The Bishop's Pawn (Cotton Malone, #13) by Steve Berry

The Bishop's Pawn (Cotton Malone, #13)

The first case of New York Times bestseller Steve Berry’s iconic hero, Cotton Malone.History notes that the ugly feud between J. Edgar Hoover and Martin Luther King, Jr., marked by years of illegal surveillance and the accumulation of secret files, ended on April 4, 1968 when King was assassinated by James Earl Ray. But that may not have been the case.Now, fifty years later, former Justice Department agent, Cotton Malone, must reckon with the t...

Details The Bishop's Pawn (Cotton Malone, #13)

TitleThe Bishop's Pawn (Cotton Malone, #13)
Release DateMar 20th, 2018
PublisherMinotaur Books
GenreThriller, Fiction, Mystery, Historical, Historical Fiction, Crime

Reviews The Bishop's Pawn (Cotton Malone, #13)

  • Matt
    First and foremost, a large thank you to NetGalley, Steve Berry, Minotaur Books and St. Martin’s Press for providing me with a copy of this publication, which allows me to provide you with an unbiased review.Steve Berry is back to provide readers with another instalment of the Cotton Malone series. In this piece, things go back to the beginning, before Magellan Billet, when Malone was still a lieutenant in the Navy and working for the JAG. Afte...
  • Steven
    Thanks to Netgalley and St. Martin's Press for providing me with an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.Cotton Malone is one of my favorite series protagonists of all time. He's brave, he's honest, he's heroic, he's loyal, and he's got depth of character beyond the likes of many series leads. When we first started with Cotton, way back in The Templar Legacy, he was already retired from the Magellan Billet, and for the first time, we ge...
  • Tim
    I enjoyed listening to this story centered around Dr. Martin Luther King during the 50th anniversary of his assassination. F.B. I. Director, J. Edgar Hoover's bigotry and law violations are exposed to further tarnish his history into well-deserved infamy. Steve Berry's author notes are exceptional. Well done, Mr. Berry. 10 of 10 stars
  • Janet
    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher - The first case of New York Times bestseller Steve Berry’s iconic hero, Cotton Malone.History notes that the ugly feud between J. Edgar Hoover and Martin Luther King, Jr., marked by years of illegal surveillance and the accumulation of secret files, ended on April 4, 1968 when King was assassinated by James Earl Ray. But t...
  • Cody
    On April 4th 1968 as a shot rang out in Memphis Tennessee striking civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr., America was forever changed, and King transformed into a symbol of martyrdom for the movement. Fifty years to that day, the United States is still battling those very demons that presented themselves that King fought against in the mid 20th century era Civil Rights movement. Steve Berry's new addition in the Cotton Malone series acts a...
  • Skip
    A prequel to the Cotton Malone series, harking back to when Stephanie Nelle recruited him to work for the government, plucking him out of jail for a righteous killing. Cotton is asked to retrieve a case, and finds himself in over his head, without a proper understanding of his mission. Steve Berry's initial foray into a first person POV, Cotton's voice seemed authentic. A Cuban gangster and U.S. government source is trading valuable documents abo...
  • Edee
    When I start reading a Steve Berry book, I can hardly contain my excitement. I know it will be a page turner and I have to resist the urge to devour it in one sitting. His newest novel The Bishop's Pawn was once again another stellar installment in the Cotton Malone series and it took all my restraint not to read it in one day. The Bishop's Pawn takes a look at the feud between J. Edgar Hoover and Martin Luther King, Jr., and what influence that ...
  • 3 no 7
    “The Bishops Pawn” is Steve Berry’s thirteenth 13th Cotton Malone story. The premise of the book is that the FBI and J. Edgar Hoover were responsible for the assassination Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The action centers on the events leading up to April 4, 1968, and is as especially timely subject on the 50th anniversary of the assassination.Berry weaves fact and fiction together in this intriguing, suspenseful story. Realistic touches added ...
  • Bill Powers
    The Bishop’s Pawn is Steve Berry’s 13th Cotton Malone story. He puts out about one book a year. Keeping a storyline fresh, exciting and interesting for that long is a challenge that many thriller authors aren’t up to. Fortunately for us Steve is!The premise of Bishop’s Pawn is: What if the FBI & J. Edgar Hoover were responsible for the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.? The timing of the book release is perfect as we are coming up ...
