Steve Berry ”The Jefferson Key” (Cotton Malone book 7)

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Grāmatas apraksts no Goodreads/Synopsis from Goodreads:

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.

Izdevniecība/Publisher: Ballantine Books

Kā tiku pie šīs grāmatas?/How I got this book?

Nopirku to ‘’Latvijas grāmatu izstādē 2015’’

Vērtējums/Rating: 5/5

Mana recenzija/My review

Ja nu visas ASV prezidentu slepkavības būtu nevis atsevišķi gadījumi, bet gan saistīti. Tādu iespējamību piedāvā septītā grāmata Cotton Malone sērijā.

Commonwealth organizācija ir agrāko pirātu pēcteči, kuru senči tika nolīgti (palikušas četri kapteiņi), lai uzbruktu un laupītu ienaidniekus, tā lielā mērā palīdzot gan valsts dibināšanā, gan vēlākajos konfliktos. Bet pēc pirmā neveiksmīgā uzbrukuma prezidentam 19.gadsimtā attiecīgais prezidents īpaši pacentās, lai ieraksti par attiecīgu vēstuļu izsniegšanu no kongresa ierakstiem tiktu labi noslēpti. Jau vairāk kā 175 gadus Commonwealth neveiksmīgi mēģinājusi atrisināt šifru, kas slēpj izplēsto lapu atrašanās vietu.

Kopš prīkvela notikumiem ‘’The Devil’s Gold’’ Džonatans Vaiats laikam pazaudēja savu lielo apņemšanos izrēķināties ar Malonu. Tomēr tieši viņam jāpateicas par Malona un savā ziņā arī Kasiopejas iesaistīšanu, kā arī šķiet sapratis savu agrāko lēmumu sekas. Abi vien sāk apjaust, ko nozīmē attiecību aizsākums.

Sava daļa pārsteigumu un intrigu no Baltā nama, kas potenciāli varētu sagraut pašreizējā ASV prezidenta Denija Danielsa prezidentūras reputāciju un piespiest respektēt pirātus.

Kārtējo reizi burvīgi piedzīvojums ar Malonu un tikpat labi vietu apraksti.

Droši vien tie, kas lasījuši Stīvena Kinga grāmatu par 1963.gadu un tajā minēto pēdējo prezidenta slepkavību, varēs apstiprināt manas aizdomas, ka tajā darbā pirātu un tāda Commonwealth nav, ko apliecina autors kā savu izdomājumu.

                                                                                                                                                

What if all assassinations of the USA presidents are linked and not just separated events. The 7th book in Cotton Malone series gives this theory a chance.

Commonwealth is organization where descendants of pirates that once in the past operated as privateers to attack enemies of USA and deserves some gratitude as they helped in countries foundation and also in later military conflicts. But after the first attack to president in 19th century which was unsuccessful the president of that time makes certain that the pages of Congress Journal about passing out letter of marque to the ancestors of remaining four captains of Commonwealth. More than 175 the Jefferson Key has been doing its job to hide those two pages.

Since the events of ‘’The Devil’s Gold’’ it seems that Jonathan Wyatt has lost his resolve to have his revenge to Cotton Malone. Although it’s possible that he understood consequences of his earlier carrier decisions. But because of him Malone and also Cassiopeia is involved into this adventure. Both of them are only starting to comprehend what their relationship really means.

Few surprises and some intrigue comes from White House which could possibly destroy current president’s Danny Daniels reputation and would force him to respect Commonwealth.

Once again amazing journey and adventure with Cotton Malone and just as good descriptions of places.

Probably those who have read Stephen King’s book about 1963 could tell if my suspicions that Commonwealth is fiction which Steve Berry confirms, and that in that story there are no pirates.

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