"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
Seven years after saving the President, Joseph Foster still needs the whiskey to ward off the demons. On the rare nights he hasn't consumed enough alcohol, he remembers the promise made to his dying wife. But it was a vow he couldn't keep, no matter how many men he killed in its pursuit. His daughter is out of reach, stolen to avenge the failed assassination, and the President has forsaken him, blaming Joseph for the simmering insurgency that grips the country and traps the Old Man in the gilded cage of the Presidency. Joseph is haunted, and not even the legends of his Lumbee Indian ancestors offer guidance.
Joseph is still running from his past when a letter arrives. The President needs the only person he can trust for one last favor. Joseph must travel to the Deep South, where he is still a wanted man, and bring back Lincoln's mistress—his pregnant, black mistress. Getting in is easy, but Joseph soon finds himself pursued by an unknown assassin bent on revenge for something deep in the past. To make it home Joseph must use the skills he learned as a conductor on the Underground Railroad and everything his mother taught him from her Lumbee Indian ancestry. Ultimately, nothing can truly prepare him for the politics swirling around him, where powerful industrial barons maintain the simmering state of war through the hated Draft—a system designed to punish former Confederates by forcing their children into northern factories. When Joseph discovers that the barons seek the President's mistress for their own agenda, he must choose between winning redemption from the only father figure he ever had, finding the kidnapped daughter he hasn't seen in seven years, or ending the strife raking the country. Will he still be Lincoln's bodyguard?
"The plot twists of this imaginative what-if will keep readers guessing."
—Publishers Weekly (read the full review)
"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 of The Assassins
"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 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 bestselling author 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 and Macavity Awards finalist and author of Yesterday's Echo and, the upcoming, Night Tremors
"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, Bestselling author of Lamentation
"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
"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 the Samantha Cody and Dub Walker thriller series
Oceanview Publishing, hardcover, April 2015, ISBN: 9781608091430