The King's Deception by Steve Berry
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. (Goodreads)
My Thoughts:When I was in grade school, I was fascinated by Queen Elizabeth I and read every book I could get my hands on! It's been awhile, but the fascination is still there. A few days before I started reading, I watched a documentary about Hampton Court Palace. Interest definitely renewed!
The story was a little confusing at first, as there are three main characters and they take turns narrating. There's Cotton Malone, the retired Magellan Billet agent; Blake Antrim, the CIA agent in charge of Operation King's Deception; and Kathleen Richards, a SOCA agent currently on suspension and on her way to being fired. Their stories eventually come together and make for a thrilling ride!
Scattered throughout the story are snippets concerning King Henry VIII and his daughter, Queen Elizabeth I. Both present and historical stories are fascinating! While I had read quite a bit about this family, I had never heard of the Bisley Boy legend. True or not, it makes for a great plot!
Cotton Malone is retired, but a simple favor for his former boss lands him right in the middle of a CIA operation well on it's way to going wrong. There are lies and double-crosses and manipulation galore, which is great for the reader but not so hot for the participants. So much going on that I almost wanted a scorecard to keep track of all the twists!
I've never read Steve Berry before, but I knew that he had quite a few titles under his belt. Now I can see why, as he's very talented! Interesting plot, good characters, and very well paced. Thoroughly enjoyed the story and looking forward to reading more by Berry, as he's incredibly talented!
THE KING’S DECEPTION
Ballantine Books; May 2013
432 pages; $27.00 U.S./$29.00 CAN.
STEVE BERRY is the New York Times bestselling author of eight Cotton Malone adventures, three stand-alone novels, and four short stories. He has 15 million books in print, translated into 40 languages and sold in 51 countries. Through his passion for history Berry created the foundation, History Matters, which is dedicated to historic preservation. Since 2009 Steve and his wife 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, nearly 2,000 students have attended those workshops. In 2012 Steve’s devotion to historic preservation was recognized by the American Library Association, which named Steve the first spokesman for National Preservation Week.
Blog tour arranged by Meryl L Moss Media Relations Inc, review copy received in exchange for an honest review