The Patriot Threat by Steve Berry; 2015; $27.99; 386 pages; Minotaur Books, New York, NY;978-1-250-05623-8; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Gregory Heights; 5/19/15-5/21/15
What if a rogue member of a nation violently opposed to the United States was to get their hands on some information that would prove that the US government had perpetrated a fraud against their own people. The sixteenth amendment, income tax, was supposedly ratified in 1913, but that may not be the complete and accurate representation of what actually. A political opponent of FDR taunted him with some information that could have seriously damaged the USA, now that information has fallen into the hands of an enemy of another political leader and he wants to use it to put himself back in a position of power. Cotton Malone, another agent from the Magellan Billet and a Treasury Agent run all over the world seeking answers, turns out the answer is in the Smithsonian.
Did I enjoy it? Yes, Steve Berry effectively melds a topic from the past that people still debate about and melds it with international intrigue. His combination of characters, action, politics and intrigue make this a real page turner.
What is with the title of the review? If the 16th Amendment wasn’t actually ratified in 1913 the federal government would not have the authority to collect income tax and would owe everyone since 1913 their money back.
Why did I read this? Because I like Steve Berry’s books and his style.