The Jefferson Key (Cotton Malone Series #7)

The Jefferson Key (Cotton Malone Series #7)

by Steve Berry
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Brad_W More than 1 year ago
Right from the start this book draws you in. Espionage, government secrecy, conspiracy, and a history lesson all wrapped up in one. Clear you calendar, because it's definitely a tough one to put down once you start.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Stephanie Nelle leaves a mysterious message for former Justice Department field operative Cotton Malone to meet her in New York immediately. Not one to ignore a summons from his former boss, Malone and his beloved Cassiopeia Vitt shut down their Copenhagen book store to fly to the States. In Manhattan, Malone observes an assassination attempt on President Danny Daniels, but intercedes this saving the life of POTUS. However, the Secret Service assumes he is the assassin and attacks him. He soon finds himself in further danger from the Commonwealth Society who has enforced Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution several times with four of them successful in 1865, 1881, 1901 and 1963. Malone learns of a Jeffersonian cipher deployed by Jackson after a failed assault but unused since. Meanwhile he and Vitt struggle to survive as Commonwealth Quartermaster Clifford Knox stalks them. The fugitive pair finds historical evidence of the intent of the Founding Fathers in ratifying that particular clause as the runaways are considered the traitors and the Commonwealth has the highest law in the land behind them. This is a brilliant exhilarating thriller that uses the Constitution and American history to frame a great tale that will have readers hooked throughout. After spending time overseas (see The Paris Vendetta and The Emperor's Tomb), Malone comes home only to be caught in the crosshairs of a secret powerful group applying Article 1 Section 8: "The Congress shall have the Power to . grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules on concerning Captures on Land and Water". Filled with stunning spins to American history, fast-paced from the opening 1835 Jackson assassination attempt to the final denouement, The Jefferson Key will be on the short list for best thriller of the year. Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There were too many short chapters, with every one focusing on a different character. It was very confusing to keep up with. The story was alright, but too many references to other events in the series.
SuseNJ More than 1 year ago
Technically thrilling but actually boring! Too many main characters (8 or so), none of them developed in the least, and most of them with ugly names (Wyatt, Knox, Kaiser, Cotton, Carbonell...). Jarring switches from one character's actions to another's every page or so. Almost all action scenes, with the "action" being shooting and avoiding getting shot. Superficial. No real suspense due to sub-par writing, and I cared not a whit for what happened to any of the crowd, as I never got to know any of them. A couple of interesting history tidbits did not make up for all that. Couldn't wait to finish it so I could read something else.
brushmanDF More than 1 year ago
Steve Berry created a very complex character in Cotton Malone. It's great to see that Malone continues to evolve with the new love in his life. The story is a real page turner. Should be a must read series for all adventure enthusiasts.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you like Steve Berry books this is a must read. Interesting plot and characters. Keeps you interest from beginning to end.
cage47 More than 1 year ago
I love Berry's books both for their history and drama. The Jefferson Key is missing the excitement of his previous works as the villians are ridiculous with the brains of fleas and we were shown from the beginning that they were not to be taken seriously. The only one fighting against Malone with any spunk is a rogue agent he had called to task for a shooting. Hopefully his next novel will be better as the only thing that got me to finish this one was the history.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book. Steve Berry is a great author. Keeps your interest alive. Cotton Malone and Cassiopia Vitt rock!! A must get book.
Novembers_Saturday More than 1 year ago
A very good novel! Lots of action and excitement to keep it moving rather fast. Full of interesting history as usual with Berry's writing. This is up your alley if you like historical fiction.
carlosmock More than 1 year ago
The Jefferson Key by Steve Berry This is the latest Cotton Malone book, but the first that is set in America. Mr. Berry Starts with the premise that the four presidential assassinations (1865, 1881, 1901, and 1963) although seemingly unrelated, were caused by the same reason. A group called The Commonwealth composed of pirates that were legalized by Article One, Section Eight of the United States Constitution: "The Congress shall have the power to declare War, grant letters of Marquee and Reprisal, and make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water." Thus, President George Washington on February 9th, 1793 granted a letter of Marque to Archibald Hale, and The Commonwealth was born. Ruled by four families: The Hales, The Cogburns, The Boltons, and the Surcoufs; they were granted license by Congress to pirate enemy ships, with the condition that they contributed 20% of their earnings to the US Treasury. They were to be called Privateers and they were instrumental in most of the wars fought by our country, up to, and including aiding in the Middle East conflict. However, in 1835, there was an attempt by the Commonwealth to assassinate President Andrew Jackson, and Jackson punished the Commonwealth by stripping all reference to their letter of marque from the official congressional reports. He hid it in a secret place, a place was coded by Thomas Jefferson. For 175 years it had not been decoded; so the pages were lost, therefore the original marque was null and void--making the Commonwealth desperate to find the document. Otherwise they could lose all their money and power, a thing President Danny Daniels wanted to do. The book opens with an email from Stephanie Nelle, chief of the Magellan Billet, to Cotton Malone, an old Billet agent, asking her to go to the Grand Hyatt in NYC as President Danny Daniels goes on a secret meeting to the city. Malone stops the murder attempt on the president but is met by an old nemesis--Jonathan Wyatt--also known as The Sphinx--who was also an agent. The suggestion is that every time the Commonwealth doesn't get what they want from the government they go to whatever lengths they have to--including assassinating the US President--to get what they want. The plot is complicate because Andrea Carbonell, the attractive, Cuban/American head of the NIA has greater ambitions as she fears for her job. She is playing the Commonwealth, Malone, and Wyatt against each other in order to solve the Jefferson Key and destroy the Commonwealth at any cost--and also get career advancement. In their most perilous exploit yet, Malone and her friend and lover, Cassiopeia Vitt, race across the nation and to the high seas. Along the way, they must break the Jefferson Key, unravel the mystery concocted by president Jackson, and unearth a centuries-old document forged by the Founding Fathers themselves, and the only thing that could bring survival to the dying institution of The Commonwealth. Typical Berry mystery, fun and entertaining.
Kelsey Thorn More than 1 year ago
This novel is a true page turner! Packed full of history and accusations, it will certainly make your head spin. Get comfortable because you won't be able to put this one down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The first few books this series are actually quite good. But with time, the series just fell into a repetitive cycle of predictable plot twist and mostly dull storytelling. He uses some of the same story ideas for every book. Like destroying world heritage sites such as museums (he even makes fun of this in this particular book). Over all this is just not worth reading anymore
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lots of action.
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This was not typical Steve Berry. I found it to be very fragmented and at times very boring. Most of the characters in this book were not very likeable, including the so called good guys. He could also have told this story with 125 less pages. I'm still a fan though, All authers are entitled to a bomb every once in awhile!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fu,ck u dominic it seems like u won
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BuzzinBill More than 1 year ago
Like all of the Cotton Malnoe series books this one follows the same formula for sequence of events. But they are still very good books, if for no other reason than the historical accuracy Mr. Berry maintains, along with the writers notes that detail what is and is not fictional in the book. They are well written and occur in interesting settings.
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