Steve Berry – The Patriot Threat (Cotton Malone #10)

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Grāmatas apraksts no Goodreads/Synopsis from Goodreads:

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?

Izdevniecība/Publisher: Minotaur Books

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

Lejuplādēju no torenta

Vērtējums/Rating: 3.5/5

Mana recenzija/My review

Pēc attiecību pajukšanas ar Kasiopeju, Malons pats sāk meklēt spriedzi un briesmas, piesakoties atpakaļ uz laiku zem Stefānijas vadības, un meklētais galu galā arī atrod viņu.

Iesaistīti ne tikai amerikāņi, bet arī ķīnieši, ar kuriem amerikāņiem samērā draudzīgas attiecības, īpaši pēc The Emperor’s Tomb notikumiem, kā arī ziemeļkorejieši.

Kim Yong Jin cer atriebties pusbrālim par kļūšanu par Ziemeļkorejas mīļo Līderi, kaut patiesībā tam būtu bijis jābūt viņam (šis aspekts vēsturiski patiess). Pie viena sagraujot ļaunāko ienaidnieku ASV, kā arī Ķīnu. Kims par sevi ir augstās domās, kaut arī īpaši neatšķiras no saviem radiniekiem, un uzskata, ka ir pietiekami viltīgs, lai pārējos apspēlētu.

Bet iemesls, kāpēc, kas tāds pat teorētiski iespējams, jo pastāv lielas šaubas vai federālā ienākumu nodokļa pieņemšana un ratifikācija bijusi atbilstoša un likumīga. Par visa katalizatoru kalpo Anan Wayne Howell, kurš apsūdzēts un notiesāts par izvairīšanos no nodokļu maksas, bet paguvis aizbēgt no valsts un pat izdod e-grāmatu atspēkojot apsūdzību.

Kims neceļo viens, kopā ar viņu ir viņa meita Hana. Hanai bērnība bijusi no traģiskākajām, līdz pat deviņu gadu vecumam viss, ko viņa zināja bija skarbā dzīve iekšpus darba nometnes sienām. Kaut arī pagājuši 14 gadi kopš Kims par viņu uzzināja un deva civilizētu dzīvi, Hanai joprojām labā atmiņā ir viss agrāk notikušais, kas neglābjami viņu izmainījis.

Malons nav nolemts mesties briesmās viens, vēlreiz darbībā atgriežas prezidenta brāļa dēls Lūks. Klāt nāk arī Izabella Šēfere. Varam vērot, cik labi dažādas izlūkošanas organizācijas spēj sadarboties; sākums nav tas gludākais.

Patika, ka bez ienākumu nodokļa, ir vēl kāda neliela mistērija.

                                                                                                                                                

After breakup with Cassiopeia Malone looks for danger himself, and is temporally back at Magellan Billet. Of course shortly enough the danger do find him.

Americans aren’t the only ones involved, their supposed allies with whom they should have friendlier relationship after The Emperor’s Tomb, and also North Koreans.

Kim Yong Jin hopes to have against North Korea’s Dear Leader and his half-brother who has taken his rightful position. Simultaneously destroying the greatest evil USA and with China too. Kim thinks about himself very highly and believes that he can outsmart anyone.

The reason why all this is even theoretically possible is that there are serious doubts if the 16th Amendment was correctly ratified and if the Federal income tax is legal. Anan Wayne Howell serves as a catalyst to everything when he flees the country after prosecution of tax evasion, he publishes an e-book where defends and explains himself.

Kim doesn’t travel alone, together with him is his daughter Hana Sung. The childhood for Hana was horrible, living inside the walls of labor camp until an age of nine when Kim found out about her and got her out. It has been 14 years since then but those 9 years are still deeply inside her memory which changed her forever.

Malone isn’t doomed to fight alone; once again Luke Daniels is there to help with assistance of Isabella Schaefer. We can observe how nicely different intelligence agencies can play together, and the start isn’t a smooth one.

I liked that besides taxes there was also another little mystery.

