The Lincoln Myth

Ballantine. May 2014. 448p. ISBN 9780345526571. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780345526595. F
Having previously plundered the Knights Templar ((The Templar Legacy)), the Russian Revolution (The Romanov Prophecy), and the Tudor dynasty (The King's Deception) for plotlines, Berry turns his eye to the American Civil War in this latest historical conspiracy thriller featuring retired superagent Cotton Malone. Malone leaves his bookstore day job to rescue a missing agent and finds himself the target of a crazed church elder bent on bringing hidden Civil War documents to light. A long ago secret agreement between Brigham Young and Abraham Lincoln threatens the solvency of the Constitution, and once again Cotton is the only man standing between the United States and disaster. Only this time, his girlfriend is making a play for the enemy.
VERDICT Cotton Malone may be aging, but his bravado and banter are still kicking, as is his utter bewilderment with women. While he always gets his guy, his difficulty in keeping the girl adds interest to this latest thriller. The intricate historical "what ifs?" will astonish loyal readers and series newcomers. [See Prepub Alert, 11/10/13; library marketing.]
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