- Taschenbuch: 512 Seiten
- Verlag: Hodder Paperbacks (12. April 2012)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1444709402
- ISBN-13: 978-1444709407
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 13,2 x 3,3 x 19,7 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 679.366 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
The Jefferson Key: Book 7 (Cotton Malone, Band 7) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 12. April 2012
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The Constitution . . . secret codes . . . loads of history . . . AND pirates! What else does anyone need? THE JEFFERSON KEY won't just haunt your nights - it'll haunt your life. Cotton Malone is coming back to the scariest place of all: Home. (Brad Meltzer)
One of the most spellbinding and ingenious openings in all of thrillerdom . . . The action is intense and masterfully choreographed. As always with Steve Berry, you're educated about significant things while your knuckles are turning white and the pages are flying. Easily Cotton Malone's most epic, swashbuckling adventure. (David Baldacci)
THE JEFFERSON KEY starts with a bang and holds the reader in its grip until the last page. Fascinating American history, up-to-the-minute politics, pulse-pounding action. (Vince Flynn)
'Ingeniously plotted . . . Berry offers plenty of twists and vivid action scenes in a feat of historical imagination' (Publisher's Weekly)
'Berry builds on actual historical facts to create a no-holds-barred thriller guaranteed to increase the pulse of the reader' (The Associated Press)
'[a] page turner' (Los Angeles Times)
A top-notch, gripping, intelligent thriller in the very finest traditions of the genre (Peter James on THE PARIS VENDETTA)
You don't just read a Steve Berry novel. You live it. (James Rollins)
Steve Berry always finds intriguing ways to link the past to the present in his fast-paced thrillers. (Harlan Coben on THE PARIS VENDETTA)
All the Berry hallmarks are here: scale, scope, sweep, history - plus breathless second-by-second suspense. I love this guy. (Lee Child on THE PARIS VENDETTA)
Sexy, illuminating...my kind of thriller (Dan Brown on THE AMBER ROOM)
In Malone, Berry has created a classic, complex hero (USA Today on THE CHARLEMAGNE PURSUIT)
'Pure intrigue. Pure fun.' (Clive Cussler on Steve Berry)
Action-packed, fast paced and engaging (Sunday Express on THE VENETIAN BETRAYAL)
For several years, Steve Berry has been an ace practitioner among those writers who would pleasurably rob us of sleep . . . Berry has proved himself an adroit practitioner of the Dan Brown-style adventure novel, full of colour and energy. (Good Book Guide)
The seventh Cotton Malone adventure - the first to be set in America.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
Steve Berry writes now with a lot of speed and his novels are published at a regular interval. That might be excatly the problem. There seems to be too many projects and the quality goes downhill. It seems that to me that this is mass production, factory kind of writing. Cahsing in at all price one is inclinded to ask. It is always the same, just the historic background is changing.
If you want to keep your readers Steve you have to do better. Please do remember "less is more".
Immerhin scheint Berry seine Startschwierigkeiten am Anfang seiner Romane überwunden zu haben und diesmal ist der Roman von Anfang an spannend, statt erst nach dem ersten Drittel anzuziehen. Routiniert schickt der Autor seine Protagonisten auf die Reise und wie gewohnt bekommt der Leser auch einige Einblicke aus der Sicht von Cottons Gegenspielern. Inzwischen gönnt Berry seinen Figuren auch spürbar mehr Tiefe als zu Beginn der Serie. Natürlich darf man in diesem Gerne keine übertriebenen Ansprüche hegen, steht doch die Handlung und vor allem der Spaß am Mischen von realen historischen Ereignissen und fiktionalen Geschehnissen im Vordergrund, was Berry meisterhaft beherrscht. Dennoch wirken seine Figuren lebendiger als in früheren Bänden der Reihe.
Über 'The Jefferson Key' kann man zwei Dinge feststellen: Zum einen ist der historische Aspekt sehr stark auf Personen und Ereignisse fokussiert und weniger auf historische Artefakte, zum anderen nehmen die Figuren eine lebendigere Rollen in der Geschichte ein, als in früheren Bänden. 'The Jefferson Key' ähnelt von allen Bänden der Reihe von seiner Aufmachung her am stärksten dem ersten Band 'The Templar Legacy'.