Steve Berry – The Lincoln Myth (Cotton Malone #9)

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Grāmatas apraksts no Goodreads/Synopsis from Goodreads:

A Cotton Malone adventure involving a flaw in the United States Constitution, a mystery about Abraham Lincoln, and a political issue that’s as explosive as it is timely—not only in Malone’s world, but in ours.

September 1861: All is not as it seems.With these cryptic words, a shocking secret passed down from president to president comes to rest in the hands of Abraham Lincoln. And as the first bloody clashes of the Civil War unfold, Lincoln alone must decide how best to use this volatile knowledge: save thousands of American lives, or keep the young nation from being torn apart forever?

The present: In Utah, the fabled remains of Mormon pioneers whose nineteenth-century expedition across the desert met with a murderous end have been uncovered. In Washington, D.C., the official investigation of an international entrepreneur, an elder in the Mormon church, has sparked a political battle between the White House and a powerful United States senator. In Denmark, a Justice Department agent, missing in action, has fallen into the hands of a dangerous zealot—a man driven by divine visions to make a prophet’s words reality. And in a matter of a few short hours, Cotton Malone has gone from quietly selling books at his shop in Denmark to dodging bullets in a high-speed boat chase.

All it takes is a phone call from his former boss in Washington, and suddenly the ex-agent is racing to rescue an informant carrying critical intelligence. It’s just the kind of perilous business that Malone has been trying to leave behind, ever since he retired from the Justice Department. But once he draws enemy blood, Malone is plunged into a deadly conflict—a constitutional war secretly set in motion more than two hundred years ago by America’s Founding Fathers.

From the streets of Copenhagen to the catacombs of Salzburg to the rugged mountains of Utah, the grim specter of the Civil War looms as a dangerous conspiracy gathers power. Malone risks life, liberty, and his greatest love in a race for the truth about Abraham Lincoln—while the fate of the United States of America hangs in the balance.

Izdevniecība/Publisher: Ballantine Books

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

Lejuplādēju no torenta

Vērtējums/Rating: 4.25/5

Mana recenzija/My review

Populārs kļuvis mīts, ka ASV pilsoņu kara pamatā bija cīņa par vai pret verdzību, bet drīzāk īstais iemesls dienvidu štatu vēlme atdalīties no savienības. Tas arī apskatīts devītajā Malona sērijas grāmatas mūsdienu pasaulē. Bet kas gan tas būtu par Stīva Berija romānu bez bagātībām un zelta. : )

Malons iesaistās pēc kārtējā Stefānijas palīdzības lūguma pasargāt informatoru no mormoņu vidus, jo viens viņas aģents pazudis, bet otrs kavēsies. Varētu domāt, ka reliģijas sekotāji, lai cik ļoti vēlētos realizēt savas intereses atturētos no galējiem/pilnīgi jebkādiem līdzekļiem, bet tā nav. Protams, palīdz, ja viens no tādiem ir ASV senators.

Malons nav vienīgais, kuru Stefānija iesaista no malas. Kasiopeja un Džozepe Salazars(senatora kontaktpersonu Eiropā) bijuši pazīstami jau bērnībā un pat kādu brīdi kā pāris, tādēļ Stefānijai šķiet tikai loģiski lūgt arī viņas palīdzību. Diemžēl pateikt Malonam un Kasiopejai vienam par otru gan nenāk prāta, un tam var būt nepatīkamākas sekas kā varētu domāt.

Mormoņu aktivitātes piesaista Baltā nama uzmanību, un agrāk jebkuras runas par iespējamu atdalīšanos kopš Linkolna laika tikušas ātri vien pieklusinātas, bet tagad viss var mainīties, jo izrādās, ka diženie dibinātāji, kaut arī uz atsevišķa papīra, atstājuši iespēju tādai rīcībai. Protams atliek vien tāds nieks kā attiecīgo dokumentu atrast.

Diez vai mormoņi un senators līdz galam bija pārdomājuši potenciālās sekas, ja realizētu atdalīšanos, kas skartu vairāk nekā vienu štatu. Piemērām, pieļauju, ka akciju tirgi nebūtu iepriecināti un nesāktu kāpt uz augušu, un arī kas būtu ar valūtas vērtību.

