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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.
©2014 Steve Berry (P)2014 Random House Audio
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Critic Reviews

"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)
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Customer Reviews

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4 out of 5 stars
By C. A. Larson on 05-31-14

frustration and disappointment

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Steve Berry appeared to create a story that should have been strong and believable, however, plausibility wasn’t achieved and story line was convoluted.

Would you ever listen to anything by Steve Berry again?

Yes, no doubt he is one of my own favorites. and I always look forward to his intense creations.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Scott Brick?

No one. Scott Brick only could work with what he was handed. With that in mind, he did a fantastic job and I didn't feel that he should have be dinged for what was given but had to. Scott Brick has always gotten a 5 star rating from me.

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


Any additional comments?

Read a few other books by author for comparison and you will find out how wonderful his books are and that they do entertain you, On this one he fell short on entertainment and a lot of other categories.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Matthew on 05-29-14

Torn from today's headlines...or making them!

If you could sum up The Lincoln Myth in three words, what would they be?

Fast moving

What did you like best about this story?

Berry does his usual amazing deep history dive, and takes the listened on a complex journey through Mormon and US Civil War and founding fathers history. In some ways, I feel like I was in a classroom, albeit one populated with the usual cast of Cotton Malone etc.

What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

As usual, SB brings the book to life, with his typical bombast and drama. In some parts he may be abit over the top, but his take on the Profet was in particularly powerful.

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

Actually I came close. Yes, given the opportunity

Any additional comments?

How many times can you include the 11 dollar word " devoid " in a novel? At least 4, it turns out!

So I happened to like this offering by Stevie B alot, but I can also agree with other critics who note the bombast, the preachiness at the end, and the never ending drama between Cotton Malone and Catherina Vitt. PuhLease....let this be!!!! As a fictional plot carrying device, it really is losing it's cache.
I also think that President Danny Daniels needs to step away gracefully now.

All this said, if you are a Cotton Malone/Berry/Brick fan, you will definitely enjoy this one. Recommended.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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