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The Jefferson Key: Cotton Malone 7 (Cotton Malone series) Kindle Edition

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The Constitution . . . secret codes . . . loads of history . . . AND pirates! What else does anyone need? The Jefferson Key won't just haunt your nights--it'll haunt your life. Cotton Malone is coming back to the scariest place of all: Home. (Brad Meltzer)

One of the most spellbinding and ingenious openings in all of thrillerdom. The cast of characters is huge but every one of them is memorable. The action is intense and masterfully choreographed. As always with Steve Berry, you're educated about significant things while your knuckles are turning white and the pages are flying. Easily Cotton Malone's most epic, swashbuckling adventure. (David Baldacci)

THE JEFFERSON KEY starts with a bang and holds the reader in its grip until the last page. Fascinating American history, up-to-the-minute politics, pulse-pounding action. (Vince Flynn)

'Ingeniously plotted . . . Berry offers plenty of twists and vivid action scenes in a feat of historical imagination' (Publisher's Weekly)

'Berry builds on actual historical facts to create a no-holds-barred thriller guaranteed to increase the pulse of the reader' (The Associated Press)

'[a] page turner' (Los Angeles Times)

A top-notch, gripping, intelligent thriller in the very finest traditions of the genre (Peter James on THE PARIS VENDETTA)

You don't just read a Steve Berry novel. You live it. (James Rollins)

Steve Berry always finds intriguing ways to link the past to the present in his fast-paced thrillers. (Harlan Coben on THE PARIS VENDETTA)

All the Berry hallmarks are here: scale, scope, sweep, history - plus breathless second-by-second suspense. I love this guy. (Lee Child on THE PARIS VENDETTA)

Sexy, illuminating...my kind of thriller (Dan Brown on THE AMBER ROOM)

In Malone, Berry has created a classic, complex hero (USA Today on THE CHARLEMAGNE PURSUIT)

'Pure intrigue. Pure fun.' (Clive Cussler on Steve Berry)

Action-packed, fast paced and engaging (Sunday Express on THE VENETIAN BETRAYAL)

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'One of the most spellbinding and ingenious openings in all of thrillerdom ... your knuckles are turning white and the pages are flying. Easily Cotton Malone's most epic, swashbuckling adventure' -- David Baldacci 'The Constitution... secret codes ... loads of history... AND pirates! THE JEFFERSON KEY won't just haunt your nights - it'll haunt your life. Cotton Malone is coming back to the scariest place of all: Home.' -- Brad Meltzer 'Fascinating American history, up-to-the-minute politics, pulse-pounding action' -- Vince Flynn 'Ingeniously plotted ... Berry offers plenty of twists and vivid action scenes in a feat of historical imagination' -- Publisher's Weekly 'Berry builds on actual historical facts to create a no-holds-barred thriller guaranteed to increase the pulse of the reader' -- The Associated Press 'You don't just read a Steve Berry novel. You live it.' -- James Rollins 'A top-notch, gripping, intelligent thriller in the very finest traditions of the genre' -- Peter James on THE PARIS VENDETTA '[a] page turner' -- Los Angeles Times 'Steve Berry always finds intriguing ways to link the past to the present in his fast-paced thrillers.' -- Harlan Coben on THE PARIS VENDETTA 'All the Berry hallmarks are here: scale, scope, sweep, history - plus breathless second-by-second suspense. I love this guy.' -- Lee Child on THE PARIS VENDETTA 'Sexy, illuminating...my kind of thriller' -- Dan Brown on THE AMBER ROOM 'In Malone, Berry has created a classic, complex hero' -- USA Today on THE CHARLEMAGNE PURSUIT 'Pure intrigue. Pure fun.' -- Clive Cussler on Steve Berry 'Action-packed, fast paced and engaging' -- Sunday Express on THE VENETIAN BETRAYAL 20080504

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1924 KB
  • Print Length: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (23 Jun. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00550NYEO
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 57 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #91,468 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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 19,000,000 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, nearly 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. or www.hodder.co.uk/steveberry.

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By Parm TOP 500 REVIEWER on 7 July 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
So... one review for and one review against... so where do i come in!??

For of course... Its like the old arguments about adventure films... oh that was rubbish the plot had no substance it was all flashy effects, boobs and bangs...SO! that's what is to be expected of certain types of films.

and in the case of These books its what you should be expecting, they are fast paced action novels that stretch the bounds of reality past breaking point to take the reader on a ride that is so far from reality that they forget reality for a while.
This was what i wanted after reading 3 roman books back to back, something to clean the palate something that required no thinking, that contained good fun characters, a plot that was not too taxing but took the reader along at a high pace, with a smattering of reality that ust makes the plot plausible.