Pēc desmitās grāmatas (The Patriot Threat) apraksta var spriest, ka arī tajā apspriesta ASV konstitūcija.

                                                                                                                                                

The myth the American Civil War was fought for or against slavery, but more likely because the southern states wanted to leave the Union. That also is the main theme in The Lincoln Myth’s nowadays world. But kind of Steve Berry’s book would it be without treasure and gold!

Malone is brought in after another favor for Stephanie, this time to guard an informant from Latter-Day Saints movement or just Mormons. You might think that religious people/followers wouldn’t use any means necessary to achieve their goals but no. Of course it helps that one of them is a senator.

Besides Malone Stephanie also involves Cassiopeia Vitt. Cassiopeia knows Josepe Salazar, who does what the senator tells him (in Europe), from her childhood and once were a couple. That’s why it’s obvious for Stephanie to ask her help. Unfortunately it’s not that obvious to inform Malone and Cassiopeia about each other and might have more unpleasant consequences than intended.

Activities of Latter-Day Saints attracts attention from White House, and if earlier any talks about secession was easily silenced then now everything could change because the great Founding Fathers might have created a document which allows it. There is only such a simple task as to find it.

I doubt if the Mormons or the senator really thought through every possible result from such secession. For one thing I think that stock markets would react positively, also what would happen with currency rate.

The description of the next book The Patriot Threat lets you think that it also talks about the constitution.

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.

Steve Berry ”The Tudor Plot” (Cotton Malone book 7.5)

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Grāmatas apraksts no Goodreads/Synopsis from Goodreads:

In this original eBook novella by the New York Times bestselling author of The King’s Deception, globetrotting intelligence agent Cotton Malone is lured into dangerous intrigue surrounding the world’s most famous royals—and uncovers a murderous conspiracy of terrorists and traitors, all born from an ancient tale of Saxon history.

“In Malone, [Steve] Berry has created a classic, complex hero.”—USA Today
  
In England to participate in the trial of suspected international terrorists, Justice Department agent Cotton Malone is mysteriously summoned to an audience with the Queen of England. A cryptic call has warned of looming danger to the ailing queen’s son and grandson—the next two heirs in line for the throne. And when the source of that ominous information, a notorious tabloid publisher, dies mysteriously, the royal family has reason to fear a genuine conspiracy. But they also suspect that the enemy lies within—and no one at Buckingham Palace, or even the nation’s own Secret Intelligence Service, can be trusted. Now it’s up to Malone to discover the truth. Matching wits with a power-mad politician and a vicious royal blue blood, he must race against time through the streets of London to the forbidden reaches of Iceland, all to stop a monstrous plot to seize the monarchy—one that stretches back to the time of Arthur.

Praise for Steve Berry and his Cotton Malone series
 
“Malone, a hero with a personal stake in the proceedings, is a welcome respite from the cold, calculating superspies who litter the genre.”—Entertainment Weekly 
 
“Steve Berry gets better and better with each new book.”—The Huffington Post

“Savvy readers . . . cannot go wrong with Cotton Malone.”—Library Journal

“Berry raises this genre’s stakes.”—The New York Times
 
“I love this guy.”—#1 New York Times bestselling author Lee Child

Izdevniecība/Publisher: Ballantine Books

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

Lejuplādēju no torenta

Vērtējums/Rating: 4/5

Mana recenzija/My review

Notikums pirms septiņiem gadiem Lielbritānijā, kad Malons vēl netirgo grāmatas. Viņa atrašanās iemesls uz salas ir vajadzība liecināt tiesā, bet pa starpu tam viņa prasmes vēlas izmantot pati karaliene.

Lai gan autors karaļnama personāžus ir izdomājis, tomēr ideja visai intriģējoša. Ja nu trešais vai trešā ceļā uz troni nevēlētos gaidīt līdz būtu viņa kārta tikt kronētam, bet izvēlētos paātrināt procesu.

