Lincoln's Bodyguard


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About Lincoln's Bodyguard

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. The biracial son of a white man and Miami Indian mother, 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. 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.


"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 bestselling author

"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 bestselling author

"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 bestselling author

"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 and Macavity Awards finalist

"The plot twists of this imaginative what-if will keep readers guessing." —Publishers Weekly

"...Civil War buffs will love this page-turner, but the story is involving enough to grip nearly any reader. It also passes a popular feminist test (for films, but whatever) in that it features a woman who does a lot more than just get rescued. Lincoln fans will also appreciate Turner’s characterization of him and enjoy his alternate fate." —Ithaca Times