Its a brain off thrill ride, as the majority of Cotton Malone books have been!... i knew what i was getting when i parted with my cash and i wasn't disappointed... if you are thinking of buying this and getting Tolstoy, well you have wasted your time, if you think Matthew Riley, Andy McDermott, Clive Cussler then you are in the right ball park.

Its fun enjoy the ride

(Parm)
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I enjoyed the story. Action packed and it drew me in - I just couldn't put it down. There were so many twists and turns, it kept me on my toes. With so many links in the 'real world' it was believable that something like that could happen. I enjoyed how each of the characters played off of/complimented each other in the story and the terror that some of them created. I've already recommended this to friends and to my daughter. I've read other books by Steve Berry and this did not disappoint at all- it was good to read more about familiar characters.
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This is great - a tremendous story teller who delves into history ... narrates a compelling tale - and then confesses the fictional parts at the end! Yes, it does bring the past to life, and -- being human - I have no difficulty separating the fact/ myth/ fiction: these tales are a huge bonus to understanding something more of the past, and very welcome. True - as a minor criticism - there are the occasional jumps, and I have to think sometimes on, 'Who said that?' ... but these are very minor quibbles. This is great!
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Typical Steve Berry, this book pulls you straight in at a run. From there, the pace continues, hurtling the plot backwards and forwards over more than a hundred years.
Reading the short story, The devil's Gold first will help you to understand the annimosity that Wyatt has towards Cotton Malone and so will give a better insight to the plot.
Pirates, the kidnap of a key character, attempted assassination, Malone's arrest ... all thisoccurs in the first few chapters ~with plenty of excitement to follow.
An enjoyable read
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By lawyeraau HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 6 Mar. 2012
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This is an entertaining, page turning thriller, featuring recurring character Cotton Malone and his now main squeeze, Cassiopeia Vitt. Cotton, a former agent with the Justice Department, is on a weekend jaunt in New York City with Cassiopeia, when he receives a mysterious summons, purportedly from his former boss, Stephanie Nelle. When he responds, he is thrust into the maelstrom of a fight that has a historical basis and involves pirates and privateers.

Mixing history with fiction, the author delivers an intricate, densely plotted thriller that will grip the reader's imagination. With facts torn from the fabric of United States history, the author weaves an elaborate tale that will delight those who enjoy conspiracy theories, as well as those who enjoy an action packed, fast paced story with intriguing characters. Presidential assassinations, secret ciphers and codes, and the United States Constitution all figure prominently and are well integrated in the plot.

This is most definitely a plot driven book, and while the characters are interesting, there is little time spent on character development. Those readers who are history buffs, however, will most definitely enjoy the historical underpinning of the plot. Moreover, the writer's notes at the end of the book are worth mentioning, because in them the author details what is actually factual in the book. It is a very neat and interesting historical synopsis that only adds to one's enjoyment of the book.
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Malone is back and this time on U.S. soil dealing with a bunch of Pirates!! This is a really good tale loads of history and intrigue. Malone has to face a memory from the past and always seems to be one step behind, until it matters. great story with great characters and locations, bring on the next Steve I relly can't wait.
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Book 7, in the Cotton Malone series

Fans of this series will notice that this latest installment is a departure from the six previous Cotton Malone adventures. In this novel the author brings the action to the North American eastern coast all the way up to Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia Canada. As always he has written an entertaining action -packed fiction that incorporates some historical facts along the way.

"The Jefferson Key" is developed around a connection between pirates and privateers and the main thread has an exciting opening with the bold assassination attempt made against U.S. President Danny Daniels in the heart of Manhattan.

Now with a grave threat against the very foundation of the country, Malone risks his life only to find himself at odds with the Commonwealth, a centuries-old society of privateers, who have operated with impunity since the Revolutionary War. Thrust into the middle of their operations, Malone and his sometime love interest, Cassiopea need to unearth a centuries-old document (The Letter of Marque) and terminate the Commonwealth's privileges at any cost.

Meanwhile during a subsequent investigation, Stephanie Nelle, Malone's boss at the "The Magillan Billet" disappears while exploring a link tying Andrea Corbonell, the head of the Intelligence Agency to the recent events. Malone and Cassiopea suddenly find themselves tasked with another important mission: find Stephanie and track down the person who betrayed the president.

This story has a convoluted plot with many characters to keep track of. It is filled with mystery, intrigue and plenty of action throughout. I have always had a soft spot for mystery novels based on some historical content and Mr. Berry blends the two admirably.
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