Book Review: The Patriot Threat by: Steve Berry

Publisher: Minotaur Books

Publication Date: March 31, 2015

Origins:  From Blog Tour for Review

Synopsis: The 16th Amendment to the Constitution is why Americans pay income taxes. But what if there were problems associated with that amendment? Secrets that call into question decades of tax collecting? In fact, there is a surprising truth to this hidden possibility.

Cotton Malone, once a member of an elite intelligence division within the Justice Department known as the Magellan Billet, is now retired and owns an old bookshop in Denmark. 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 bring the United States to its knees—Malone is vaulted into a harrowing twenty-four hour chase that begins on the canals in Venice and ends in the remote highlands of Croatia.

With appearances by Franklin Roosevelt, Andrew Mellon, a curious painting that still hangs in the National Gallery of Art, and some eye-opening revelations from the $1 bill, this riveting, non-stop adventure is trademark Steve Berry—90% historical fact, 10% exciting speculation—a provocative thriller posing a dangerous question: What if the Federal income tax is illegal?

Review: THE PATRIOT THREAT is Steve Berry’s tenth full length novel featuring Cotton Malone. Even though it has the same main character as the previous nine books, THE PATRIOT THREAT can be read as a stand-alone novel and hold up very well. Mr. Berry’s love of research and history is plainly evident in every page of THE PATRIOT THREAT. There are a lot of false clues and misdirection which leads to a satisfying international chase and thrilling conclusion. Mr. Berry’s creative mind has come up with a brilliant concept in THE PATRIOT THREAT, making readers wonder if it could be true…“What if the Federal Income Tax is illegal?”

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  1. Good to hear. I've enjoyed a few Cotton Malone tales, but I always feel awkward jumping in mid-series.

    1. I agree about 'series' books and feeling like you're missing out if you don't start from the beginning. I hope you enjoy this one!


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