Steve Berry – The King’s Deception (Cotton Malone #8)

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Grāmatas apraksts no Goodreads/Synopsis from Goodreads:

Cotton Malone and his fifteen-year-old son, Gary, are headed to Europe. As a favor to his former boss at the Justice Department, Malone agrees to escort a teenage fugitive back to England. But after he is greeted at gunpoint in London, both the fugitive and Gary disappear, and Malone learns that he’s stumbled into a high-stakes diplomatic showdown—an international incident fueled by geopolitical gamesmanship and shocking Tudor secrets.

At its heart is the Libyan terrorist convicted of bombing Pan Am Flight 103, who is set to be released by Scottish authorities for “humanitarian reasons.” An outraged American government objects, but nothing can persuade the British to intervene.

Except, perhaps, Operation King’s Deception.

Run by the CIA, the operation aims to solve a centuries-old mystery, one that could rock Great Britain to its royal foundations.

Blake Antrim, the CIA operative in charge of King’s Deception, is hunting for the spark that could rekindle a most dangerous fire, the one thing that every Irish national has sought for generations: a legal reason why the English must leave Northern Ireland. The answer is a long-buried secret that calls into question the legitimacy of the entire forty-five-year reign of Elizabeth I, the last Tudor monarch, who completed the conquest of Ireland and seized much of its land. But Antrim also has a more personal agenda, a twisted game of revenge in which Gary is a pawn. With assassins, traitors, spies, and dangerous disciples of a secret society closing in, Malone is caught in a lethal bind. To save Gary he must play one treacherous player against another—and only by uncovering the incredible truth can he hope to prevent the shattering consequences of the King’s Deception.

                                                                                                                                                

Veco labo laiku vārdā bijušais aģents Kotons Malons piekrīt pavadīt uz Angliju kādu bēgli. Taču Londonā viņš negaidot nonāk ieroča stobra galā… Malons uzzina, ka nejauši iekļuvis diplomātiskā spēlē uz augstām likmēm – šo starptautisko incidentu uzkurina ģeopolitiskas kaislības un šokējoši Tjūdoru laika noslēpumi.

CIP operācija cenšas atrisināt gadsimtiem senu noslēpumu, kurš spētu satricināt Lielbritāniju līdz pašiem tās karaliskajiem pamatiem.

Izdevniecība/Publisher: Ballantine Books

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

Lejuplādēju no torenta

Vērtējums/Rating: 3.75/5

Mana recenzija/My review

Kas aizsākas, kā vienkāršs draudzīgs pakalpojums nodrošināt bēgļa/noziedznieka Iana (Garija vecumā~) nokļūšanu atpakaļ Lielbritānijā izvēršas par stipri vien komplicētāku lietu kopumu.

The King’s Deception notikumi nav uzreiz vai kaut kad pēc septītās grāmatas, bet noteikti pēc Aleksandrijas. Varbūt tas, kamēr mēģini saprast kad un, ka nelasīju šo uzreiz pēc iepriekšējās, ietekmēja vērtējumu negatīvi.

Kā viena no tēmām grāmatā, kas tiek risināta, ir Malona dēla Garija vēlme atrast un iepazīt savu bioloģisko tēvu; abi šo faktu uzzinājuši pavisam nesen un nezina kā īsti reaģēt, kā tas ietekmē Garija un Malona attiecības. Interesanti, ka, lai gan šis fakts pieminēts arī iepriekšējās grāmatas, nemanīju, ka Garijs zinātu šo faktu, bet netiek norādīts arī pretējais, protams, The King’s Deception ir pirmā reize, kad piedāvā Garija skatpunktu.

