In this audiobook, Steve Berry and Macmillan Audio team up again to bring listeners an expanded, annotated Writer's Cut edition of The Bishop's Pawn. This Writer's Cut edition features fascinating behind-the-scenes commentary read by the author. If you'd like to listen to The Bishop's Pawn WITHOUT Steve Berry's commentary, just play the program from the beginning. To listen to the Writer's Cut version WITH Steve Berry's commentary, start with Download Part 2 at 11 hours, 39 minutes.
History recalls 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, 50 years later, former Justice Department agent Cotton Malone must reckon with the truth of what really happened that fateful day in Memphis.
It all turns on an incident from 18 years ago, when Malone, as a young navy lawyer, was trying hard not to live up to his burgeoning reputation as a maverick. When Stephanie Nelle, a high-level Justice Department lawyer, enlists him to help with an investigation, he jumps at the opportunity. But he soon discovers that two opposing forces, the Justice Department and the FBI, are at war over a rare coin and a cadre of secret files containing explosive revelations about the King assassination - information that could ruin innocent lives and threaten the legacy of the civil rights movement's greatest martyr.
Malone's decision to see it through to the end - from the raucous bars of Mexico to the clear waters of the Dry Tortugas and ultimately into the halls of power within Washington, DC, itself - changes not only his own life but the course of history.
Steve Berry always mines the lost riches of history; in The Bishop's Pawn, he imagines a gripping, provocative thriller about an American icon.
I'm a fan of Steve Berry; or it's more correct to say I was before this novel. Steve Berry tries to change history and the net effect is the complete fictional destruction of this great man (Dr. King). Author Berry makes the case, the deeply flawed case, that Martin Luther King was not murdered but basically committed suicide in order to cement his successes and his legacy. To suggest as the author does that Dr. King planned his own death is a conspiracy theory unfit to print.
The Bishop's Pawn is a disgusting novel. It is the last work of Steve Berry I will ever read or listen to.
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What disappointed you about The Bishop's Pawn?
The utter fictional destruction of two historical figures based on interpretation & projection of supposition as evidence is appalling... The author attempts in vain to justify this work of fiction as a credible version of History!
What do you think your next listen will be?
The Romanov Ranson
What about the narrators’s performance did you like?
Scott Brick is always Great!
You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?
Any additional comments?
I have read every Cotton Novel written by Mr Berry & I am very disappointed in this writing...
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I'm curious why McMillan could not find a black performer for the inserts of Dr King.
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I love all of the other Cotton books but this one just didn’t do the trick sadly. I will try again though and hope the next one is better.
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I am an avid follower of Steve Berry and his Cotton Malone stories. This one is about MLK's last few years and death. It is told in first person and is released for the 50th anniversary of MLK's death. The idea of unwinding the events with payment for services to the FBI with double eagle coins, hidden records and tapes is brilliant. Enjoy this page turner...in my case, audio book so I can still get things done... otherwise all would swirl around me as I read this novel.
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The plot was fairly interesting, written in the Cotton Malone "first person" voice which made it a bit more compelling. If you're familiar with the MLK "I've been to the mountain top" speech, you can figure out how the last hour of the "reveal" plays out.
Lots of danger followed by running to the next place where a baddie finds them, rinse, wash repeat.
Scott Brick does his Scott Brick thing. A solid job if you like Scott Brick generally. Somehow they had recordings of MLK where he sounds like a middle-aged midwesterner. Go figure. I never knew MLK had an Iowa accent when he wasn't giving speeches. Maybe MLK was so iconic, they just punted on trying to imitate him? Just a weird artistic choice.
Parts I really liked, parts were repetitive. I wavered between 5 star parts and 3 star parts thinking about it so it's a 4 star for me. If I can listen to it at work, lose the thread because I was distracted, go back and listen to what I missed and wonder why I did that sometimes, yeah, it gets formulaic. So a solid effort, if unspectacular.
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I am a fan of the series. So, I was pleased to see it go a different direction into historical fiction. This was a nice break in the series. Of course Scott Brick does an amazing job bringing it to life (except for the MLK voice). Fun listen.
Awesome! Loved both the one with the commentary and without. Steve keep them coming.
Less action, slower paced and quite predictable compared to the other books in the series.
Scott Brick is not at his best in this novel. Hard to tell who is talking. Overly dramatic reading. I don't believe that Cotton was the proper vehicle to tell this story. Way to serious book to have Cotton being the hero - just doesn't work for me.