The King's Deception

The King's Deception

A Novel

Book - 2013
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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 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.

Praise for The King's Deception
"[A] perfect blend of history and adventure . . . The history enhances the main narrative and gives it an added punch. . . . 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." --The Huffington Post
"Steve Berry does what Dan Brown thought he did. [He combines] a love of history with global thriller action and creates books that are impossible to put down and even educational. . . . A perfect blend of history and action . . . perfect summer reading." -- Crimespree Magazine
"Cotton Malone returns in a thriller that combines history and gunfire. . . . Readers old and new will enjoy The King's Deception ." --Associated Press
"A complex, rollicking forty-hour ride through a very dangerous and wild weekend in London where the betrayals collide with current events and the deceptions of hundreds of years ago, resulting in an explosive finish that no one who reads it will forget. . . . Berry is a wonderful guide as always, interweaving fascinating bits of history into the narrative. . . . I can't give you a better endorsement for a book or an author." --Bookreporter
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, c2013
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780345526540
Branch Call Number: BER
Characteristics: 409 p. ;,25 cm


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Jul 03, 2017

Good yarn, full of interesting possibilities and intrigue. Kept me reading.

Sep 18, 2016

I enjoyed this story because of the history portion but I also enjoyed getting to know his son. I hope Miss Mary and Ian are brought back in a later story.

AL_SARAHD Aug 06, 2016

Have you ever looked at a picture of Queen Elizabeth I and said to yourself, "My what masculine features you have?" If not, Google a painting of her now. I'll wait.
Now, imagine a novel that uses good old fashioned detective work to further convince you that Europe's most influential leaders was not who she said she was.
While this is fictitious, you will close this book with more than a few questions about this history you know to be fact.

Jun 30, 2015

I really liked this book. I am nut for English history, and while I did find some repetition as one reader commented, it didn't bother me so much. I like the fact that this book is based on a real legend and a real story by Bram Stoker-and a very interesting one at that!

Jun 30, 2015

I really liked this book. I am a nut for English history and while I did find some repetition as one other person commented, it didn't bother me so much I really liked how the book is based on a real legend about QEI -and a very interesting one at that!

Jun 12, 2014

Too much descriptive detail for my taste. The story line gets lost in the description. Didn't finish the book.

May 09, 2014

I found this book to be okay- the plot started out interesting but then it quickly changed into the ridiculous. I found the quality of the writing to be rather poor near the end...
I DO however want to travel to London to see many of the sites and paintings that are described in the book.

Mar 28, 2014

I just need a few more days to finish this book. May I have a short extension to my current renewal?

Nov 25, 2013

Very complicated, but interesting

Oct 29, 2013

so-so novel. definitely not as good as most of his other ones.

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Jun 17, 2013

Death is an enemy who cannot be bought off or deceived.

Jun 17, 2013

Who enters here leaves noise behind.

Jun 17, 2013

So many kings and queens have come and gone, each more self- destructive than the last.

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