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The Bishop's Pawn

Written by: Steve Berry
Length: 23 hrs and 30 mins
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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.

©2018 Magellan Billet, Inc (P)2018 Macmillan Audio

What the critics say

"Scott Brick continues to bolster his status as one of the best narrators of international thrillers with his excellent reading of Berry's latest...Brick easily negotiates his way through this complex plot, his confident delivery keeps the suspense high while bringing a solid reality to a story that often walks a fine line between the believable and the improbable." — Publishers Weekly on The Venetian Betrayal

"Narrator Scott Brick's smooth voice flows with the twists and turns of Berry's political thriller...Secrets unravel, and tensions rise as Brick shifts vocal focus from the historical secret society to contemporary conspirators who include corrupt politicians and judges." — AudioFile Magazine on The Lost Order

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  • John
  • 2018-05-09

The bishops pawn

Wow! What a fantastic novel. Cotton Malone remains as a combination of James Bond and Jason Bourne with a bit of Ghanaian. Although this is a novel which Steve Berry always separates fact from fiction, I have learned more about history than all the seminars and biographies I have read. This is more poignant because I have lived through all of this. Thank you Steve.

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  • Cathy E. Howe
  • 2018-04-30

Wow

I am an old woman, and remember this tumultuous time well. My partner is a native born Memphian, who stood in the courthouse with his Father and watched the riots on the street below after Reverend King's death. We have talked about that and race relations in Memphis. I thought I was relatively well informed. This book proved that belief false.I just finished this book, and am still reeling. It highlights, in Mr. Berry's inimical fashion, the history of the civil rights movement, and postulates a version I have never considered. I don't want to say anything that would be a spoiler, so I will say no more on that. I can see why some folks were turned off by the obvious political bias expressed, but, overall, this is a really good book, one I would highly recommend to anyone who enjoys Mr. Berry's other Cotton Malone books. It gives insight into the characters we have come to know, and the choices Cotton made which leave him where he ended up in the last book. I found that alone a wonderful aspect of this book.

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  • Patricia R.
  • 2018-04-27

Excellent Book

I loved this book. The story content is fascinating and I had a hard time putting it down!

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  • Tamarala
  • 2019-02-21

Not your usual Cotton Malone

This book is unlike the others in the series. It isn't bad but it isn't an action packed thriller either. Steve Berry had a political axe to grind and this is his vehicle to do so.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2018-10-21

Underwhelming

I have been a fan of Steve Berry and Cotton Malone for years. I always look forward to the next adventure. Unfortunately, this one was a let down. I did not engage with the story, and was not a fan of the first person perspective. The crafting of the book does not lend itself to audio. Scott Brick is stellar, as I’ve come to expect, but I found myself confused through long sections of dialogue as there were not enough indications of who is speaking, and Scott can only change his voice so much. When reading, I can track that style of dialogue much better. I found I had to go back and re-listen to many chapters, and by the end I was tired and just wanted the book to get on with it and finish.

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  • jim
  • 2018-08-22

non starter for me

just could not listen to it. some books are like that, you don't like them before they have a chance to convince you otherwise. this book did that.

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  • Daniel Linton Brackner
  • 2018-08-11

Not the normal Cotton Malone

The author tried to put this book in first person. It didn’t work for me. Usually I really enjoy the Cotton Malone books and am disappointed when I finish the book because there’s no more to read or to listen to. This one- I was looking at it and thinking ‘aren’t we done yet?’
Sad. I hope the author goes back to his previous style.

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  • James
  • 2018-07-25

partisan political preaching

This author's stories tend to bend a little left. That is OK. But, to have the current condition of the black community blamed on Bill Clinton giving in to the republican congress on welfare reform and by inferance that republicans are the enemies of civil rights and the black community is irrational and absurd. I expect that authors will bend to their social and political beliefs and I can enjoy exploring different perspectives through the characters. But propaganda and spouting bovine fical effluvia will stop me from purchasing any more works from this author and I recommend the same to other potential readers.

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  • E S Bridgewater
  • 2018-05-19

Left Wing Propaganda Wrapped in Childish Plot

One of the worst books I've ever ordered. Kept reading hoping it would get better but only got more sophomoric and political. In the end a feeble attempt to glorify a great man's work that only serves to diminish. Dr King doesn't need tributes by such as Berry

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  • Jeff A. Goldberg
  • 2018-04-21

I always enjoy creative historical fiction

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.

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