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The Patriot Threat: A Novel (Cotton Malone) Hardcover – March 31, 2015
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“One of Berry's best books to date.”―The New York Times
“Cotton Malone is once again thrown into the midst of fast-paced international threats. The history in this novel is intriguing, even to non-history buffs.”―RT Book Reviews
"Fans of political conspiracy fiction will find plenty to like."―Publishers Weekly
"Blending F.D.R. era history and tax resister rumors with intense international intrigue, The Patriot Threat manages to keep readers interested and throttling forward to the final paragraph."―Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
STEVE BERRY is the New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author of a dozen Cotton Malone novels, and several standalones. He has 21 million books in print, translated into 40 languages. With his wife, Elizabeth, he is the founder of History Matters, which is dedicated to historical preservation. He serves as a member of the Smithsonian Libraries Advisory Board and was a founding member of International Thriller Writers, formerly serving as its co-president.
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Now for the nits that I did not like. Stephanie's five dollar tip at the DC Mandarin Oriental to the bellman for bringing up a crate of books - heck at the Oriental five bucks is the tip to bring up a small bag. Either the author has never stayed at the Oriental, or he is writing that Stephanie is cheap - which I do not think fits the character he has built for her. The second is where the author has Malone, who is a lawyer and book person, say to Luke and Isabella "You both did good." No way would the Malone character say that - he would say "You both did well." I am not sure why this use of incorrect grammar was not picked up in proofing.
I think one of the things that makes Berry appealing to me is the characters he creates. Usually, characters in thrillers are so outrageous that I can’t take it. Berry does better, with characters that make sense in the context of the stories he tells. Plus, they have some depth to them. Cotton Malone, for example, is an excellent character for these novels. A (retired?) spy/bookseller who gets dragged back into cases by his (former?) boss makes the things he does more believable. With the other recurring characters, Berry has a nice backdrop for his adventures. He also generally creates great bad guys. This time around Kim & daughter, the North Koreans, work very well. The flashbacks that the daughter has to the prison camp are great.
The historically-based plots usually work pretty well too, though I’ve found that, over time, Berry’s move towards right-wing tropes has become a little bothersome. It wouldn’t bother me so much if this extremism came exclusively from the characters, but there is a definite sense that Berry sympathizes with these ideas. Almost any time an author intrudes into a novel, it’s a weakness. This time around we have a mystery based on the idea that perhaps the 16th Amendment to the Constitution was not actually ratified correctly and so the collecting of federal income tax is illegal. Still, Berry handles things so deftly that I was able to enjoy much of the plot.
When it comes right down to it, a Cotton Malone novel is almost always a well-crafted romp. They may not be the best novels ever written but I always enjoy spending an afternoon lost in one of his adventures.
Are Cotton Malone and the Magellan Billet up to the task of stopping this plot from completion? Follow the non-stop action as it takes place between Washington, D.C., North Korea, and other locations in Asia, Europe, and other American sites. Along the way, Cotton is aided by others, including one from the previous book, Luke Daniels (the President's nephew), now a full-fledged member of the Magellan Billet, a mysterious Treasury agent, with assistance from several really unexpected sources. Go along with them for the roller coaster ride; you won't be disappointed.