The Jefferson Key

The Jefferson Key

A Novel

Book - 2011
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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.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, c2011
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780345505514
0345505514
Branch Call Number: FIC Berry 6939
Characteristics: 456 p. :,maps

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pacdg
Aug 10, 2016

A good read; not always easy to follow which character was working for which particular institution, but eventually it setled down.

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BlueHippo
Jun 01, 2015

A fun one. A good change to set the story in the United Staes and Canada. For some reason I didn't find the "author's note" as interesting as I usually do. I must admit I get tired of reading the name "Cassiopeia" over and over again-how about giving this poor girl a nickname? "Cassie" maybe?

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BlueHippo
May 28, 2015

A fun one. A good change to set the story in the United Staes and Canada. For some reason I didn't find the "author's note" as interesting as I usually do. I must admit I get tired of reading the name "Cassiopeia" over and over again-how about giving this poor girl a nickname? "Cassie" maybe?

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Shelley51
Jul 31, 2014

I have read, or tried to read several Steve Berry books-this was the best! Maybe because the story takes place in America or because I have visited "pirate county". I wish more were like this one.

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Memawrayne
Oct 22, 2013

Definitely a book for the young male readers. Lots of action, pursuits and big explosions. Some historical facts woven in and that's interesting.

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09ryaa
Aug 17, 2012

a thrilling book. many characters to keep track of, but well worth it.

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Harmanc
May 30, 2012

While this book is a quick read, it is not one of Berry's better books. Normally I can suspend disbelief long enough to read one of his books, but this one really makes it tough. I admire that he tried to add some pirates to the mix (who doesn't love pirates?) but the story just never really takes off. And can we retire the recurring them of Mr. Malone's strange first name? Either explain it or drop it because nobody cares! The other gripe I have with this book is the writing style. Berry (and just about every "action" author) uses fairly short series or chapters to keep the reader engaged. However, in this book he jumps from character to character after ONE sentence. This style is really choppy and hard to follow.

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rahmmie
Mar 02, 2012

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

tommurphy Jan 03, 2012

Very bade and a horrible Da Vinci Code read-a-like

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First
Dec 28, 2011

I have never read a Steve Berry book that I did not enjoy.

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