Sunday, 10 August 2014

The Lincoln Myth by Steve Berry

Washington, D.C.
September 10, 1861

Abraham Lincoln kept his temper under control, but the woman standing across from him was taxing his patience.

So begins a novel that I presume is taking advantage of the Lincoln craze that has been going on lately. Lincoln, in America, is always a topic of pride, but more so after the Vampire Hunter premise. Now, he's cool, too.

With this opening line we have Lincoln and a woman and what looks like a bad situation, so this has the potential to hook.

First thing said:

"The general did only what all decent people believe to be right."

The rest of the prologue suggests that there is a secret or mystery passed down from president to president, a plotting technique reminiscent of The Da Vinci Code.

Chapter 1:

Off the coast of Denmark
Wednesday, October 8
7:40 P.M.

One glance and Cotton Malone knew there was trouble.

In other words, he knew this was the beginning of a novel. Of course, the book begins in a different time and place than the prologue, so if the prologue hooked you, then it's pretty easy to get unhooked now and move on to the next book.

Verdict: Pass (barely)

Theodore Moracht

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