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The Great Abraham Lincoln Pocket Watch Conspiracy: A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Jacopo della Quercia
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Book Description

This historical thriller is an equal-parts cocktail of action, adventure, science-fiction and comedy. The book follows a globe-trotting President Taft and Robert Todd Lincoln in a race to solve a mystery stretching back to the Civil War and the Lincoln assassination. Based on true events, readers will find themselves swept into a vast conspiracy spanning four continents and three oceans during the turn of the century. Fascinating technologies will be harnessed, dark secrets revealed, true villains exposed, and some of the most famous figures in history will take the stage. With surprises lurking around every corner, and a vast cast of characters to root for, The Great Abraham Lincoln Pocket Watch Conspiracy is a heart-pounding adventure that only history could have made possible.

Editorial Reviews


"One of the best reads of the year" --Ripley's Believe It or Not!

"High concept and high adventure collide in a dizzying and thoroughly riveting story. Insanely entertaining." --Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of Code Zero and Fire & Ash

"Steampunk fans, as well as readers who enjoy their thrillers heavily dosed with humor, will revel in this rollercoaster ride." --Publishers Weekly

"Science fiction, action, adventure, melodrama, comedy, and suspense combine in this delightful steampunk romp cleverly designed to keep readers guessing and the pages turning." --Booklist

"A Jules Vernian thrill ride through American history like I've never experienced -- and I couldn't put it down." --Jason Emerson, author of Lincoln the Inventor and Giant in the Shadows: The Life of Robert T. Lincoln

"The intrigue is exciting but always tinged with a fun silliness, as the presence of the buffoonish Taft keeps the proceedings from growing too dark. That lightness is Conspiracy’s greatest asset." --The A.V. Club

"In his fiction debut, della Quercia imaginatively steampunks a worldwide conspiracy confronting President William Howard Taft, a crisis that threatens the U.S. ... Highlighted by footnotes linking events to news reports in the archives of the New York Times, the narrative moves smoothly, a tale laced with dialogue often incorporating Tom Swift–ian charm and constructed so that techno-wizardry doesn't overwhelm the story. A good-fun entry point into the world of steampunk." --Kirkus Reviews

"The author manipulates history as he spins his outrageously humorous yarn. The result is a frenetic adventure that’s entertaining. ... A fun read that weaves conspiracy theory, mystery, and unimaginable technologies." --The Historical Novel Society

"Get a copy of 'The Great Abraham Lincoln Pocket Watch Conspiracy,' settle in by the fire and prepare for a laugh-out-loud return to those thrilling days of yesteryear. ... This tale is sheer escapist fun." --Washington Times

"A cleverly composed and daring steampunk adventure." --G. D. Falksen, author and historian

"The stuff of potent yet poignantly humanized myth." --Jason Heller, Senior Writer at The A.V. Club, author of Taft 2012, and Hugo Award-winning editor of Clarkesworld

About the Author

JACOPO DELLA QUERCIA is an educator and history writer who has authored more than 100 articles for the comedy website His work has been featured in the New York Times bestseller You Might Be a Zombie and Other Bad NewsBBC AmericaCNN MoneyReader's DigestThe Huffington PostRipley's Believe It Or Not!, Playboy's The Smoking Jacket, CBS's Man Cave Daily, and Princeton University's Electronic Bulletin of the Dante Society of America, among others.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1223 KB
  • Print Length: 397 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (August 5, 2014)
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HY03FN8
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
"What could this pocketwatch, or for that matter, your father's assassination, have to do with the recent passing of Halley's Comet?" President Taft asks Robert Todd Lincoln, in a line that is only one of several possible in-roads to best explain this novel, a conspiracy cake with extra frosting (and another cake on top for good measure) which gives you the impression of hearing a particularly rousing lecture on the Secret History of America by a professor sporting a tinfoil hat and a subscription to Amazing Stories. Granted, while some pacing could've kept things from going bumper-to-bumper toward the end, the pile up waiting there has its own goofy charm.
The story, in its (very) broadest sense, involves said President Taft as a two-fisted pulp hero, on a continent-spanning alternate history adventure rife with airships, (fistfights) robots, (fistfights) poison plots, shady schemings, and the nefarious (fistfights) Mystery Man of Europe.
Crack a history book (or just keep Wikipedia open) as half the fun is deciphering where the author's scholarship ends (period-era documents and real life figures abound) and his own imagination begins. There are indeed cases where the reader will be surprised which is which.
It's a sometimes reckless blend of darkness and farce - heartfelt loss and wicked revelation share space with delightfully moustache twirling lines like "While I am impressed you felled our android and discovered our experiment in Alaska, I attribute that more to our failings than your mental faculties!" - but the author more or less manages to walk the tightrope between the two.
For those who take their history with a little superscience, a lot of conspiracy and of course, a fistfight or two, you'll find your own mental faculties well suited to this boisterous, invigorating adventure.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I couldn't put it down October 10, 2014
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I absolutely loved this book, both as a history lover and a book lover.

