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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 cl 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


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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 cl 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

30 review for The Tudor Plot

  1. 5 out of 5

    Steven

    In typical Berry fashion, Cotton Malone has left me begging for more! This short novella really would have been a great full-length novel, but I appreciate that authors can only write so much so fast, and am grateful we got both this AND a full-length Malone book this year. Since I read King's Deception as an ARC earlier this year, and have now finished this year, it's back to waiting until next year for another story from one of my favorite authors -- a well-deserved title, by the way. :)

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    Love Cotton Malone. Fun novella.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Alex is The Romance Fox

    I loved this short story which is a prequel to The King's Deception. Cotton Malone is in London on the hunt for the people that want to destroy the British Royal Family. I am a total addict when it comes to the Royal family....love all the going-ons and all the gossip about them...i know, i know....silly, right!!! But I adore all the history and pomp.....so, this quickie read was just up my "alley". Mystery, history, city of London, bad guys, good guys....and wow....Cotton Malone a knight!!!!!!!!! I loved this short story which is a prequel to The King's Deception. Cotton Malone is in London on the hunt for the people that want to destroy the British Royal Family. I am a total addict when it comes to the Royal family....love all the going-ons and all the gossip about them...i know, i know....silly, right!!! But I adore all the history and pomp.....so, this quickie read was just up my "alley". Mystery, history, city of London, bad guys, good guys....and wow....Cotton Malone a knight!!!!!!!!!!!! Read this and find out why!!!! Then get to the King's Deception to get more about English history - read - kings, queens......twists and turns...and more.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Matt

    Berry prefaces his next full-length novel with a great novella, also set around the British Monarchy. Using some alternate history (admitted to in the author’s note), Berry uses his famed Cotton Malone to uncover a plot to commit regicide and create a major shift in power related to the British Monarchy. Tied in with the plot is a connection to Arthurian tales that leave Malone to piece together some ancient texts and relics, which will help to bring all to light. Is the Royal Family in danger a Berry prefaces his next full-length novel with a great novella, also set around the British Monarchy. Using some alternate history (admitted to in the author’s note), Berry uses his famed Cotton Malone to uncover a plot to commit regicide and create a major shift in power related to the British Monarchy. Tied in with the plot is a connection to Arthurian tales that leave Malone to piece together some ancient texts and relics, which will help to bring all to light. Is the Royal Family in danger and if so, by whom. With schemers inside the Palace and a group of parliamentarians trying to remove the monarchy forever, Malone must race to beat the clock before history shifts in a direction even he cannot predict. Berry keep the reader intrigued from beginning to end and makes the entire plot very realistic and highly plausible. Having been a fan of Berry’s for many years, I expected a high-calibre story, even if it were only a novella. He does not disappoint as he weaves together some of the past history we have related to the Magellan Billet and some great breadcrumbs sure to find their way into the upcoming novel, The King’s Deception. Berry is able to inject humour as well as drama into the story, his characters, and the plot, while keeping it all flowing quite well. He even teases the reader by finally revealing Malone’s true name, but leaves the moniker as “a very long story”, that remains a mystery. For Monarchists and republicans (note the small ‘r’) alike, Berry offers up a great story. Kudos Mr. Berry for your excellent work and attention to detail! Long Live the King (of the Malone series)!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Cherie

    The Tudor Plot is actually a novella, a short novel, from an author that usually writes much longer and more involved novels. This short novel features some of the characters that regularly appear in his "Cotton Malone" novels. This particular story, is set several years earlier than his last novel, THE KING'S DECEPTION, while Cotton is still working for the Magellan Billett, a division of the CIA. It was strange to read how this novel uses a parallel lineage for the royals of Britian. Edward VI The Tudor Plot is actually a novella, a short novel, from an author that usually writes much longer and more involved novels. This short novel features some of the characters that regularly appear in his "Cotton Malone" novels. This particular story, is set several years earlier than his last novel, THE KING'S DECEPTION, while Cotton is still working for the Magellan Billett, a division of the CIA. It was strange to read how this novel uses a parallel lineage for the royals of Britian. Edward VIII did not abdicate; he infact, was crowned but went to to be a very poor and unpopular king. His daughter, Victoria II is now on the throne, but old and in very poor health. Her son,Richard, the Prince of Wales, is basically a good for nothing playboy who the people would like to see step aside in favor of his very popular and admired son, Albert. It is fun to see how this fictional royal line interacts and imitates to a certain extent, real people. I enjoyed reading this short novel more than any of Steve Berry's full length works because it was not so involved and got right to the point of the plot.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede

