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Lincoln's Bodyguard    by T. J. Turner order for
Lincoln's Bodyguard
by T. J. Turner
Order:  USA  Can
Oceanview, 2015 (2015)
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* * *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

We often think, when something monumental happens, what if? What if the crown prince hadn't been assassinated at Sarajevo? What if the shot wasn't heard round the world? What if Darwin hadn't sailed to the Galapagos? What if the English didn't annex India? What if Adolf Hitler was never born?

What if Abraham Lincoln hadn't been killed at Ford's Theater? Author T.J. Turner takes this particular premise and runs with it in Lincoln's Bodyguard. And does a very good job of starting with history and rearranging the facts.

Joseph Foster, Lincoln's bodyguard, was the biracial son of a white father and Miami Indian mother. After the attempt on Lincoln's life, Foster is able to track and kill John Wilkes Booth. From then on, Foster is considered an enemy in the South. In revenge, his wife is murdered and his tiny daughter kidnapped. He disappears from the pages of history of a nation falling apart.

Then Lincoln, in desperation, recalls Foster to his side and implores him to conduct a secret mission that might help pull the divided country together again. And also give Foster a chance to find his daughter.

He realizes he needs help and turns to Molly, a woman he had abandoned many years before. If he can work with Molly again, he just might find his daughter as well as help to bring peace to a war-torn country. Good reading.

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