The King's Deception

The King's Deception

A Novel

Book - 2013
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Random House, Inc.
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • This Cotton Malone 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.

Don’t miss Steve Berry’s novella The Tudor Plot and an excerpt from The Lincoln Myth in the back of the book.

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

From the Paperback edition.

Baker & Taylor
When escalating political tensions between the United States and England put his son, Gary, in the hands of a man with a shadowy and intensely personal agenda, Cotton Malone finds himself confronting a baffling historical mystery that questions the legitimacy of Elizabeth I. By the best-selling author of The Jefferson Key.

Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, 2013
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780345526564
Branch Call Number: FICTION BERRY
Characteristics: pages cm


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Jul 03, 2017

Good yarn, full of interesting possibilities and intrigue. Kept me reading.

Sep 18, 2016

I enjoyed this story because of the history portion but I also enjoyed getting to know his son. I hope Miss Mary and Ian are brought back in a later story.

ArapahoeSarahD Aug 06, 2016

Have you ever looked at a picture of Queen Elizabeth I and said to yourself, "My what masculine features you have?" If not, Google a painting of her now. I'll wait.
Now, imagine a novel that uses good old fashioned detective work to further convince you that Europe's most influential leaders was not who she said she was.
While this is fictitious, you will close this book with more than a few questions about this history you know to be fact.

Jun 30, 2015

I really liked this book. I am nut for English history, and while I did find some repetition as one reader commented, it didn't bother me so much. I like the fact that this book is based on a real legend and a real story by Bram Stoker-and a very interesting one at that!

Jun 30, 2015

I really liked this book. I am a nut for English history and while I did find some repetition as one other person commented, it didn't bother me so much I really liked how the book is based on a real legend about QEI -and a very interesting one at that!

Jun 12, 2014

Too much descriptive detail for my taste. The story line gets lost in the description. Didn't finish the book.

May 09, 2014

I found this book to be okay- the plot started out interesting but then it quickly changed into the ridiculous. I found the quality of the writing to be rather poor near the end...
I DO however want to travel to London to see many of the sites and paintings that are described in the book.

Mar 28, 2014

I just need a few more days to finish this book. May I have a short extension to my current renewal?

Nov 25, 2013

Very complicated, but interesting

Oct 29, 2013

so-so novel. definitely not as good as most of his other ones.

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Jun 17, 2013

Death is an enemy who cannot be bought off or deceived.

Jun 17, 2013

Who enters here leaves noise behind.

Jun 17, 2013

So many kings and queens have come and gone, each more self- destructive than the last.


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