is the New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author of nineteen novels, which include: The Warsaw Protocol , The Malta Exchange, The Bishop’s Pawn, The Lost Order, The 14th Colony, The Patriot Threat, The Lincoln Myth, The King's Deception, The Columbus Affair,

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Cotton Malone (1 - 10 of 16 books)
  • The Templar Legacy (Cotton Malone, #1)
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