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, Historical, Historical Fiction, Mystery

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

  • 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
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Jordan
    The next chapter in the Cotton Malone series actually backtracks to Cotton's first case when Stephanie Nelle recruits him. This story takes us back through time to a period, when racism and inequality were rampant. I enjoy all of Berry's works thus far, this included, however I wouldn't consider it my favourite. When I read Berry's work, I'm used to the action/adventure/suspense of Cotton's adventures. This book did have its moments of action an...
  • Adrienne
    Wonderful. I was impressed how Berry managed to fit a work of fiction on to an established set of facts. It made the plot plausible. That Martin L King's assassination could have been driven and choreographed by King himself. I enjoyed reading Berry's writers notes; as I followed the story.Another super effort by Steve Berry.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Pierre Tassé
    Interesting read and insight into a little of Mr King. The book also has some introduction into the initiation of Cotton into the Magellan Billet. As with all Steve Berry novels, get ready to have a fictional version of facts with the "facts" at the end...Writers always have that freedom to "fictionalize" but Mr Berry follows up with what real guidelines he uses and why certain cities etc are included.Thanks Mr Berry, this one was one to make you...
  • 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 ...
  • David Eppenstein
    I read Steve Berry's books for entertainment. They are fun and I enjoy them and he is an author I follow and collect. My interest is based on the fact that while Berry writes thrillers his stories are usually all premised upon some historic myth, legend, mystery, or event. His stories have featured Lincoln, Jefferson, Templar knights, and even Queen Elizabeth I. So in addition to being entertaining you have the opportunity to learn some history a...
  • 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...
  • Jill Mackin
    Another historical thriller by Berry. Not as thriller-esque as his previous books. But all in all a good read.
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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.
  • Jackie Rogers
    Love this character and this writer. Short chapters and lots of action and adventure. This particular book digs up old news inre Martin Luther King. Cotton does the FBI a favor and nearly dies, not to mention those that do die. Shocking ending. Thanks to Mr. Berry and Goodreads.
  • Jennifer
    Awful. AWFUL. Did Berry actually write this? The first person was contrived and bulky- most of the sentences were in basic structure and were stuck in a rut of recounting events. In one paragraph containing seven sentences, five began (and a sixth had in the middle) with the following: I got out of bed...; I took a shower...; I shaved...; I did not have a toothbrush...; I heard a knock...; I opened the door.... It read like an 8th grader wrote it...
  • 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...
  • Linda Lipko
    Because I read so much about the Civil Rights Movement and Martin Luther King, Jr., when I read the synopsis of this book, I thought I would like it a lot. Alas, in all honesty, the plot was just too convoluted. A rare coin is missing and documents need to be found. I just could not grab hold to any thing that held my interest. There was a lot about the mutual hatred between MLK and snippy, snide J. Edgar Hoover, but nothing that I didn't already...
  • 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...
  • Kimberly
    The Bishop's Pawn is not my favorite book in the Cotton Malone series. Maybe it was just me, but I had a hard time getting into this story. I was intrigued with the subject matter for this story as it is more than relevant today. For me, this story had too many characters introduced to quickly, and I'm not sure that all of them added to the story and moved it forward. Also, I felt like the pacing of the story was off. It didn't really pick up and...
  • 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...
  • 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).
  • Martina Nix Govoni
    E' andata, diciamo così. Ero molto scettica all'inizio, non sono una fan della prima persona, ritengo che dietro l'angolo si nasconda sempre il rischio del tema della prima elementare, ma potevo aver più fiducia nello zio Steve, data la sua esperienza, che se l'è cavata molto bene con questo esperimento. E' veramente la voce sarcastica di Malone quella che sentiamo.La prima avventura di Cotton è un po' spiazzante: non ci sono i personaggi di ...
  • 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...
  • Audra
    This book will be in my top five of 2018 for sure. As a Black woman, and the daughter of a Black man who weathered Jim Crow, segregation, and The Civil Rights movement -- and TRULY by the grace of God is still alive -- I came to this book with a very high bar set in my mind.My father told me of the Dr. King we all know. But he also told me of the human Dr. King who had flaws just like all of us. When I began reading this book, I wondered if Steve...
  • 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...