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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.

From the streets of Copenhagen to the catacombs of Salzburg to the rugged mountains of Utah, the grim specter of the Civil War looms as a dangerous conspiracy gathers power. Malone risks life, liberty, and his greatest love in a race for the truth about Abraham Lincoln - while the fate of the United States of America hangs in the balance.

©2014 Steve Berry (P)2014 Random House Audio

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  • COLDWATER, MI, United States
  • 07-08-14

No Plot

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

This book was a bunch or words and not true story line. Waste of time. Steve Berry's books are following the same formula. No good.

What could Steve Berry have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Get a plot, develop characters with real action.

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

Scott is great and he carried the book. He is the best. I am shocked he took the job.

What character would you cut from The Lincoln Myth?

The plot

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Fake News?

I have lived in Utah for several years and I am not a member of the LDS church. But in spite of the ending this comes across as anti-mormon.
It​ isn't educational when you mix real history with the unbelievable plot lines. The author is fooling himself when he believes the majority of his readers know what is history and what is his imagination. The on/off love story is getting old... choose. The president's nephew is not a good addition. I think the novel formula is too repeaticious.

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  • Joe
  • SANDY, UT, United States
  • 05-22-16

Mediocre

Would you try another book from Steve Berry and/or Scott Brick?

Not sure

Has The Lincoln Myth turned you off from other books in this genre?

Yes

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

I generally enjoy Scott Brick. He did OK, but I thought plot was poor

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

After listening to "The Columbus Affair", I was very disappointed with this selection

Any additional comments?

A waste of time for me

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