The Lincoln Myth

The Lincoln Myth

A Novel

Book - 2014
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"September 1861: All is not as it seems. With these cryptic words, a shocking secret passed down from president to president comes to rest in the hands of Abraham Lincoln. And as the first bloody clashes of the Civil War unfold, Lincoln alone must decide how best to use this volatile knowledge: save thousands of American lives, or keep the young nation from being torn apart forever? The present: In Utah, the fabled remains of Mormon pioneers whose nineteenth-century expedition across the desert met with a murderous end have been uncovered. In Washington, D.C., the official investigation of an international entrepreneur, an elder in the Mormon church, has sparked a political battle between the White House and a powerful United States senator. In Denmark, a Justice Department agent, missing in action, has fallen into the hands of a dangerous zealot--a man driven by divine visions to make a prophet's words reality. And in a matter of a few short hours, Cotton Malone has gone from quietly selling books at his shop in Denmark to dodging bullets in a high-speed boat chase. All it takes is a phone call from his former boss in Washington, and suddenly the ex-agent is racing to rescue an informant carrying critical intelligence. It's just the kind of perilous business that Malone has been trying to leave behind, ever since he retired from the Justice Department. But once he draws enemy blood, Malone is plunged into a deadly conflict--a constitutional war secretly set in motion more than two hundred years ago by America's Founding Fathers. From the streets of Copenhagen to the catacombs of Salzburg to the rugged mountains of Utah, the grim specter of the Civil War looms as a dangerous conspiracy gathers power. Malone risks life, liberty, and his greatest love in a race for the truth about Abraham Lincoln--while the fate of the United States of America hangs in the balance" -- from publisher's web site.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, c2014.
ISBN: 9780345526571
Characteristics: 429 pages ;,25 cm.


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Oct 21, 2017

Yes, I've read Berry before. Quite like what I read. But this time I simply couldn't focus. His fault or mine? Maybe you just shouldn't try to read a book on a train: there's just too much seductive stuff to see beyond those windows.

Sep 05, 2016

This was a thought provoking book. It made me look at the Civil War in a different light. I learned some interesting information about the Mormon faith.

Aug 11, 2015

Really enjoyed this one! A little different since it deals with US history rather than European. The book causes you to think seriously about states rights, the idea of succession, etc. and is made even more powerful by the reveal in the "Author's Note".

Apr 09, 2015

I've read several of Berry's books. This was the least interesting and least well-written [characters did not feel real]. The basic premise was ludicrous. Even if the key document did exist, it was never ratified and never part of the actual Constitution.

rdoug51 Aug 04, 2014

Interesting idea but results in a book that is too talky without much action. Hard to stick with it. Not one of Berry's best.

formrfarmr2011 Aug 04, 2014

The Lincoln myth was intriguing; the theory puts a whole new spin on the Civil War, and why it was fought. The Mormon angle was okay; I really don't know much about their religion and their ways. I though the stuff about Madison and the clues left behind pretty neat; it was reminiscent of the National Treasure movies. All in all a good read!

Jul 29, 2014

this book was okay but not up to Berry's usual standards. Got bored two thirds of the way through.

Jul 20, 2014

Typical Berry. This book should get the folks who believe in states rights and the right of secession very excited.

MaxB0624 Jul 06, 2014

Not one of Steve Berry's best works. I was bored half way through and couldn't wait to finish the book.

May 28, 2014

I have read all of Steve Berry's works and this one I would have to rate more to the lower side. Story line is fine but does not pack the punch of his other works.

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