Thursday, May 22, 2014

(45)The Lincoln Myth by Steve Berry

The Lincoln Myth

Pages: 448

Publisher: Random House Publishing
Publication Date: May 20, 2014

Cotton Malone is a retired agent for the Justice Department living peacefully in Denmark when his former boss calls on him to help out when an agent is taken captive.  Cotton doesn't expect to be pulled back into the dangerous life he left behind, but his is and it starts with his girlfriend, Cassiopeia and her old boyfriend, Josepe Salazar.  Cotton isn't exactly sure what is going on, but he knows it has something to do with the map he found at Salazar's with Utah and surrounding states highlighted.

Meanwhile, back in the States, Cotton's former boss, Stephanie, is meeting with the President of the United States and learning about a deal made centuries ago between President Lincoln and Brigham Young, the then leader of the Mormon church.  A discovery made deep in the canyons of Zion National Park means that the United States of America as we know it may change forever and two men high up in the Mormon church are behind it all.  Will Cotton make it to Utah in time to save not only Stephanie's life, but Cassiopeia's life, too?

I have never read a Steve Berry novel before now, but the Utah connection really interested me. And I was not disappoinnted.   Because The Lincoln Myth is based on a deal between Lincoln and Brigham Young, there is a lot in this book about Mormon history and culture.   I can see where some people who practice Mormonism might get "prickly" about the subject matter and the way a few members are portrayed, but just know that the author does right by the church in the end. In fact, the author does an excellent job of differentiating between Mormon fact and fiction in the Afterwards.  I was a bit surprised at how much I enjoyed this book, the fast pace nature of the book made it easy to forget that it was nearly 450 pages.  Even though I am not Mormon, I enjoyed reading about the history of my adopted state and the first people to settle here. Oh and the tiny part that Iowa played was awesome!  Especially since I took an FHA field trip to the Salisbury House when I was in high school

Bottom line, The Lincoln Myth is an incredibly fast paced novel that will take you from Denmark to DC to Iowa and finally ending up in Utah.  More than once I found myself comparing the novel to the National Treasure series, it just had that kind of vibe.  If you enjoy thrillers, you will enjoy The Lincoln Myth, but I promise you that the male reader in your life will love it.


Mimi said...

I've not read his Cotton Malone books, but some of his other thrillers, and I agree - he weaves a great story.

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