New York Times best-selling author Steve Berry returns with his latest thriller, a Cotton Malone adventure involving a flaw in the United States Constitution, a mystery about Abraham Lincoln, and a political issue that’s as explosive as it is timely - not only in Malone’s world, but in ours.
September 1861: All is not as it seems. With these cryptic words, a shocking secret passed down from president to president comes to rest in the hands of Abraham Lincoln. And as the first bloody clashes of the Civil War unfold, Lincoln alone must decide how best to use this volatile knowledge: Save thousands of American lives, or keep the young nation from being torn apart forever?
The present: In Utah, the fabled remains of Mormon pioneers whose 19th-century expedition across the desert met with a murderous end have been uncovered. In Washington, D.C., the official investigation of an international entrepreneur, an elder in the Mormon church, has sparked a political battle between the White House and a powerful United States senator. In Denmark, a Justice Department agent, missing in action, has fallen into the hands of a dangerous zealot - a man driven by divine visions to make a prophet’s words reality. And in a matter of a few short hours, Cotton Malone has gone from quietly selling books at his shop in Denmark to dodging bullets in a high-speed boat chase.
All it takes is a phone call from his former boss in Washington, and suddenly the ex-agent is racing to rescue an informant carrying critical intelligence. It’s just the kind of perilous business that Malone has been trying to leave behind, ever since he retired from the Justice Department. But once he draws enemy blood, Malone is plunged into a deadly conflict - a constitutional war secretly set in motion more than 200 years ago by America’s Founding Fathers.
"In Malone, [Steve] Berry has created a classic, complex hero." (USA Today)
"Malone, a hero with a personal stake in the proceedings, is a welcome respite from the cold, calculating superspies who litter the genre." (Entertainment Weekly)
"Steve Berry gets better and better with each new book." (The Huffington Post)
"Savvy readers…cannot go wrong with Cotton Malone." (Library Journal)
"Berry raises this genre's stakes." (The New York Times)
"I love this guy." (#1 New York Times bestselling author Lee Child)
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Painful and Confusing
A story and an ending.
I've listened to most of his books and enjoyed the Cotton Malone character. This last offering may be the last. I will be hard pressed to select a book by this author in the future.
Have Scott Brick change the inflections. Mix it up a bit.
I used to like Cotton Malone. In this book, however i'd have to say that none impressed me.
I was extremely displeased by the lack of any substance with this story. The concept of th states secession from the United States was interesting..but only that. The long and drawn out segments and passages from th book of mormon, the letters from public officials and such had me several times with my finger over the delete button. I kept waiting for it to get better and actually hung in to the end of the book. I wish I would have hit the delete button when I had the first inkling of what might be down the road.
I don't write many reviews. And at this present moment I am extremely busy with work. The fact that I took time from my schedule to pen these words should say enough about how bad I thought it was.
Did Lincoln make a deal with the Mormons?
- Wayne "I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!"