Durch die Anmerkungen des Autors am Ende des Buches werden wie immer Fiktion und Historie getrennt und neben der spannenden Unterhaltung erlangt man als europäischer Leser auch noch ein paar Einblicke in die Historie der USA. Da Berry ein, zwei Anknüpfungspunkte am Ende der Geschichte offen läßt, dürfte 'The Jefferson Key' mit einiger Wahrscheinlichkeit nicht das letzte Abenteuer von Cotton Malone gewesen sein.
Eine abschließende Bewertung läuft auf durchwachsene vier Sterne hinaus, aber drei würden dem Roman nicht gerecht werden. Echte Kritikpunkte gibt es eigentlich nicht, wenn man die übrigen Bände gelesen hat und weiß, worauf man sich mit einer Cotton Malone Geschichte einläßt. Trotzdem hinterläßt 'The Jefferson Key' einen gemischten Eindruck, der sich nicht so recht begründen und in Worte fassen läßt. Dieser Eindruck ist aber wahrscheinlich stark subjektiv geprägt und ist kein Grund, die Wertung auf drei Sterne herabzusetzen.
Once I start reading one of his stories its really hard for me to put the book down. If he is as intent with his law practice as he is with his writting I`d want him on my side and not against me in a court action.
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A consortium (called The Commonwealth) of four privateer companies received Letters of Mark from George Washington, essentially providing them (and their heirs) immunity against U.S. law, for actions against enemies of the United States. As the years progressed, the Commonwealth became more of a private intelligent agency, specializing in inflicting economic damage. Recently, they had nearly bankrupted on Dubai, nominally a U.S. ally, enraging the CIA, which engaged the assistance the IRS to punish the Commonwealth. When U.S. President Danny Daniels refused to help the Commonwealth, they attempted to assassinate him. This action had precedence. President Andrew Jackson (who had little respect for the Supreme Court, any laws, or treaties) attempted to extort concessions from the Commonwealth, they had attempted to assassinate him. Jackson retaliated by physically removing and hiding the pages from the Congressional Record, leaving no evidence that Congress had authorized the Letters of Mark.
Unfortunately, the story opens with the convoluted implausible scene in which long-retired former US intelligence agent Cotton Malone is lured to a NYC hotel room, just in time to thwart an assassination attempt by automated weapons and rockets from the hotel room--with the secondary purpose maybe having Malone killed by the Secret Service. Every aspect of the scene is beyond implausibility, and I suspect ruined the novel for most readers before they got into it. Suspension-of-disbelief is an essential part of many action novels, and resembles a rubber band. If the author stretches the rubber band beyond the breaking point on the first page, readers instantly cease to be an audience, and instead become annoyed critics, reading for shortcomings--and they find plenty. Those of us who are Steve Berry fans expect him to fumble the ball at some point, and are more willing to cut him some slack, because he usually comes through, because he usually plays a great game, despite the fumbles. Although the opening is awful, this is actually one of Steve Berry's best novels.
Daniels essentially assigns Cotton Malone and his girlfriend Casseopea Vitt to find Stephanie Nelle (who has been kidnapped) and the missing pages from the Congressional Record---even though Cotton has been living in Denmark for 5 years or so, and has not been employed by the U.S. for at least that long, and Casseopea is some sort of unspecified non- (maybe even anti-) American agent. Complicating things, yet another U.S. intelligence agency, the NIA, is playing both sides, working for and against the Commonwealth. Rouge former agent Jonathon Wyatt is similarly working for the NIA and on his own, and is betrayed by the NIA.