    Well, story was ok. I probably would have liked it a bit better if it had been a real book instead of the short novel since the plot was interesting, but honestly the story needed more meat on its bones. It was too easy, to short, you can't tell a story like this on so few pages, you have to get a bit more depth to the story. But this is Steve Berrys formula, write a short story as prequel to the next book, like an appetizer

  7. 4 out of 5

    John Lee

    This is another of the novellas that show as a point 5 on a sequenced list of the series of books. Previously I have marked these very low but The Tudor Plot was a bit better. It was a bit longer than the usual novella length - enough in fact to get a bit of a story and a "spot the spy" into it. I think that it was in Dragnet , a TV show back in 60s/70s that a voiceover at the beginning would say ..." The story that you are about to see is true , only the names have been changed to protect the inn This is another of the novellas that show as a point 5 on a sequenced list of the series of books. Previously I have marked these very low but The Tudor Plot was a bit better. It was a bit longer than the usual novella length - enough in fact to get a bit of a story and a "spot the spy" into it. I think that it was in Dragnet , a TV show back in 60s/70s that a voiceover at the beginning would say ..." The story that you are about to see is true , only the names have been changed to protect the innocent" I was reminded of that as I read the first few chapters here. May be , I was thinking that ....."only the names have been changed to protect against a charge of treason". If the author was really trying to avoid any comparisons then he should have changed a few things other than a couple of names. I may have missed something at the beginning of the story or in the introduction but when I read.................."He collected books by the hundreds , his house back in Atlanta lined with shelves . His dream was to one day own a bookshop but he doubted that would ever happen"..................... I think that I have read all of the books in the series to this one (7.5). Cotton Malone got his bookshop in Copenhagen ( I think) many books ago and returned it after each adventure until it was blown up in a recent book when his benefactor ,who funded its purchase also died. I also found reference to his recent marriage breakdown and his young son, rather disorientating, as his ex is a person of the past and his son in now a young man who recently joined in one of his exploits. It was only when reading the authors notes at the end that I realised that this book was set 7 years ago and before the earlier books of the series.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Cindy

    Simple. I was headed to Scotland for a little get away and thought I’d read some English historical fiction. I kept thinking there must be more to the story... but no.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Robert

    Exceedingly long for one of these interspersed tales. Either of the two plots would have been plenty, and the arbitrary changes to Modern British monarchical lineage is off-putting.

  10. 5 out of 5

    itchy

    (view spoiler)[sir cotton, nice ring to it. i don't think this was indicated in his dossier, though. (hide spoiler)] p101: "...i shudder to think what havoc richard iv will reek upon us." (view spoiler)[sir cotton, nice ring to it. i don't think this was indicated in his dossier, though. (hide spoiler)] p101: "...i shudder to think what havoc richard iv will reek upon us."

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Murphy

    With this book, I'm caught up with what Steve Berry has published so far. Even though I read this before The Jefferson Key, there is nothing in the story that needs previous books to understand. As with most of Steve Berry's novellas, the story takes place 8 years prior to where the full length novels have us. While in England for a trial against some terrorists, Cotton Malone is escorted to Buckingham Palace discuss a matter than the Queen personally has requested Cotton to handle. The matter is With this book, I'm caught up with what Steve Berry has published so far. Even though I read this before The Jefferson Key, there is nothing in the story that needs previous books to understand. As with most of Steve Berry's novellas, the story takes place 8 years prior to where the full length novels have us. While in England for a trial against some terrorists, Cotton Malone is escorted to Buckingham Palace discuss a matter than the Queen personally has requested Cotton to handle. The matter is personal threat against the royal family. And an outsider is needed to investigate as there are spies everywhere. The threat goes much deeper than anyone can imagine as Cotton thwarts an attempt of regicide. And somewhere in the mix, definitive proof of King Arthur existence and burial is uncovered. It's a fast-paced pleasurable read that gets you ready for his next full length novel, The King's Deception.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Neil

