A Review of The King’s Deception: A Novel by Steve Berry

The King's DeceptionThe King’s Deception: A Novel (Cotton Malone)

by Steve Berry

If you really love English royal history, then this book is written just for you. You will be completely steeped the history of the Kings and Queens of England, and the buildings they had built and lived and died in. You will hear stories that you probably didn’t know. Mr. Berry uses the history as the main turning point for his plot. This is the only problem that I had with this book. The King’s Deception all hangs on Queen Elizabeth I. Mr. Berry proposes that 500 years of laws and property deeds will be destroyed if the truth comes out. So that must be prevented. It just doesn’t seem that realistic to me. Maybe I’m wrong, just my opinion.

The action and storyline were good. There was a bit too much of the serial novel feel for my tastes, but if you like this series, then you will like this volume.

I give this book 3 and 1/2 stars out of 5. I recommend it to fans of Cotton Malone, and English history buffs.

I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

I received this Digital Review Copy for free from Edelweiss.com after being approved by Ballantine Books.

Book Description

Release date: June 11, 2013 | Series: Cotton Malone

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 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

Product Details

Hardcover: 432 pages

Publisher: Ballantine Books; First Edition edition (June 11, 2013)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 9780345526540

ISBN-13: 978-0345526540

ASIN: 0345526546

Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.3 x 9.5 inches

Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds

About the Author

Steve Berry is the New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author of The King’s Deception, The Columbus Affair, The Jefferson Key, The Emperor’s Tomb, The Paris Vendetta, The Charlemagne Pursuit, The Venetian Betrayal, The Alexandria Link, The Templar Legacy, The Third Secret, The Romanov Prophecy, and The Amber Room. His books have been translated into 40 languages with more than 15,000,000 printed copies in 51 countries.

History lies at the heart of every Steve Berry novel. It’s this passion, one he shares with his wife, Elizabeth, that led them to create History Matters, a foundation dedicated to historic preservation. Since 2009 Steve and Elizabeth have traveled across the country to save endangered historic treasures, raising money via lectures, receptions, galas, luncheons, dinners, and their popular writers’ workshops. To date, nearly 2,000 students have attended those workshops. In 2012 their work was recognized by the American Library Association, which named Steve the first spokesman for National Preservation Week. He was also appointed by the Smithsonian Board of Regents to serve on the Smithsonian Libraries Advisory Board to help promote and support the libraries in their mission to provide information in all forms to scientists, curators, scholars, students and the public at large. He was named Georgia Author of the Year (2005) and has received the Royden B. Davis Distinguished Author Award and the 2013 Writers for Writers Award bestowed by Poets & Writers.

Steve Berry was born and raised in Georgia, graduating from the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University. He was a trial lawyer for 30 years and held elective office for 14 of those years. He is a founding member of International Thriller Writers—a group of more than 2,000 thriller writers from around the world—and served three years as its co-president.

For more information, visit www.steveberry.org.

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One thought on “A Review of The King’s Deception: A Novel by Steve Berry”

  1. I agree with your sentiment that Berry hinges too much on a Very touchy and dicey theory – is it believable? Not to you, which is fair. I think Berry acknowledges this weakness by having written a short story “The Tudor Plot” before this book. In an interview with Elaine Charles host of the Book report radio show he claims that this short story was written to give some more perspective on the Tudors before reading “The King’s deception”. In my opinion this was written to support the Bb theory, or at least make it more believable.


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