The Patriot Threat: New Audio Excerpt

The Patriot Threat by Steve Berry is the 11th Cotton Malone political thriller where a North Korean operative obtains files that could ruin the United States (available March 31, 2015).

The 16th Amendment to the Constitution is why Americans pay income taxes. But what if there were problems associated with that amendment? Secrets that call into question decades of tax collecting? In fact, there is a surprising truth to this hidden possibility.

Cotton Malone, once a member of an elite intelligence division within the Justice Department known as the Magellan Billet, is now retired and owns an old bookshop in Denmark. 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 bring the United States to its knees—Malone is vaulted into a harrowing twenty-four hour chase that begins on the canals in Venice and ends in the remote highlands of Croatia.

With appearances by Franklin Roosevelt, Andrew Mellon, a curious painting that still hangs in the National Gallery of Art, and some eye-opening revelations from the $1 bill, this riveting, non-stop adventure is trademark Steve Berry—90% historical fact, 10% exciting speculation—a provocative thriller posing a dangerous question: What if the Federal income tax is illegal?

Listen to the prologue of Steve Berry's The Patriot Threat audiobook, read by Scott Brick.

In addition to a normal audiobook, Steve Berry is also releasing a Writer's Cut version. As the YouTube video below explains (with a sample of the inside scoop!), the Writer's Cut features Steve Berry's own thoughts, musings, and extra information at the end of each chapter, just like additional director's comments on a DVD. Comment below for a chance to win a copy of The Patriot Threat Writer's Cut and let us know what you think!

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Steve Berry is the New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author of ten Cotton Malone adventures, four stand-alone novels, and four short story originals. He has eighteen million books in print, translated into forty languages and sold in fifty-one countries. With his wife, Elizabeth, he is the founder of History Matters, a foundation dedicated to historic preservation. He was awarded the 2013 Writers for Writers Award from Poets & Writers Magazine, has twice acted as national spokesman for the American Library Association's Preservation Week, and is a member of the Smithsonian Libraries Advisory Board. He is a founding member of International Thriller Writers and served three years as its co-president.


  1. Andrew Kuligowski

    Steve – I didn’t think I’d like audio books, but a long commute to work convinced me to give them a try. Now, I extend my “reading” by approximately 50 books per year thanks to audio books. I haven’t read any 0f yours yet (someone misread my wish list and bought me something by Sebastian Berry instead), but am looking forward to it.

  2. Peter W. Horton Jr.

    I need to hear this book! Audio books are another way to meet authors! Yes!

  3. Michael E. Bates

    Always look forward to Cotton Malone.

  4. Kay Gornick

    Love audio books.

  5. David Siegel

    Any way is a good way.

  6. David Siegel

    Any way is a good way.

  7. Janice

    Interesting-would love to try an audio book.

  8. Desmond Warzel

    Count me in, please!

  9. Karen Mikusak

    Would love to win!

  10. Joanne Mielczarski

    This sounds like an exciting read!

  11. Joyce Mitchell

    Thanks for the chance to win.

  12. Michael Carter

    Please enter me in this sweepstakes.
    Thanks —

  13. Patty wright

    Do you have a book to win?

  14. iris sachs

    Steve Berry has long been my favorite thriller author. Lokking forward to this new book

  15. Barbara Taylor

    I haven’t read any Steve Berry books for a while, but this sounds like a good time to get back to Cotton Malone. Thanks for the chance to win.

  16. handbagaddict

    Can’t wait for Cotton’s next adventure.

  17. Marjorie Pawley

    Am hoping to get this and be able to hear it. Have read others of his novels and will enjoy walking & listening. Thank you for an opportunity to try for this-love his books!

  18. Sharon Shumway

    Love Steve Berry’s books.

  19. Linda Kish

    This sounds like an interesting way to get a bit extra from the book. Pretty cool.

  20. Jeffrey Tretin

    I love the Cotton Malone series and can’t wait to listen!

  21. Christi Loper

    I would really like to hear this. I’ve read a few of Mr. Berry’s books and have enjoyed them very much. Sometimes, however, I wonder how he comes up with his material. This format would probably answer my questions.

  22. Joanne McIntyre

    Our face-to-face book group just finished “The King’s Deception” and it was enjoyed by most all our group members. I can’t wait to read this new Steve Berry!

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  24. MaryC

    Love Cotton Malone ! I would love an audio version.

