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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (6,374 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Steve Berry Narrator: Scott Brick Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Cotton Malone Series Release Date: May 2011 ISBN: 9780739329276
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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • One of the most spellbinding and ingenious openings in all of thrillerdom. The cast of characters is huge but every one of them is memorable. The action is intense and masterfully choreographed. As always with Steve Berry, you’re educated about significant things while your knuckles are turning white and the pages are flying. Easily Cotton Malone’s most epic, swashbuckling adventure. David Baldacci
  • The Constitution. . . secret codes . . . loads of history. . . AND pirates! What else does anyone need? The Jefferson Key won't just haunt your nights--it'll haunt your life. Cotton Malone is coming back to the scariest place of all: Home. Brad Meltzer
  • THE JEFFERSON KEY starts with a bang and holds the reader in its grip until the last page. Fascinating American history, up-to-the-minute politics, pulse-pounding action. This is a story Mitch Rapp would love. Vince Flynn

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 2/19/2014

    " Too many characters without enough development "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John Wadovick | 2/1/2014

    " Never judge a book by it's cover, right? Well I did on this one and didn't regret it. I had never read any of Steve Berry's books before so I was a little behind on some of the character development. However, the story line was fabulous and he did a great job at keeping the pace fast throughout the book. I definitely recommend it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Oldesq | 1/31/2014

    " Great swashbuckling story -- a perfect beach read that moves along and keeps the reader motivated to find out what happens. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nancy (Colorado) | 1/26/2014

    " I am not a fan of bouncing back and forth between characters. In this book, the author (Berry) goes back and forth about every page and a half or even when the reader turns the page. The short term effect is distracting but the plot and story line does fall into place. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cherita | 1/21/2014

    " Another entertaining Cotton Malone adventure. The format is the same as the others, but with the historical tidbits thrown in the story captures you. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Candice Hughes | 1/12/2014

    " The premise and historial portion of the story were interesting. I gave this book fewer stars because the charaterization seemed less deep than some of the other Cotton Malone books. The readers doesn't learn as much about what Cotton is thinking. However, it is still worth a read if you enjoy the series. The plot moves along quickly and Malone has more exciting adventures. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leesa | 1/12/2014

    " It is one of those who done it books with a feel of national treasure!! Great book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jackie | 1/5/2014

    " It was okay...not the best Cotton/Cassiopeia mystery I've read. I usually love Steve Berry but this was not a favorite. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jim | 12/27/2013

    " If you love historical fiction...this is a good read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lorraine Wille | 12/12/2013

    " one of the better from this genre "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandra | 12/6/2013

    " Jumps around between the characters a little to much, but this is another of Steve Berry's Cotton Malone series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Don Berryhill | 8/14/2013

    " Excellent story and history to boot, who could ask for more. I can keep up the good work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 8/13/2013

    " Steve Berry weaves fact & fiction together into a fun, exciting, and even thought provoking yarn. Lots of twists and turns to keep our attention. Enjoyed! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nikki | 8/8/2013

    " Typical Steve Berry. Cotton Malone is back in his usual heroic role. Good, not great. I would give this 2 1/2 out of 5 if half stars were possible. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Darryl Stangry | 7/13/2013

    " I liked it as a good portion of the book was based in North Carolina. Again, good fiction. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Travis | 5/27/2013

    " I thoroughly enjoyed this addition to the Cotton Malone series. I loved the way Berry interwove his fictional privateer society with actually historic events and I greatly enjoyed having Cassiopeia tag along with Cotton. Now that they are an official couple, I hope to see much more of her. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adam Caus | 2/9/2013

    " As always, bought the book on the release date. Oh Steve Berry, you can do no wrong. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Frizabee | 12/16/2012

    " I love Steve Berry's books - great read as always! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kristen Gibbon | 11/12/2012

    " I may have made the mistake of not reading any of the previous Cotton Malone books first. I thought it just seemed lame at points and it drove me insane when every 4 paragraphs it would jump to another character in some other location. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol Wilson | 6/17/2012

    " Interesting premise but hard to follow. I listened to this on audio book and had a hard time figuring out who was doing what where. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna Kass | 3/19/2012

    " This was a fast paced book with some history thrown in. Learning how pirates (or privateers) helped our country in the early days was interesting. I liked the characters, and the book moved. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracy Whited | 2/10/2012

    " one i will read again!! love all of Steve Berry's books for the most part and this was wonderful! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lorna | 1/17/2012

    " A good thriller for a car trip with the family. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shirlee | 10/29/2011

    " Maybe I'm just on a Steve Berry kick, but I really do like the way he presents history. This one was about pirates. Very interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Thomas Wilson | 8/18/2011

    " I enjoyed the book. It was fast paced with lots of action. Some history tidbits thrown in here and there so someone can learn something while they are enjoying a action suspense novel, I like that. I will definitely try and read some of this authors other stuff. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mia | 5/24/2011

    " I couldn't even get through the last Cotton Malone book so I was a bit wary when I picked this one up. But happily this book was just non-stop action and I could hardly put it down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sharon | 5/22/2011

    " A book that is so difficult to put down has been written here! Thriller, enticipation, a few twists here and there, even a little bit of love and romance, but just a little. Government cover ups, a well written, hard to put down historical fiction novel. BRAVO!!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diane | 5/13/2011

    " If you like fast-paced action mixed with items of historical significance (think DA VINCI CODE or NATIONAL TREASURE), then this is right up your alley! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 4/24/2011

    " I'm just starting it today, but so far, I like it. :) I was also very pleased that Random House only took one week to get my copy to me in the mail. I'll update as I go! Finished it and continued to enjoy the story all the way thru. Might be the best he's done so far. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenn | 4/18/2011

    " Hi,
    I loved the history, great details! It was very well plotted and a good read. I have read a few others with Cotton Malone and I really like his character. I will definitely read more of Steve Berry's other books. This won kept me up well into the night. "

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About the Author
Author Steve Berry

Steve Berry is the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of a dozen Cotton Malone novels and several stand-alone novels. There are twenty million of his books in print, translated into forty languages. He has received the Royden B. Davis Distinguished Author Award and the 2013 Writers for Writers Award from Poets & Writers. His novel The Columbus Affair earned him the Anne Frank Human Writes Award. With his wife, Elizabeth, he is the founder of History Matters, which is dedicated to historical preservation, and his historic preservation work merited the 2013 Silver Bullet from International Thriller Writers. He serves as a member of 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, actor, narrator, and writer, attended UCLA and spent ten years in a traveling Shakespeare company. Passionate about the spoken word, he has narrated a wide variety of audiobooks, from thrillers and science fiction to classics and nonfiction. He has recorded more than eight hundred audiobooks and won over 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.