  • Linda
    I am a big fan of Steve Berry's books, especially his Cotton Malone series. I must admit that this particular entry into the series did not impress me as much as the others. It may have to do with Cotton's first foray into life as a secret agent and how he became an employee of the Magellan Billet or a new twist on the Martin Luther King, Jr. assassination, but for me it was not his usual fare.I still recommend it thought and is set to be publish...
  • Steven Z.
    For a retired historian picking up a Steve Berry novel is like revisiting an old friend. Berry’s central character Harold Earl “Cotton” Malone, lawyer, former member of an elite Justice Department group, pilot, and naval officer, leads the reader through interesting plot lines within the context of fascinating historical palates. In his latest iteration of Cotton Malone, Berry returns the reader to Malone’s early career by examining his f...
  • Joe
    A change of pace in the Cotton Malone series - Berry's newest book is a "flashback" to Malone's first mission for the Justice Department 18 years ago and does a nice job filling in some of the character's backstory. The strength of this series has always been mining the gray areas of history to find a mixture of facts and gaps that can be shaped into a suspense novel. The Bishop's Pawn focuses on the players and conspiracies associated with the a...
  • Paula
    For some reason, I found this book to be a real snoozer. I had trouble following the action and then it lapsed into boring.i did listen to the book and it might have been better if I had read the book. It just wasn’t up the Cotton Malone standards.
  • Cheryl
    It seems that Mr. Berry's books are either hit or miss for me. This one I thought would be a total hit for me. Yet, it was a miss. I found the characters and the story to be lacking drama. The story itself regarding a conspiracy involving Martin Luther King Jr. was in itself intriguing but the end result did not deliver. I kept reading hoping that the story would pick up speed but it never seemed to. Additionally, I felt like Cotton was not the p...
  • Brent Soderstrum
    I am a Cotton Malone fan and this book is the 13th of Berry's series. In the series Berry mixes an adventurous mystery along with a historical mystery setting out possibilities that might have actually happened.I read this book during the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King's death. I was a pretty young kid when it happened and don't remember anything about what was going on at the time. Being a history lover I do know that this time period wi...
  • Lisa Johnson
    Title: The Bishop’s Pawn (A Novel)Author: Steve BerryPages: 352Year: 2018Publisher: Minotaur BooksMy rating is 5 out of 5 stars.The wonderful joy of reading a story never gets old for me. In fact, there are many times one can find me scouring online retailers for my next book to read or add to my watchlist. Steve Berry’s novels are some of the ones I love getting lost in because he takes historical facts and weaves a riveting novel. At the en...
  • Tom Donaghey
    THE BISHOP’S PAWN by Steve Berry is both the 13th Cotton Malone story and the first Malone story. This tale is set around the assassination of Martin Luther King, 50 years ago, and the possibility of the FBI’s involvement. Like all of Mr. Berry’s stories, this is actual history and location sprinkled with a great load of actual history as well as a dusting of untruths that make the story exciting. 18 years ago Cotton Malone, then a Lt. with...
  • John Bastin
    In this story, which Steve Berry writes in the first person for the first time, Cotton Malone remembers his first case with Stephanie Nelle, a case very much entangled with the assassination of Martin Luther King, many years before.I thought it an interesting coincidence that I began reading this book on April 4th, the fiftieth anniversary of Martin Luther King's death, an anniversary that is mentioned as the book begins and moves into the revisi...
  • Amy
    The Bishop’s Pawn is the 13th books from the Cotton Malone series and my first introduction to Steve Berry’s writing. I thought it was great and look forward to more by this author in the future. 5 stars.
  • Robert Bradberry
    ResonatesI should say resonates at last, because this can be a difficult read. The first person requires adjustment, a rookie Cotton Malone requires adjustment, and some of the activity can seem trivial, but I urge every reader to keep going. This book has one of the best endings or payoffs ever and the payoff alone is the reason for my five starrating. (I also loved the author's notes).
