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President Lincoln's Secret Paperback – July 1, 2009

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Set in 1863, Wilson's melodramatic sequel to President Lincoln's Spy finds Col. Thomas Fitzgerald Dunaway and his outspoken new bride, Asia, embarking on a spy mission for President Lincoln after a suspicious explosion at the DuPont Works, a gunpowder factory, in Wilmington, Del. Royal January, an actor who's literally crossed swords with a drunken John Wilkes Booth, and Royal's actress sister, Victoria, are Confederate sympathizers involved in a devious plot against the Union army. Asia's half-brother, Robert Owen, has fallen in love with the beautiful but amoral Victoria and joined the rebel cause. The disappearance of the Januarys' associate, Professor Phillip Abbott, who knows the secrets of the Union's ironclads, sends the Dunaways on a Canadian sleigh chase, one of the highlights of this over-the-top romantic thriller, which might have benefited from more Lincoln cameos. (July)
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 313 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington; 1 edition (July 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0758232144
  • ISBN-13: 978-0758232144
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 0.9 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,970,326 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on July 1, 2009
Format: Paperback
In 1863, the explosion at a DuPont Works gunpowder factory in Wilmington worries the President that southern sympathizers sabotaged the plant. To insure it does not happen again, he sends Colonel Thomas Fitzgerald Dunaway to investigate the incident. Thomas' new wife Asia accompanies him on his mission.

In Wilmington, sibling actors Royal and Victoria January support the Confederacy. They have put together a brilliant plan to disrupt the Union. Meanwhile Asia's half-brother Robert Owen loves Victoria and to win her hand he joins their cause; promising to spy on his brother-in-law. As the Dunaways follow clues, they fear time is running out on them as they anticipate a more terrible sabotage on the Delaware city; especially when ironclads expert rebel supporter Professor Phillip Abbott vanishes.

The fun sequel to PRESIDENT LINCOLN'S SPY is an enjoyable Civil War thriller that has the spy couple in Delaware and Canada trying to prevent a bigger terrorist attack. The story line is fast-paced from the explosive opening and never slows down though the plausibility of some of the exciting action is questionable. Although the president makes less appearances than in the first book, fans will enjoy Steven Wilson's enjoyable espionage thriller as I Spy has become We Spy.

Harriet Klausner
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Format: Paperback
President Lincoln needs someone to investigate an explosion at an ammunition dump in Delaware and then to search for an important scientist that has disappeared. The President turns to Colonel Dunaway who has been wounded and is convalescing in Washington, D.C. Was the explosion an accident? Was it an act of sabotage by Southern sympathizers? What does the disappearance of Phillip Abbott have anything to do with the explosion? Has Abbott been kidnapped or has he gone to the other side freely? These are the questions that Colonel Dunaway and his wife must seek answers to as they travel from Delaware to Quebec City to New York City and back to Washington D.C. Will the answers that they find expose a peril to the Union and will they find all of the answers in time?

Steven Wilson has done an excellent job of bringing a little known part of the Civil War to the pages of President Lincoln's Secret. Most of us recognize the names of the major battles of the Civil War and maybe even some of the skirmishes that took place close to where we live, but little is known by the general public about the secret wars that took place between the secret agents or spies of both sides. Mr. Wilson takes us into this dark side of the war and gives us a view of how it may have operated. His characters are realistic and the reader comes to understand why they are on the side that they are. Through this story Mr. Wilson shows how the country was split with Col. Dunaway being from Tennessee and his wife's brother being a southern sympathizer. The reader also gets a glimpse of Lincoln and his Cabinet and the give and take in their meetings. Being the Assistant Director of the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum, Mr.
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