  25. Joyce Benzing

    Sounds interesting!

  26. Esther Garver

    I love audio books and can’t wait to listen to this one. It’s going to be great!!

  27. Jewel

    I am new to author Steve Berry’s books and this audio excerpt just makes me want to read them more. Thank-you for the opportunity to win this.

  28. Julie McDonough

    I am new to author Steve Berry’s books and this audio excerpt just makes me want to read them more. Thank-you for the opportunity to win this.

  29. sue roegge

    This will be great for summer road trips….and hikes….and….and…..and…..

  30. Justine Heredia

    This looks great.

  31. Andra Dalton

    Cotton uncut?!?! Count me in for sure!!! Thanks for the opportunity to win & good luck to all who enter!!!:)

  32. Susan Pertierra

    Steve Berry is one of the authors I love to read and hearing the book would be a special treat.

  33. Karen Terry

    I love Steve Berry’s books. When you read his books, you learn something about history that you didn’t know. You also get to travel the world without leaving your home.

  34. Marianne Stevens

    I’m getting caught up on the Cotton Malone books I’ve missed. Scott Brick is telling me the stories. He IS the voice of Cotton Malone. Excellent work – by author and narrator.

  35. L

    A “Writer’s Cut” for books….what a brilliant idea! I always love to learn some of the author’s thoughts and work process on writing a book. Wonderful idea. I’m just staring with audio books. I have eye issues that are making it increasingly hard to read, and I’m starting to make adjustments for that. Would love to have this audio book. From the excerpt, I like the reader’s voice and the way he conveys the different story elements.

  36. Crystal Blackburn

    I love audiobooks. I would love to try this Writer’s Cut version. I’m intrigued by the format.

  37. Janice Milliken

    Intriguing! I want to hear the rest of the story.

  38. Barbara Lima

    I would love to hear this!

  39. Jim Belcher

    Great idea. I am a dedicated audio book “reader” and welcome the bonus of the writer’s comments.

  40. sheron yancey

    I love to listen to audio books when I’m relaxing at night. This sounds too exciting to relax with but I can read listen to it during my day!


    I love the concept!!

  42. Loren Palmer

    all in

  43. Dawn K


  44. Deborah Wellenstein

    I like Steve Berry’s books, and I’m looking forward to The Patriot Threat.

  45. Linda Peters

    great idea and great giveaway, thanks


    BERRY is my favorite author.

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  48. Denise Sachs

    This would be great, thanks.

  49. Michael Gonzales

    I don’t listen to audio books, but I am willing to give it a try. I am a big fan of Steve Berry. Have read all of his books except for the last two which are on my to be read list.

  50. Allison Moyer

    Interesting premise. I’m particularly fascinated by anything involving North Korea because my husband was stationed in South Korea 20 years ago and my daughter will be serving as an MP there in the coming year. Thanks for the giveaway!

  51. Aaron Shapiro

    Sounds pretty cool. Thanks for this giveaway!

  52. Sharon Kaminski

    This would be a great win, like listening to audio books on the weekends.

  53. LabRat517

    I’ve never tried audio books but the chance to hear the author give commentary on his book is too good to miss. I love hearing the back stories of the novels/series I enjoy. I love Berry’s way of combining little known facts of history with an engaging story and characters.

  54. Linda Knowles

    I would love to try an audiobook and this sounds like a great one to start with!

  55. JULES M.

    sounds awesome 🙂

  56. Lisa Pecora

    I would love this!

  57. Ed Nemmers

    I would like to read the work of Steve Berry.

  58. Sabine

    Sounds like a great book. I always wanted to pick up on audio books to make my comute to work a bit more interesting. This sounds like a great book to listen to. Thank you for the chance!

  59. Melissa Shirley

    I love thrillers and this looks like it will be a page turner!!

  60. Tim Moss

    Good deal, count me in!

  61. matt lehman

    looks like a great listen for my long summer road trips

  62. Buddy Garrett

    It sounds interesting. Thanks.

  63. Kim Keithline

    sounds great sign me up


    I would love to win this.

  65. Lily

    I think this idea is great!

  66. Heather Cowley

    I do like the idea of extra info. After a pretty exciting part of a book, I always wonder what the author was thinking. Thanks!

  67. Arlena Carter

    I love audio books and this one sound really good sign me up please.Thank you.

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