Shot down over Siberia, ex-Justice Department agent Cotton Malone is forced into a fight for survival against Aleksandr Zorin, a man whose loyalty to the former Soviet Union has festered for decades into an intense hatred of the United States.
Before escaping, Malone learns that Zorin and another ex-KGB officer, this one a sleeper still embedded in the West are headed overseas to Washington, D.C. Noon January 20th–Inauguration Day–is only hours away. A flaw in the Constitution and an even more flawed presidential succession act have opened the door to disaster, and Zorin intends to exploit both weaknesses to their fullest.
Armed with a weapon left over from the Cold War, one long thought to be just a myth, Zorin plans to attack. He’s aided by a shocking secret hidden in the archives of America’s oldest fraternal organization–the Society of Cincinnati–a group that once lent out its military savvy to presidents, including helping to formulate three plans to invade what was intended to be America’s 14th colony–Canada.
In a race against the clock that starts in the frozen extremes of Russia and ultimately ends at the White House itself, Malone must not only battle Zorin, he must also confront a crippling fear that he’s long denied but which now jeopardizes everything.
(Synopsis from Minotaur Books hardcover 2016 edition; cover image from Goodreads)
The 14th Colony by Steve Berry is the 11th book in the Cotton Malone series. Apparently April must be the month that I read Steve Berry novels, because last April I published my review of The Patriot Threat (You can read that review here). As I’ve mentioned before, I always enjoy reading historical fiction novels and Steve Berry does a great job of incorporating historical legends or pieces of history into his novels. (To see a list of the books I’ve read so far, visit my 2016 Books page.) Continue reading