Abe Lincoln: Public Enemy No. 1
by Bill Walker & Brian Anthony
on Tour October 5 - November 5, 2013
Book Details:Genre: Alternate History Published by: Lowtide Books Publication Date: 10/5/13 Number of Pages: 352 ISBN: 978-0-9897457-0-3 (Hardcover), 978-0-9897457-1-0 (Paperback), 978-0-9897457-2-7 (ebook) Purchase Links: Book Website: www.lincolnpublicenemy.com
Synopsis:When John Wilkes Booth shoots Lincoln with a bullet cursed by the notorious Chicken Man, a local voodoo practitioner, he unwittingly sets in motion a chain of events extending far into the future. Instead of killing Lincoln, the bullet puts the president into a coma for sixty-eight years, his body remaining limber and ageless. When he awakens in 1933, Abe Lincoln is a man out of time, a revered icon...and a political pariah. FDR and J. Edgar Hoover not only do not want him around, they want him to retire. But their plan to be rid of him backfires and Lincoln is on the run, a fugitive from justice. Determined to reach Chicago and retrieve the small fortune left in trust for him by his long-dead son, Lincoln discovers that Hoover has confiscated all his money, leaving him destitute. With Bureau of Investigation agent Melvin Purvis in hot pursuit, Lincoln finds his way to a hobo camp where he befriends a young runaway, who agrees to accompany the former president back to Washington. There Lincoln hopes that Hannah Wheelhouse, the Chicken Man’s granddaughter, can help him find the peace he longs for. Then fate deals Lincoln another strange hand when he and the boy end up as hostages to infamous bank robber John Dillinger. Instead of leaving them by the side of the road after the robbery, Dillinger takes a liking to Lincoln and invites him to join the gang, promising him he’ll get all his money back. Will Lincoln survive long enough to recapture his fortune and get away, or will he be hunted down in a manner unbefitting a martyred President? In this inventive and entertaining novel, history gets a work-out, the action is flat-out, and almost everyone gets rubbed-out!
My ThoughtsI loved this book! It has everything! True to historical detail, the characterizations of Abe Lincoln, Dillinger, and other notables don't detour into unrecognizability as one would expect in an alternate history as far off the beaten path as this one. Instead, what has been created here is a story that takes people that readers know and love, and puts them in new and fascinating situations. The action level is very high from beginning to end in this read. So much so, that blinking while reading this book is not advised. You may miss something!
Another wonderful surprise this book provides is comedy. While it may not be slapstick, the situational laughs this book provides do stay with you well after story's end.
This is a wonderful journey into what could have been, and a book that I wholeheartedly endorse for all brave souls who dare follow the strange and twisted path to the land of "what if".