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Cotton Malone’s old boss at the Justice Department asks a favor: go into Sweden and pull out a man, Barry Kirk, who could have key information about the disappearance of an agent. Almost immediately after Cotton gets Kirk out of the country, someone tries to kill them. As it turns out, Kirk is connected to a high-profile international businessman who’s the target of a Justice Department investigation (and who might be behind the disappearance of the missing agent). The latest Malone novel sticks closely to the series format: Cotton gets mixed up in a historical mystery that has dire implications in the present day (in this case, a U.S. senator who is a high-ranking Mormon elder has ambitious plans that trace their origins to Abraham Lincoln). Berry keeps the story moving at a steady pace, giving us enough time to get to know the characters but not enough time to pay close attention to the more implausible elements of the plot. Fans of the series and of historically based conspiracies will enjoy the book, even if it breaks no new ground. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Berry has 15 million books in print; he has been translated into 40 languages; and his titles have sold in 51 countries. That’s called reach. --David Pitt


Praise for Steve Berry and his Cotton Malone series
“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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Product Details

  • Series: Cotton Malone (Book 9)
  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; First Edition edition (May 20, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345526570
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345526571
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.4 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,191 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93,080 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Steve Berry is the New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author of The Lincoln Myth, The King's Deception, The Columbus Affair, The Jefferson Key, The Emperor's Tomb, The Paris Vendetta, The Charlemagne Pursuit, The Venetian Betrayal, The Alexandria Link, The Templar Legacy, The Third Secret, The Romanov Prophecy, and The Amber Room. His books have been translated into 40 languages with over 20,000,000 copies in 51 countries.

History lies at the heart of every Steve Berry novel. It's his passion, one he shares with his wife, Elizabeth, which led them to create History Matters, a foundation dedicated to historic preservation. Since 2009 Steve and Elizabeth have crossed the country to save endangered historic treasures, raising money via lectures, receptions, galas, luncheons, dinners and their popular writers' workshops. To date, over 2,500 students have attended those workshops. In 2012 their work was recognized by the American Library Association, which named Steve the first spokesman for National Preservation Week. He was also appointed by the Smithsonian Board of Regents to serve on the Smithsonian Libraries Advisory Board to help promote and support the libraries in their mission to provide information in all forms to scientists, curators, scholars, students and the public at large. He has received the Royden B. Davis Distinguished Author Award; the 2013 Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award; his novel The Columbus Affair earned him the Anne Frank Human Writes Award; and International Thriller Writers bestowed him the 2013 Silver Bullet for his work with historic preservation. A 2010 NPR survey named The Templar Legacy one of the top 100 thrillers ever written.

Steve was born and raised in Georgia, graduating from the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University. He was a trial lawyer for 30 years and held elective office for 14 of those years. He is a founding member of International Thriller Writers--a group of more than 2,600 thriller writers from around the world--and served three years as its co-president.

For more information, visit www.steveberry.org.

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60 of 78 people found the following review helpful By Susan Johnson VINE VOICE on April 14, 2014
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I have read and enjoyed all the Cotton Malone books. It's not great literature but it is a roller coaster of fun and he has some really ideas on history. Malone is, after all, a modern day Indiana Jones. Although not a professor like Jones, he does run a book store and is well trained as a former government agent. You read him for fun. Unfortunately this book was not fun and not very plausible in both story and characters.

This book deals with a secret pact made with President Lincoln and the head of the Mormon Church during the Civil War. Desperate to preserve the Union, Lincoln shows his good faith with the Church by sharing a secret about the Founding Fathers. That secret is probably true to some extent but I don't think it would start such a fire storm as the book predicts. There's a lot of history about the Mormon Church which was semi-interesting and centered the novel. I found some of the actions attributed to Lincoln wildly unlikely but it is an action thriller not a historical record.

Cassiopeia has a major role and is so different than in any other books that I found her unbelievable. I don't think the Cassiopeia we have come to know would, in any way, acted the way she did. It was a complete 180 for her. Stephanie was also very uncharacteristic and acted in ways that stretched my credulity.

Perhaps this series has run it's course. It was a very tired book and the author seems exhausted in it. Maybe Cotton Malone should hang it up while the reader still has fond memories of him.
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Thousands of aspiring writers would strongly consider selling their souls to have Steve Berry's career. His books are instant best-sellers and can be found in airports and bookstores across the country. He's highly regarded by his peers as a master of the thriller genre and his long-running character, Cotton Malone, shows all the signs of being able to carry a series in perpetuity.

So he won't care when I make the following statement: I did not care for "The Lincoln Myth."

I admit that "The Lincoln Myth" is my first foray into Berry's works, and perhaps if I had started with the first Cotton Malone book ('The Templar Legacy") I might have a different perspective on his latest work. But Berry's website states clearly that reading these novels in order is not required, so it seems fair to review the book on its own.

"The Lincoln Myth" starts strongly enough. President Abraham Lincoln must deal with a general who is exceeding his authority by freeing the slaves . . . which seems to run contrary to the myth that Lincoln fought the Civil War to free the slaves. Berry correctly cites Lincoln's well-known statement that his primary goal was to preserve the Union - if he could do so by freeing slaves, he would do it; if he could so by freeing none, he would do that, and if he could do so by freeing some and not freeing others, he would do that. This undercuts a bit of the legend of Lincoln, doesn't it?

But there's more that Berry uncovers - what if Lincoln had also said that he favored a state's right to secede from the Union?

And, perhaps more worrisome, what if the Founding Fathers had agreed - unanimously - to the same thing?
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20 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Jay K on May 27, 2014
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The storyline in this installment of Cotton Malone wasn't bad. This is historical fiction, so I don't expect every thing in the book to be true and I don't read these books for a history lesson. If I wanted accurate historical account, I'd go to the non-fiction section.

I do have a bit of trouble placing this in the Cotton Malone timeline. It clearly happens after The Jefferson Key though.

I don't have issues with the "cardboard cut-out" of Luke Daniels who is introduced in this novel. A nice foundation is laid to further develop this character in future novels.

My issue isn't the storyline so much as the character development of an existing character of Cassiopia Vitt. She is a character I really enjoy in the series as a nice complement to Cotton. They have saved each others hides more than once in other situations. Her character here gave me a bit of indigestion. I wish that Mr. Berry would have researched his previous books before developing Cassiopia's character here. It took me about 30 minutes to determine that Cassiopia's mother was a Muslin from Tanzania (The Templar Legacy) not a Mormon in Spain. In The Templar Legacy she see a "historical arrogance of Christianity". It seems she suddenly changed her heritage.

If you haven't read other Cotton Malone novels, you won't have the same issues I have with the book. If you have read the other books or go back and read them after you read this one, you may scratch your head thinking: Who is THIS Cassiopeia?
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Truthseeker on June 14, 2014
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Have been a Steve Berry fan since I discovered him and Cotton Malone but this novel just drags. Historically, I don't know how accurate it is so I found that while reading, I was questioning the veracity of the story. I'll probably continue to purchase his books but only as paperbacks or on kindle.
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