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Was the martyrdom of the prophet Joseph Smith simply a random act of violence or was it a carefully orchestrated assassination? Best-selling author Keith Terry and co-author Henry Holmes shed dramatic new light on the fateful and inexorable events leading up to the deadly shots that spilled the "best blood of the 19th century".

Pulsating with political and religious tension unlike any period in American history, the presidential campaign of 1844 initiated a dark chain of events ending in murder. Scenes of conspiracy and intrigue come to life in this deeply researched novel; a dramatic exploration of the mindset, motives, and methods behind the diabolical plans. Desperate to retain their seats of power, hateful men and jealous religionists unite in an unholy alliance to destroy an American original, the Prophet Joseph Smith. True to the timing and cadence of actual events, listeners are transported in time and ushered into the darkened rooms of a shameful chapter in American history.

©2015 Johnathan Calvin Terry and Henery Holmes (P)2016 Legend Library Publishing, Inc.

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"A powerful narrative seamlessly wrapped in the vivid colors of historical fiction..." (Tim Ballard, author of The Lincoln Hypothesis)

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Excellent Production

Where does Martyrdom Conspiracy rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Very interesting and informative. The narrator was exceptional. He spoke in many accents, genders and played the roles well.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Martyrdom Conspiracy?

<br/>A Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief

Have you listened to any of Nathan T. Dunford’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This is the first one and I was blown away with his voice talent

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

It was 14 hours long, so it was in segments.

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Insightful

When I started listening I was traveling a very long distance. I didn't really engage at first as I felt I knew most of the details and could pick up along the way if I started day dreaming. I found my self backing up a lot, so I didn't miss anything. In the end I really enjoyed it a lot, and I would encourage those who are interested in learning more about this event to jump in and enjoy.

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Intriguing. Fascinating. The story pulls you right in.

I understand that the authors did a lot of research before writing this book. Given their painstaking research much of the events of the storyline seem very plausible. I was completely drawn in. I couldn't believe how bad the hatred was toward the Mormons and especially toward Joseph Smith.

Had the events foretold in the book happened against the Mormons in today's world...there would be out rage. Hatred motivated by jealousy, greed, political ambitions, fear all seem to have led to Joseph Smith's martyrdom.

Seems to me the biggest fear of the incumbent government in 1844 was that Joseph Smith was getting quite popular and very poised to win the Presidential election of 1846. So powerful political delegates from across the nation converged in Carthage to plot his death. We couldn't have a Mormon be president! For Heaven sake... Not a Mormon. I know it seems a little bit tinfoil hat conspiracy to say that, but why else would all delegates in the United States except for two states meet in Carthage?

This story needs to be made into a movie it's a story that needs to be heard and exposed in America and throughout the world.

I liked how the authors brought the characters out and how the narrator pulled out each personality throughout the story line.

I wanted to listen to the book the whole way through as soon as I turned it on.

Highly recommend.

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