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Title:
The patriot threat
Author:
Berry, Steve, 1955-
Personal Author:
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Minotaur Books, 2015.
Physical Description:
386 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Summary:
"The 16th Amendment to the Constitution legalized federal income tax, but what if there were problems with the 1913 ratification of that amendment? Problems that call into question decades of tax collecting, and could even bring down the US economy. There is a surprising truth to this possibility a truth wholly entertained by Steve Berry, a top-ten New York Times bestselling writer, in his new thriller, The Patriot Threat. His protagonist, Cotton Malone, once a member of an elite intelligence division within the Justice Department known as the Magellan Billet, is now retired. 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 water in Venice and ends in the remote highlands of Croatia. With appearances by Franklin Roosevelt, Andrew Mellon, and a curious painting that still hangs in the National Gallery of Art, Steve Berry's trademark mix of history and suspense is 90% fact and 10% exciting speculation, a provocative thriller that poses a dangerous question. What if the federal income tax is illegal?"--Publisher.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781250056238

9781250071361
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

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?


Author Notes

Steve Berry was born in 1955. He is a graduate of Mercer University's Walter F. George School of Law. He was a practicing attorney when he started writing in 1990. His first book, The Amber Room, was published in 2003. His other works include The Romanov Prophecy, The Third Secret, The Columbus Affair, The Patriot Threat and the Cotton Malone series. He also writes e-book original short stories including The Balkan Escape, The Devil's Gold, and The Admiral's Mark. He and his wife founded History Matters, a nonprofit organization dedicated to aiding the preservation of our heritage. In 2015, The Patriot Threat made The New York Times Best Seller List.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

A powerful North Korean a (fictional) son of former dictator Kim Jong-il plots to destroy America. His weapon: highly classified, incendiary U.S. Treasury Department files that he has recently acquired through, shall we say, violently improper channels. And even though it strains credibility just a bit, only Cotton Malone, the retired intelligence operative, can stop the madman. The latest Malone thriller offers the usual ingredients: likable hero, despicable villain, plenty of action, and a story that draws on a historical mystery and conspiracy. Here, Berry tackles a subject that is much debated by a small segment of the American population even today, the notion that the American federal income tax system might be illegal. Keep in mind, please, that this is a novel, not a treatise, and Berry can have his characters say and do whatever he likes. That said, he presents a plausible if wildly unlikely scenario, plausible enough that we realize Cotton Malone isn't just trying to stop a madman he's trying to save the U.S. A solid entry in an entertaining and wildly successful series. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: With 19 million copies sold, Berry's high-concept thrillers have proved irresistible to readers in 51 countries and across 40 languages. His latest will leave the starting blocks with a 400,000-copy announced market distribution.--Pitt, David Copyright 2015 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

Bestseller Berry comes up with a highly unusual premise for his 10th Cotton Malone thriller (after 2014's The Lincoln Myth): a historical flaw in the U.S. income tax code has the potential to destroy the country's economy. In Berry's timely what-if scenario, North Korean leader Kim Yong Jin has been dropped from the line of dynastic succession because of a disgraceful abortive trip to Tokyo Disneyland. Kim, now known as a playboy, sees an opportunity to regain his former glory when he stumbles on a 1936 mystery involving then secretary of the treasury Andrew Mellon and president Franklin Roosevelt. Kim's accidental but fortuitous reading of a book about the American tax code, The Patriot Threat, written by tax resister Anan Wayne Howell, puts him on the path of the mystery, which he, along with his warrior daughter, Hana, are determined to solve, no matter how many people they have to kill to do so. Fans of political conspiracy fiction will find plenty to like. Agent: Simon Lipskar, Writers House. (Mar.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Library Journal Review

What if our federal income tax was illegal? Such is the premise around which Berry's tenth Cotton Malone thriller (after The Lincoln Myth) is based. Malone, retired from the Magellan Billet, a special elite unit of the Justice Department, has once again been lured out of retirement to assist in recovering sensitive Treasury Department documents that were stolen by a renegade North Korean. Malone is hot on the trail of Kim Yong Jin, whose agenda is not only to bring the United States to its knees but to overthrow the current leader of North Korea. Documents revealing that the 16th Amendment, which granted Congress authority to establish an income tax, is potentially illegal are at the center of a powerful tug of war that leads from Washington, DC, to Italy to the highlands of Croatia. Cameo appearances by Franklin D. Roosevelt and Andrew Mellon establish the historical background of the secret that could destroy America. VERDICT Berry's fans will not be disappointed as he delivers his usual fast-paced and complex story line, highlighted by his hero's superhuman ability to overcome any obstacle and chase the bad guys to the ends of the earth. [See Prepub Alert, 9/22/14.]-Sandra Knowles, South Carolina State Lib., Columbia (c) Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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