Bet Malona un Garija nokļūšana (bija doma pēc tam atpūsties Kopenhāgenā) Londonā nav nejauša. To noorganizē CIP aģents Bleiks Antrims. Kāpēc? Jo tieši viņš ir bioloģiskais tēvs. Šajā jautājumā un kā cilvēks Bleiks ir nicināms. Dēlu grib nevis iepazīt, bet drīzāk ieriebt Pemai(mātei), un attieksme pret sievietēm vispār kā pret ko zemāku. Arī darba ziņā Bleiks nav nekāds izcilais un pie pirmā piedāvājuma gatavs pārdoties.

Lielā vēsturiskā mistērija ir ap Elizabeti I (valdīja no 1558. līdz 1603.gadam). Visvisādas teorijas par viņas manierēm, izturēšanos un vēlmēm, kā arī palikšanu bez tieša mantinieka. Tiek apšaubīts, vai karaliene tiešām bijusi karaliene, domājot par dzimumu. Par pamatu ņemta reāla leģenda (Bisley boy), kas vairāk apskatīta Brema Stokera grāmatā ‘’Famous Imposters’’, autors vairāk pazīstams drošvien ar ‘’Drakulas’’ darbu. Interesanti pavērot sadaļu (četras tādas) sākumā esošos Elizabetes portretus. Ja pirmais ir viņas padsmit gados un var saskatīt sievišķīgus/meitenīgus vaibstus, tad nākamie trīs ne tik ļoti. Bet varbūt tas tikai tāds iespaidots iespaids.

Tas, kāpēc CIP ieinteresēta tajā visā, ir mūsdienīgāks fakts, kas reāli noticis. Skoti gatavi humanitāru apsvērumu rezultātā atbrīvot lībiešu teroristu, kurš atbildīgs par lidmašīnas Pan Am Flight 103 uzspridzināšanu. Iemesls – jo konstatēta saslimšana ar vēzi un mirs tāpat. Bet amerikāņi, protams, nav iepriecināti, tādēļ gatavi veikt operāciju pret savu sabiedroto, lai atrastu kaut ko, kas piespiestu viņus mainīt savu lēmumu. Malā nestāv arī britu izlūkdienests, kur arī saistība ar #7.5 grāmatu The Tudor Plot.

Drusku pietrūka Kasiopejas un citu Malona sabiedroto, bet arī ar viņu pašu un citiem bija labi.

                                                                                                                                                

What initially was just a favor to escort a fugitive back to England turned out to be a much complicated matter.

The King’s Deception isn’t chronologically after the 7th book. Maybe that and that I didn’t read this straight away after the previous book, affected the rating negatively.

One of the books themes is how Gary and Malone tries to deal with the fact that Malone isn’t his biological father and where is he? Interestingly that the fact is mentioned in previous books but I didn’t saw that Gary knows about it, of course this the first time where we get Gary’s POV.

But it wasn’t just a chance that Malone and Gary got to go to England. It was organized by CIA agent Blake Antrim. Why? Because he is the biological father. In this case and as a human Blake is despicable. He cares only about himself and the only reason to meet Gary is to hurt his mother Pam. His attitude against women is just horrible, almost as something lesser. In his work Blake isn’t great either and is ready to sell out at the first offer.

The big historical mystery is about Elizabeth I (ruled from 1558 to 1603). All kinds of theories about her behavior, manners and why she didn’t have any heirs or why she didn’t marry. The thing in question is her gender. A real legend Bisley boy is used and there more about it in Bram Stoker’s book Famous Imposters but he is probably more known by Dracula. It interesting to observe four portraits at the beginning of each part of Elizabeth I. If in the first one you can see feminine features than in others not so much. But maybe that was just influenced impression.

The reason why CIA is interested in this matter is more present-day fact that actually happened. Scots are willing to let go a Libyan terrorist who is responsible for bombing Pan am Flight 103 because he’s diagnosed with terminal cancer and will day anyway. But Americans are not happy with that, so they try to find out something that will force their allies to reconsider. British intelligence agencies aren’t standing by, and that’s the connection from The Tudor Plot.

Would have liked to have Cassiopeia and other allies of Malone but even with him it was good enough.

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