Cotton Malone, a contract agent of Magellan Billet, is in Venice on temporary assignment to covertly observe a $20 million financial transaction destined for North Korea . . . until it goes wrong. Cotton quickly learns that the theft of the $20 million is of less concern to his superiors than the top secret documents stolen from the US Treasury Department by a disgruntled federal employee. Malone is instructed to retrieve the documents, which could financially destroy the United States, at all costs.
Kim Yong Jin of North Korea is driven by revenge, greed, and his desire for power. He is determined to do whatever it takes to possess the US Treasury documents he needs to bring down the United States. Kim believes that once he possesses the Treasury documents, he will be able to overthrow the government of North Korea, replace his half-brother as leader, and take his rightful position as head of the country.
Stephanie Nelle is the head of Magellan Billet, an elite intelligence unit within the Justice Department. With assistance from the US President, she collaborates with the Treasury Department to plot a strategy to return the stolen documents that could incriminate the US in a decades-old cover up regarding the legality of the federal income tax.
Steve Berry is a master at weaving together historical details with fiction to create a spellbinding thriller. In “The Patriot Threat” Berry uses facts about Franklin Roosevelt and Andrew Mellon to create a story that is so believable you won’t be able to tell where fact ends and fiction begins. “The Patriot Threat” is suspenseful, entertaining and thought provoking.
As usual, Berry’s writing is smooth, the plot well thought out, and the characters realistic. Another winner from Steve Berry.
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