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Friday, April 24, 2015

Book Review - Lincoln's Bodyguard by TJ Turner

Title:  Lincoln's Bodyguard
Author:  TJ Turner
Publication Date:  April 7, 2015

Book Description
In Lincoln’s Bodyguard, an alternative version of American history, President Lincoln is saved from assassination. Though he prophesied his own death—the only way he believed the South would truly surrender—Lincoln never accounted for the heroics of his bodyguard, Joseph Foster. A biracial mix of white and Miami Indian, Joseph makes an enemy of the South by killing John Wilkes Booth and preventing the death of the president. His wife is murdered and his daughter kidnapped, sending Joseph on a revenge-fueled rampage to recover his daughter. When his search fails, he disappears as the nation falls into a simmering insurgency instead of an end to the War. Years later, Joseph is still running from his past when he receives a letter from Lincoln pleading for help.  The President has a secret mission. Pursued from the outset, Joseph turns to the only person who might help, the woman he abandoned years earlier.  If he can win Molly over, he might just fulfill the President’s urgent request, find his daughter, and maybe even hasten the end of the War.

Book Review:  4 out of 5 stars

I love these types of books.  Revisionist history, Alternative history, Fiction-fleshing-out history.  I was so excited to get to read this book.  I've always been interested in the Lincoln Assassination, so this was right up my alley.
I liked the alternate history of how Lincoln was not killed at Ford's theater, and what happened afterward.  The story is very detailed and intricate, but I can see what the author writes about happening, really happening.  If only by the way the North acted after the war to the Confederates, the "history" seems quite realistic and not that far off from imagination.
The pace was quick, which I liked.  With as much that happened during the book, it has to move pretty quickly in order to be contained in 256 pages.  I found myself staying up late, just to read a bit more.
The only thing that I did not like about the book was the abrupt ending.  I know that so much had happened, that the conclusion probably could have taken another book, but it just felt so abrupt. I didn't quite like how it ended, and the abruptness just made it stick out a bit more.
But this is definitely one to read if you like these types of books!!

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