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Author: Steve Berry Narrator: Narrator Info Added Soon Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Cotton Malone Series Release Date: March 2015 ISBN: 9781427266774
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In an innovative new approach, Macmillan Audio and Steve Berry have produced an expanded, annotated Writer's Cut audiobook edition of The Patriot Threat.

Critically-acclaimed, award-winning narrator Scott Brick returns as the voice of dauntless protagonist Cotton Malone and New York Times bestselling author Steve Berry has written and recorded behind-the-scenes commentary filled with insights into the fascinating and little-known historical facts that fuel his novel.

The 16th Amendment to the Constitution legalized federal income tax, but what if there were problems with the 1913 ratification of that amendment? Secrets that call into question decades of tax collecting. There is a surprising truth to this possibility-a truth wholly entertained by Steve Berry, a top-ten New York Times bestselling writer, in his new thriller, The Patriot Threat.

His protagonist, Cotton Malone, once a member of an elite intelligence division within the Justice Department known as the Magellan Billet, is now retired. But when his former boss, Stephanie Nelle, asks him to track a rogue North Korean who may have acquired some top secret Treasury Department files-the kind that could force the United States to its knees-Malone is vaulted into a harrowing twenty-four-hour chase that begins on the water in Venice and ends in the remote highlands of Croatia.

With appearances by Franklin Roosevelt, Andrew Mellon, and a curious painting that still hangs in the National Gallery of Art, Steve Berry's trademark mix of history and suspense is 90% fact and 10% exciting speculation, a provocative thriller that poses a dangerous question: What if the Federal income tax is illegal?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “One of Berry’s best books to date.”

    New York Times

  • “A fast-paced and entertaining traditional thriller…loaded with action, character sketches, fascinating history, and Mr. Berry’s liberal use of poetic license.”

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

  • “Berry is a master at weaving together historical details with fiction to create a spellbinding thriller…As usual, Berry’s writing is smooth, the plot well thought out, and the characters realistic.”

    Providence Journal

  • “Cotton Malone is once again thrown into the midst of fast-paced international threats. The history in this novel is intriguing, even to non-history buffs. The addition of the North Korean characters adds a sense of relevance.”

    RT Book Reviews (4 stars)

  • “Fans of political conspiracy fiction will find plenty to like.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Berry…delivers his usual fast-paced and complex story line, highlighted by his hero’s superhuman ability to overcome any obstacle and chase the bad guys to the ends of the earth.”

    Library Journal

  • “Another page-turning thriller blending history, speculation, and fast-paced action.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Scott Brick is an outstanding narrator, and those who enjoy mysteries that include American history will especially enjoy this audiobook…Brick portrays Malone with finesse and obvious pleasure as he travels from Washington to the canals of Venice and the highlands of Croatia. Maintaining strong projection and appropriate emphasis as suspense mounts, Brick deftly captures the adventurous hero and the author’s enthusiasm for history.”


  • A New York Times bestseller
  • Winner of the 2016 Audie Award for Best Thriller/Suspense Narration
  • Among shortlisted titles for Audie Award Finalist, 2016

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About the Author

Steve Berry is the New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author of fourteen Cotton Malone and four stand-alone novels. He has over twenty-three million books in print, translated into forty languages. He is an emeritus member of the Smithsonian Libraries Advisory Board and a founding member of International Thriller Writers, formerly serving as its copresident.