The Patriot Threat : Cotton Malone

  • by Steve Berry
  • Narrated by Scott Brick
  • Series: Cotton Malone
  • 27 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Audie Award, Thriller/Suspense, 2016
This program contains two versions of The Patriot Threat - one is the complete unabridged text, and the other is the writer’s cut, which includes Steve Berry’s behind-the-scenes commentary at the ends of some of the chapters. If you’d like to listen to the Patriot Threat WITHOUT Steve Berry’s comments, just play the program from the beginning. To listen to the writer’s cut version of The Patriot Threat WITH Steve Berry’s commentary, start with Download Part 3 or Chapter 74.
In an innovative new approach, Macmillan Audio and Steve Berry have produced an expanded, annotated writer’s cut audiobook edition of The Patriot Threat.
The 16th Amendment to the Constitution legalized federal income tax, but what if there were problems with the 1913 ratification of that amendment? Secrets that call in to question decades of tax collecting. There is a surprising truth to this possibility—a truth wholly entertained by Steve Berry, a top-ten New York Times best-selling writer, in his new thriller, The Patriot Threat.
His protagonist, Cotton Malone, once a member of an elite intelligence division within the Justice Department known as the Magellan Billet, is now retired. But when his former boss, Stephanie Nelle, asks him to track a rogue North Korean who may have acquired some top secret Treasury Department files - the kind that could force the United States to its knees - Malone is vaulted into a harrowing 24-hour chase that begins on the water in Venice and ends in the remote highlands of Croatia.
With appearances by Franklin Roosevelt, Andrew Mellon, and a curious painting that still hangs in the National Gallery of Art, Steve Berry’s trademark mix of history and suspense is 90 percent fact and 10 percent exciting speculation, a provocative thriller that poses a dangerous question: What if the federal income tax is illegal?

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Can not tell you how much I LOVE this format

What did you love best about The Patriot Threat?

The story is great as always with Steve Berry but with Mr Berry adding his narrative at the end of chapters made this story even better!


Have you listened to any of Scott Brick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Scott Brick is my FAVORITE narrator. I have found new authors because he has narrated their book


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- Brian Certain

Solid, some great story threads, compelling by end

Steve Berry is a great historical novelist, and can spin a great yarn. My review is against the backdrop of his excellence - and I think that this offering, while strong, was not his best. The central conflict of the story in terms of an existential threat to the US is unconvincing - it is not really a spoiler to indicate that this conflict is whether the income tax amendment was properly ratified, and if it was not, the premise that the US and Chinese economies would collapse. Perhaps because I saw that as something other than the existential threat it was considered to be, the story lost some verve. Our government is not exactly one that adheres to its own laws, and there are a dozen workarounds to having an improperly ratified amendment. But otherwise, and if you can make that leap of faith, the novel was very well done. I wish the North Korea Hana character was more fully developed, but as it was, she was just a great part of the story. Lots of good interpersonal twists. And once you read it, you'll smile at the mention of Chik-Fil-A man.
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- Eric

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-31-2015
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio