There is a secret from our history - 500 years old - startling in its revelations and devastating in its political impact. A secret that has, thankfully, stayed hidden. Until now.
Former Justice Department agent Cotton Malone travels to England and finds himself caught in a dark conspiracy born long ago, in the time of the Tudors.
Now both the CIA and MI6 seem to be competing to uncover the mystery, and for Malone, supposedly on holiday with his son, Gary, it's not just the action which comes thick and fast.
When Gary disappears, Malone is forced into a race against time as he battles to decipher a puzzle that leads him from the Middle Temple to the chapel at Windsor Castle, from an Oxford college to the sewers beneath Hampton Court.
With assassins, traitors, spies, and dangerous disciples of a secret society closing in, Malone discovers that the solution to the mystery will not only draw him into a lethal trap but force him closer to his own troubling past. And a shocking revelation.
©2013 Steve Berry (P)2013 Random House Audio
The narrator is obviously American and trying, and failing, to do various English accents! Its also very annoying to have various american terms used when describing places in England; for example, they are pavements NOT sidewalks when you're in the UK!
This was definitely one of the better stories in the Malone series. The story unfolds at a good pace and all the clues aren't given away in the first few chapters, as Steve Berry has a tendency to do. The back story to this fiction is interesting too. I'm British and I didn't know about the Queen Elizabeth folk tales. Well worth the read.
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Another superb tale from Steve Berry. Interestingly, Cotton Malone takes more of a back seat in comparison to precious adventures, and some new characters come to the fore. Still, Malone still produces the goods when required.
The Cotton Malone series really is first class. The Kings Deception can be enjoyed standalone, however you'll get much more from Steve Berry's work if you listen to the series in order.
The Kings Deception is a great insight into the history of the British Monarchy, and really emphasises the regality and magnificence of various historical venues. If, like me, you have an interest in British history, then this really is a worthwhile listen.
Steve Berry is an absolute master at the James Bond / Dan Brown mix, and this is up there with his best. Once again, Scott Brick delivers a flawless performance, and in my opinion is the most complete narrator that I've listened to thus far.
Again if, like me, you were/are unsure whether you'd enjoy Berry's work after listening to Dan Brown, then I can categorically guarantee that you'll love the Cotton Malone series. It really is up there with the best.
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