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.
Off the coast of Denmark
Wednesday, October 8
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)