The King’s Deception by Steve Berry – Blog Tour and Book Review

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I received a free copy of The King’s Deception from BookTrib for my honest review.

About the Book:

Cotton Malone is back! Steve Berry’s new international 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.

About the Author:

Steve Berry is the New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author of The King’s Deception, The Columbus Affair, The Jefferson Key, The Emperor’s Tomb, The Paris Vendetta, The Charlemagne Pursuit, The Venetian Betrayal, The Alexandria Link, The Templar Legacy, The Third Secret, The Romanov Prophecy, and The Amber Room. His books have been translated into 40 languages with more than 15,000,000 printed copies in 51 countries.
History lies at the heart of every Steve Berry novel. It’s this passion, one he shares with his wife, Elizabeth, that led them to create History Matters, a foundation dedicated to historic preservation. Since 2009 Steve and Elizabeth have traveled across the country to save endangered historic treasures, raising money via lectures, receptions, galas, luncheons, dinners, and their popular writers’ workshops. To date, nearly 2,000 students have attended those workshops. In 2012 their work was recognized by the American Library Association, which named Steve the first spokesman for National Preservation Week. He was also appointed by the Smithsonian Board of Regents to serve on the Smithsonian Libraries Advisory Board to help promote and support the libraries in their mission to provide information in all forms to scientists, curators, scholars, students and the public at large. He was named Georgia Author of the Year (2005) and has received the Royden B. Davis Distinguished Author Award and the 2013 Writers for Writers Award bestowed by Poets & Writers.
Steve Berry was born and raised in Georgia, graduating from the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University. He was a trial lawyer for 30 years and held elective office for 14 of those years. He is a founding member of International Thriller Writers—a group of more than 2,000 thriller writers from around the world—and served three years as its co-president.
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My Opinion:

I must admit to enjoying a suspense/thriller every once and again and it there is a bit of the historical within it all the better! This is not my first book by Steve Berry and I doubt it will be my last – he does know how to keep the pages turning. This time he takes on the big guns though, the Tudors. They are mighty popular these days with readers who might not have shown interest in the past but with the advent of the cable series and more books than a person can possibly read the Tudors are definitely a dynasty quite au courant.

I’m sharing no spoilers if I tell you that the plot involves the possibility that Queen Elizabeth I might have been a man! Go and google the Bisley Boy, I’ll wait. It gives you the basics.

The US wants Britain to do something it does not seem likely to do so it wants proof of Queen Elizabeth’s true sex as leverage. There is also a search for the missing treasure of King Henry VII. They send in CIA agent Blake Antrim to dig up the proof but of course many in England, including a secret society, do not want said info found or released.  Blake has issues to settle with Berry’s hero Cotton Malone so he arranges for Malone and his son, Gary to bring a witness to England.  It all breaks loose from there and graves are robbed, London’s underwater rivers are discussed (ad nauseum) and many shots are fired as Cottom Malone races to keep England’s secrets safe and save his son from evil kidnappers.

The plot does move along with short chapters ending in cliff hangers. It is a fast paced read with not a heck of a lot of substance but that is what a beach read is all about. The bad guys are B.A.D. and the good guys are G.O.O.D. and there is not much in between. The book did keep me turning the pages and I enjoyed the sections that took place back in Tudor times. Do I believe that Elizabeth I was a man? Well, that is neither here nor there but no, I don’t. It didn’t take away from my enjoying a diverting, not have to think too much book perfect for taking my mind off of whatever else is going on in the world.


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Disclosure:  I received a free copy of The King’s Deception from BookTrib for my honest review.  I received no compensation for this post.


  1. says

    I was introduced to Steve Berry’s worlds of historically based thrillers last year, listening to an Elaine Charles interview on the Book Report radio show, which is why I was surprised to see that yet again Steve Berry in the interview line-up for this weekend’s shows on WIOD. Only then did I learn about ‘The King’s deceit’…and shortly thereafter the ‘Bisley boy’. Berry is quoted as saying that the validity of the rumor is quite plausible, and believable. Naturally being a writer of fiction this would agree with him. I’m quite likely to miss this upcoming interview, but I know I can catch it whenever afterwards as the show has a nice archived section on it’s web site. bookreportradio dotcom – enjoy!

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