The electrifying new Cotton Malone thriller by international bestseller Steve Berry.
People say the Cold War is coming back.
For some, it never went away.
Shot down over Siberia in what was to be a simple meet-and-greet mission, ex-Justice Department agent Cotton Malone is forced into a fight for survival against Aleksandr Zorin, 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 is headed for North America to join another long-term sleeper embedded in the West.
Armed with a Soviet weapon long thought to be just a myth, Zorin is aided by a shocking secret hidden in the archives of America's oldest fraternal organization, the Society of Cincinnati. Past presidents used this group's military offensive - including advice on the invasion of what was to be America's 14th Colony - Canada.
Inauguration Day for a new President of the U.S.A. is only hours away. Zorin's deadly plan is timed to bring about political chaos.
In a race against the clock from Russia to the White House itself, Malone must not only battle Zorin, he must also confront his deepest fear, a crippling weakness that he's long denied but one that now jeopardizes everything. Steve Berry's trademark mix of fact, fiction, history and speculation is all here in this fast-paced and utterly compelling new thriller.
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Cotton Malone, our favourite pilot-turned-secret-operative, is back to fight an old enemy: a resurgent KGB. A race against the clock, speculative history, good old-fashioned shootouts and non-stop action kept us dialled in from start to finish of this fantastic thriller.
Bestseller Berry's 11th Cotton Malone thriller (after 2015's The Patriot Threat) offers a clever variation on the theme of racing against the clock to avert national disaster. In 1982 in Vatican City, Ronald Reagan and John Paul II have a private meeting, in which they plot the end of the Soviet Union by concerted political, economic, and spiritual pressure. In the present day, the impending end of the administration of President Danny Daniels also signals the closing of the Magellan Billet, a covert intelligence unit within the Justice Department. Meanwhile, the unit's leader and Malone's old boss, Stephanie Nelle, sends him on what should be a simple reconnaissance mission to Russia, but, of course, it isn't. The story line expands to include missing nukes, a society formed by U.S. army officers after the Revolutionary War, and a dying man's cryptic reference to the "zero amendment." Richer characterizations and more thoughtful suspense elevate this above similar 24-like stories. Author tour.