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The Lincoln Myth Audiobook

The Lincoln Myth: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling author Steve Berry returns with his latest thriller, a Cotton Malone adventure involving a flaw in the United States Constitution, a mystery about Abraham Lincoln, and a political issue that’s as explosive as it is timely - not only in Malone’s world, but in ours.

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 19th-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 200 years ago by America’s Founding Fathers.

©2014 Steve Berry (P)2014 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

"In Malone, [Steve] Berry has created a classic, complex hero." (USA Today)

"Malone, a hero with a personal stake in the proceedings, is a welcome respite from the cold, calculating superspies who litter the genre." (Entertainment Weekly)

"Steve Berry gets better and better with each new book." (The Huffington Post)

"Savvy readers…cannot go wrong with Cotton Malone." (Library Journal)

"Berry raises this genre's stakes." (The New York Times)

"I love this guy." (#1 New York Times bestselling author Lee Child)

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    C. A. Larson 05-31-14 Member Since 2017
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    "frustration and disappointment"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Steve Berry appeared to create a story that should have been strong and believable, however, plausibility wasn’t achieved and story line was convoluted.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Steve Berry again?

    Yes, no doubt he is one of my own favorites. and I always look forward to his intense creations.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Scott Brick?

    No one. Scott Brick only could work with what he was handed. With that in mind, he did a fantastic job and I didn't feel that he should have be dinged for what was given but had to. Scott Brick has always gotten a 5 star rating from me.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    Read a few other books by author for comparison and you will find out how wonderful his books are and that they do entertain you, On this one he fell short on entertainment and a lot of other categories.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Walter Loewenstern 08-19-14 Member Since 2017
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    "Lincoln and the Mormons"
    If you could sum up The Lincoln Myth in three words, what would they be?

    unknown Mormon history


    Would you be willing to try another one of Scott Brick’s performances?

    No. I find him too dramatic. I only listen to stories read by him when they are highly recommended by friends. He irritates me.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew SEATTLE, WA, United States 05-29-14
    Matthew SEATTLE, WA, United States 05-29-14 Member Since 2017
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    "Torn from today's headlines...or making them!"
    If you could sum up The Lincoln Myth in three words, what would they be?

    Convuluted
    Fast moving
    Clever


    What did you like best about this story?

    Berry does his usual amazing deep history dive, and takes the listened on a complex journey through Mormon and US Civil War and founding fathers history. In some ways, I feel like I was in a classroom, albeit one populated with the usual cast of Cotton Malone etc.


    What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    As usual, SB brings the book to life, with his typical bombast and drama. In some parts he may be abit over the top, but his take on the Profet was in particularly powerful.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Actually I came close. Yes, given the opportunity


    Any additional comments?

    How many times can you include the 11 dollar word " devoid " in a novel? At least 4, it turns out!

    So I happened to like this offering by Stevie B alot, but I can also agree with other critics who note the bombast, the preachiness at the end, and the never ending drama between Cotton Malone and Catherina Vitt. PuhLease....let this be!!!! As a fictional plot carrying device, it really is losing it's cache.
    I also think that President Danny Daniels needs to step away gracefully now.

    All this said, if you are a Cotton Malone/Berry/Brick fan, you will definitely enjoy this one. Recommended.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mo Devlin 06-13-14
    Mo Devlin 06-13-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Painful and Confusing"
    What would have made The Lincoln Myth better?

    A story and an ending.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Steve Berry again?

    I've listened to most of his books and enjoyed the Cotton Malone character. This last offering may be the last. I will be hard pressed to select a book by this author in the future.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Have Scott Brick change the inflections. Mix it up a bit.


    What character would you cut from The Lincoln Myth?

    I used to like Cotton Malone. In this book, however i'd have to say that none impressed me.


    Any additional comments?

    I was extremely displeased by the lack of any substance with this story. The concept of th states secession from the United States was interesting..but only that. The long and drawn out segments and passages from th book of mormon, the letters from public officials and such had me several times with my finger over the delete button. I kept waiting for it to get better and actually hung in to the end of the book. I wish I would have hit the delete button when I had the first inkling of what might be down the road.

    I don't write many reviews. And at this present moment I am extremely busy with work. The fact that I took time from my schedule to pen these words should say enough about how bad I thought it was.

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Sheila J. Siegel L.A., Ca USA 12-11-14
    Sheila J. Siegel L.A., Ca USA 12-11-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Same old same old"
    Would you try another book from Steve Berry and/or Scott Brick?

    I love Scott Brick but I am over Steve Berry


    If you’ve listened to books by Steve Berry before, how does this one compare?

    The stories are formulaic and I am now tired of them.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Scott Brick?

    Yes he is just a great narrator


    Do you think The Lincoln Myth needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No, enought is enough


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Gregory PLATTSBURGH, NEW YORK, United States 07-11-14
    Gregory PLATTSBURGH, NEW YORK, United States 07-11-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Convoluted"
    What would have made The Lincoln Myth better?

