Steve Berry – The Lincoln Myth (Cotton Malone #9)

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Grāmatas apraksts no Goodreads/Synopsis from Goodreads:

A Cotton Malone adventure involving a flaw in the United States Constitution, a mystery about Abraham Lincoln, and a political issue that’s as explosive as it is timely—not only in Malone’s world, but in ours.

September 1861: All is not as it seems.With these cryptic words, a shocking secret passed down from president to president comes to rest in the hands of Abraham Lincoln. And as the first bloody clashes of the Civil War unfold, Lincoln alone must decide how best to use this volatile knowledge: save thousands of American lives, or keep the young nation from being torn apart forever?

The present: In Utah, the fabled remains of Mormon pioneers whose nineteenth-century expedition across the desert met with a murderous end have been uncovered. In Washington, D.C., the official investigation of an international entrepreneur, an elder in the Mormon church, has sparked a political battle between the White House and a powerful United States senator. In Denmark, a Justice Department agent, missing in action, has fallen into the hands of a dangerous zealot—a man driven by divine visions to make a prophet’s words reality. And in a matter of a few short hours, Cotton Malone has gone from quietly selling books at his shop in Denmark to dodging bullets in a high-speed boat chase.

All it takes is a phone call from his former boss in Washington, and suddenly the ex-agent is racing to rescue an informant carrying critical intelligence. It’s just the kind of perilous business that Malone has been trying to leave behind, ever since he retired from the Justice Department. But once he draws enemy blood, Malone is plunged into a deadly conflict—a constitutional war secretly set in motion more than two hundred years ago by America’s Founding Fathers.

From the streets of Copenhagen to the catacombs of Salzburg to the rugged mountains of Utah, the grim specter of the Civil War looms as a dangerous conspiracy gathers power. Malone risks life, liberty, and his greatest love in a race for the truth about Abraham Lincoln—while the fate of the United States of America hangs in the balance.

Izdevniecība/Publisher: Ballantine Books

Kā tiku pie šīs grāmatas?/How I got this book?

Lejuplādēju no torenta

Vērtējums/Rating: 4.25/5

Mana recenzija/My review

Populārs kļuvis mīts, ka ASV pilsoņu kara pamatā bija cīņa par vai pret verdzību, bet drīzāk īstais iemesls dienvidu štatu vēlme atdalīties no savienības. Tas arī apskatīts devītajā Malona sērijas grāmatas mūsdienu pasaulē. Bet kas gan tas būtu par Stīva Berija romānu bez bagātībām un zelta. : )

Malons iesaistās pēc kārtējā Stefānijas palīdzības lūguma pasargāt informatoru no mormoņu vidus, jo viens viņas aģents pazudis, bet otrs kavēsies. Varētu domāt, ka reliģijas sekotāji, lai cik ļoti vēlētos realizēt savas intereses atturētos no galējiem/pilnīgi jebkādiem līdzekļiem, bet tā nav. Protams, palīdz, ja viens no tādiem ir ASV senators.

Malons nav vienīgais, kuru Stefānija iesaista no malas. Kasiopeja un Džozepe Salazars(senatora kontaktpersonu Eiropā) bijuši pazīstami jau bērnībā un pat kādu brīdi kā pāris, tādēļ Stefānijai šķiet tikai loģiski lūgt arī viņas palīdzību. Diemžēl pateikt Malonam un Kasiopejai vienam par otru gan nenāk prāta, un tam var būt nepatīkamākas sekas kā varētu domāt.

Mormoņu aktivitātes piesaista Baltā nama uzmanību, un agrāk jebkuras runas par iespējamu atdalīšanos kopš Linkolna laika tikušas ātri vien pieklusinātas, bet tagad viss var mainīties, jo izrādās, ka diženie dibinātāji, kaut arī uz atsevišķa papīra, atstājuši iespēju tādai rīcībai. Protams atliek vien tāds nieks kā attiecīgo dokumentu atrast.

Diez vai mormoņi un senators līdz galam bija pārdomājuši potenciālās sekas, ja realizētu atdalīšanos, kas skartu vairāk nekā vienu štatu. Piemērām, pieļauju, ka akciju tirgi nebūtu iepriecināti un nesāktu kāpt uz augušu, un arī kas būtu ar valūtas vērtību.

Pēc desmitās grāmatas (The Patriot Threat) apraksta var spriest, ka arī tajā apspriesta ASV konstitūcija.

                                                                                                                                                

The myth the American Civil War was fought for or against slavery, but more likely because the southern states wanted to leave the Union. That also is the main theme in The Lincoln Myth’s nowadays world. But kind of Steve Berry’s book would it be without treasure and gold!

Malone is brought in after another favor for Stephanie, this time to guard an informant from Latter-Day Saints movement or just Mormons. You might think that religious people/followers wouldn’t use any means necessary to achieve their goals but no. Of course it helps that one of them is a senator.

Besides Malone Stephanie also involves Cassiopeia Vitt. Cassiopeia knows Josepe Salazar, who does what the senator tells him (in Europe), from her childhood and once were a couple. That’s why it’s obvious for Stephanie to ask her help. Unfortunately it’s not that obvious to inform Malone and Cassiopeia about each other and might have more unpleasant consequences than intended.

Activities of Latter-Day Saints attracts attention from White House, and if earlier any talks about secession was easily silenced then now everything could change because the great Founding Fathers might have created a document which allows it. There is only such a simple task as to find it.

I doubt if the Mormons or the senator really thought through every possible result from such secession. For one thing I think that stock markets would react positively, also what would happen with currency rate.

The description of the next book The Patriot Threat lets you think that it also talks about the constitution.

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