Land of Wolves finds Joseph Foster with Molly as they settle into a new-found life in the hills of Tennessee. But Abraham Lincoln’s former bodyguard, the man who saved the President’s life, cannot escape the Consortium as they come roaring back, killing his mother, abducting his daughter—all to coerce his Congressional testimony on their behalf.Instead, Joseph and Molly stLand of Wolves finds Joseph Foster with Molly as they settle into a new-found life in the hills of Tennessee. But Abraham Lincoln’s former bodyguard, the man who saved the President’s life, cannot escape the Consortium as they come roaring back, killing his mother, abducting his daughter—all to coerce his Congressional testimony on their behalf.Instead, Joseph and Molly strike the Consortium in their own safe haven of New York City. In a Bonnie and Clyde-like twist, they rob from the Consortium to draw out their leader—General Dorsey. But the hidden plan reveals more than they counted on, exposing the true intention to steal the Black Hills and the gold underneath from the Lakota Sioux. Land of Wolves traverses the American landscape, where only a full reconciliation with Joseph’s native heritage and a cast of characters ripped from history—including Lincoln—can bring true peace and stop General Dorsey and the evil Industrial Consortium....
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Land of Wolves: The Return of Lincoln's Bodyguard Reviews
I would like to thank NetGalley, Oceanview Publishing, and TJ Turner for the ARC of "Land Of Wolves:The Return of Lincoln's Bodyguard" for my honest review. The genres of this novel are General Fiction, Adult Fiction, Historical Fiction and Alternative Fiction. The author writes that he has done historical research during this period, It seems that the author used Poetic License to change some names, and dates to accommodate the story line. In this novel, a question is asked. "What if President Abraham Lincoln had lived the assassination attempt, how would history be changed?"From the blurb,"What would have America looked like if Lincoln lived?" Joseph Foster, the former president's body guard and his wife Molly are still living near Lincoln and children. Lincoln has resigned as president.In this timeline, it is after the Civil War, and Johnson is president. The Consortium, or the Confederation of Industrial Barons is taking over and seeking wealth. Their power is evident in Congress, and they want to see President Johnson impeached. The people involved with the Consortium are dangerous and threaten, kidnap and kill to achieve their goals. Joseph's daughter is kidnapped, and his mother is killed by members of the Consortium who want to manipulate him in helping them with their goals. Joseph is half Indian and often associate himself with wolves. This is the second book in a series. The characters are complicated. The plot is complicated. Although it could be a stand alone, I found myself trying to piece certain information together. There is adventure, bloodshed, fighting with the Consortium and there are descriptive battles with the Indians. I found certain parts of the book confusing, and I had a hard time envisioning this version of Lincoln. There are some intriguing parts of this book.
[Note: This book was provided free of charge by Edelweiss/Ingram Publisher Services. All thoughts and opinions are my own.]This book is not good. It is at least in the bottom five books I have read about Abraham Lincoln of all time, and that is including the awful revisionist history that claimed to write about the "real Lincoln" and the terrible tie-in to the excellent 2012 Lincoln biopic. In fact, this book has a lot to do with that terrible book on "the real Lincoln" , in that it is a deliberately revisionist book that paints Lincoln in a bad light while pretending to be sympathetic to him. It is the worst sort of hatchet job, in that the novelist is not good enough at making an exciting plot to be a writer of the west on the level of, say, a Louis L'Amour, but at the same time is not good enough at dealing with Progressive politics and revisionist history to have made something as compelling as The Ox-Bow Incident. This is a book that tries to be both a page turning but fairly brainless action thriller and a high-concept revisionist history and fails on both counts.The plot of this more than 300 page novel is somewhat confusing. The book is set in an alternate time zone where Abraham Lincoln survived the assassination attempt in Ford's Theater, only he resigned some years later and was found to have had a mulatto daughter by a black mistress. Meanwhile, his half-American Indian bodyguard is trying to settle down himself only he keeps on finding the womenfolk in his life being killed or kidnapped in brutal ways by an evil cartel known as The Consortium. Somehow the bodyguard and Lincoln, known throughout as the "Old Man," find themselves traveling from place to place trying to clear their name and stop the evil corporate machine from taking over the West, spending some time speaking in front of Congress, robbing some banks in New York, and