Steve Berry’s ‘The 14th Colony’ Introduces An Interesting Loophole in the 20th Amendment [REVIEW]

Presidential seal

What happens if both the president and vice-president-elect die before taking the oath of office? The answer is far from certain―in fact, what follows would be nothing short of total political chaos. Steve Berry explores this theme in THE 14TH COLONY. (Photo by Dave Newman, Flickr)

Steve Berry’s The 14th Colony, the new Cotton Malone thriller, is intriguing from beginning to end. The novel opens as Stephanie Nelle, the Justice Department’s director of the Magellan Billet Agency, comes to terms with facing redundancy as the new President of the United States is sworn into office.

The 14th Colony

Minotaur Books

Malone and Cassiopeia Vitt are once again thrust into the middle of a conspiracy that dates back to the founding of the United States.

Berry builds intensity, slowly but steadily, as he unravels pieces of history to carefully reveal secrets held within the Society of the Cincinnati and Russia. He even unearths nuclear bombs hidden here in America!

I found myself turning each page with anticipation, awestruck as Berry’s array of fascinating characters work to beat the clock in order to find the answers to the puzzle and ultimately save the country from a former KGB agent with a personal vendetta.

You won’t want to is reading Berry’s latest addition to an already impressive body of work.

Steve Berry

Steve Berry


Steve Berry is the New York Times and number one international bestselling author of The Patriot Threat, The Lincoln Myth and The King’s Deception, and other highly acclaimed novels. His books have been translated into 40 languages with 20 million copies in 51 countries.

History lies at the heart of every Steve Berry novel, a passion he shares with his wife, Elizabeth. Together, they created History Matters, a foundation dedicated to historic preservation. Since 2009, they have crossed the country to save endangered historic treasures. In 2012 and 2103, the American Library Association recognized Steve’s devotion to historic preservation and named him its spokesperson for National Preservation Week.

Steve has also received numerous other awards for his work, including the Royden B. Davis Distinguished Author Award; the 2013 Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award from Poets & Writers; the 2013 Anne Frank Human Writes Award; and the 2013 Silver Bullet by International Thriller Writers for his philanthropic work.

Born and raised in Georgia, Steve graduated from the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University. He was a trial lawyer for 30 years and held elective office for 14 of those years. He is a founding member of International Thriller Writers and served three years as its co-president.

By Steve Berry
464 pgs. Minotaur Books. $27.99

About Heather Fink
Heather Fink is a writer, bibliophile and award-winning librarian who loves to introduce the next generation of readers to the wonderful world of books. She currently resides in Texas.

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