The Patriot Threat

The Patriot Threat

Paperback - 2016
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The history of America's income-tax law can be found in the 16th Amendment to the Constitution. But someone has unearthed a secret that calls that law into question. Now it's up to Cotton Malone to learn the truth. . .

Once a member of an elite intelligence division within the Justice Department, Malone is now a retired bookshop owner 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.

"Loaded with action, character sketches, [and] fascinating history...along the lines of The Da Vinci Code ." - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

With appearances by Franklin Roosevelt, Andrew Mellon, a curious painting that still hangs in the National Gallery of Art, and some eye-opening revelations about the dollar bill, Malone's high-stakes investigation will ultimately beg the question: What if the federal income tax is illegal? Now it's up to him to find the answer-at all costs.

"One of Berry's best books to date." - The New York Times

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Paperbacks, c2016
ISBN: 9781250058447
Branch Call Number: PAPERBACK
Characteristics: 545 pages ; 19 cm

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SEBoiko
Jun 29, 2015

Power must be taken and kept or it will be lost.

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SEBoiko
Jun 29, 2015

Remember, the second mouse to the trap is the one who always gets the cheese.

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SEBoiko
Jun 29, 2015

... the direct approach is most times the best.

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SEBoiko
Jun 29, 2015

He is Kim. They have no loyalty beyond themselves.

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SEBoiko
Jun 29, 2015

Death is liberating.

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SEBoiko
Jun 29, 2015

... in the short voyage of a lifetime, we can see the eddies and ripples on the surface, but not the under-currents changing the main channel of the stream.

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SEBoiko
Jun 29, 2015

Cattle go to the slaughterhouse a lot faster when there's food in the chute.

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Jun 25, 2015

Reward your friends and punish your enemies.

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Trade runs the world,...

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Shelley51
Oct 08, 2016

I couldn't connect with this story and I didn't finish it.

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tkook
Feb 07, 2016

I loved doing my own research on the history of the United States' federal income tax. However, being a descendant of a Korean war refugee. I was taken aback by Kim Il Sung's quote on the front page.

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BlueHippo
Nov 09, 2015

I really enjoyed this book. I thought the characters were more interesting and the plot was less "chaotic" than in some of his books. As always, the historical information was quite interesting!

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waterboy
Nov 01, 2015

Income tax mystery, seriously?? This book is about as much fun as an audit. Hard to finish this thing, not sure if I will. Berry is usually entertaining, but this is just dull. Pages of government memos on taxes and so on. I hope he hasn't run out of good ideas. And the critics reviews above, how much did they get paid to write that nonsense?

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jrbarrows
Oct 09, 2015

I couldn't finish this piece of trash.

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macrw3
Apr 24, 2015

Left a bad taste in my mouth. Secondary characters were mostly unpleasant. Main character Malone seemed flat. Hoped for better from this series, which I usually enjoy. I couldn't get too excited about the tax storyline.

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AlmadenAFS
Apr 14, 2015

This not one of Berry's best. It was hard for me not to close this book and return it before finishing the first half. 70% of the first half read like a travel log, ugh! The last sixty pages was a Berry book you hoped to read.

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