Steve Berry is one of my go-to thriller writers. His novels are intelligent but not dense, intricate but not over-wrought, and every one a page-turner. This is the ninth of Berry’s Cotton Malone adventures, and one of my favourites.
Berry’s passion is history, and history infuses all his books, providing a rich context and fascinating detail but never over-burdening the reader with distractions from the plot. Berry spends more time on the historical elements of the narrative than in previous Cotton Malone thrillers, adding to the length of the book, but I love the complexity and attention to detail that he constructs behind a clever, multi-layered story-line. Few writers can weave history and fiction into such a good story.
The Lincoln Myth will particularly fascinate readers who enjoy American Civil War and religious history, as Berry weaves his tale between the 1860s and the present day, between Abraham Lincoln and modern espionage. A leading role, in the nineteenth century and the twenty-first, is played by the Mormons, or Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, one of the most influential religious movements in American history.
If you like The Lincoln Myth, Auckland Libraries has plenty more of Steve Berry’s thrillers for you to enjoy!
Title: The Lincoln Myth
Author: Steve Berry
Reviewed by Nick K, Ranui Library
Nick K enjoys reading crime fiction, demonological adult and young adult fiction, classic children’s fiction like Arthur Ransome and picture books, especially those illustrated by Quentin Blake. He hates reality TV.