On the back cover of Steve Berry‘s latest Cotton Malone novel, The King’s Deception, is a blurb from Kirkus Reviews: “A Dan Brown-ian secular conspiracy about the Virgin Queen driving nonstop international intrigue.” Unless the point of the sentence was a play on the word Brownian as in Brownian motion, the reviewer seems to consider Dan Brown to be the leader in the genre, though, as from what I can find out, both Berry and Brown published their first novels in 2006.. Having read all of Berry’s (12) and Brown’s (6) novels, I can state unequivocally that Berry is better. In fact, all of his novels have been well-written, interesting, and enjoyable. Of Brown’s books, only two, Angels & Demons and The Da Vinci Code, can be favorably compared to any of Berry’s novels.
Until I read The King’s Deception, I was not familiar with the theory that Elizabeth I was a man. I’m more inclined to believe Prince Tudor theory, which would make the the theory impossible unless Elizabeth died in childbirth in her early teens.