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 Abraham Lincoln's hands. And must make a fateful choice: save thousands of American lives or sacrifice the nation's future. The present: in Utah, the remains of a nineteenth century mormon expedition that ended in murder have been uncovered. In Washington, D.C., the investigation of an international entrepreneur and Mormon elder has sparked a heated conflict between the White House and a powerful senator. In Denmark, a missing Magellan Billet agent is at the mercy of a zealot driven by divine visions. And Cotton Malone has suddenly gone from selling books to dodging bullets, plunged into a secret war 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, a dangerous conspiracy is gathering power. And Cotton Malone must risk life, liberty, and his greatest love to uncover the stunning truth that could tear the United States apart.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Ballantine Books, c2014.
ISBN: 9780345526588
0345526589
Characteristics: 498 pages ; 19 cm.

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zipread
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.

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Shelley51
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.

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BlueHippo
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".

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cdwyman
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!

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gsue
Jul 29, 2014

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

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AlmadenAFS
Jul 20, 2014

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

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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.

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QED
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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