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Publisher's Summary

Four United States presidents have been assassinated - in 1865, 1881, 1901, and 1963 - each murder seemingly unrelated and separated by time.
But what if those presidents were all killed for the same reason: a clause in the United States Constitution - contained within Article 1, Section 8 - that would shock Americans?
This question is what faces former Justice Department operative Cotton Malone in his latest adventure. When a bold assassination attempt is made against President Danny Daniels in the heart of Manhattan, Malone risks his life to foil the killing—only to find himself at dangerous odds with the Commonwealth, a secret society of pirates first assembled during the American Revolution. In their most perilous exploit yet, Malone and Cassiopeia Vitt race across the nation and take to the high seas. Along the way they break a secret cipher originally possessed by Thomas Jefferson, unravel a mystery concocted by Andrew Jackson, and unearth a centuries-old document forged by the Founding Fathers themselves, one powerful enough - thanks to that clause in the Constitution - to make the Commonwealth unstoppable.
©2011 Steve Berry (P)2011 Random House Audio
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Critic Reviews

“One of the most spellbinding and ingenious openings in all of thrillerdom. The cast of characters is huge but every one of them is memorable. The action is intense and masterfully choreographed. As always with Steve Berry, you’re educated about significant things while your knuckles are turning white and the pages are flying. Easily Cotton Malone’s most epic, swashbuckling adventure.” (David Baldacci)
"The Constitution. . . secret codes . . . loads of history. . . AND pirates! What else does anyone need? The Jefferson Key won't just haunt your nights - it'll haunt your life. Cotton Malone is coming back to the scariest place of all: Home." (Brad Meltzer)
"The Jefferson Key starts with a bang and holds the reader in its grip until the last page. Fascinating American history, up-to-the-minute politics, pulse-pounding action. This is a story Mitch Rapp would love." (Vince Flynn)
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By Eric on 05-25-11

Great listen; great narration, worth the credit

this was my first cotton malone story. I have listened to a number of scott brick narrations, jack reacher, harry bosch, and pedergast thrillers. i think this is the best brick - mostly because his voice does not get in the way. if you know scott brick's melodramatic style, you know he has a great voice, but it does get in the way too often. the story is very clever, has lots of sharp turns on a dime, and the style of back and forth between the story threads worked well. i am glad for the person who could tell what was coming next... but i am quite confident that is not the case. if you are predicting cotton malone survives, that might be a safe bet since the series revolves around him, but the ins and outs that make the story - nope - too many twists and turns. a great listen.

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By Aaron on 10-06-11

Scott Brick deserves the commission...

Being an audio-book veteran, I appreciate the production value required to make a story a "good-listen". Some of the winning qualities of a good production include a narrator that conveys emotion, posses good speaking habits, understandable transitions and clear audio quality. Scott Brick did very well as always performing the story, although transitions between characters were done very poorly. This I think is due to the writing style of the author.

This story commit's many mistakes not expected of a veteran author. Several of the characters have similar names and are difficult to keep track of. Use of distances and measures inconsistently varies between metric and american standard (with no apparent pattern for the reason). The morals of the characters are inconsistent and are not developed logically.

I was disappointed with this book and couldn't wait for it to end. The only saving grace was the quality performance of Scott Brick, who should earn the commission on this book. He was the only reason I gave this book a chance.

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By Salter on 06-11-15

Berry at his best again!

Superb from Berry once more. Gripping story spanning the USA and Canada. Historical fact laced with '007-like' action and gripping intrigue.
Can't wait to continue my way through Steve Berry's books, and already know that I'll be returning to this one again one day :)

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