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The 14th Colony: A Novel (Cotton Malone, 11)…
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The 14th Colony: A Novel (Cotton Malone, 11) (original 2016; udgave 2017)

af Steve Berry (Forfatter)

Serier: Cotton Malone (11)

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"What happens if both the president and vice-president-elect die before taking the oath of office? The answer is far from certain--in fact, what follows would be nothing short of total political chaos. Shot down over Siberia, ex-Justice Department agent Cotton Malone is forced into a fight for survival against Aleksandr Zorin, a man whose loyalty to the former Soviet Union has festered for decades into an intense hatred of the United States. Before escaping, Malone learns that Zorin and another ex-KGB officer, this one a sleeper still embedded in the West, are headed overseas to Washington D.C. Inauguration Day--noon on January 20th--is only hours away. A flaw in the Constitution, and an even more flawed presidential succession act, have opened the door to disaster and Zorin intends to exploit both weaknesses to their fullest. Armed with a weapon leftover from the Cold War, one long thought to be just a myth, Zorin plans to attack. He's aided by a shocking secret hidden in the archives of America's oldest fraternal organization--the Society of Cincinnati--a group that once lent out its military savvy to presidents, including helping to formulate three invasion plans of what was intended to be America's 14th colony--Canada. In a race against the clock that starts in the frozen extremes of Russia and ultimately ends at the White House itself, Malone must not only battle Zorin, he must also confront a crippling fear that he's long denied, but which now jeopardizes everything. Steve Berry's trademark mix of history and speculation is all here in this provocative new thriller"--… (mere)
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Titel:The 14th Colony: A Novel (Cotton Malone, 11)
Forfattere:Steve Berry (Forfatter)
Info:St. Martin's Paperbacks (2017), 576 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek, Skal læses (inactive)
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Cotton Malone , Book 14
  MontanaMick | Jun 30, 2024 |
Cotton Malone , Book 14
  MontanaMick | Jun 30, 2024 |
An ironic picture of relations between Russia and the US in view of the antagonism that has developed in the current era of the Ukraine era. That is particularly true in view of Putin’s threat to use nuclear weapons. S story with many interesting twists with references to the war of 1812. The relationship between Cotton and Cassiopeia continues to develop. ( )
  waldhaus1 | Mar 29, 2023 |
Still love this author. The last couple of books made me wonder if I would keep reading him but I'm glad I did. This one may seem far-fetched but he backs it up at the end of the book. I like books that make me feel I learned something and wasn't just entertained. ( )
  Sunandsand | Apr 30, 2022 |
In true 'save the US' fashion, Cotton Malone is once again the only man who can keep the US from total chaos and destruction in this installment. Malone starts off in Russia while at home things are moving ahead with a new president being installed soon. The adventure becomes more harrowing when Malone learns of ex-KGB ops that want to exploit loopholes in the Constitution and involves a Revolutionary War Era secret society (and when does Berry NOT include some secret US society?) called The Cincinnati Society for the male heirs of war veterans. A B-plot with Cassiopeia Vitt thrown into the mix acts as minor inconvenience to the action.

First, as I said, when does Berry NOT use some secret US society in his stories? It seems like lately that's all they're about. For being such a young country, there are a ludicrous amount of secret societies to be found in US history - did these men have nothing better to do than sit around rehashing "glory days" and planning what they 'would've done if'? What a ridiculous waste of mental resources.

Second, the B-plot with the love stories...I don't mind too much because it's been a roll-around plot device for too long and I'm tired of the "will they, won't they" aspect. Get your characters together and move on into action because we all know both Cassiopeia and Stephanie are badasses.

The story itself is pretty formulaic - Malone is sent off on some secret mission for the Magellan Billet and discovers a bad guy who wants to do bad things to bring down the US government because they're mad about something that happened in the past and want to bring back the "glorious era" of whatever country they're from - in this case Russia. Some of the motivations are believable in the story but you still have a few instances where you have to suspend belief. This is adventure fiction after all so I'd be surprised if these moments didn't exist.

Overall, 3 stars because it is entertaining as hell and you can read through it in an afternoon without feeling like you wasted your time.

As always: *All thoughts and opinions are my own.* ( )
  The_Literary_Jedi | Jul 17, 2021 |
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"What happens if both the president and vice-president-elect die before taking the oath of office? The answer is far from certain--in fact, what follows would be nothing short of total political chaos. Shot down over Siberia, ex-Justice Department agent Cotton Malone is forced into a fight for survival against Aleksandr Zorin, a man whose loyalty to the former Soviet Union has festered for decades into an intense hatred of the United States. Before escaping, Malone learns that Zorin and another ex-KGB officer, this one a sleeper still embedded in the West, are headed overseas to Washington D.C. Inauguration Day--noon on January 20th--is only hours away. A flaw in the Constitution, and an even more flawed presidential succession act, have opened the door to disaster and Zorin intends to exploit both weaknesses to their fullest. Armed with a weapon leftover from the Cold War, one long thought to be just a myth, Zorin plans to attack. He's aided by a shocking secret hidden in the archives of America's oldest fraternal organization--the Society of Cincinnati--a group that once lent out its military savvy to presidents, including helping to formulate three invasion plans of what was intended to be America's 14th colony--Canada. In a race against the clock that starts in the frozen extremes of Russia and ultimately ends at the White House itself, Malone must not only battle Zorin, he must also confront a crippling fear that he's long denied, but which now jeopardizes everything. Steve Berry's trademark mix of history and speculation is all here in this provocative new thriller"--

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