|Latter-day Saints believe in the resurrected Jesus Christ, as depicted in the Christus Statue in the North Visitors' Center on Temple Square in Salt Lake City (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
Abraham Lincoln felt that American states must stay as a union, no matter whether the government was an effective one... No state could secede. Thus the Civil War...
Then along comes Berry, who demonstrates through a highly researched book that it is highly unlikely, in fact, quite unrealistic that our founding fathers would create the exact type of government from which they had first fled and worked to establish their new lives in America...
Hmmm, logic seems to support the author's words, methinks...
But adding the connection to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints seemed to push it for me, at least... But it also has an intriguing touch to it related to "separation of church and state" since the Senator who would become President of the State would also, by that time, have become the Prophet--head of the Mormon Church! Another interesting possibility which, at least one of the members was already planning for, was the move back to multiple wives [polygamy]... Then again, the church had a solid financial base and was not greatly in debt. Something the Federal Government could not claim... A poll had been done; Utah wanted to secede. Should it be permitted?
The Lincoln Myth
By Steve Berry
This is an extremely complex novel with just under 450 pages... Cotton Malone, the main character of this series is a wonderful, likable guy. He was once with the government, but has retired and now owns and operates a small bookstore. He has fallen in love with his companion but they've not made any commitment and, in this story, she is requested to work with a member of the Latter Day Saints, who is also a former man with whom she was in love. Now, she's being pulled back and forth between the two men who have played major parts in her life!
Is it because we are a secretive people that keeps personal thoughts close to ourselves... Or, is it that we are a curious people who wonder about the past, hoping it will help us understand what has gone wrong?
Because I think most Americans, these days, wonder about the way government is being handled by those we have voted into positions of power... For me, these thoughts began in the 80s. Was that just because I had been involved long enough to start asking my own questions?
Berry certainly lays the issues back to and even before Lincoln became president. Using some facts that are true from our history, and some that are fiction [and fortunately provides an afterword clarifying fact of fiction at the end] Berry describes an ongoing plan of conspiracy by a high-ranking official in the Mormon Church hierarchy, who is also the ranking Senator of Utah.
Add a mentally ill church member with an invisible angel who guides him in his actions, including the selection and leadership of a group of young church members to become Danites, a secret order within the church to do the wet work that needed to be done and you may begin to question all of it!
To expedite the Senator's plan, much research is being done--and many past rumors are now being re-examined, hoping to find the actual documentation to prove what occurred between Lincoln and others and, in particular, the Prophet who was in charge of the church at that time. I have to say that this becomes tedious at times and somewhat hard to keep track of, so be prepared to spent some time within America's history.
|The Book of Mormon English Missionary Edition Soft Cover (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
Aside from all that, there are a couple of family issues for Cotton and the U.S. President that bring a touch of warmth into what is essentially, a tedious pursuit of secrets, a prevention of the beginning of states wanting to secede, starting with Utah and perhaps the dissolution of the United States..
By now, you should have already decided whether to read or not. The Amber Room was my first Steve Berry and he's been sending readers out on some sort of treasure hunt from then on... On a lighter side, I certainly hope Cotton and Cassiopeia work their way back to each other in the next book! LOL
Steve Berry is the New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author of The Lincoln Myth, The King's Deception, The Columbus Affair, The Jefferson Key, The Emperor's Tomb, The Paris Vendetta, The Charlemagne Pursuit, The Venetian Betrayal, The Alexandria Link, The Templar Legacy, The Third Secret, The Romanov Prophecy, and The Amber Room. His books have been translated into 40 languages with 17,000,000 copies in 51 countries.
History lies at the heart of every Steve Berry novel. It's his passion, one he shares with his wife, Elizabeth, which led them to create History Matters, a foundation dedicated to historic preservation. Since 2009 Steve and Elizabeth have crossed the country to save endangered historic treasures, raising money via lectures, receptions, galas, luncheons, dinners and their popular writers' workshops. To date, nearly 2,500 students have attended those workshops. In 2012 their work was recognized by the American Library Association, which named Steve the first spokesman for National Preservation Week. He was also appointed by the Smithsonian Board of Regents to serve on the Smithsonian Libraries Advisory Board to help promote and support the libraries in their mission to provide information in all forms to scientists, curators, scholars, students and the public at large. He has received the Royden B. Davis Distinguished Author Award; the 2013 Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award; his novel The Columbus Affair earned him the Anne Frank Human Writes Award; and International Thriller Writers bestowed him the 2013 Silver Bullet for his work with historic preservation. A 2010 NPR survey named The Templar Legacy one of the top 100 thrillers ever written.
Steve was born and raised in Georgia, graduating from the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University. He was a trial lawyer for 30 years and held elective office for 14 of those years. He is a founding member of International Thriller Writers--a group of more than 2,600 thriller writers from around the world--and served three years as its co-president.
For more information, visit www.steveberry.org.