The King's Deception


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

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San Diego Barbel

Kings deception5 star

Malone is an interesting character and creates just enough suspense to keep on reading about more than I ever cared to know of myth and truth of past English royalty. 55

inkheart's eleonore

The king's deception5 star

Loved the history and the play on Elizabeth I. Sure makes you wonder... 55


Love it!5 star

I read everything Mr. Berry has published. Every new book is better than the previous one. This one, fascinating, intriguing and potentially controversial. Can't wait for the next one! 55


King's deception5 star

Great book and somewhat historically correct! 55


Don't1 star

Far-fetched plot, shabby writing. Mr. Berry just wanted to expense his days in London. Disappointing! 15


Yuck1 star

Biggest waste of my time in 2013. Read half and am totally bored. Twisted, convoluted, and idiotic plot. 15


Kings deception5 star

This book is in true Cotton Malone fashion. I loved it and getting Gary involved again was great! Keep up the great work Mr. Berry! 55


King's Deception2 star

I have enjoyed several of Steve Berry's books. This one, however, was a let down. Several major mistakes were made in the progression of the plot, many in the first few chapters. Example: Why would an ex-spy, turning over a person to the authorities not ask for identification? Totally illogical. Berry took us over and over the same ground between British intelligence and the CIA to a point of almost boredom. I stayed with the book only because I am an Anglophile, interested in British monarchies and history, especially the Tudors. The idea of Elizabeth I being a man is preposterous but I did downloaded the Bram Stoker book for fun. I know Berry doesn't write his novels to be read in order of publication, but for those of us who do, it is a bit disconcerting to try to forget what we already know about Cotton Malone and his life and adventures. Many other authors, Elizabeth, George, Dan Brown, and Linda Fairstein, for example, have mastered the art of continuity without forcing the reader to read their novels in order. I'd pass on this Berry book if I had it to do over again. 25


The King's Deception4 star

Loved this book! A real mystery told within a good story. It is an interesting, easy read. 45


Kings deception4 star

Loved the book great mystery. mr. Berry never disappoints. 45

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