    This short story takes the reader back to when Cotton Malone is still part of the Magellan Billet, and whilst on assignment in London he is summoned to Buckingham Palace. I did find that stretching the imagination a bit too far, especially as the Queen was Victoria II although that is no different to the US President being called Danny Daniels. There are the usual plots and sub plots that you would expect, and these eventually become enmeshed with Arthurian legend. Maybe not as strong as the oth This short story takes the reader back to when Cotton Malone is still part of the Magellan Billet, and whilst on assignment in London he is summoned to Buckingham Palace. I did find that stretching the imagination a bit too far, especially as the Queen was Victoria II although that is no different to the US President being called Danny Daniels. There are the usual plots and sub plots that you would expect, and these eventually become enmeshed with Arthurian legend. Maybe not as strong as the other books in the series, but you do get to learn Cotton Malone's real name though.

  13. 5 out of 5

    J Stanley

    Very good story, and a perfect read after reading The King's Deception. Answered some questions. I find the Cotton Malone series fantastic, and Berry's blend of History makes the stories so interesting.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jen

    This was fun! I love that we finally learned Cotton's real name. (Can't say I blame him for going by Cotton instead. LOL) I can't wait for The King's Deception to come out!

  15. 4 out of 5

    James

    Berry seems to be at his best when describing history and mythology, and at his worst in creating plots and characters. His earlier books were much better.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    Couldn't stop myself from reading it in a day, can't wait to dive into the King's Deception. 'nuff said.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Robert

    I really enjoy the author, but did not really enjoy this book.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Liese Sherwood-Fabre

    Cotton Malone. Need I say more? In this story, a case from his past, he must save the English royal family and their throne. Fast paced and keeps you reading!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Eli Shayotovich

    Fans of Berry and his titular agent Cotton Malone will love it. A quickie if you will surrounding one of my personal favorite historical topics... King Arthur.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Norman Smith

    I expected more from this book, in terms of quantity and quality. The book is really a novellette or a novella, or a really long short story. It moves very quickly through the plot points, with no character development, to a rather amazing (not to mention incredible) conclusion. I thought the writing was very amateurish as well. There are a couple of instances where a medieval text is read by a character, and the medieval author wrote something like, "Brother John strode across the compound..." Hu I expected more from this book, in terms of quantity and quality. The book is really a novellette or a novella, or a really long short story. It moves very quickly through the plot points, with no character development, to a rather amazing (not to mention incredible) conclusion. I thought the writing was very amateurish as well. There are a couple of instances where a medieval text is read by a character, and the medieval author wrote something like, "Brother John strode across the compound..." Huh? That sounds rather too contemporary to me. There are other instances too where the dialogue was not very well done. However, the really annoying thing is that the hero, Cotton by name, did most of his work by being pulled off the street and being told something, in nice expository style, by another character. Cotton did not have to do anything until the conclusion. This particular book - the first of the series, in chronlogical order of the events described in the book, but not in terms of the sequence of publication - seemed like a beginner's effort to me. I wonder if the author had this squirreled away somewhere from when he was starting out, and pulled it out once he was a success bestseller. As for the storyline itself, it is an alternate universe type, where the only things that seem to have changed are within the history of the British Royal family. I will read another book by Berry, because he was recommended to me, but I will check reviews to see if I can find a better example of his craft.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Maria Rose

    A visit to the Queen Our old friend Cotton Malone is summoned to see the Queen of England while he has been getting ready for an upcoming trial of international terrorists. He is given the task of eliminating the source who has been giving out details of the private life of the designated heir to the throne. The Tudor line started with Henry 'll . I say that to explain the title but this story also discusses the legend of Arthur and how it effects the monarchy. What I enjoyed most in this story w A visit to the Queen Our old friend Cotton Malone is summoned to see the Queen of England while he has been getting ready for an upcoming trial of international terrorists. He is given the task of eliminating the source who has been giving out details of the private life of the designated heir to the throne. The Tudor line started with Henry 'll . I say that to explain the title but this story also discusses the legend of Arthur and how it effects the monarchy. What I enjoyed most in this story was the descriptions of the various sites, especially Iceland, a land of cold without humidity was the phrase that really got me. Spoiler- Cotton Malone gets knighted by the Queen for his help.. This is a short story.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Leasha

