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.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 480 pages
- Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
- Publication Date: 26/05/2011
- Category: Thriller / suspense
- ISBN: 9781444709391
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Review by Shirezu
The latest in the Cotton Malone series, in this one Steve Berry has taken a slight departure from the norm and, to me, not for the better.<br/><br/>For the first time in the series the book is set wholly in the USA. I don't have an issue with this as, being an Australian, the US is as foreign as Europe or Asia. The locations were well researched although it would have been nice to have more interesting ones. Monticello was good as was Pamlico Sound and the treasure resting place which I won't give away. Other than that it was just hotels and normal cities. Nothing really exciting. And there needed to be more about the treasure place.<br/><br/>This book was also pretty confusing for the most part. Lots of different government agencies and villains and good guys all in a jumbled heap. It would have been better to trim them back a bit.<br/><br/>There was also a lot less history in this one than in previous books. It really wasn't about the treasure this time, more about the people. If I wanted that I'd read a drama. I read these books for the history and treasure. <br/><br/>In all this is not Steve Berry's best work and hopefully his next one will be back to his older levels.