The Jefferson Key: A Novel by Steve Berry

The Jefferson Key: A NovelThe Jefferson Key: A Novel by Steve Berry
Series: Cotton Malone #7
Publication Date: May 17, 2011
Pages: 456
Rating: ★★★★
Source: From the Publisher
Genre: Espionage, Fiction, Thrillers
Publisher: Ballantine Books
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About the Book

Four United States presidents have been assassinated -- in 1865, 1881, 1901, and 1963 -- each murder seemingly unrelated and separated by time.
But what if those presidents were all killed for the same reason: a clause in the United States Constitution -- contained within Article 1, Section 8 -- that would shock Americans?

This question is what faces former Justice Department operative Cotton Malone in his latest adventure. When a bold assassination attempt is made against President Danny Daniels in the heart of Manhattan, Malone risks his life to foil the killing -- only to find himself at dangerous odds with the Commonwealth, a secret society of pirates first assembled during the American Revolution. In their most perilous exploit yet, Malone and Cassiopeia Vitt race across the nation and take to the high seas. Along the way they break a secret cipher originally possessed by Thomas Jefferson, unravel a mystery concocted by Andrew Jackson, and unearth a centuries-old document forged by the Founding Fathers themselves, one powerful enough -- thanks to that clause in the Constitution -- to make the Commonwealth unstoppable.


Every time I read a book in Steve Berry’s Cotton Malone series, I inadvertently find myself humming the Mission Impossible theme.  Well, that or the MacGyver theme.  People on the train tend to look at me like I’m nuts, but I just can’t help it.  I get so involved in the books that I don’t usually realize that I am doing it until someone comments on it.  Well when I decided to read The Jefferson Key, I told myself I was going to read it from the comfort of my own home to prevent me from freaking out the general public with my reading soundtrack.  Well, I forgot, read the book on the train, and had everyone giving me a wide berth as a result.

Steve Berry has done it again.  He has created another story that artfully blends historical facts, politics, drama, suspense, and mystery together into one amazing book.  For the first time, Cotton Malone and company are back on US soil.  Of course, this is not an ordinary vacation for them as they soon find themselves involved in a plot to assassinate the U.S. President.  Like all of the books in the Cotton Malone series, things are not always what they seem, and around absolutely every corner lies another piece of the puzzle.

The best thing about this series is that while it relies on a host of characters, they each play a big part in the story.  It helps to give the story added depth and dimension and allows for a suitable progression of events.  In The Jefferson Key, Cotton, Cassiopeia, Danny, and Stephanie are once again racing to find the truth about a series of startling events.  The bonus is that they are finally back on home turf and taking on some of their own.

I must say, that The Jefferson Key is right up there with The Alexandria Link in being one of my favourite books of the series.


Be Sure to Check Out the first six books in Steve Berry’s Cotton Malone Series and visit him on his website!

The Templar Legacy
The Alexandria Link
The Venetian Betrayal
The Charlemagne Pursuit
The Paris Vendetta
The Emperor’s Tomb
The Jefferson Key