The Lincoln Myth
By Steve Berry
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • 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 nineteenth-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 two hundred 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.
Praise for Steve Berry and his Cotton Malone series
“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
The Lincoln myth5By DonnyStratoGreat. Fun and filled with history with twists you never knew. Great stuff about Lincoln civil war and Mormon religion and its history. Absolutely love Barry's. Writing mixing suspense with history fact and speculation. Can't wait to read another cotton Malone series. Highly recommended
Waste of time1By Informed and disgustedAs an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints I was extremely offended at Berry's book. This is the first book I've ever read from that author, and because of his lack of integrity in how he portrayed leaders in the church I would not trust his opinion in any subject. He certainly doesn't let truth and facts get in the way of his agenda. I will never read another one of his books.
The Lincoln Myth4By Doc 56473Interesting book with a good mixture of history and fiction. A bit slow at times but overall a good read.
A disappointment1By BobxxxzThe author stretched to find a reasonable storyline but failed. What he wrote went beyond plausible & ruined the story.
H Rockwell3By Harry RockwellIt's unfortunate that this book trashes a wonderful group of people to build a weak storyline
Wanted to Love It3By Film Critic MommaI really wanted to love this book. I am a fan of Cotton Malone and enjoy reading his adventures. I felt this story was convoluted and at the end I didn't feel the Ah-Ha moment of clarity. I'm still unsure on the importance of several events. If you are also a fan, read the book. It's fun to go into Steve Berry's world. If you are not, pick another book as your first read.
The Lincoln Myth3By Mike On CamanoI am a Huge fan of Steve Berry and have read and own everything he has written. My only hope is that Mr Berry reverses his course and does not slip any further into the "Dan Brown Style/Genre" of writing. For the first in any of his books, he has repeated a thought or information so many times that I had to take a break just to cool down. I will continue to be a fan though and look forward to his next offering........ Mike T Camano Island, WA
The Lincoln Myth5By Barbara M WatsonAs a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I feel that Mr. Berry wrote a fine story. I would like to thank him for his sensitive approach toward the church history, and doctrines. They were well researched.and accurate. The story is very difficult to put down. The chapters are clear, and well defined. Again thnk you for a very well written story