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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • This Cotton Malone adventure blends gripping contemporary political intrigue, Tudor treachery, and high-octane thrills into one riveting novel of suspense.
 
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.
 
Run by the CIA, the operation aims to solve a centuries-old mystery, one that could rock Great Britain to its royal foundations.
 
Blake Antrim, the CIA operative in charge of King’s Deception, is hunting for the spark that could rekindle a most dangerous fire, the one thing that every Irish national has sought for generations: a legal reason why the English must leave Northern Ireland. The answer is a long-buried secret that calls into question the legitimacy of the entire forty-five-year reign of Elizabeth I, the last Tudor monarch, who completed the conquest of Ireland and seized much of its land. But Antrim also has a more personal agenda, a twisted game of revenge in which Gary is a pawn. With assassins, traitors, spies, and dangerous disciples of a secret society closing in, Malone is caught in a lethal bind. To save Gary he must play one treacherous player against another—and only by uncovering the incredible truth can he hope to prevent the shattering consequences of the King’s Deception.

Don’t miss Steve Berry’s novella The Tudor Plot and an excerpt from The Lincoln Myth in the back of the book.

Praise for The King’s Deception

 
“A Dan Brown-ian secular conspiracy about the Virgin Queen driving nonstop international intrigue.”—Kirkus Reviews

Praise for Steve Berry
 
“Berry raises this genre’s stakes.”—The New York Times
 
“I love this guy.”—#1 New York Times bestselling author Lee Child
 
“Forget Clancy and Cussler. When it comes to this genre, there is simply no one better.”—The Providence Journal


From the Paperback edition.

Book Reviews

The King's Deception (with bonus novella The Tudor Plot)
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4.3 / 5
The kings deception
November 15th, 2015
This was good. Alittle predictable towards the end, but a highly thought provoking historical premise.
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The king's Deception
September 27th, 2014
Historical facts help the story back ground , Mr. Malone is agood lead in the stories ( liked the quote Shadows we are and likeshodows we depart).
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The King's Deception
May 20th, 2014
New author for me. I will definitely read many more Berry books!
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Kings Deception
April 11th, 2014
Quite a bit of history thrown in with the usual Cotton Malone grit....his son being part of the story was a plus...highly recommend this addition to the series.
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The King's Deception
February 23rd, 2014
One of Berry's better plot lines and plausible as well.
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1 review
Great plot overly complex story
November 4th, 2013
Read the book twice. Same conclusion: great plot, overly complex story was I reading a spy novel or travel log.
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The King's Deception
October 28th, 2013
Steve Berry always has great plots. In this one I find more characters than usual which makes for mire complex intertwining. You never know who the good and the bad guys are.
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The King's Deception
October 28th, 2013
Steve Berry always has great plots. In this one I find more characters than usual which makes for mire complex intertwining. You never know who the good and the bad guys are.
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2 reviews
History makes for a good read.
October 24th, 2013
Mix some fiction with some historical facts and you have a classic Berry novel.
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1 review
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
September 15th, 2013
A really good read. 4 1/2 stars The king"s deception
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Another Great Cotton Malone Novel
September 11th, 2013
The one thing in common with all the books I have read are the great characters developed by the author, from Frodo to Lincoln Rhymes to Cotton Malone. There is something about the character that draws them to you and makes you want to turn the next page. This anticipation, makes you not to want to put the book down (as evident in the three days to read the book). Steve Berry does a fantastic job, not only with Cotton but with other characters in the book. And in true Steve Berry style, he has been able to incorporate historical facts into his story lines.
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Another Great Cotton Malone Novel
September 11th, 2013
The one thing in common with all the books I have read are the great characters developed by the author, from Frodo to Lincoln Rhymes to Cotton Malone. There is something about the character that draws them to you and makes you want to turn the next page. This anticipation, makes you not to want to put the book down (as evident in the three days to read the book). Steve Berry does a fantastic job, not only with Cotton but with other characters in the book. And in true Steve Berry style, he has been able to incorporate historical facts into his story lines.
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The King's Deception, by Steve Berry
August 8th, 2013
Excellent book, fast paced, well researched,and easy to read. I have read many of Mr. Berry's books, and have never been disappointed.
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1 review
Great read
June 18th, 2013
Modern day take on historical story. Interesting and a real page turner.
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