The Lincoln Myth by Steve Berry. Ballantine Books, 2014. $27.00, 448 pages.
September, 1861. In the early days of the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln had been president for a short six months, and already the country had torn itself in two. Determined to reunite the country, Lincoln is prepared to do whatever is necessary to bring the warring sides together again. But late one night, a package arrives at the White House from his predecessor, James Buchanan, and the contents challenge the very core of Lincoln’s convictions.
Present Day. Cotton Malone, book-seller and former government agent, is regretting agreeing to a favor for his former boss. Being chased across the sound separating Denmark and Sweden by gun wielding criminals was not how he wanted to spend his day, but here he is. With a reluctant witness in tow, and a cocksure young agent by his side, Malone is pulled back into the world of politics and espionage, but this time, his adversary is unlike any other.
A rogue group of Mormons, intent on fulfilling a secret pact between President Abraham Lincoln and the founding fathers of the Mormon Church are wreaking havoc across the globe, and Cassiopeia Vitt, Malone’s girlfriend, is caught up right in the middle of it. As Malone tries to uncover the truth of what transpired so many years ago, he’s working hard not only to keep his relationship with Cassiopeia intact, but also the United States of America.
“The Lincoln Myth” is a fast-paced thriller, full of enough action, subterfuge, and excitement to keep you reading through from start to finish. As the ninth installment in Berry’s Cotton Malone series, “The Lincoln Myth” is a satisfying entry for those readers who have followed Malone’s adventures from the beginning, but also entertaining and inclusive enough for those who haven’t.
Rebekah Scott is a reference librarian at May Memorial Public Library. Visit us on the web at www.alamancelibraries.org.