    I have a love/hate relationship with these little novella things that are published between the "real books" in a series. They drive me crazy because they are usually incredibly short and random, but I have a hard time not reading them when they include characters I'm emotionally involved with - which is what they're counting on. It's manipulative. So, with that being said, I was so pleased to see that this one was fully a hundred pages long and a proper novella instead of just a short story mas I have a love/hate relationship with these little novella things that are published between the "real books" in a series. They drive me crazy because they are usually incredibly short and random, but I have a hard time not reading them when they include characters I'm emotionally involved with - which is what they're counting on. It's manipulative. So, with that being said, I was so pleased to see that this one was fully a hundred pages long and a proper novella instead of just a short story masquerading as one. The plot itself was almost farcically sensational though. What are you gonna do...

  23. 5 out of 5

    Darius Ostrowski

    Not really impressed with this outing. This isn't really a short story, more of a novella. Cotton is still in the Magellan Billet at this point, on assignment in the UK, when he gets enmeshed in a plot involving the royal family. Oh, and King Arthur's final resting place as well. I wasn't convinced with the reasoning behind getting Cotton involved in the ruckus, I didn't enjoy the soap opera that was the regicide / succession plot, and the addition of the King Arthur subplot felt bolted on to the Not really impressed with this outing. This isn't really a short story, more of a novella. Cotton is still in the Magellan Billet at this point, on assignment in the UK, when he gets enmeshed in a plot involving the royal family. Oh, and King Arthur's final resting place as well. I wasn't convinced with the reasoning behind getting Cotton involved in the ruckus, I didn't enjoy the soap opera that was the regicide / succession plot, and the addition of the King Arthur subplot felt bolted on to the story and not integrated as Mr. Berry has done so well in other novels. Read this if you're a fan of completing the whole series, otherwise just stick with the novels.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Robin

    A between the books (longer) short story featuring Cotton about 7-10 years before the main story line begins. He's still working at the Magellan Billet and is assigned on a case in the UK. Gets involved in a scheme to usurp the throne and a search for the legendary King Arthur. As with other Steve Berry books, the historical details are well researched and creative and, for the most part, at least somewhat plausible. A fun read.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Nancy Finley

    I think you have to read this book after reading 7 because the flow of this series needs to go in some type of order. I was reading the paperbacks of the series and he already retired so it was hard for me to go back to working for the government. Was well written though. Will read again after I finish the other paperbcks.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Chuck

    Not a fan of short stories due to lack of character development so this review may not reflect the true story. I read it because it is part of the series and I like to read the entire series. The story jumps around a bit so continuity is a bit of an issue. It does lead in to the Kings Deception so while it is not necessary to read, it helps some.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Andrews E

    Weekend book The plot was not interesting. Somehow it does not relate Wel when history and characters are altered. Few coincidences did not make that much sense, making Coton has Super quality that are questionable. Overall.it is a good read and light book to read in five hours.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kay Hudson

    Entertaining prequel to The King's Deception, quick read. The Tudors are only marginally involved. The contemporary action deals with the Royal Family (very much an alternate timeline story), while the historical mystery searches for the real Arthur.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Dorothy Clark

    Berry suggests an alternate history here--Edward VIII remaining on the throne rather than abdicating, and his descendants following him. Cotton Malone unrealistically saves the life of the queen's grandson, finds the grave of not-really-a-king Arthur, and foils the devious plans of the villains.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jason

    A Cotton quickie-regarding the legend of Arthur and the current fictionalized successor to the throne. This one offers a glimpse into the past as it takes place 7 years prior to Cotton's adventures as we know them. A quick, delicious read of royal intrigue!

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