Thursday, October 17, 2013

Review Abe Lincoln Public Enemy #1 by: Bill Walker & Brian Anthony

Title: Abe Lincoln Public Enemy #1
Author: Bill Walker & Brian Anthony
Publisher: Lowtide Books
Pages: 343
Format: Paperback
Source: Book Tour

Description:

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?

My Thoughts:

This book starts out with Abraham Lincoln breaking out of jail and then goes back to the fateful day when Abe Lincoln was killed by John Wilkes Booth and the cursed bullet that places him in a coma for 68 years.  Prior to shooting Lincoln Booth takes the bullet and brings it to a voodoo practitioner who performs magic on the bullet.  Hours later the Chicken Man and his granddaughter learn that Booth did shoot Lincoln with the cursed bullet.

Upon waking up 68 years later Abraham finds much has changed.  He is no longer president and people would be happy if he would retired to Springfield and stop messing with politics.  Abraham tries to reason with both the current president and Hoover head of the FBI to make his case but no one is listening.  Having his hand forced Abraham escapes on the train taking him back to Springfield.    He heads to Chicago to find the bank where his son left him money for when Abraham would awake.

This book had so much action, adventure and drama it kept going and going. It was an incredibly twisted turn the fateful night with John Wilkes Booth and what that "magic" bullet did to Lincoln, and how he life ended up.  Was incredible to read such a great work of fiction I loved it!

2 shout outs:

Lance Wright said...

I haven't read much alternate history fiction but this one sounds so interesting I'm going to have to give it a try. Thanks so much for sharing your review.

Bill Walker said...

Thank you for your very kind review. It is much appreciated.