Thursday, April 2, 2015

History Corner: The Patriot Threat by Steve Berry

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this book, free of charge, from Merryl Moss Media, via Netgalley, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it


Just released 2 days ago is the latest installment in the Cotton Malone series from Steve Berry!


Synopsis:

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt hated being in the same room as former Secretary of the Treasury Andrew Mellon. But Mellon was one of the richest men in America—and he had an offer Roosevelt couldn’t ignore. Before the meeting ended Mellon left behind a web of clues that have just resurfaced to send Cotton Malone, Steve Berry’s retired Justice Department agent, on a harrowing 24-hour chase in The Patriot Threat.

The man that Malone is watching, writer Paul Larks, has stumbled across Mellon’s clues that our income tax might not be legal. Lark’s book to build his case has caught the attention of a deposed North Korean leader who wants to return to glory by throwing the United States into economic ruin. Cotton Malone must race to stop this dangerous scheme and find out where evidence of FDR and Mellon’s conversation is hidden.

You can read Chapter One on Steve's website!

Review:

The thing that I love about Steve's books is the amount if research that he puts into each and every one! They aren't just some mystery/thriller that is thrown together in a couple of weeks. He (and his wife) go on research tours. He typically has between 200-300 sources for the historical info in EACH of his books. How many authors can say that? That amount of dedication to research means all the details are right in his books- they ring true as you read them, because they ARE. Malone and friends may be fictional, but the events that occur feel ripped out of the headlines.

This book takes little-known facts about the beginning of income tax in the US and what the original intentions versus modern day convoluted web were with a roller coaster of a mystery (my fav line: Do you have any idea the chaos you’re about to cause?”), that will keep you turning the pages long into the night, and then running to surf the web to learn more (that ALWAYS happens when I finish one of Berry's books!) . His after notes are always helpful to point you in the right direction, This is one of the books in the series, where I think you really needed to have read the previous book, and you need more of the characters' back stories, to understand some of their actions in this book. If you love the series, you'll love this book, just be prepared for it to take you a bit, as it is 400 pages, with lots of historical facts to chew over. 


About the Author:

 Steve Berry is the New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author, 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. 

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. Check out Steve's website for more http://steveberry.org/ 


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