Lincoln's Bodyguard (Lincoln's Bodyguard Series)

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2016 International Book Award Winner Fiction: Historical

In Lincoln's Bodyguard, an alternative version of American history, President Lincoln is saved from assassination. Though he prophesied his own death the only way he believed the South would truly surrender Lincoln never accounted for the heroics of his bodyguard, Joseph Foster. A biracial mix of white and Miami Indian, Joseph makes an enemy of the South by killing John Wilkes Booth and preventing the death of the president. His wife is murdered and his daughter kidnapped, sending Joseph on a revenge-fueled rampage to recover his daughter. When his search fails, he disappears as the nation falls into a simmering insurgency instead of an end to the War. Years later, Joseph is still running from his past when he receives a letter from Lincoln pleading for help. The President has a secret mission. Pursued from the outset, Joseph turns to the only person who might help, the woman he abandoned years earlier. If he can win Molly over, he might just fulfill the President s urgent request, find his daughter, and maybe even hasten the end of the War.

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TJ Turner is a novelist, a historian, a research scientist, and a Federal Agent. He graduated from Cornell University and as a reserve military officer, he has served three tours in Afghanistan and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal in 2013. His essay about his deployments to Afghanistan―The Power of Teddy Bears―was accepted and read on NPR's This I Believe national essay series. Turner lives in central Ohio, with his wife, Nancy, and three children.

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"In this deft and brilliant reimagining of history, TJ Turner mines the best of old-school detective fiction to bring a wild new version of Lincoln, the Civil War and its aftermath to life. The hero of Lincoln's Bodyguard, Joseph, possesses the scruples of Spade combined with the burning, battered heart of a Heathcliff, yielding a deeply conflicted man on a mission with everything to lose―the last parts of him that make him human. You can count down the days till this one is optioned for the big screen." ―Joe Clifford, best-selling author of Give Up the Dead

"This novel provides a new take on a fascinating question: what would America have been like if Lincoln had lived? T.J. Turner provides an intriguing answer―one that reaffirms something I firmly believe―history matters. This is a delightful romp through an alternate history with an ending that catches you by surprise. It's a fully immersive world that sweeps you in and never lets you go." ―Steve Berry, New York Times best-selling author of The Patriot Threat

"War, politics, love and betrayal combine in a riveting tale that upends history and imagines the America that might have been. Just when you settle into the new post-Civil War order in Lincoln's Bodyguard, TJ Turner delivers plot twists that make the story unstoppable, culminating in an ending no one will see coming. A must read for anyone who ever asked...'What if?'" ―Bob Mayer, New York Times best-selling author of The Green Beret Series

"T.J. Turner's Lincoln's Bodyguard is a rip-snorting thrill ride through an alternate history. Turner makes the 1870's come alive with intricate detail, jarring action, and whiplashing plot twists. A fun read!" ―Matt Coyle, Anthony Award-winning author of Dark Fissures

"Riveting with action and period detail, Lincoln's Bodyguard by T.J. Turner captured me on the first page. From President Abraham Lincoln to security specialist Allan Pinkerton, history comes to fire-breathing life in this tale of treachery and honor, politics and war. Turner is an exciting new voice. May this tale be followed by many more." ―Gayle Lynds, New York Times best-selling author of The Assassins

"With Lincoln's Bodyguard TJ Turner has created an excellent alternative-history thriller that is cleverly envisioned and executed with tight plotting, fascinating characters, and crisp prose." ―DP Lyle, award-winning author of Deep Six

"A remarkable historical novel, based on a reasonable premise: What if Abraham Lincoln's bodyguard had thwarted John Wilkes Booth? Author T. J. Turner explores a post-Civil War America through the eyes of Joseph, the man in the shadow whose job is to protect Lincoln and help save a country still torn apart." ―Jim Satterfield, author of Saving Laura and The River Song

“The plot twists of this imaginative what-if will keep readers guessing.” ―Publishers Weekly

“The core of the story―Joseph’s mission―works just fine on its own terms as a period detective story and an adventure yarn about heroes on the run from deadly pursuit. Joseph’s mission includes characters who would feel at home in a 1930s noir, from a prostitute with a heart of gold to a mysterious assassin who leaves origami calling cards to a series of strangers who help or betray Joseph along the journey. The character’s backstory includes a daughter taken hostage by the Confederate leader who also murdered Joseph’s wife, as well as a knowledge of Underground Railroad stops thanks to his conductor mother." ―Foreword Reviews

"Turner mixes fantasy and actual characters so realistically that it’s difficult to remember where truth ends and fiction begins... You won’t want to put this one down!" ―Pat Avery, Military Writers Society of America

"Civil War buffs will love this page-turner, but the story is involving enough to grip nearly any reader." ―Ithaca Times

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