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Blog Tour: The Lincoln Conspiracy by Timothy L. O’Brien

[ 4 ] December 4, 2012 |

Please welcome Timothy L. O’Brien, author of The Lincoln Conspiracy, as he tours the blogosphere with Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours.

Reviewed by Heather Bryant

I have a confession to make – besides loving to read, I am a HUGE history buff and especially love finding connections between Lincoln and Kennedy! No, I am not morbid, I am just really amazed by the many parallels of the presidencies, but more on that at a later time.

When I was offered The Lincoln Conspiracy for review, I jumped at the chance. Timothy L. O’Brien is also a Lincoln buff with a Masters in History from Columbia University; he knows his stuff! He takes the reader back to 1865 when America is mourning the death of Lincoln, Booth is dead and Americans are still looking for answers.

The main character, Temple, is on a great quest to bring conspirators in and ask questions in the name of justice. With his many journeys to apprehend them, he inadvertently puts his wife Fiona and his black friend Augustus in harm’s way over and over.

Few know about the diaries of Mary Todd Lincoln and John Wilkes Booth, but those who do understand their value. O’Brien makes the reader feel that he is right beside one of the main characters and brings to life many who may or may not be real. The reader learns more about how Robert Lincoln deals with his grief stricken mother, about the Pinkertons, Dorothy Dix, Lizzy Kackley and about the never-give-up attitude of Irish immigrants. There are other characters that will be introduced and that are sure to surprise the reader; I will not give names and you will just have to read the book to find out more!

I highly recommend The Lincoln Conspiracy; it will make you think about the lessons that history has to offer us and make you scratch your head saying, “What if…”

Rating: ★★★★★ 

Heather’s favorite way to pass time involves curling up with a good book! As a blogger, mom and so much more, she enjoys sharing her honest opinions and being creative too. Visit her site to learn more.

Review and giveaway copies were provided free of any obligation by Ballantine Books. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.

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Category: Genre Fiction, Historical, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

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    librarypat says:

    I have added this book to my Amazon Wish List.

    I never cared for history when I was in school, due mainly to the way it was taught, even in college. I did, however, spend my time reading books on archeology and past cultures. I also enjoyed biographies and accounts of historical events. I developed a love of historical fiction, thanks to a neighbor who was also a history teacher. If more teachers incorporated good historical fiction in their history classes, students would get more out of what they are teaching. Names, places and dates mean nothing unless you see how they relate to people’s lives and the period they are in. Fiction gives a face and feel to history and helps us appreciate and understand it more.

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      Carol Wong says:

      I really agree, Pat. I love American history but I had a teacher who did not know how to teach it. He had us memorize facts from all the battles of the Civil War, who was the commander on each side, where it was, number of casulaties, fatalities. Nothing but numbers. Now I know how much better that class could have been taught!!!

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    Carol Wong says:

    Long ago there was a photo essay about the coincidences between Lincoln and Kennedy in either Life or Look magazine. I wish I had a copy of it today!

    I love reading about Lincoln, I had read Carl Sandburg’s biography and many other books about him so I was thrilled to see this book come out. I won a copy from another blog and so excited about your review. I can hardly wait to dive in.

    My grandmother on my mother’s side used to say that one of our family saw Lincoln walk down a road near where they lived. Sadly that it lost, which ancestor? Which road? I am so glad that so much about Lincoln has not been lot. He was such a remarkable man.

    Carol Wong

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    Colleen Turner says:

    While I am also a huge history buff I have never really loved American history (I know, what is wrong with me?). I have found certain books dealing with various times in American history that have drawn me in and made me interested in learning more about that particular time/place but the various presidents isn’t one of those. Maybe because I am not a huge fan of politics? Whatever the reason I am not sure that I would really like this book even though it sounds like, for someone who likes the subject, it would be stellar. Thanks for the review!

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