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8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

You know him from his three, thoroughly crafted non-fiction book

You know him from his three, thoroughly crafted non-fiction books from which he enriched our understanding of the United States Constitution and how it was created, from the point of view of those 55 men who created it in that, Summer of 1787.

He also delved into the ...
You know him from his three, thoroughly crafted non-fiction books from which he enriched our understanding of the United States Constitution and how it was created, from the point of view of those 55 men who created it in that, Summer of 1787.

He also delved into the question of why a president, who simply fired his Secretary of War, was Impeached and nearly convicted in the Senate for doing so.

And in his latest offering, he treats us to an investigative and most perplexing portrait of a sitting vice president who killed our nation’s first Treasury Secretary in 1804. But it was the author’s treatment of Aaron Burr’s frightening political vision, in stark contrast to what the founders fought for, that makes American Emperor such a compelling and thought-provoking read.

It’s instructive to realize that some authors have trouble making the transition from one writing style (in this case, non-fiction) to another (fiction), but not this author.

In his debut performance as a fiction writer, David O. Stewart proves once again that his prowess as a page-turning author and storyteller has not wavered one iota from his non-fiction offerings.

In The Lincoln Deception, Mr. Stewart takes a factual event—the dying utterance of John Bingham, the man who prosecuted the Lincoln conspirators—and spins it into a period yarn that is an historic eye opener. He successfully crafted each chapter that compels the reader on, the sign of a great suspense writer.

And something more esoteric that can easily be missed by anyone who reads a period work; Mr. Stewart very specifically captured the flavor of race relations in turn-of-the-century 1900 America with regard to the Jim Crow laws and how our protagonists (one white male and one black male) were treated by other characters as well as how they reacted to each other.

Yet another triumph for Mr. Stewart that should find its way into the classroom!

posted by M_DeStefano on October 2, 2013

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Great read!

Enjoyed this thoroughly.

posted by Anonymous on January 11, 2014

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  • Posted October 2, 2013

    You know him from his three, thoroughly crafted non-fiction book

    You know him from his three, thoroughly crafted non-fiction books from which he enriched our understanding of the United States Constitution and how it was created, from the point of view of those 55 men who created it in that, Summer of 1787.

    He also delved into the question of why a president, who simply fired his Secretary of War, was Impeached and nearly convicted in the Senate for doing so.

    And in his latest offering, he treats us to an investigative and most perplexing portrait of a sitting vice president who killed our nation’s first Treasury Secretary in 1804. But it was the author’s treatment of Aaron Burr’s frightening political vision, in stark contrast to what the founders fought for, that makes American Emperor such a compelling and thought-provoking read.

    It’s instructive to realize that some authors have trouble making the transition from one writing style (in this case, non-fiction) to another (fiction), but not this author.

    In his debut performance as a fiction writer, David O. Stewart proves once again that his prowess as a page-turning author and storyteller has not wavered one iota from his non-fiction offerings.

    In The Lincoln Deception, Mr. Stewart takes a factual event—the dying utterance of John Bingham, the man who prosecuted the Lincoln conspirators—and spins it into a period yarn that is an historic eye opener. He successfully crafted each chapter that compels the reader on, the sign of a great suspense writer.

    And something more esoteric that can easily be missed by anyone who reads a period work; Mr. Stewart very specifically captured the flavor of race relations in turn-of-the-century 1900 America with regard to the Jim Crow laws and how our protagonists (one white male and one black male) were treated by other characters as well as how they reacted to each other.

    Yet another triumph for Mr. Stewart that should find its way into the classroom!

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 25, 2013

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    Reviewed by Samantha Rivera for Readers' Favorite The assassina

    Reviewed by Samantha Rivera for Readers' Favorite

    The assassination of Abraham Lincoln is one of the biggest pieces of the history of the United States. Not only was it an important event when it occurred, but in 1900, when this story takes place, it is still near the front of many people’s minds. No one ever found out for sure why the assassination took place or who was pulling the strings but Dr. Fraser and Speed Cook are determined to do just that. They aren’t willing to let history be written without all of the necessary facts, which means a little digging and danger of their own. That’s because in The Lincoln Deception some people have too much to lose to let the secrets come out.

    This story follows two men as they try to figure out exactly how and why President Lincoln was assassinated. It’s intriguing the way this story develops from one man’s deathbed confession into a huge quest that they can’t seem to walk away from, no matter how dangerous it gets. Stewart took an event that was perhaps one of the biggest mysteries in history and turned it into an even bigger one. This story is steeped in enough historical facts that you’ll be amazed by what you learn and, of course, amazed by the great way it all plays out in the end. You’ll learn things you never knew about the history of America and the people who helped on both sides of the Civil War. It’s never too late to learn the truth in The Lincoln Deception.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2014

    Great book

    The plot to kill lincoln had to involve greater political will then just the known conspirators. This is a great book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2014

    A good read

    Very good book for those who like historical fiction. It gives a number of interesting theories.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2014

    Great read!

    Enjoyed this thoroughly.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 20, 2014

    The author is no doubt a fine historian, but this novel demonstr

    The author is no doubt a fine historian, but this novel demonstrates that he lacks skill of a story teller.  I am fewer than 50 pages from the end, but I'm throwing in the towel.  A fundamental of good storytelling is "show us what we need to know."  Far too much time is spent on filling us in about historical events and relationships.  Alternate theories of Lincoln'S assignation are told to us, not developed. The pedantic is sprinkled with various attacks against our heroes, but these do no move the plot. The Noel might be somewhat more engaging for those who are fans of conspiracy theories or Mr. Stewart.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 8, 2014

    Interesting story

    This was an interesting read of historical fiction. Check it out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2014

    Good read

    This book for the first couple of pages was a good read. Not overly thrilling, though it may improve.

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  • Posted January 10, 2014

    Very Interesting, Very Readable.

    This is a fun historical novel with a lot of info.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2014

    Excellent yarn.

    A must read for history buffs. From one grain of factual data, Stewart spins a believable yarn of possibilities.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2014

    1st book in this genre first of many

    Enjoyed this book a lot of different elements involved given the period. 2 men different backgrounds able to be friends

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2014

    Makes you think....

    The story is very interesting and quite plausable. Did Boothe act alone? Could one man commit, plan and finance such an elaborate coup d' esta? The deathbed statement by an active participent who was there needed to be explored even if it was a fictional romp through history. Good story and amust read for Licoln followers and conspiracy zealots

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2013

    Uhhh

    Cool thats interesting

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted December 15, 2013

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