OTHER SIGNIFICANT ORGANIZATIONS AND CHARACTERS
Magellan Billet (a U.S. intelligence agency)
Director: Stephanie Nelle
Former Agent: Cotton Malone
NIA director: Andrea Carbonell
NIA agent: Scott Parrot--intermediary with the Commonwealth
Commonwealth Members: Quinton Hale, Bolton, Cogburn, Kirchoff
Hale's girlfriend: Shirley Kaiser
Commonwealth agent ("Quartermaster"): Clifford Knox
President: Danny Daniels
First Lady: Pamela Daniels
Cheif of Staff: Edwin Davis
If you can keep track of the preceding cast of characters, the "Jefferson Key" is a fast-paced engrossing story, with interesting tidbits about American History. Unfortunately, the author makes the story difficult to follow, by fragmenting the storyline. Chapters are short with storylines abruptly cut off--often in the middle of a sentence. Usually another storyline abruptly continues, but the reader doesn't know who the current characters are, and cannot remember where that particular storyline was last chopped off. This is especially a problem listening to the audiobook version, where one doesn't have physical chapter breaks to warn of the change.
The author exacerbates the problem by his exceedingly poor choice of character names which do nothing to distinguish the characters. For example, it might be camp to call the bad guys "Boris" and "Wilhelm"---but at least the readers would be able to identify them. Stephanie Nelle/Cassiopea Vitt---what's the difference?---similarly uncommon, same cadence spoken out-loud, almost the same number of syllables. Jonathon Wyatt/Quinton Hale/Clifford Knox---what's difference?---similarly upper-class Anglo-Saxon, same cadence spoken out-loud, almost the same number of syllables. Even "Davis" is sometimes a first name. So when you re-encounter "Davis" after a break of many chapters, is that "Somebody Davis?" or "Davis Somebody"? For the most part, the reader cannot even identify which names are first names and which are last names---much less associate the pairs of names with particular characters.
POP QUIZ: (No peeking at the preceding paragraphs) Is Bolton a different character from Cotton? Is Quinton a different character from Daniels? Is Parrot a different character from Scott?. Is Davis different from Daniels? Is Wyatt a different character from Jonathon? Is Nelle a different character from Stephanie?
Key: x=no, z=yes. Answers: z z x z x z
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I understand that it's an accepted technique to end a chapter with some dramatic event, a "cliffhanger" so to speak, then switch to some other scene on the very next page to somewhat artificially accentuate the suspense. But really, Berry tends to do this after what seems to be only a page or two of narrative. (I was reading in on the Kindle; hard to tell how many actual pages.) You just start a new chapter, a character gets out of a car, somebody shoots at him and BANG; next chapter in a different locale with different characters. They have an exchange a page of dialogue, and one says something like "I've got something to show you." and BANG; next chapter with entirely different set of characters and scenario. (I'm exaggerating only a little, really!)
Too much switching between scenes involving too many different characters. Give me a protagonist to care about, maybe two, and I'm happy. This is precisely why I gave up on Stephen King way back when. After his early successes he started pounding out his 10 lb. epics, with dozens of characters and storylines.
This is all subjective, of course. Your mileage may vary.
Steve Berry brings us back into the world of Cotton Malone for a 7th full length novel. It begins with a romantic get-a-away for Cotton and Cassiopeia Witt in New York City while Cotton comes to the aid of his friend and former boss, Stephanie Nelle.
But what Cotton and Cassiopeia hope to be a nice weekend in New York ends up with Cotton foiling an assassination attempt on the President and trying to find Stephanie whose location is unknown. And the people responsible, a group called The Commonwealth, can trace their roots back to the founding of our nation.
This is the first book that predominantly takes place on US soil. We get to visit New York City, North Carolina, and Virginia. The core of the story is based around solving a 300 year old cipher that a contemporary of Thomas Jefferson created. And what would a Steve Berry book be without a little conspiracy theory ... this time centering around the assignation of four US presidents.
What I love about Steve Berry's books is he always thread just enough history throughout the story to make you think that his story and character conclusion's could be real. Even though this is 7th book with Cotton, you can read it without reading the previous ones (even though I recommend them as well). There are some subtle subplots that are helped with knowing the background, but it doesn't detract from the story.
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