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The Lincoln Myth (novel)- With lots about Mormonism

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I'm curious if anyone has read The Lincoln Myth by Steve Berry. It's part of the Cotton Malone series. Here's the synopsis...


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 a 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 over 200 years ago by America’s Founding Fathers.

From the streets of Copenhagen to the catacombs of Salzburg to the rugged mountains of Utah, the grim specter of the Civil War looms as a dangerous conspiracy gathers power. Malone risks life, liberty, and his greatest love in a race for the truth about Abraham Lincoln —- while the fate of the United States of America hangs in the balance.


This book is kind of a National Treasure/ Dan Brown kind of book full of intrigue, politics, and Mormons. Some of it is flattering. Some of it isn't. But on the whole I've been impressed with how the author (non-Mormon) has been able to weave church doctrine/history/culture/myth into this story. It includes a fictional prophet, President of the Q12, and a Seventy, as well as a couple of other Mormon characters. Some are good guys and others villains. Mormonism actually plays into the plot more than the synopsis even reveals.

BTW- this is book 9 of the series but it's the first one I've read so I don't think the other 8 need to be read first.  Just curious about reactions.

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