Arī šī .5 grāmata ir prīkvels un Malona visticamākais pretinieks (viens no) astotajā grāmatā būs Thomas Mathew, MI6. Varbūt tieši pateicoties, ka šis darbs ir garākas, arī vērtējums augstāks, kā diviem iepriekšējiem prīkveliem.

                                                                                                                                                

Events in UK seven years ago when Cotton Malone wasn’t selling books. Reasons for him to be on the island was a need to testify in court but between that queen herself wants to use his skills.

Although characters of the royalties are fictional the idea is itself is intriguing. What if the third in line to throne wouldn’t want to wait but would choose to accelerate the process.

Also this .5 book is a prequel and I guess that one of Malone’s enemies in the 8th book will be Thomas Mathew from MI6. Maybe because this was longer than two previous prequels the rating also is higher to this one.

Pirmdienas teikums #56

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Pirmdienas teikums ir mana versija par Bonespark~ “Sunday Sentence”, kurā tiek izcelts teikums no tā, kas iepriekš izlasīts.

She wondered about the bluntness, searching her memory, recalling nothing in the press about any animosity, whether perceived or real, between the first couple.

Steve Berry ‘’The Jefferson Key’’ (Cotton Malone book 7)

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.

Steve Berry ”The Devil’s Gold” (Cotton Malone book 6.5)

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Grāmatas apraksts no Goodreads/Synopsis from Goodreads:

The New York Times bestselling author of The Jefferson Keybrings you a short story that takes readers on a perilous hunt for . . . The Devil’s Gold

Once he was called the Sphinx, a man so inscrutable that neither his adversaries nor fellow intelligence operatives could predict his next move. Now a contract agent with a secret mission, Jonathan Wyatt has gone rogue. For eight years he’s been plotting. Waiting. Scheming to kill Federal agents Christopher Combs and Cotton Malone, whom he blames for the loss of his career. But as Wyatt prepares for a final confrontation in a remote South American village, he makes a discovery that stretches back to the horrors of World War II, to the astounding secret of a child’s birth, to Martin Bormann and Eva Braun—and to a fortune in lost gold.

Izdevniecība/Publisher: Ballantine Books

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

Lejuplādēju no torenta

Vērtējums/Rating: 3/5

Mana recenzija/My review

Džonatans Vaiats izseko savu bijušo priekšnieku Kristoferu, bijušo, jo pirms astoņiem gadiem pieņēma kļūdainu lēmu, kā rezultātā mira divi kolēģi. Kamēr izseko, ar nolūku atriebties, atklāj arī kaut ko negaidītu saistībā ar Vāciju un Hitleru, un vēl dažiem. Sava vieta īsajā tekstā arī dārgumiem, tai skaitā zeltam.

Bet Kristofers nav vienīgais, kuru Džonatans vaino savās nelaimēs, un tas otrs būtu Malons. Šķiet iznākumu varēs izlasīt septītajā sērijas grāmatā ‘’The Jefferson Key’’.

Kaut arī stāsts nav pārāk garš, Džonatans Vaiats paspēj radīt negatīvu iespaidu par sevi.

                                                                                                                                                

Jonathan Wyatt follows his ex-boss Christopher Combs. Ex because eight years ago he made mistake which led to death of two colleagues. While Jonathan follows with intent to take revenge he discovers something unexpected tied to Germany, Hitler and few others. In the short text there is a place for treasure including gold.

But Christopher isn’t the only one who Jonathan blames for everything bad that happens to him and the other guilty one is Cotton Malone. It seems that the outcome might be in the 7th book of this series – The Jefferson Key.

Although the story isn’t long Jonathan Wyatt manages to create bad impression about him.

Steve Berry ”The Emperor’s Tomb” (Cotton Malone book 6)

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Grāmatas apraksts no Goodreads/Synopsis from Goodreads:

The tomb of China’s First Emperor, guarded by an underground army of terra-cotta warriors, has remained sealed for more than 2,000 years. Though it’s regarded as one of the greatest archaeological sites in the world, the Chinese government won’t allow anyone to open it. Why? 

