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Title:
The Jefferson key : a novel
ISBN:
9780345505514

9780345530165

9780345505521
Edition:
1st ed.
Publication Information:
New York : Ballantine Books, ©2011.
Physical Description:
456 pages : map ; 25 cm
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Cotton Malone has been called on to defend his country's safety in many exotic locations around the world, often using his knowledge of history to get to the heart of mysteries and conspiracies stretching back for centuries. But never has the danger been quite so close to home.] A stunning opening sets the tone of explosive action and mind-bending intrigue as Cotton battles an extraordinary group of families whose unseen influence dates back to the pages of the U.S. Constitution -- and whose thirst for power is about to be satisfied by the cracking of a code devised by Thomas Jefferson himself.
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Cotton Malone battles a group of families whose influence dates back to U.S. Constitution and who seek to crack a code devised by Thomas Jefferson himself in their quest for power.
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Summary

Summary

Four United States presidents have been assassinated--in 1865, 1881, 1901, and 1963--each murder seemingly unrelated and separated by time.

But what if those presidents were all killed for the same reason: a clause in the United States Constitution--contained within Article 1, Section 8--that would shock Americans?
 
This question is what faces former Justice Department operative Cotton Malone in his latest adventure.  When a bold assassination attempt is made against President Danny Daniels in the heart of Manhattan, Malone risks his life to foil the killing--only to find himself at dangerous odds with the Commonwealth, a secret society of pirates first assembled during the American Revolution. In their most perilous exploit yet, Malone and Cassiopeia Vitt race across the nation and take to the high seas. Along the way they break a secret cipher originally possessed by Thomas Jefferson, unravel a mystery concocted by Andrew Jackson, and unearth a centuries-old document forged by the Founding Fathers themselves, one powerful enough--thanks to that clause in the Constitution--to make the Commonwealth unstoppable.


Author Notes

Steve Berry was born in 1955. He is a graduate of Mercer University's Walter F. George School of Law. He was a practicing attorney when he started writing in 1990. His first book, The Amber Room, was published in 2003. His other works include The Romanov Prophecy, The Third Secret, The Columbus Affair, The Patriot Threat and the Cotton Malone series. He also writes e-book original short stories including The Balkan Escape, The Devil's Gold, and The Admiral's Mark. He and his wife founded History Matters, a nonprofit organization dedicated to aiding the preservation of our heritage. In 2015, The Patriot Threat made The New York Times Best Seller List.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Publisher's Weekly Review

At the start of Berry's ingeniously plotted seventh Cotton Malone novel (after The Emperor's Tomb), former U.S. Justice Department agent Malone, who's been summoned to New York City by his old boss, Stephanie Nelle, manages to thwart an attempt to assassinate the U.S. president outside a midtown Manhattan hotel. Malone soon finds himself in the middle of a power struggle with roots in presidential history. A cipher formulated by Thomas Jefferson and employed by Andrew Jackson has been unbroken for 175 years. Documents hidden by Jackson contain the key to the legitimacy-and the wealth and power-of the Commonwealth, a coalition of privateers or pirates dating from the American Revolution. Malone and his lover, Cassiopeia Vitt, must match wits and survival skills with several formidable foes, including rogue agent Jonathan Wyatt and Quartermaster Clifford Knox of the Commonwealth. Berry offers plenty of twists and vivid action scenes in a feast of historical imagination. Author tour. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Booklist Review

The U.S. Constitution allows the government to sanction piracy? Who knew? Well, Article I, Section 8, authorizing letters of marque, is technically more nuanced, but this is the conceit around which Berry structures his plot. The book begins with a (true) assassination attempt on the life of Andrew Jackson. The plotters (not true) are privateers who have perpetual rights to letters of marque, allowing them to make captures on land and water, and they don't like Jackson's restrictions. In the present day, family descendants have the same problem with the current president, and some opt for the same solution. Following his formula, Berry puts his operative, Cotton Malone, in an action-filled plot decorated with plenty of history, including a cipher concocted by Thomas Jefferson. One refreshing element is the women, good and bad, who can all hold their own, but an initial rookielike mistake by Malone seems out of character for a hero who's been through six previous books. Fast and furious, this entry in the series ends with a fascinating author's note, detailing what's what.--Cooper, Ilen. Copyright 2010 Booklist


Library Journal Review

Many thrillers feature rich men who consider themselves above the law and the good guys who stop them. That basic formula plays out in this political thriller, which finds a group of multimillionaires trying to assassinate the U.S. President. This is Berry's seventh series installment featuring Cotton Malone; Scott Brick's narration keeps the story tense. (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.