*I received this book in coordination with the booktrib blog tour in exchange for an honest review.
Cotton Malone is back in Berry’s latest, The King’s Deception. Retired, Malone is much more concerned with his son, Gary, than state secrets. His ex-wife has told Malone and Gary that he is the product of an affair. Malone comes to the States to collect Gary and take him back to Amsterdam when he’s asked for a favor: escort Ian Dunne back to London. Dunne was a witness to a murder, and London wants him back.
But the CIA is already in the UK in the form of Blake Antrim, and a good guy he is not. He’s uncovered a secret – the possibility that Queen Elizabeth I was an impostor and more specifically, male – and plans to use it to his advantage. Antrim is instrumental in getting Malone involved, and his reasons are far more personal.
The implications of the secret terrify a government who has brokered shaky peace and who will do anything to maintain it.
Steve Berry’s books make the rounds in my family. My mother first discovered The Alexandria Link, and ever since we pass his newest among us. (And yes, I realize I have the coolest family.) So recently…
3 days ago, somewhere in southeast Texas
Dad: So what did you think of the new Berry?
Dad: What do you mean, eh?
Me: I mean, eh.
Yesterday, somewhere in southeast Texas
Dad: You’re crazy.
Dad: The new Berry book. It’s awesome!
Book #8 in this series just seemed a bit wilder. Not only are they tracking the possibility that Elizabeth was a boy, there’s also a rumor that Henry VIII hid a treasure somewhere for his heirs. Then there’s the Libyan prisoner being released from a Scottish prison.
If that seems like a lot, add Antrim’s trouble with women, Malone’s background and marriage, and a troublesome SOCA agent to the mix, and the tale is downright unmanageable. It’s never a good sign when the premise of a book is more captivating than the book itself, and that was the case for me with The King’s Deception. Check out The Bisley Boy legend and get back to me. Fascinating, yes? But the execution of Malone’s story wasn’t as refined as I would have liked.
But don’t take my word for it. My mom and dad both loved the book, and I think for diehard Berry fans, it’s a must.
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