From celebrated New York Times bestselling author, Steve Berry, comes the latest Cotton Malone adventure, in which the discovery of a lost historical document challenges the global might of the United States.
King Ludwig II of Bavaria was an enigmatic figure who was deposed in 1886, mysteriously drowning three days later. Eccentric to the point of madness, in the years before he died Ludwig engaged in a worldwide search for a new kingdom. One separate from Bavaria, a place he could retreat to and rule as he wished. But a question remains: Did he succeed?
Enter Cotton Malone. Luke Daniels, Malone's Magellan Billet protégé, has managed to infiltrate a renegade group on the trail of a 19th century deed that proves Ludwig's long-rumored search bore fruit. A document that could not only secure Bavaria's independence, but also change the balance of power in the modern world. The United States, China, and Germany all want it.
In a race across Bavaria for clues hidden inside Ludwig's three fairytale castles, Cotton and Luke battle an ever-growing list of deadly adversaries all intent on finding the last kingdom.
About the Author
Steve Berry is the New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author of seventeen Cotton Malone novels, five stand-alone thrillers, and several works of short fiction. He has over twenty-six million books in print, translated into forty-one languages. With his wife, Elizabeth, he is the founder of History Matters, an organization dedicated to historical preservation. He serves as an emeritus member of the Smithsonian Libraries Advisory Board and was a founding member of International Thriller Writers, formerly serving as its co-president.
"High-octane [...] A fun page-turner with historical elements."--Publishers Weekly
"What you'd expect if James Bond were an American who consulted with the CIA. Bring it on."--Kirkus
"What continues to amaze me about the Cotton Malone books is how Steve Berry can consistently find global stories about legendary loopholes or unwritten history that I am completely unaware of . . . Berry is in very limited company when it comes to thrillers of this magnitude, which includes those written by the likes of Brad Meltzer, Brad Thor and James Rollins. This series never disappoints!"
"When readers crack open a new Malone adventure, it's like reuniting with an old friend. Another strong entry in a consistently fine series."--Booklist
"Berry once again proves that history matters, skillfully crafting a fictional story around historical truths."--Library Journal