    Way, way too much religious mumbo-jumbo. Droned on and on with unbelievable dialogue, if my spine was going to tingle it was long gone by the time anything happened.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Steve Berry again?

    Yes probably, I do like the Cotton Malone character. But this one was way too unbelievable, his girlfriend is a super model quality, super rich, castle building ex-spy and he doesn't know about it. Huh?


    How could the performance have been better?

    Scott Brick is ok but he needs to vary his tone and delivery. Every sentence sounds like a major effort.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Lincoln Myth?

    I probably should have gone with the abridged version.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    BklynBabe 06-19-14
    BklynBabe 06-19-14 Member Since 2013
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    "The title made the book sound interesting to me"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The story line was convoluted, contrived, and confusing. It took so long to tell what the story was going to be about that by the time I was starting to grasp the author's concept I began to lose interest.


    What was most disappointing about Steve Berry’s story?

    The whole idea that something like this could happen was ludicrous. I love to listen or read stories that are fiction, especially when it involves mystery and intrigue, but this was so far out there it was boring.


    What didn’t you like about Scott Brick’s performance?

    Possibly if this audio had a different narrator I might have been able to enjoy the listening even if the story line was ridiculous. His speech was monotone and each word started with a high pitch and ended with a low pitch. You could not tell the difference between each character speaking.


    What character would you cut from The Lincoln Myth?

    I would cut out all the innuendoes regarding President Lincoln and all our fore fathers. How Lincoln got involved in this made no sense. Unless the author purposely did this to sell his product.


    Any additional comments?

    Poor President Lincoln has become the butt of some of the books being published. The tales seem to take away from his greatness. This story was so ridiculous. I thought it might get better as time went on but it didn't and the narrator made me loose interest after the first couple of hours. Even a Mormon would not enjoy this story. In fact, if I were Mormon I would be insulted.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Wayne Matthews, NC 12-07-15
    Wayne Matthews, NC 12-07-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Did Lincoln make a deal with the Mormons?"

    The Lincoln Myth is Book 9 in the Cotton Malone series. All of the books are excellent or better. As usual in his novels Steve Berry writes notes at the end explaining the aspects of the stories that are factual and parts that are fiction.

    For those not familiar with Cotton Malone he is a former US agent who now sells books in his shop in Copenhagen. Despite being retired he cannot avoid doing more of what he did as a US agent.

    This is an excellent thriller. Scott Brick narrates all of Berry's novels. Listening to Scott Brick preform is always more fulfilling than reading myself. I recommend this book and others in the Cotton Malone series.

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    Bonnie-Ann Norristown, PA, United States 06-24-14
    Bonnie-Ann Norristown, PA, United States 06-24-14
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    "Fascinating window into a different world"

    Any book that starts with the historically-accurate analysis that the Civil War was NOT all about slavery is going to get my attention fast. Period. This novel, which outlines a deal made between President Lincoln and the Mormons was believable, attention-grabbing and just plain wonderful.

    Great novel, great characters, amazing blend of fact and fiction. And I learned about something new (in this case, the Mormon religion) which is always my favorite part of a Berry novel. I downloaded. I listened. I'll listen again. Very few authors have the ability to earn a second listen -- Steve Berry is one of those authors. .

    Well done. Very well done!!!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Steve Winnett 08-22-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Patriotic exploration of our more perfect union"
    If you could sum up The Lincoln Myth in three words, what would they be?

    Fascinating historical journey,


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Lincoln Myth?

    The opening presentation of President Abraham Lincoln receiving a disturbing message from his predecessor, James Buchanan.


    Have you listened to any of Scott Brick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Same excellent quality.


    If you could rename The Lincoln Myth, what would you call it?

    Our More Perfect Perpetual Union


    Any additional comments?

    The 1781 Articles of Confederation between the 13 states aimed to establish a perpetual union. But that union proved to be weak and dysfunctional, leading to the 1787 Constitutional Convention which aimed to establish a more perfect union, to quote the Preamble. What the Preamble did not say was a more perfect *perpetual* union. This is the genesis of Mr. Berry's fascinating narrative which revolves around the constitutional legality - or lack thereof - of secession from the Union. This is high-minded, serious stuff, steeped in American history, especially that of the Civil War. Throw in the Mormon Church and its checkered history in this nation and you have the ingredients of a fascinating tale. Now the plot itself, and the characters, yes they are all a bit wooden. But I enjoy the elements of both invention and non-invention in the author's injection of American history into the present. I feel his purpose in presenting such a tale is noble and patriotic, and I really appreciate this, and forgive all the narrative and character flaws. I enjoy his books a lot for the visits to American history, something which those of us who are privileged to live here as citizens should truly cherish. Thanks again, Mr. Berry, for a splendid journey through our present as shaped by our past.

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