The 14th Colony
The 14th Colony is Steve Berry’s latest entry in the Cotton Malone series. Like the previous Cotton Malone novels, The 14th Colony is a political and historical thriller that taut plot with developed characters. In Berry’s latest novel, Cotton uncovers a conspiracy by Aleksandr Zorin, a rogue ex-KGB officer to disrupt the new president’s inauguration in order to exact revenge on the United States, because Zorin believes that America was responsible for the collapse of the Soviet Union. Besides disrupting the inauguration, Zorin along with his sleeper agent in Canada, also plan to use a historical document to create even more damage and ultimately cripple the United States. However, Cotton learns of the plans and begins working against the clock to stop Zorin from achieving his mission.
Like the previous Berry novels, this is a historical and political thriller. Berry deftly weaves history, politics, action, suspense, and character development. In reading The 14th Colony I found myself time and time again cross-referencing tiny historical tidbits that I hadn’t learned in school. Besides, Berry’s impeccable knowledge of American history, the action and suspense are intense and unpredictable. The book hooks the reader from page one and keeps them in a vise-like grip until the very last sentence. In addition to the breakneck speed, character development is just as strong in this novel as it is in the previous ones, with each of their characters having their own set of demons as well as long grudges that are plaguing them.
All in all, The 14th Colony is, in my opinion, one of the best if not the best that Steve Berry has written. I would highly recommend his book to anybody who enjoys reading about history and who also is a big fan of spy and military thrillers