The King’s Deception

Written by Steve Berry
Review by Edward James

It is 2010; the Government of Scotland wants to return a Pan-Am 103 bomber to Qadhafi’s Libya, and the Government of Britain wants to wink and look the other way in exchange for rights to Libyan oil. The U.S. is furious and hopes to pressure the Brits into halting what they consider to be betrayal, by digging up (literally) dirt about Queen Elizabeth I which threatens to topple the British government and ignite a major war in Ireland. As the CIA, MI6, and a rogue agent or two duke it out, retired Justice Department agent Cotton Malone inadvertently stumbles into the middle of this high-stakes game endangering himself, his son, and a homeless street boy—and the fun has only just begun. In classical Steve Berry style, there are more twists and turns in this plot than in a 1970s disco bar. Interspersed between the modern incidents of betrayals and counter-betrayals are numerous episodes of Tudor/Elizabethan history sure to ruffle the skirts of the most avid Tudor fan. With its great plot and interesting characters, this book is a real page turner and an enjoyable read. Highly recommended.