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The Jefferson Key (Cotton Malone, Bk 7)
The Jefferson Key - Cotton Malone, Bk 7
Author: Steve Berry
Four presidents of the United States have been assassinated -- in 1865, 1881, 1901, and 1963 -- each murder seemingly unrelated. — But what if those presidents were all killed for the shocking same reason: a clause contained in the United States Constitution? — This is the question faced by former Justice Department operative Cotton Malone. When P...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780345505521
ISBN-10: 0345505522
Publication Date: 12/27/2011
Pages: 592
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.

3.8 stars, based on 91 ratings
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover
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tleeg avatar reviewed The Jefferson Key (Cotton Malone, Bk 7) on + 21 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
One of my favorite authors
This one is set in America.
I love the idea of items kept secret that finally come out.If you haven't read this author before and you
love this type of book ...I highly recommend him
reviewed The Jefferson Key (Cotton Malone, Bk 7) on + 3 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
I love Steve Berry & his books are always exciting as was this one. I didn't think this was quite up to the same level as the others but nevertheless it was a good read and I am looking forward to his next book with Cotton Malone.
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4.0 out of 5 stars "Privateers are the nursery for pirates" (Captain Charles Johnson - 1724), June 21, 2011

What a rollicking adventure! I really enjoyed this fast-paced historical fiction tale about a secret society of privateers (pirates), the Commonwealth, who joined forces and were spurred to action in defense of the colonies during the American Revolution. With a loose connection to actual events that occurred during the early years of our nation's birth and bringing the Commonwealth to still active status in the present day, author Steve Berry devises a plot that is both plausible and entertaining.

Cotton Malone, previously a Justice Department operative, is called to New York for a meeting with an old friend and his former boss, Stephanie Nelle. He arrives in time to foil an assassination attempt on Danny Daniels, the US President! Discovering that the whole scene was a set-up, he and partner Casseopeia Vitt begin a hunt for the missing Stephanie and an investigation into the Commonwealth to find out who was involved with this plot and why.

This is great cross and double cross mystery adventure that uses some historical facts to create a complex situation that takes the characters from the quiet and secluded estates in Bath, North Carolina, to a deserted crumbling old fort in Nova Scotia. I raced through the pages as the action shifted from one point of view and scene to another. Along the way, the reader learns about the role of privateers in wartime and many interesting facts about early US presidents and a secret code devised for Thomas Jefferson that holds the key to the power the Commonwealth needs. It all makes for a nicely complex novel that readers and fans will find satisfying.

A short writer's note at the end of the book separates fact from fiction. All in all, a fun beach read with lots of action, short chapters, and a compelling story. Although this is part of a series, you don't need to have read the previous Cotton Malone books to enjoy this one -- but you might want to go back and start at the beginning with The Templar Legacy: A Novel, and read the author's other stand alone novels as well!
reviewed The Jefferson Key (Cotton Malone, Bk 7) on + 46 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
The book had interesting characters and a very interesting premise with touches of our nation's history. The story will hold your attention and keep you turning pages until the end.
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reviewed The Jefferson Key (Cotton Malone, Bk 7) on + 322 more book reviews
Sucked. Couldn't finish it. Too many characters. Convoluted story. Concept of a group of patriots that are protected by the constitution to act like pirates, by can't be prosecuted.
aladdin avatar reviewed The Jefferson Key (Cotton Malone, Bk 7) on + 154 more book reviews
A real puzzle to solve, the Jefferson Key, has Casseopia Vitt and Cotton Malone risking their lives chasing bad guys and traitors. A thoroughly satisfying thriller.
Readnmachine avatar reviewed The Jefferson Key (Cotton Malone, Bk 7) on + 1408 more book reviews
Convoluted political thriller. Not my cuppa, and I didn't finish it.
metdetman avatar reviewed The Jefferson Key (Cotton Malone, Bk 7) on + 12 more book reviews
Reading this book was like watching a movie, I could picture the areas Mr. Berry talked about, and it made me think, this is all quite possible. I recommend this to anyone who likes conspiracy theories.
reviewed The Jefferson Key (Cotton Malone, Bk 7) on + 7 more book reviews
Half-way through. Probably won't finish it. It is fantastical fiction which makes it unbelievable. Not enjoying the read at all.

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