hobnobbing with the Sioux in the Dakotas. The author is so incompetent at writing a compelling narrative that he resorts to two MacGuffins, one of them a ledger that details the corruption of the Consortium that the book's villain happens to be looking for and somehow lost in one of the improbable bank robberies, and the other the bodyguard's daughter, who ends up having her thumbs cut off and is kidnapped some half a dozen times in this book it seems.This is a book where the author's attempt to do more ends up doing less for the reader. The author could have decided to write a straight up revisionist history in the vein of Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee, and while that book would have been terrible, it would have been able to be evaluated on historical and social and political grounds. Alternatively, the author could have focused on writing a good adventure novel with believable characters and an excellent plot. Unfortunately, the book's political angles and its terrible characterization of the book's white men in particular actively hinder enjoyment of the book, while the book's interest incompetence as a story make its political opinions even more ridiculous. When your film does a worse job at presenting Abraham Lincoln in a plausible fashion than Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, you are doing a terrible job. This is an author that should stick to something that does not involve history, as this novel is an atrocity. If not the worst book of all time, it may be the worst novel about Abraham Lincoln that I have ever read, and that is no mean achievement.  See, for example:https://edgeinducedcohesion.blog/2010...https://edgeinducedcohesion.blog/2017...https://edgeinducedcohesion.blog/2017...https://edgeinducedcohesion.blog/2017...https://edgeinducedcohesion.blog/2017...
It is rare for me to give 5 stars to a book, but this tale deserved every one of them. While this is the second in a series, and I'd not read the first, it Could be a stand alone novel. That said, I will be purchasing the first - Lincoln's Bodyguard. TJ Turner knows how to spin a yarn, exploring characters while grounding them in the years around America's Civil War. I enjoyed his "what if" alternative history premise. Excellent.
Turner's alternate history novel, Lincoln's Bodyguard, is based on an alternate history in which Lincoln was not assassinated by John Wilkes Booth. I enjoyed the historical content. The book was well-written, the characters complex and well-developed, and the plot fast-moving and suspenseful. This sequel to Lincoln's Bodyguard I found more suspenseful and interesting than even the original. I read the two back-to-back and found them both suspense, fast-paced, well-written and well-researched with complex well-developed characters.
I had a lot of fun reading this book. I normally get annoyed with the pace of the story, but this was paced perfectly. The infusion of Native American lore, Civil War politics, and alternative Reconstruction history with real historical figures was really, really fun to read. I like how everything and everyone did not come out unsinged by the plot's fire--that's how real life is!
4.5/5.oWow, what an interesting twist on historical events! Read full review in the 2017 November issue of InD'tale Magazine.
First I'd like to thank TJ for his service as right now he's serving in Afghanistan.Turner’s Land of Wolves, a sequel to Lincoln’s Bodyguard is a fast-paced, page-turning, heart-wrencher. His protagonist, Joseph and his love interest and partner Molly are unforgettable and his other characters are all absolute gems and his use of a historically accurate narrative gives a certain authenticity to the novel. His portrayals of the battles for political power and the fight for the Native American’s lands are pulse-pounding, dark and play out perfectly for his story. In Turner’s own words he calls his novels “Revisionist History”, I call them masterpieces and if we knew then what we know now perhaps it could have been called facts. Bravo TJ for another amazing piece of storytelling.SUMMARY:After Joseph Foster and Molly Ferguson foil the Consortium’s plot to have Lincoln killed they along with the old man (Lincoln) and his daughter, Emeline, go to Tennessee to hide and hopefully put down roots. But its deadly clear the Consortium’s not done with them when they send Joseph a message in the form of his dying mother who tells Joseph they have his daughter Aurora. Wracked with guilt and rage Joseph needs to find Aurora and enact revenge on this political monster but Molly won’t let him go alone so together they set off on yet another dangerous journey. Hopefully they’ll find Aurora and survive to finally settle down to marry and enjoy a life they’ve so long been denied, but who knows what the Land Of Wolves has in store for them.
I read an advance copy of this novel. What a treat! This is a fascinating look at an alternative history, and also digs deeply into how we choose (or don't!) to manage our emotions, and the consequences of doing so. Vivid writing, fast paced, well written. I highly recommend!