The 14th Colony by Steve Berry


6 Critic Reviews

...11th Cotton Malone thriller...Richer characterizations and more thoughtful suspense elevate this above similar 24-like stories.
-Publishers Weekly


What happens if both the president and vice-president-elect die before taking the oath of office? The answer is far from certain―in fact, what follows would be nothing short of total political chaos.

Shot down over Siberia, ex-Justice Department agent Cotton Malone is forced into a fight for survival against Aleksandr Zorin, a man whose loyalty to the former Soviet Union has festered for decades into an intense hatred of the United States.

Before escaping, Malone learns that Zorin and another ex-KGB officer, this one a sleeper still embedded in the West, are headed overseas to Washington D.C. Noon on January 20th―Inauguration Day―is only hours away. A flaw in the Constitution, and an even more flawed presidential succession act, have opened the door to disaster and Zorin intends to exploit both weaknesses to their fullest.

Armed with a weapon leftover from the Cold War, one long thought to be just a myth, Zorin plans to attack. He’s aided by a shocking secret hidden in the archives of America’s oldest fraternal organization―the Society of Cincinnati―a group that once lent out its military savvy to presidents, including helping to formulate three invasion plans of what was intended to be America’s 14th colony―Canada.

In a race against the clock that starts in the frozen extremes of Russia and ultimately ends at the White House itself, Malone must not only battle Zorin, he must also confront a crippling fear that he’s long denied, but which now jeopardizes everything. Steve Berry’s trademark mix of history and speculation is all here in this provocative new thriller.


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STEVE BERRY is the New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author of ten Cotton Malone novels and four standalones. He has 19 million books in print, translated into 40 languages. With his wife, Elizabeth, he is the founder of History Matters, which is dedicated to historical preservation. He serves on the Smithsonian Libraries Advisory Board and was a founding member of International Thriller Writers, formerly serving as its co-president. Visit his website at
Published April 5, 2016 by Minotaur Books. 463 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction
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Peak Rank on Apr 24 2016
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Below average
on Jan 21 2016

Longer than it needs to be but Berry gunfights his way entertainingly enough to the save-the-world conclusion of this formulaic yarn.

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Publishers Weekly

Above average
on Mar 06 2016

...11th Cotton Malone thriller...Richer characterizations and more thoughtful suspense elevate this above similar 24-like stories.

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Reviewed by Ray Palen on Apr 06 2016

Berry's novels always make you think and will leave you walking away with several “what if” scenarios playing around in your head. THE 14th COLONY is no exception, and the pulse-pounding action and intrigue do not let up until the fateful confrontation between Cotton Malone and his team and the maniacal Zorin.

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Above average
Reviewed by Jim Basile on Apr 03 2016 a novel such as this it starts to feel a bit tedious, especially when some chapters don't really seem to add much to the story. All that said, Berry has once again done what he does so well: “The 14th Colony” is a thriller steeped in action...

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Reviewed by Tim O'Connell on Apr 23 2016

In this latest entertaining and educating thriller, he explores flaws in our Constitution and the presidential succession act, the secrets (both real and made-up) of America’s oldest fraternal organization and our sometimes contentious relationship with our northern neighbor.

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Reviewed by The Associated Press on Apr 10 2016

...the novel delves into the history of a secret society started during the Revolutionary War and a secret plan to invade Canada. Berry makes history exciting, and he has written another winner.

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