That question is at the heart of a dilemma faced by former Justice Department operative Cotton Malone, whose life is shattered when he receives an anonymous note carrying an unfamiliar Web address. Logging on, he sees Cassiopeia Vitt, a woman who’s saved his life more than once, being tortured at the hands of a mysterious man who has a single demand: Bring me the artifact she’s asked you to keep safe. The only problem is, Malone doesn’t have a clue what the man is talking about, since Cassiopeia has left nothing with him. So begins Malone’s most harrowing adventure to date — one that offers up astounding historical revelations, pits him against a ruthless ancient brotherhood, and sends him from Denmark to Belgium to Vietnam then on to China, a vast and mysterious land where danger lurks at every turn.

Izdevniecība/Publisher: Ballantine Books

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

Lejuplādēju no torenta

Vērtējums/Rating: 4.5/5

Mana recenzija/My review

Pagājis gandrīz pusgads kopš iepriekšējās grāmatas notikumiem un Henrika nāves, kad Malons atkal tiek izrauts no grāmatu pārdošanas – jāpalīdz briesmās nonākušajai Kasiopejai. Viņas iemesls, kāpēc nonākusi tādā situācija, atrodams prīkvelā ‘’The Balkan Escape’’. Levs Sokolovs pats nonācis nepatikšanās plus viņa 4 gadīgais dēls nolaupīts; Kasiopejas iespēja atlīdzināt.

Malona ceļš vedīs uz Ķīnu, bet viss nav tik vienkārši. Tur briest varas maiņa, un par to, kurš par nākamo līderi – Ni Jongs vai Karls Tangs – ieinteresētas tādas lielvaras kā ASV un Krievija. Šajā ziņā darbībā atgriežas trešajā sērijas grāmata esošais Viktors Tomas, kurš joprojām ir tikpat neuzticams un nekādīgi nevar saprast, kurā pusē tad viņš ir.

Ni Jongs un Karls Tangs savos uzskatos un vīzijā par Ķīnas nākotni ir ļoti atšķirīgi. Viens vairāk sliecas uz valsts lielāku demokratizāciju~, bet otrs gatavs izmantot militāru spēku un bailes, lai par katru cenu panāktu savējo.

Bet lielā grāmatas tēma, ja nu nafta, kuru tagad vairumā iegūst ir nevis biotiska, tādējādi izsmeļams un ierobežots resurss, bet gan abiotiska, kuru Zeme pati pastāvīgi ražo un rodas stipri vien dziļāk. Šāda apziņa droši vien mainītu šo to pasaules kārtībā un cenu pavisam noteikti.

Sērijā parādās drusku no romantiskā. Ja līdz šim Malons un Kasiopeja savstarpējas simpātijas situācijas spiesti atlikuši otrajā plānā, tad notikumi liek piespiež ne vien apjaust jūtas, bet arī atklāt tās; sava loma tajā arī nesenajai drauga zaudēšanai.

                                                                                                                                                

It’s been nearly six months since events in the last book and Henrik’s death when Malone again is pulled into new deadly adventure – he has to help Cassiopeia. Reasons why her own life is in danger you can find in the prequel ‘’The Balkan Escape’’. Lev Sokolov is in danger, and also his four year old son has been kidnapped. This is a chance for Cassiopeia to repay a favor.

Eventually Malone’s path will lead him to China but not everything is that simple. Soon there will be a change as who will lead the country next and the struggle for that position is between Ni Yong and Karl Tang. Two superpowers of the world USA and Russia are interested in the outcome. In this case I have to mention a recurring character Viktor Tomas from third book of the series. Once again you can’t be 100% sure if you can trust him as he changes sides by the minute.

Ni Yong and Karl Tang are very different in their beliefs and in the vision of China’s future. On tends towards more democratization but the other is willing to use any amount of force and fear to be in the power.

The big theme of this was, what if oil that produced today was not biotic in that way non-renewable resource but abiotic – oil that Earth produces constantly and way deeper than fossil fuel. This kind of knowledge might change world order and definitely the current oil price. But that’s only what if.

In this book the romantic story line appeared a little between Malone and Cassiopeia. If previously events forced them to suppress the feelings they thought they might have then recent events and a recent loss of a mutual friend makes them realize the situation.