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Author: Steve Berry Narrator: Scott Brick Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Cotton Malone Series Release Date: April 2016 ISBN: 9781427267801
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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. 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Brick sets a page-turning pace by intensifying the drama and the danger and underlining the nail-biting suspense in this thriller filled with conspiracies and intriguing historical information. Listeners should prepare to sit back and enjoy Brick’s riveting and immensely entertaining
    performance. Booklist

    "Berry raises this genre's stakes.

  • I love this guy. Lee Child
  • Steve Berry is a master at weaving together historical details with fiction to create a spellbinding thriller…The Patriot Threat is suspenseful, entertaining and thought provoking. As usual, Berry’s writing is smooth, the plot well thought out, and the characters realistic. Another winner from Steve Berry.
  • As always with Steve Berry, you're educated about significant things while your knuckles are turning white and the pages are flying by. David Baldacci
  • Every American should read [The Lincoln Myth]. Florida Times Union
  • Steve Berry’s sizzling, scintillating and aptly titled The Patriot Threat…provides an extraordinarily well researched, prescient and beautifully structured tale that whisks us off across the globe and through history in search of an elusive truth dating to FDR. [Berry] remains a master of form and function, a stylist as well as a storyteller...Blistering reading entertainment at its level best. Providence Journal
  • The 10th installment in Mr. Berry’s Cotton Malone series, The Patriot Threat is a fast-paced and entertaining traditional thriller along the lines of The Da Vinci Code. It’s loaded with action, character sketches, fascinating history and Mr. Berry’s liberal use of poetic license. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
  • Another page-turning thriller blending history, speculation and face-paced action. Kirkus Reviews on The Patriot Threat

  • One of Berry's best books to date. Associated Press on The Patriot Threat
  • My kind of thriller. Dan Brown on The Amber Room
  • “Richer characterizations and more thoughtful suspense elevate this above similar 24-like stories.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Berry mixes history and suspense in a high-energy, action-packed thriller.”

    Library Journal

  • “Cotton Malone…once again yanks the US back from the precipice of annihilation…[and] gunfights his way entertainingly enough to the save-the-world conclusion.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Scott Brick is the perfect narrator for Cotton Malone’s adventures…Brick’s gravelly voice and intense tone pull listeners into this thriller…Brick’s performance will delight Berry fans as they indulge in Malone’s eleventh espionage mission, replete with history and heart-pounding action.”


  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Among longlisted titles for Hudson Booksellers Best of the Year, 2016

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chap | 9/2/2016

    " I am a huge Steve Berry fan and whenever something new comes out on the books on tape format I jump on it like a hungry dog. The premise of this story is 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. I will no spoil it for you but it is a great (and plausible story) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chap | 9/2/2016

    " Deborah Harkness has written a trilogy - The Book of Night, Shadow of night and A Discovery of Witches. That trilogy was fantastic. So much so in that I was hungry for more and decided to try the Jewel House. Bad decision. This book was dry, boring and difficult to get through. I recommend that you stick with the trilogy and don't bother with this one. "

About the Author

Steve Berry is the New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author of more than a dozen Cotton Malone novels and several standalone novels. He has over twenty million books in print, translated into forty languages. He serves on the Smithsonian Libraries Advisory Board and was a founding member of International Thriller Writers, formerly serving as its co-president.

About the Narrator

Scott Brick, an acclaimed voice artist, screenwriter, and actor, has performed on film, television, and radio. He attended UCLA and spent ten years in a traveling Shakespeare company. Passionate about the spoken word, he has narrated a wide variety of audiobooks. winning won more than fifty AudioFile Earphones Awards and several of the prestigious Audie Awards. He was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine and the Voice of Choice for 2016 by Booklist magazine.