The Lincoln Conspiracy

The Lincoln Conspiracy

by Timothy L. O'Brien
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The Lincoln Conspiracy: A Novel 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
TheRelentlessReader More than 1 year ago
I'm a bit of a history buff. It isn't that know every date and the details of every era. It's that I WANT to know all of those things. Maybe buff isn't the right word...maybe history fan would be better. Because of my love of all things historical I was skeptical going into this book. A retelling of the murder of President Lincoln? Hmm, I don't know about that. Color me surprised! This was a great book. The characters were believable, the plot twists kept me guessing and there was plenty of suspense. I enjoyed the historical characters that pepper the story. They were inserted into the tale in an authentic way. The protagonist, Temple McFadden, was flawed and I liked him all the more for it. I enjoyed reading about his wife Fiona as well. She's a strong woman who doesn't need a man to rescue her every five minutes. If you like history, action, suspense and fine story telling you really ought to read this book. Jennifer @ The Relentless Reader
pagese More than 1 year ago
I really didn't hesitate and all when asked to join the blog tour for this book. I've always been a fan of Lincoln and I was curious how this might put a spin on his assassination. To be honest, this was a rather dry historical fiction. I didn't mind the characters, in fact I found Temple to be absolutely fascinating. I loved his background. He's not originally from American but he takes his dedication to his country seriously. Plus, I loved that he was smart as a fox and managed to outwit so many people in this book. I often didn't know what he was going to do next. I also loved that he had so many people that were willing to go the extra mile for him. They didn't need an explanation to justify it, they believed in him and what he stood for. Granted their cause was just and I think when the truth begins to trickle out they were even more willing to help. I found the truth used in this book to be interesting. I guess I don't know much about the building of the railroads at the time to say whether its a believable cause or not. I know the expansion was important and whoever owned the way to get there was in a dangerous position of control. I think I just expected a much deeper conspiracy. But, people have killed for less. I think I found this book dry because we spend a lot of time listening to characters talk. There were times, I would just skim over pages of dialogue because it felt like it didn't deepen the story any. It felt like it took a really long time to get to the point. I often felt this was more of a historical mystery than anything. Trying to piece together who was on who's side. Who was the mystery person that all the coded notes kept referring too. In the end I was a little disappointed. So really, it was just an average addition to the many book about Lincoln, both fiction and non fiction. Maybe those who understand Lincoln's involvement in the railroad will like this more than I did.
nle1 More than 1 year ago
Did John Wilkes Booth act alone? Who was really behind Lincoln’s assassination? What about Mary Lincoln’s supposed “madness”? These questions and more are what set Temple McFadden and friends on what may well be a life-ending quest for some of them. The Lincoln Conspiracy is a very well-researched book that throws up a few theories to make us think in a year when there seems to be a much-renewed interest in Abraham Lincoln and his life. In this novel he doesn’t really appear as this is after the assassination. Temple, a police detective, acquires two small books: One is Mary Lincoln’s diary and one is mostly in code. Mrs. Lincoln’s diary is interesting and reveals more about her husband than was previously known. The other book? Well, that’s the one that is causing Temple all his problems. Temple’s friends and his wife decide to act. Fiona is to return the personal diary to Mrs. Lincoln. Temple, his friend Augustus (a freed slave) and more work to decipher the code using a system called the Vigenere table. What they find is most troubling. This book would make an excellent gift for the Lincoln fan. It shows a lot about post-Lincoln Washington and it’s surrounding area. It also shows the character of the people living there, which is more important. If you’re a history buff at all, you’ve got to read this.
Ronrose More than 1 year ago
This is a very entertaining book that revolves around the appearance of two diaries soon after the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. One diary belongs to Mary Lincoln, the President's widow. The other is an encoded diary that belonged to John Wilkes Booth, the man who murdered President Lincoln. Both diaries contain information which could reveal truths not only about Lincoln, but also about those who plotted to kill him. They have the potential to rewrite what we know about history. Washington Metropolitan Police Detective Temple McFadden inadvertently secures the diaries while interrupting a fight between two gangs of unknown thugs. It turns out that both are after the same prize, although they have very different reasons for wanting the diaries. Temple starts to decode the Booth diary. In order to stay one step ahead of the two factions vying for control of the diaries, Temple joined by his wife, Fiona, must enlist the help of various friends, many of whom are recognizable historical characters. There is plenty of action and great descriptions of Washington, D.C. in the aftermath of the Lincoln assassination. A very good summer read. The book was provided for review by Library Thing and the well read folks at Ballantine Books.
Anonymous 10 months ago
Well written and a fun read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Slow but interesting.
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literarymuseVC More than 1 year ago
Temple McFadden is a Washington Police Detective with a lame leg but a feisty spirit. His story begins with a trip to the train station to pick up a package, a trip that will help him earn some well-needed money. What he witnesses instead is a suspicious murder and his reaction is to grab a package secreted on the victim’s body. Here begins super trouble for Temple, his wife Fiona, and numerous other characters who will be chased, brutally attacked and escape death numerous times. Why? It turns out the package Temple grabbed is Mary Todd Lincoln’s diary and it contains secrets and hints of a conspiracy which would explain why Booth shot Lincoln and more! Was assassination the main goal? What exactly was the reason for Lincoln’s death if not the Civil War and the emancipation of slaves? Who were the most powerful men in Lincoln’s Cabinet and in Washington and what were their designs as well as actions mean to succeed no matter what the consequence? In addition to the slowly enfolding plot which includes a secret code and more shoot-out close calls – perhaps a bit too much, O’Brien introduces the readers to the ambience of the time through such scenes as medical conditions for those wounded warriors of the Civil War. We discover the primitive but successful treatments that saved and also ended lives. We also meet men loyal to Lincoln who worked for him or his Cabinet members but who had sideline plans for becoming wealthy after the Civil War ended. And there are the African-Americans who were loyal to the Union and now assist Temple in his drive to discover the truth, even more so after they are brutally treated in the most demeaning fashion possible. Their protection and belief in Temple is ennobling, to say the least, and inspiringly credible. Mary Todd Lincoln is portrayed in a most unexpected way which one may learn on doing research about her but which doesn’t prepare the reader for the self-absorbed, whining, suspicious and fearful woman who has more comfort from an unexpected source, one that stirs the reader to compassion. Whether or not you buy the final answers, The Lincoln Conspiracy is an interesting, action-packed story, giving the reader a fine sense of the culture, divisions, and political realities of Abraham Lincoln’s world! A worthy political thriller or conspiracy theory centered on an assassination without closure to this day!
booknutDA More than 1 year ago
This is a must read. Also Bill O'Reilly's Killing Lincoln is a must read. I am a history buff and home is Tenn. I do not believe J.W.B. was brought out of the burned barn. A "body" was but was burned beyond recognition. I think JWB lived out his days in Cuba. A man died in 1903 claiming to be JWB. Had Lincoln not been killed my South would not have gone thru the reconstruction and carpetbaggers it did. A hugh loss.
BiblioChic More than 1 year ago
It definitely did not live up to the hype. The members of our book club all agreed the author is too taken with the minutia of his research. He overwhelms the reader with details, antiquated idioms and vernacular, and streetmap locations that not only fail to move the story along, but actually distract your attention from the plot. We decided he, too, must have been distracted because the plot and characters were weak. The ending barely qualified as one. We would not recommend this book to anyone.
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