  • Isabelle
    The first-person POV threw me at first, but ultimately felt like Cotton's true voice. That, and the apt title with the plot twist I did not see (very rare lately, for a Cotton Malone book) - just redeemed both Malone and Berry after the recent disappointing marathon. As well, the idea posited in the novel is thought-provoking, and, I think, entirely plausible. Good stuff.
  • Melissa Embry
    It all started when a rash young naval officer turned lawyer tried to help a friend through a nasty divorce. That was before his survelliance of the friend’s erring wife turned into a shoot-out that landed him in jail, and in the bad graces of his commanding officer. So how can he say no when the Justice Department lawyer, Stephanie Nelle, who bails him out asks only a simple favor in return – retrieval of a rare coin from a wrecked ship?Exce...
  • RumBelle
    I purposefully stayed away from any summaries, or previews about this book. I love Steve Berry, and like to be surprised with his books. As such I knew nothing about this book beyond what the cover hinted at. In the end, I am in a little bit of two minds about this. First off, this book is entirely in first person, in Cotton's voice. A first for Berry, and overall, something I liked. This was also an origin story, of sorts, Cotton's very first ca...
  • Gil McKee
    Awesome book, a great historical read!While obviously fiction, one can’t help but wonder if there might be some truth in what Steve has conjured up.While today we still struggle, both individually and corporately with racial strife, poverty and moral direction in our country, I can’t help but be thankful for the sacrifices of many that have brought us to where we are.It takes many people, broken people, working to overcome their brokenness, t...
  • Carlos Mock
    The Bishop's Pawn by Steve Berry Cotton Malone #13As Mr. Berry tells us: "The idea for this book has swirled around my head for more than a decade, but I delayed its writing until 2018 and the fiftieth anniversary of the King assassination." It's amazing that it's been that long since Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination and we still are as ignorant of what happened as we were then. Most likely we'll never know the truth. That said, I find Mr....
  • Craig Wakefield
    I gave this a higher rating that I probably should not so much for the writing but for the nostalgia factor. Since I live in Florida, Berry's travelog from Jacksonville, to the Keys, to the Dry Tortugas, to Lake Okeechobee, to Gainesville, to Orlando and even DisneyWorld is like going through my stomping grounds. But this travelog provides a light brush to the real Florida. Of more interest was the history and background of the Civil Rights Movem...
  • Carole
    I lived through this period of history. I was a high school senior. The street near my H. S. was burning. We talked about current events in Social Studies both the Civil Rights movement as Milwaukee marched to integrate our South Side, and Senior boys from my graduating class we're drafted into the Vietnam War. It was a living history. Gandhi was my hero so Martin Luther King made sense to me more than others saying we needed violence. Reading th...
  • Wayne
    Terribly disappointing! Having read and thoroughly enjoyed all 12 previous Cotton Malone novels, I found The Bishop's Pawn boring and drawn-out, despite a few interesting, even exciting, passages.The Cotton Malone I have come to love was not present in this novel. Perhaps it was Steve Berry's use of the first person narrative, which he mentions in his writer's notes was a first for him. To me, this technique just did not work. It took 70 or so pa...
  • Lisa
    Unknown to me, I ended up reading this book on the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King's death. I'm so blessed to have had the opportunity to learn some more history of this great man through some amazing fiction. And 50 years later, we have come a long way but not quite far enough. I hope that Dr. King would be proud of the progress, of the education and acceptance and of the people that he has inspired to do more and make our world a bet...
  • Ken M
    This is now my favorite book of Steve Berry, and I’ve read all of them. What I enjoy is how he weaves exciting, suspenseful stories into actual, historical times. What I appreciate most is his final notes in every book, explaining what is real and what is his. How he integrates his ideas into real history and makes it do believable and exciting..... I respect his abilities and truly appreciate his work.I don’t know if it’s because I grew up...