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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: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Cotton Malone Series Release Date: May 2011 ISBN: 9780739329252
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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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolyn | 2/20/2014

    " While not as good as a couple of his previous books, Berry comes through with a rousing good tale and an interesting premise. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen Cloos | 2/12/2014

    " Always love the Cotton Malone stories. Fast paced thrillers that mix fact and fiction. Another good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacy | 2/11/2014

    " I enjoy the Cotton Malone series. This work is a fast paced spy-thriller. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Phil | 2/10/2014

    " An easy read, Similar to the other Cotton Malone books which is not a bad thing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chad Bolen | 2/1/2014

    " Good book, fast paced, wasn't a good book to take to work, never wanted to come back from break. lol "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eric Mann | 1/30/2014

    " Good plot, a lot of characters and a fast moving story. Berry does a nice job of adding historical facts to his own imagination and very good storytelling. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 H.S. | 1/29/2014

    " My first experience with this author. I was a little disappointed, as I had just read "The Devil's Colony" by James Rollins with a Jefferson-conspiracy... and this book was more drama than action. I will give the author another try though. :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steven Belanger | 1/23/2014

    " Well, not my thing, usually. Kept me compulsively reading in much the same way your gaze has to follow the hit tennis ball. Potboiling cliffhanger in its most base form, but that's what works, right? Characters are essentially just names; you root for the good guys because they're the good guys--and so on. Again, like following a hit ball. You hate yourself for reading, but it's a "I wonder what happens next?" connect-the-dots. But you rate it for what it is, for what it attempts to be, not because you want it to be another Silence of the Lambs meets Indiana Jones, and it fails miserably. Sort of like NCIS meets Dan Brown, except NCIS has humor and actual tension, and Angels & Demons and Da Vinci were much more interesting, and actually written much better. This book is like ex-ballplayer Jeff Frye, who when he played made you think that if this guy can play baseball, then any common Joe can, even me. Here, if Steve Berry can make the bestseller lists, then I can, too. Which is ludicrous, of course, but it makes you feel that way. Having said all this, I have to give it 4 stars because I did compulsively read on and flip the pages, and that's the whole point, right??? Who cares why I did it, just that I did it, right? The book gets sold, and the publishing company and author get paid either way. I read on knowing that I had better things to do, but...Well, you get the idea. And don't let the title fool you: It's not much about Jefferson, or a key to anything, or even two pages that are the McGuffin...Bleh. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marguerite | 1/19/2014

    " Loved all of Berry's Cotton Malone series. Good action adventure filled with bits of history and bad guys. Fun read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeanette | 12/29/2013

    " An old enemy brings Cotton into the story to best him, but we all know it won't be easy to best Cotton. Love the series and the characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gail | 12/19/2013

    " This was my first book by Steve Berry. It was slow getting into ,but once I did , I couldn't put it down. Looking forward to reading more books by this author "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rirza | 12/13/2013

    " Good in the beginning but lost it's way from the middle to the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John Going | 12/7/2013

    " I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Steve Berry weaves history - including Charlottesville's Monticello - into this Cotton Malone mystery. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol Wilson | 12/5/2013

    " 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 Brendan | 10/3/2013

    " I enjoyed this book. Good fun. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan Coley | 9/27/2013

    " Interesting book especially since we had just finished presidential reports by students that echoed many of the facts from the book. Good text to world connection for me and my students. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eileen | 7/31/2013

    " First time I read this author and will make sure to some of his other books. I like adventure and it gave it to me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gkbarber | 7/13/2013

    " Fantastic! Compelling! Can't wait to read other titles by Barry. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Fredrick Danysh | 6/26/2013

    " Cotton Malone is called to New York City by his former intellegence boss where he is set up as the scapegoat for an assassination attempt on the president. Modern day privateers are involved as is an old enemy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Curt Hopkins Hopkins | 4/27/2013

    " Not as good as his international books but OK - Berry is a good writer of swift action thrillers. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynette | 12/17/2012

    " Steve Berry knows how to add twists and turns to history. Haven't read one of his books yet that I didn't end up staying up late to finish. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kat | 8/13/2012

    " Good read with lots of action, but not Steve Berry's best offering. Some of his earlier books were much more engrossing! Still I'd recommend it to anyone who enjoys thrillers mixed with history. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennifer Franz | 5/30/2012

    " Preposterous story...and I used to really liked Steve Berry "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ricardo | 10/14/2011

    " I've always thought that Berry is at best a mediocre writer, more of a Dan Brown wannabe than anything else. This book however, is worse than what he normally puts out. The plot suffers from total lack of credibility and the villains are cartoonish at best "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melodie | 6/26/2011

    " Excellent read, but it was a bit difficult keeping all the players straight. The POV kept changing, sometimes as often as every paragraph. Really enjoyed the storyline and all the backstabbing! I hadn't visited with Cotton Malone since THE ALEXANDRIA LINK, and really shouldn't stay away so long. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Haan | 6/16/2011

    " I could not get into this book at all. Not what I was expecting it to be like. "

  • 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.