Lincoln’s Secret Oath
In 1848, Abraham Lincoln, who was not even president yet and with no hint of just what dangers the future might bring, became part of a three-man conspiracy to keep some great secret from his nation and the rest of the world. About one hundred and sixty years later, this secret will come to light at the hands of Matt Hawkins, though when his part of the story begins, he won’t have the faintest idea what’s in store for him. He’s only the co-owner of an antique shop, and the greatest excitement in his day is finding a nineteenth-century hog trough. All that changes when an old friend of his calls with news of a fascinating discovery in Piketon, Ohio. There, Matt finds a written document with Lincoln’s oath to keep the secret and a strange disc made of nothing he’s ever seen, possibly nothing that has been seen before on Earth.
Savvy sci-fi readers will know what’s coming up: aliens.
What follows is not just a sci-fi novel about trying to figure out the secrets of alien technology, but instead this is a fast-paced adventure and a race against time as our protagonists try to track down clues to the mystery before other shadowy forces do, and the number of forces working against them seems to grow by the day. The novel reminded me by turns of National Treasure and The Da Vinci Code, but the speculative twist made it all the more exciting. It really is the best of both worlds, marrying action and intrigue with the wide-eyed “what if” that marks the best of science fiction.
The one complaint I do have about the book is solely based on something I hadn’t realized when I started it. This is the fourth in a series, and while it stands quite well on its own, there were some people and events referenced near the start that made no sense to me and seemed all too easily introduced and then brushed aside to make room for the plot. Now that I know there are preceding adventures, I’ll have to go back and read those books, though more out of curiosity than anything else. I greatly enjoyed Lincoln’s Secret Oath, and I have little doubt I’ll enjoy the other three as well. Hopefully there will be a fifth in the works.
I’m very glad I stumbled across this historical fiction series, and I’m even more glad it’s one of those where the books can be read separately. I’ve missed being able to dive into a series wherever I can and return at my leisure, so I invite you to read this book, or any other in the series, in whatever order you please.
After editing at City Book Review for a few years, I took up the duties of editorial assistant, which include assigning books for review, posting reviews to our various sites, and nagging reviewers for things. In my non-nagging time, I’m a gamer, artist, writer, and notorious black thumb/bane of plants. My answer to every book-related question: read Octavia Butler.
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