By M. J. Joachim
The importance of thorough research cannot and should not be underestimated when writing a novel. Fiction and non-fiction books benefit tremendously from the painstaking task of completing comprehensive research. Not surprisingly, Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard met this challenge head on when they produced their intriguing historical novel, Killing Lincoln.
The book is divided into four distinct parts that can easily stand on their own. Part 1 engulfs readers into the Civil War, complete with political innuendos and implications. Both sides are balanced in the telling; detail is intimate and personal, making readers feel almost as if they’ve been transported back in time.
Part 2 provides incredible details into the final days of Lincoln’s life. Readers will be easily captivated by the opportunity they have to get to know Lincoln in various aspects of his life as a politician, husband, father, friend and, most importantly, as the President of the United States of America.
Part 3 depicts, sometimes in all too graphic detail, Lincoln’s assassination. At times I couldn’t help but mumble under my breath at figures like Grant, Booth and Mary Surratt, the first woman executed by the American government.
Part 4 takes readers on a manhunt, tracking down anyone, especially John Wilkes Booth, who might be involved in the killing of the President. Historical records clearly indicate there was a conspiracy to kill, not only Abraham Lincoln, but also of many other high and/or political officials involved in the cause of freedom for the slaves.
Killing Lincoln takes readers on an intense journey into the last days of the Civil War and Lincoln’s life. It is a smooth read, one that satisfies its audience and backs up its information. Resources are readily available for those who are intrigued enough to want more, after reading this book. Regardless of how you may or may not feel about Bill O’Reilly in general, you’re likely to enjoy reading Killing Lincoln, which is why I’m adding it to my Recommended Reading page.
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