Title: The King of Deception
Author: Steve Barry
Review: This was a great book and I don’t say this all that easily. It was exciting, had a great amount of history a few myths, and a little gossip tossed in for good measure. It is a Cotton Malone story so that only adds to the fun of reading it.
The book takes place in England around London and surrounding areas. The premise of the book is that Elizabeth the First, Queen of England, was actually, oh I don’t want to spoil the story so I will not go on with that thought. Just know that the CIA, M16 and all the old spy agencies are intertwined together, trying to beat each other to the prize. This great secret, which has been protected for over 500 years, if uncovered could affect the political situation of world and England will not allow it!
The story is full of the history of the Elizabethan time, before Elizabeth the !st and after her time. The book goes from the story of the Princess soon to be queen, and back to the modern day building the story page by page to an exciting and unpredictable ending.
Malone’s son Gary has just found out who his real father is (but I won’t share that bit of information either) and he wants to get to know him better. Malone knows nothing about this and thinks that Gary is being cared for by the agent he trusts to protect him.
The story goes at a fast pace, moving without any dull pages anywhere. The story unfolds fast and finishes just as fast. It tells the story of the dirty tricks that governments play on each other to get their own way and then make it all go away in the eyes of the world.
Great book I would recommend it to anyone that likes mystery and intrigue. This book rates 5 out of 5 stars.
Thank you Eileen for this review
Publisher: Published June 11th 2013 by Random House Large Print
Where did I get the book: At my local library.
Quick Review: 5 out of 5 stars
Synopsis: 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.
Author Biography: Steve Berry is the New York Times bestselling author of the Cotton Malone series featuring The Jefferson Key, The Emperor's Tomb, The Paris Vendetta, The Charlemagne Pursuit, The Venetian Betrayal, The Alexandria Link, and The Templar Legacy. He also has three stand-alone thrillers: The Third Secret, The Romanov Prophecy, and The Amber Room ---- and two e-book original short stories, The Balkan Escape and The Devil's Gold. He has 12 million books in print, which have been translated into 40 languages and sold in 51 countries. Steve's road to publishing was long and arduous, spanning 12 years and 85 rejections over 5 separate manuscripts. He's also an accomplished instructor, having taught writing to audiences across the globe. When Steve's not writing, you can find him either on a beach, a golf course, or traveling --- discovering more things lost --- thinking of the next novel. He lives in the historic city of St. Augustine, Florida. Steve and his wife Elizabeth have also started a foundation, History Matters, dedicated to aiding the preservation of our heritage.