Kings Deception: Steve Berry
What secret did King Henry Viii take to his grave? What does he make his wife promise to relate to his son before closing his eyes for the last time? Why does Katherine loathe him and yet takes care of him until the very end? What secret related to the Tudors will come into the present? His former boss Stephanie Nelle of the Magellan Billet has asked Cotton Malone a favor. Hoping to escort a recalcitrant teen back to England should have been an easy feat. But, when arriving at the airport and hoping to present him to the police Cotton fails to notice some discrepancies in the officials that greet him. Entering the limo, falling asleep for fifteen minutes would cost him more than must the missing time. As he prepares to turn over Ian the young man in question he is greeted by two police men and when questioning one and asking for identification what he receives is definitely not a ID you or I would want. Leading him at gunpoint, finding himself in danger he tells Gary to run and take cover with the Ian. But Ian and Gary are on the run and disappear. Just how will Malone find out where and who is behind it.
But what happens next alerts him to the fact that his son has been kidnapped and this young man might have orchestrated the events. As Gary and Ian are running for safety thoughts go through the reader’s mind as to where this will lead by boys.
Just who is behind that what why would the CIA orchestrate this event so perfectly? The operation targets and hopes to solve a centuries old mystery. But, if revealed the information would change the course of history and question the veracity of the reign of one of their own monarchs.
Blake Antrim is the man who orchestrated the events at the airport. Malone once a powerful man at the Justice Department and agent at the Magellan Billet, he served there for many years. But, one call to Langley set the events in motion, which led Stephanie Nelle, the head of the Billet to enlist the Malone’s help in delivering Ian.
Kathleen Richards is about to be fired when summoned to The Serious Organized Crime Agency where she learns of her new assignment and fate. As Katherine learns of his new assignment it takes her to a vault whose hidden occupants are non other than King Henry VIII and Jane Seymour his wife. Learning the reason she was taken there and the fact the coffins were opened and the vault rummaged through, Kathleen would soon learn the reason she received her credentials and job back plus who requested her on the case. When Kathleen learns why she was summoned the author takes us back to when Henry VII relates a secret to his son before he dies and then over one hundred thirty years later the secret is related one more time to someone else. The wealth of a king lays hidden somewhere and was supposed to be protected by one son and the message passed on to another. Just what happened to it and what is the King’s Deception? Why did a group called the Daedal approach Blake and why did they want him to fail in his quest? As Kathleen learns the history of behind both Kings and Blake faces those that want Britain’s secrets kept hidden. Would he find the legal reason for the English to leave Northern Ireland? How does this link to the release of a Libyan Terrorist convicted of the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 and who is about to be released? Why are they killing American Intelligence agents in order to make their point that nothing will stop them from his release by Scottish authorities. Why won’t Britain help and what will the American government do? What part does a five hundred year old secret play and what impact will it have?
As Kathleen is a member of M16 and the CIA is also involved trying to find and uncover the clues to the mystery, what happens when Gary disappears, Malone needs to find the answers to the reasons why. How does it link back to the Tudors all piecing together with from a puzzle that will take him as it did Kathleen from the Middle Temple to the Chapel at Windsor Castle where Henry VIII in entombed and Oxford college. Then things take a rough turn as one college professor enlightens her into the background of Elizabeth I, who she wanted to succeed her, her reign, those she trusted and her final moments. But, as the final words are spoken, the answers that might help her to decipher the coded journal just a few steps away, something happens to change it all and not only is the professor in danger but someone warns Kathleen what will happen if she does not stop her investigation. With Cotton and Ian trying to find Gary and learn more about what happened to Gary the author brings to light the fact that one prisoner is about to be released that was responsible for Pan Am Flight 103 and the British are not doing anything to stop his release. Why still remains to be seen as we learn more about the King’s Deception and hoping that it would not be scrapped. Operation King’s Deception relates to the wealth of the late King Henry VIII, where it is located and how it relates to the Daedal us Society who is behind Blake and Kathleen’s warnings and hopes to foil any attempt they might make to stop the release from going through. But, why did Blake initiate the kidnapping of Gary and why did he want link does it have to Malone and Ian? From Windsor Castle to Oxford college and Hampton Court deceit, murder, assassins, spies and much more are all out uncover this secret society based on Greek Mythology.
Blake Antrim is in charge of Operation King’s Deception and hopes to find out the legal reason why the English must leave Northern Ireland. Just how this links to Queen Elizabeth I the final Tudor monarch, who conquered Ireland and took much of the land, remains to be revealed. Elizabeth I reigned as the author enlightens readers as queen of England and Ireland from November 171558 until her death. She was the fifth and last of the Tudor monarchs. Author Steve Berry gives readers a solid background of this monarch, the daughter of Henry III; she was born a princess and treated as such. Her mother, Anne Boleyn, was executed two and one half years after her birth. Elizabeth was said and declared illegitimate and her half brother Edward VI gave the crown to Lady Jane Grey leaving both Elizabeth and Catholic Mary out of the equation. Mary however became Queen and Jane was executed leaving Elizabeth to succeed Mary when she was imprisoned for supporting the Protestant rebels. But, Elizabeth surrounded herself with trusted advisers as the author relates William Cecil and Baron Burghley. As a result she established an English Protestant Church of which she became the Supreme Governor. But, there is much more related to why she never married or produced an heir to continue the Tudor line. However, her reign weakened, economic and military issues but her reign of 44 years brought stability. The relationships she had were several the end result she never married. Even her engagement generated scandal and gossip. The author relates the many suitors and the possible marriages but the end result was still the same. On her deathbed she was asked to name her successor she never did. Therefore, James VI of Scotland was named when they entered into a coded negotiation. “Elizabeth may not have declared her wishes openly to James, but she made them known with “unmistakable if veiled phrases” Wikipedia.
Things change and Kathleen learns the true meaning of deceit, lies and danger as her life depends on whether Cotton and Ian can devise a plan to get her away from the one person who she thought she could trust. But, what about Blake and his role with the secret society? When things become more intense and Cotton reveals what think about Elizabeth I and the treasure that is supposed hidden somewhere just where will this all lead and will the truth be revealed?
The author reveals the true deception that I will not and the hidden information about Elizabeth I and her reign that unless you research it for yourself and read it in Chapter 49 and 50 you won’t understand what would have happened if the truth be told. With all the players revealed we learn more about Kathleen Howard, Blake and the woman he was having an affair with who was not what she appeared to be. Just who was behind wanting the King’s Deception foiled? Who killed the agent that was working to uncover the code? Who can anyone trust and what will the fate of Ian, Gary and even Cotton be when all of the deceptions are finally revealed? Just what is releasing the prisoner going to do for one country? Deceptions, deceits, murder, cover-ups, lies and one King whose hidden secret would change the course of history if revealed and another whose secret and hidden a treasure that would be the reward of the person who deciphers the code. Where is the Tudor Sanctuary and what lies beneath it? The King’s Deception: Truth be known and what would the end result be for both England and Ireland? How does this all link to Elizabeth I? What happens at the end will definitely defy all odds and make you wonder what is truth, reality or fiction. Once again author Steve Berry brings the reader inside the tomb, Windsor Castle, Oxford and throughout England to learn the true secret of the King’s Deception. You just won’t believe what this is really about.
Fran Lewis: reviewer