The 14th Colony: A Novel

The 14th Colony: A Novel

by Steve Berry

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781594139628
Publisher: Gale Group
Publication date: 01/03/2017
Series: Cotton Malone Series , #11
Edition description: Large Print
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

STEVE BERRY is the New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author of a dozen Cotton Malone novels and several standalones. He has 20 million books in print, translated into 40 languages. With his wife, Elizabeth, he is the founder of History Matters, which is dedicated to historical preservation. He serves on the Smithsonian Libraries Advisory Board and was a founding member of International Thriller Writers, formerly serving as its co-president.

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The 14th Colony 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was by far the best Cotton Malone ever. You had me there when Cotton said he would explain how he got his name since they had time then...... I'm glad Cotton got the girl. She was right in front of him all along. Remember men are to introduce Love into a marriage, not the women. Macho men ain't what's happening. Again this one is #1 in Cotton's stories. Thank you!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Berry continues to provide riveting, page turning adventure with Cotton Malone at the helm. As informative and educational as it is enthralling.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My favorite kind of book. Plenty of Action and I learned a lot from this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This as with a Of the books in the Cotton Malone series sucks you in immediately with the suspense . I really enjoy the historical detail and facts the transistor never smoothly with the fictions story line.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I always enjoy the adventures of Cotton Malone.
carlosmock More than 1 year ago
The 14th Colony by Steve Berry Cotton This is the 11th installment of Berry's Cotton Malone thrillers. The book opens with a historical meeting between Ronald Reagan and Pope John Pope the II. In it, they develop plans to end the Soviet Union: Forward Pass. The US sends Russia into an arms race that bankrupts the country and causes it to collapse. Fast forward to the present: Alexandr Zorin, a former KGB agent has been plotting the revenge. Disillusioned with what the Russian Federation has become, he has been plotting to carry on Yuri Andropov's master plan -- Soviet Secretary General for 15 months in 1982. The plan was developed as a Chess Game: Absolute Pin, where the King is cornered and can't move anywhere except where it would be exposed to check. Backward Pawn: One pawn behind another of the same color. Quiet move: Something that does not attack or capture an enemy piece. Fool's Mate: The shortest possible mate. Two moves and over. Hidden in Canada, there is a KGB operative, Jamie Kelly who has done all four moves and is in possession of five RA 115 - nuclear bombs that can be carried in a case. Zorin and Kelly's plan is to disrupt the Presidential inauguration -- Danny Daniels has ended his eight-year stint at the presidency and will be succeeded by Walter Fox. The plan is to set it off before the new administration is sworn in and create chaos because the 20th amendment -- "amendment zero" in Andropov's scheme -- would create confusion because it is not clear who would be president if both the president and VP are killed before they are sworn in. 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. Narrated from the third person point of view, it makes for a wonderful read. Highly recommended!
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NEA62 More than 1 year ago
Altogether a good romp, but slow in places. I think it could have been trimmed down to up the tension, but if you love the Cold War, the KGB, and secret Revolutionary War societies (as well as like the idea of taking Canada over, if only in theory), this one's for you.
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I could not keep awake reading this book. Less talk and more action needed.