The Patriot Threat
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Steve Berry's New York Times bestseller, The Patriot Threat, finds Cotton Malone racing to stop a rogue ex-KGB agent plotting revenge against the United States.
The 16th Amendment to the Constitution is why Americans pay income taxes. But what if there were problems associated with that amendment? Secrets that call into question decades of tax collecting? In fact, there is a surprising truth to this hidden possibility.
Cotton Malone, once a member of an elite intelligence division within the Justice Department known as the Magellan Billet, is now retired and owns an old bookshop in Denmark. But when his former-boss, Stephanie Nelle, asks him to track a rogue North Korean who may have acquired some top secret Treasury Department files—the kind that could bring the United States to its knees—Malone is vaulted into a harrowing twenty-four hour chase that begins on the canals in Venice and ends in the remote highlands of Croatia.
With appearances by Franklin Roosevelt, Andrew Mellon, a curious painting that still hangs in the National Gallery of Art, and some eye-opening revelations from the $1 bill, this riveting, non-stop adventure is trademark Steve Berry—90% historical fact, 10% exciting speculation—a provocative thriller posing a dangerous question: What if the Federal income tax is illegal?
From Publishers Weekly
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The Patriot threat
Another great book that brings out hidden history facts of the U.S. And has thrilling action swirling around with Cotten in the middle of the action.
Not worth your time
A poorly written, tedious, and labored novel, which even has typographical errors, including the spelling of the name of one of the main characters on page 149.
The dry subject matter, the attempted financial collapse of the United States due to the actions of one bad man and his female helper, is dull. There are what seems like endless pages of uninteresting historical documents through which to wade.
The author's repeated use of the pronouns "he" and "she" ends up being confusing. Much of the time you don't know which character is doing the talking or carrying out some kind of action. He seems not to believe in antecedents.
Simply put, this is not a good book. Not a story that grabs you. It's more of a slog than anything else. I felt obligated to finish it only because I paid for it. I wish I could get back my money.
Hard to put down
As usual, Cotton gets involved in an amazing adventure. Steve Berry writes so descriptively that I feel like I have been to all of these incredible places! I wish that Cotton could have made some progress in his personal life but.... Hopefully next book?! Thanks for writing something that is so entertaining and educational.