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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 DC. Noon on January 20th - Inauguration Day - 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.

©2016 Steve Berry (P)2016 Macmillan Audio

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  • Wayne
  • 06/04/2016

5 stars after I overcame my doubts!

Even for Steve Berry this book contains an exceptional number of conspiracy theories concerning US history. It is certainly the most ahistorical of all novels of the Cotton Malone series. That is the reason for my doubts about my 5 star rating. However, novelists are entitled to take liberties with historical facts to improve the story. The reader must allow ones self to suspend disbelief.

The 14th Colony is, in my view, the second best story in the Cotton Malone series (with Patriot Threat being better). The suspense is especially intense. The entire novel takes place in the waning days and hours of the administration of President Danny Daniels as the inauguration of the new president is about to occur. It is a superb espionage novel.

Scott Brick narrates perfectly as usual.

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  • Nicoleabouttown
  • 07/04/2016

Wonderfull

One of the best Steve Berry 'Cotton Malone' books in a while. As usual Scott Brick did an amazing job!

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  • paul
  • 15/04/2016

One of his best

Great story and Scott Brick is phenomenal. A must read for Steve Berry fans everywhere

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  • Jeffrey
  • 27/04/2016

Spectacular

The book was awesome as always the cotton Malone series if one of my favorites. The story really keeps you on your toes and very exciting.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19/04/2016

one of his best books ever!

Super story, exciting with lots of twists and turns. Move continuously and Scott Brick is great as usual.

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  • Matthew
  • 29/04/2016

Not the best, and not the worst from Berry/Brick

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I feel it needs some tightening up aka. editing. Sort of a sprawling book with story lines that , while fascinating and related, can sometimes walk over one another, and become abit confusing.

Would you recommend The 14th Colony to your friends? Why or why not?

I would, with the caveat that the friend would need to already know the principle characters and their history, otherwise some significant context would be lost.

Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

I like the President.

Did The 14th Colony inspire you to do anything?

Some research on the history of the 14th Colony ( which, without giving it all up, is where I am from! )

Any additional comments?

This is very typical of the ongoing Berry/Brick team, and in that context it is professionally produced and researched. I liked it on balance , but it seemed to take a while to get rolling, and could have benefited from some editing IMHO. Recommended with reservations.

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  • Christopher
  • 19/01/2017

Decent book to pay half attention to.

Good subject matter but predictable storyline with a few interesting twists. But a reader's horizon (how far ahead in the book you can accurately predict what will happen) is quite long. The writing is competent but far from inspired. The narrator has a great voice and reads at a good pace. He does however make a few mistakes ("Benjamin Washington" was not our first president) that alert editors should have caught. Overall, I would recommend this book for a commute where you can tune in and out, but this is not a book worthy of curling up with.

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  • Stephen
  • 30/04/2016

Great Story, Great Performance

Well worth the time and money! Try it, you will enjoy it tremendously, and want more!

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  • Stevon
  • 27/10/2016

another enjoyable Berry

Steve Berry's books are fun listens. Mix in some historical fact with fiction, throw in retired agent Cotton Malone and you have the makings of a good story.

In this one you have some old rogue, forgotten Soviet agents that want to go out with a bang. They use a manual written after the War of 1812 to help come up with a plan that will get them close to the White House on Inauguration Day. It's Cotton's mission to foil the plan.

I like the way you learn about history in reading Berry's books. I had never really thought about the United States government ever having aims on making Canada a part of the US. It turns out we have had that goal but it has never come to fruition.....so far.

The title of this book almost seems a misnomer. Even though there are aspects of the story regarding Canada and our desire to make it a part of our country (Manifest Destiny lives) the Soviet/Russian angle is the central part of the story. It was good the way the author weaved the two stories into one.

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  • John
  • 12/04/2016

Great narration of a good though not one of the best Cotton Malone stories

I have enjoyed earlier Cotton Malone stories more than the last few. That said, this was enjoyable to listen to and the narrator, Scott Brick was terrific, as usual.
Cotton's romance to Casseopia (so?) adds nothing to the story line. I miss the focus on Cotton's efforts to live a normal life running a bookstore in Cpenhagen. Now he is back doing what super heroes do with little to differentiate him from other such types.
The author drove home, a bit too much, his admiration for President Reagan's astuteness in world affairs. Recent biographies give a more balanced view of the former President.

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