In an innovative new approach, Macmillan Audio and Steve Berry have produced an expanded, annotated Writer's Cut audiobook edition of The Patriot Threat. Critically-acclaimed, award-winning narrator Scott Brick returns as the voice of dauntless protagonist Cotton Malone and New York Times bestselling author Steve Berry has written and recorded behind-the-scenes commentary filled with insights into the fascinating and little-known historical facts that fuel his novel. The 16th Amendment to the Constitution legalized federal income tax, but what if there were problems with the 1913 ratification of that amendment? Secrets that call into question decades of tax collecting. 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 force 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?
American author, Steve Berry, was born in 1955 in Georgia, where he eventually graduated from the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University. He served as a trial lawyer for 30 years, while holding elected office for 14 of those years. He was also a founding member of International Thriller Writers, where he served as co-president for three years, with a membership of nearly 4,000. Berry and his wife were very supportive of historic preservation. This interest led them to initiate History Matters, a foundation dedicated to historic preservation across the country. They have traveled far and wide with various projects to raise money for the foundation. They have raised over a million dollars by providing a writer's workshop. At this time over 3,000 students have attended the workshop.
Berry's books have been translated into 40 languages with over 22,000,000 copies in 51 countries. His works include: The Lost Order, The 14th Colony, The Patriot Threat, The Lincoln Myth, The King's Deception, The Columbus Affair, The Jefferson Key, and several others. They are always ranked very high in the New York Times, USA Today, and other bestseller lists.
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