The King's Deception by Steve Berry
(Cotton Malone)


7 Critic Reviews

A Dan Brown-ian secular conspiracy about The Virgin Queen driving nonstop international intrigue.


NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • This Cotton Malone 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 England. But after he is greeted at gunpoint in London, both the fugitive and Gary disappear, and Malone learns that he’s stumbled into a high-stakes diplomatic showdown—an international incident fueled by geopolitical gamesmanship and shocking Tudor secrets.
At its heart is the Libyan terrorist convicted of bombing Pan Am Flight 103, who is set to be released by Scottish authorities for “humanitarian reasons.” An outraged American government objects, but nothing can persuade the British to intervene.
Except, perhaps, Operation King’s Deception.
Run by the CIA, the operation aims to solve a centuries-old mystery, one that could rock Great Britain to its royal foundations.
Blake Antrim, the CIA operative in charge of King’s Deception, is hunting for the spark that could rekindle a most dangerous fire, the one thing that every Irish national has sought for generations: a legal reason why the English must leave Northern Ireland. The answer is 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. But Antrim also has a more personal agenda, a twisted game of revenge in which Gary is a pawn. With assassins, traitors, spies, and dangerous disciples of a secret society closing in, Malone is caught in a lethal bind. To save Gary he must play one treacherous player against another—and only by uncovering the incredible truth can he hope to prevent the shattering consequences of the King’s Deception.

Don’t miss Steve Berry’s novella The Tudor Plot and an excerpt from The Lincoln Myth in the back of the book.

Praise for The King’s Deception
“A Dan Brown-ian secular conspiracy about the Virgin Queen driving nonstop international intrigue.”—Kirkus Reviews

Praise for Steve Berry
“Berry raises this genre’s stakes.”—The New York Times
“I love this guy.”—#1 New York Times bestselling author Lee Child
“Forget Clancy and Cussler. When it comes to this genre, there is simply no one better.”—The Providence Journal

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About Steve Berry

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Steve and Phil were founder members of the TV Cream nostalgia website and have written several books on popular culture. They know lots about stuff from the 70s and 80s.
Published June 11, 2013 by Ballantine Books. 433 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, Political & Social Sciences. Fiction
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on Mar 15 2013

A Dan Brown-ian secular conspiracy about The Virgin Queen driving nonstop international intrigue.

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on Mar 18 2013

All the elements of a Da Vinci Code adventure are in place: a traitorous CIA agent...but unfortunately these components function more as teasers for the undeniably fascinating historical material, rather than as a launching pad for genuine thrills.

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Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub on Jun 14 2013

But Berry is a wonderful guide as always, interweaving fascinating bits of history into the narrative, which is subdivided into sections introduced by paintings of Queen Elizabeth I.

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Reviewed by Jackie K. Cooper on Jun 22 2013

So pick up this new fast paced book by Berry and have an excellent thrill ride while you also get a wonderfully enjoyable history lesson. Education has never been this much fun.

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Reviewed by Lee Scott on Jun 24 2013

Berry closes the chase with a heart-pumping adventure deep in underground London. Despite its inconsistencies, real fans will love it

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Reviewed by David M. Kinchen on Jun 25 2013

I won't go into the intricacies and spoilers in Berry's action-filled, well-written (what else from Steve Berry?) other than to recommend it to readers who want to mix real history with their spy vs. spy action.

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Reviewed by Jeff Ayers on Jun 10 2013

Betrayals abound, and it's never clear what's really going on or the true motives behind the players manipulating Malone at every turn. Readers old and new will enjoy "The King's Deception."

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