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The Patriot Threat by Steve Berry
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The Patriot Threat

by Steve Berry

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The Patriot Threat is the 10th book in the Cotton Malone series. The main premise of the book is whether or not the 16th Amendment of the Constitution legalized federal income tax. Was there a problem with the 1913 ratification of the law? North Korea seems to have gotten the information about this top secret and could bring the US to their knees. The book also features history about Franklin Roosevelt and arch-rival Andrew Mellon. Also includes travel from Venice into Croatia. This book was not my favorite of the series. It was very interesting but contained a lot of repeat information that was not necessary. I will, however, continue with the series as I need to keep up with Cotton Malone and his adventures. I would recommend this book to those who like history. ( )
  EadieB | Nov 29, 2018 |
I can not even begin to imagine the amount of research that Steve Berry must do before even begins to write. History fans will love his books as he intertwines actual historical events and characters with his fictional plot... and he does so in a very convincing manner. In this one he attacks the dreaded income tax that was enacted due to the 16th Amendment. He brings in the North Koreans and the Chinese just to make life more difficult for Cotton Malone and Stephanie. The 3.5 stars came about not because the book wasn't interesting but because there was just too much information to absorb. Still a worthwhile read. ( )
  Carol420 | Nov 19, 2018 |
Like all Berry books, this one puts the thinnest of fictional spins on a contemporary issue and makes a fascinating thriller out of it. Also as always, Berry helpfully puts a notes section at the end, documenting what is real and what few things he added or speculated.
Scariest of all, the premise - What if Income Tax isn't constitutional - is all to plausibly presented. ( )
  bensdad00 | Jan 10, 2017 |
Entertaining but not exceptional. The tone was a little too righteous and overbearing. ( )
  JBP11 | Nov 18, 2016 |
make you think about income tax in a whole new light ( )
  jbenge | Feb 29, 2016 |
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"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.… (more)

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