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What happens if both the president and vice-president-elect die before taking the oath of office? The answer is far from certain - in fact, what follows would be nothing short of total political chaos. Shot down over Siberia, ex-Justice Department agent Cotton Malone is forced into a fight for survival against Aleksandr Zorin, a man whose loyalty to the former Soviet Union has festered for decades into an intense hatred of the United States. Before escaping, Malone learns that Zorin and another ex-KGB officer, this one a sleeper still embedded in the West, are headed overseas to Washington DC. Noon on January 20th - Inauguration Day - is only hours away. A flaw in the Constitution, and an even more flawed presidential succession act, have opened the door to disaster and Zorin intends to exploit both weaknesses to their fullest. Armed with a weapon leftover from the Cold War, one long thought to be just a myth, Zorin plans to attack. He's aided by a shocking secret hidden in the archives of America's oldest fraternal organization - the Society of Cincinnati - a group that once lent out its military savvy to presidents, including helping to formulate three invasion plans of what was intended to be America's 14th colony - Canada. In a race against the clock that starts in the frozen extremes of Russia and ultimately ends at the White House itself, Malone must not only battle Zorin, he must also confront a crippling fear that he's long denied, but which now jeopardizes everything. Steve Berry's trademark mix of history and speculation is all here in this provocative new thriller.
©2016 Steve Berry (P)2016 Macmillan Audio
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By Wayne on 04-06-16

5 stars after I overcame my doubts!

Even for Steve Berry this book contains an exceptional number of conspiracy theories concerning US history. It is certainly the most ahistorical of all novels of the Cotton Malone series. That is the reason for my doubts about my 5 star rating. However, novelists are entitled to take liberties with historical facts to improve the story. The reader must allow ones self to suspend disbelief.

The 14th Colony is, in my view, the second best story in the Cotton Malone series (with Patriot Threat being better). The suspense is especially intense. The entire novel takes place in the waning days and hours of the administration of President Danny Daniels as the inauguration of the new president is about to occur. It is a superb espionage novel.

Scott Brick narrates perfectly as usual.

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By Nicoleabouttown on 04-07-16


One of the best Steve Berry 'Cotton Malone' books in a while. As usual Scott Brick did an amazing job!

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10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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By MR T J RACE on 09-09-16

Great story!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Steve Berry at his best once again! His stories just seem to get better and better!

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