22gigantes.com - When a rich Santa Barbara collector acquires a newly discovered Abraham Lincoln document, he asks detective Greg Evarts and UCLA professor Patricia Baldwin to authenticate it. Their research launches them into a dangerous struggle with a secret society formed during Reconstruction. Before they can solve the mystery surrounding the Lincoln manuscript, a shocking murder forces them to run for their lives. As they race across the country, they discover a Civil War secret that could upset the balance of power in North America. Now Evarts and Baldwin must unravel the 150-year-old conspiracy before it’s too late … and before they are silenced for good.
Most helpful customer reviews 66 of 70 people found the following review helpful. A Suspenseful Adventure By M. L. Cunningham This captivating novel moves with dizzying speed. The plot twists so fast that you don't want to put it down because you know there is going to be another surprise on the next page. The combination of an unpredictable plot, intriguing characters, and fascinating American history made this book hard to put down. I was very disappointed to finish it because I wanted more. Hey! How long are you going to keep us waiting for Leadville? 65 of 70 people found the following review helpful. Three and a Half By Rick Mitchell First the good parts of this book. The insight and analyses on Lincoln were very good. Any history or Lincoln buff would enjoy and appreciate them. The main characters - a cop and a beauteous history professor were also very good. Those elements were in the five star range.Now, for the part that brings it to a 3.5. The plot surrounds two ultra-secret societies that have existed since the Civil War and have continued in families through generations. One is good, of course, and the other is evil. The main characters, unbeknownst to both, are descendants in the good secret society and were brought together by the society. When things begin to extra dicey, it turns out that the cop was in some super intelligence branch of the military and he can pick up the phone and engage his entire band of brothers (who he has not seen nor spoken to in years) in a matter of hours.The plot is contrived to say the least and must be so to accomodate the secret society conspiracies.The action does get fast-paced at times and if you suspend belief in reality, the mystery is pretty good. However, the contrived plot is incongruous with the good and serious history portions. One would expect more reality when historical perspective and analysis is so well done.In sum, this is a fair mystery with some good history thrown into the mix. 47 of 51 people found the following review helpful. This shouldn't be a secret! By Sandy Castle It's all about secret societies but this book shouldn't be kept a secret. The fast-paced story is full of action, riddled with twists and turns, develops characters you like a lot, weaves in some interesting U.S. history and is VERY hard to put down. My only complaint was that it was over too soon. So read it - it's good! See all 149 customer reviews...
"The Shut Mouth Society is a potboiler of the first order." What Would the Founders Think? I first picked out this book, I expected it to be historical fiction and maybe a little dry. What it is, instead, is a thriller/detective story centered around preinaugural papers of President Abraham Lincoln. The author has done an excellent job of building the story. --Book Advice The Shut Mouth Society is a fast-moving, well-written novel that is of particular interest in this bicentennial year of Abe Lincoln's birth.-- Huntington NewsThe Shut Mouth Society by James D. Best is the kind of book I like best. The novel has everything from intrigue and murder to romance.--A Writer's Journal, Faith Friese Nelson "It was a book I would enjoy reading again." --Enough With It From the Inside Flap In early 1860, Abraham Lincoln was a little known regional politician from Springfield, Illinois. The Republican Party was new, and had failed running national hero John C. Frémont for president in 1856. Abraham Lincoln chances of ascending to the presidency under the Republican banner were slight. All that changed in New York City on February 27, 1860. That afternoon, Lincoln had his photograph taken by Mathew Brady, and in the evening, he gave a historic speech at the Cooper Union. Lincoln often said that Brady's photograph and his Cooper Union address propelled him to the presidency. From the Back Cover "The Shut Mouth Society is a potboiler of the first order." What Would the Founders Think? "The Shut Mouth Society by James D. Best is the kind of book I like best. The novel has everything from intrigue and murder to romance." Faith Friese Nelson, A Writer's Journal "It was a book I would enjoy reading again." --Enough With It
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