Monday, May 12, 2014

The Lincoln Myth by Steve Berry

The Lincoln Myth by Steve Berry
Random House Publishing Group
Publication Date:  May 20, 2014
Date Read: May 11, 2014

I received an advance reader edition of this book from Random House Publishing Group and Net Galley for the purpose of providing an honest review.

4 Stars

This is the ninth book in Steve Berry's Cotton Malone Series.  Generally, I like to read books that are part of a series in order.  I jumped into this series on this book which is the ninth book in the series.  There is a part of my brain that screamed "NO" and wanted me to first go back and read the 8 prior books in this series before starting this book but I ignored it and moved ahead.  This book reads just fine as a stand alone novel in my opinion.  There were a few points in the book that I had wished I knew some of the back story regarding character relationships but it was not necessary to enjoy this book.  

This was a very fast paced and exciting book that was focused on a mystery that began early in our nation's history.  This book had a large focus on the Mormon church, both past and present.  There is a mystery surrounding a document that could endanger the United States as we know it today at the core of this novel.  This mystery stretches back to the men involved in writing the Constitution, Abraham Lincoln, and Brigham Young to name a few.   

Cotton Malone was one of many major characters in this novel.  Cotton is a retired Magellan Billet agent who is asked to do a favor for his former boss.  He agrees and is pulled into something larger than he expects.  His girlfriend, Cassiopeia Vitt, has also been recruited to the cause without Cotton's knowledge.  The story plays out in several settings with no shortage of action or suspense.   

I found that I enjoyed this book quite a lot.  It was fast paced and exciting with tons of action.  I also enjoyed the parts of the novel that had a historical setting.  Since this book is a work of fiction, I read the book assuming all of the historical parts of the book where nothing but fiction.  I did enjoy the author notes at the end of the book that did explain which parts of the book might have a basis in actual history and which parts were fabricated to fit into the story.  

Overall, I found this to be a well written book.  I would recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys a quick moving mystery full of action.  This was the first book that I have had the chance to read by Steve Berry and I look forward to reading other works by this author in the future. 

The great enemy of truth is very often not the lie - deliberate, contrived and dishonest - but the myth - persistent, persuasive, and unrealistic.     

-John F. Kennedy

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