The Man Who Shot John Wilkes Booth

  • by Kevin G. Summers
  • Narrated by Clay Lomakayu
  • 5 hrs and 1 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

What is truth? For 19 years, Joshua Webb has been asking that question in the pages of his newspaper, The Paradise Ledger. He's been called a madman, a lunatic, and an anarchist, but now he has stumbled upon a story so huge that it could shake the United States to its very foundation. The source of the trouble is Boston Corbett, the man who shot John Wilkes Booth. He claims to possess knowledge of the real perpetrators behind the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, but if his story can be believed, what threat might this hidden truth present to Joshua Webb and the people that he loves?
This is the complete novel that was originally published in three serial installments.

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Everyone knows John Wilkes Booth killed Lincoln

Everyone knows that John Wilkes Booth killed Abraham Lincoln, or you should if you actually paid attention in grade school. No one really talks about the man who shot John Wilkes Booth... See what I did there? Summers takes us back in time to 1888 (23 years after Lincoln's assassination) and puts us in the shoes of a small town newspaper editor by the name of Joshua Webb. Webb begins getting these weird letters from a man named Boston Corbett, the man who killed Booth and claims to know the real story behind Lincoln's assassination. Wanting to believe Corbett's story, Webb ventures out to Topeka State Hospital to meet the man behind the letters. Unbeknownst to Webb, Corbett has more planned than just spilling his secrets.What are these secrets and what affect will they have on Webb? His family?

I had the luxury of reading The Man Who Shot John Wilkes Booth in the original format, a trilogy of short novels. When I saw there was an audiobook that combined the serials together, of course I was on board. Summers does a wonderful job here of taking us back in time to tell a story that not many people know. Of course, the covers for the novels state 'Weird Western' and there is definitely a dose of weird. Secret conspiracies and loonies always have their quirks.

Clay Lomakayu has a great voice but I did find myself sort of dozing here and there. Everyone begins to sound the same a few pages in and I found myself losing focus. This doesn't detract from the story but it would be nice to have a little differentiation between the characters.

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post civil war conspiracy

the first time i read this book i was pleasantly surprised. i had the first part of the story sitting in my kindle app for a few months before i decided to read it. i'm not a big western fan but had enjoyed Legendarium so thought i'd give this a try. i loved it and downloaded the full novel. this book will appeal to history buffs, conspiracy theorists, and scifi / fantasy fans as well. this is a great conspiracy theory story; it's a concise, well-written story which did well as an audiobook. there were no awkward pauses by the reader, and the slight drawl in the narrator's accent complimented the story telling atmosphere.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-14-2015
  • Publisher: Kevin G. Summers