From a historical perspective, the amount of time and research spent on writing this book is astounding. Considering that the era in which the book takes place ( the Taft presidency) isn't necessarily written about often, the amount I learned from this book's real world tie in events lead me to a whole new perspective on the era. From business moguls and European despots, Quercia does a fantastic job of not only teaching what went down, but gives a sense of the historical perspective in which it takes place, bringing these events to life right before your eyes at one of the most unique times in both American and global history.

From a fiction standpoint, the book is a real page turner. The fact that I couldn't put it down and read it in a day and a half ( I admit, I put everything else on hold from page 10) is a true testament to the author's ability to almost effortlessly throw the reader off guard, constantly wondering what will happen next. From the larger than life characters of Robert Lincoln, President Taft and the always rough-and-ready Col. Roosevelt to the lesser known characters, Quercia's ability to not only have the characters become dynamic but to speak with their own unique voices in an exciting and fast paced novel merits a worth inclusion on any bookshelf.

I highly recommend getting the paper version of this book as you will want to take it everywhere and leave today's world behind for this high action version of turn of the century history.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Engrossing and silly. Bully! August 11, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
This book had been popping up in my news feed on Facebook, as well as on Twitter for the past few days; the Twitter part is explained by the fact that I follow the author and he'd retweet any time someone mentioned reading his book. Since most of the places it would pop up on Facebook was on more than one of the steampunk pages I follow, I decided to give this book a shot; picked it up yesterday (August 10, 2014) and finished it tonight.

I vastly enjoyed this book. For me, I found it to be well paced and well written. I will also admit I did like the fact that the author included footnotes when he referred to certain sources; a nice touch which helped ground the historical base of this book nicely. The touches of science-fiction felt almost plausible considering the time period and tech used.

It's silly, it's fun, and definitely worth a read.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A fine try but just outside the strike zone August 11, 2014
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This is a steampunk novel dated sometime around 1910/11. Robert Taft is President and one of his advisers is Lincoln’s last remaining son Robert Todd Lincoln. The President and his Secret Service staff fly around in a Zeppelin, piloted by a US Navy Captain. Taft’s wife is known as Madame President to all and is the real power ‘behind the throne’ except that she’s usually right out front.

Two things makes steampunk difficult to write, 1) you must understand the historical realities of the time you’re writing about, 2) clear vision of where and how time diverges from the ‘normal’ timeline. In this case the story goes all the way back to the end of the Civil War when Lincoln was assassinated. That night Robert stayed home and in the morning he found his father’s new ‘special’ pocket watch that didn’t need to be wound but ran all by itself.

Quercia has tried to make this book into a mystery and comedy, but neither of them seems to work. Much of the comedy is of the “Monty Python” style of irreverence but to my mind comes over as silly. Farce is a fine line and it is much too sophomoric unless he planned this to be a YA (young adult) book. There is a scene with a “Taft” automaton that ends up wrecking half the White House that just doesn’t work right, as is the prior car crash into the WH portico.

At some points the book turns serious and this works even less well than the comedic bumblings of the Secret Service. There is a group of anarchists that are trying to eliminate the US government by kidnapping Taft’s oldest son. The bad guys seem to have unlimited resources in money and manpower led by a man who in that time was known as the ‘mystery man of Europe’. The mystery man made his fortune selling weapons to all sides in the Balkans and South Africa.
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More About the Author

Jacopo della Quercia is an educator and history writer who has authored more than 100 articles for the comedy website His work has been featured on BBC America, CNN Money, The Huffington Post, Reader's Digest, Ripley's Believe It Or Not!, Slate, and academic resources offered by Princeton University, Brigham Young University, and George Mason University. His writing can be found alongside his fellow Cracked writers in the New York Times best-selling book 'You Might Be a Zombie and Other Bad News,' and its follow-up 'The De-Textbook.'

Jacopo also has academic experience, having taught classes on Renaissance literature, art, and history since 2006. He has delivered lectures on Machiavellian political psychology at institutions such as New York University and has hosted workshops on creative writing with the International Screenwriters' Association and at the Mark Twain House & Museum.

'The Great Abraham Lincoln Pocket Watch Conspiracy' is Jacopo's debut novel, and it is dedicated to students and teachers of history everywhere.

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