Abe Lincoln: Public Enemy No. 1 by Bill Walker & Brian Anthony
Abraham Lincoln was a great President, self-taught, lawyer and statesman. So, why would anyone want to kill him? Freeing the slaves, creating a better unity between the North and the South Abraham Lincoln stood for the hopes of all Americans and wanted everyone to enjoy the land, the fruits of their own labor and live free. Premonitions, dreams and visions can cloud your judgment or alert you to something that might happen in your future. Some dreams haunt you and flash back to your past or events you choose to forget while others might forewarn you that something in your future might change you present. Lincoln was on his way to the Ford Theater to attend a performance with his wife Mary Todd Lincoln. But something in his speech, demeanor and actions let her know and others too that something was wrong. Entering the theater and greeted by those present no one would believe that events that would follow or that the course of history was about to change. Writing the Gettysburg address and delivering it and the Emancipation Proclamation you can hear his deep voice, feel his presence and understand why he was so revered by most people. But, John Wilkes Booth had his own thoughts about this April evening and would create an ending to the play being viewed that would change history, change the lives of so many and the direction of the United States forever. Walking into the theater, able to convince those at the door to give him entrance, he carefully searched for the right place, right moment and angle to eliminate the one man that stood for equality and freedom for all: Abraham Lincoln. But, not every thing goes according to plan and although Lincoln was fatally shot in the head, and declared dead the next morning what transpired next will rock the world of the politicians in charge, hide the truth from the citizens of the United States and create one of the biggest cover-ups in history. Declared dead by young Dr. Leale, imagine what happens when Lincoln decides to take another breath, show signs of life and refuses to remain dead. Abraham Lincoln: Public Enemy Number One: You won’t believe why and you will be astounded as to how!
Politicians back in 1865 are not any different than they are now. What would happen if they declared him alive? How would that undermine what they were trying to do? How could they run the government, put forth their new policies and allow anyone to think that Lincoln was alive? Andrew Johnson, the new President, although a poor substitute and choice for any office, no less President, made his viewpoints and thoughts crystal clear when presented to him by Lincoln’s cabinet. One man, his Secretary of State disagreed with what they wanted to do but had no choice but to agree. But, even John Wilkes Booth was not sure that his plan would work and even he needed some help. Going to a man called the notorious Chicken Man, the local voodoo practitioner; he was able to get something special to help him with his task. But, this man’s granddaughter would become a catalyst in his plan and when the truth behind Lincoln’s death comes to light and this man feels his part in it, it takes Hannah, his granddaughter to try and right this wrong. Not everything is what it seems and when those in charge decide to keep his death a secret, take care of him while he sleeps what happens is quite remarkable. Hoping to right what she thinks is a wrong, Hannah connects with Lincoln in his dreams and shares many stories relating to both of their lives bringing them closer and helping readers learn more about this great man. The vivid descriptions, the dialogue and the events are so graphically depicted you can see Lincoln walking with this tall black hat, straight posture and hear his deep voice as he holds Hannah’s hands while walking.
For over 68 years Lincoln slept in a deep sleep or coma, his body never aging and his limbs did not atrophy. But, his first vision and his first words as he awakens strikes a scary chord with the nurse watching over him and brings more than just a smile to the FBI agent assigned to protect him. But, what do you do with a President that has been declared dead, comes alive and wants his old job back? What do you do when you are placed in another decade, time period and have nowhere to go? What happens when those in charge turn a deaf ear to your thoughts and won’t allow you to help regain what they seem to be losing? What happens next is quite compelling as we visit the White House, enter the Oval Office and meet FDR along with Lincoln, hear their voices, rise, understand their viewpoints and realize that Mr. Lincoln was now considered you might say old school, obsolete or better yet should stay dead. Not wanting him to be anywhere near the White House, and alerting J. Edgar Hoover of the dilemma, instead of taking him back home, he gets kidnapped by the FBI, threatened by Hoover and forced to take action on his own. So, why would Lincoln take out an FBI agent, deal with another and escape the FBI? Where would he go? Before leaving the White House, FDR’s houseman Mac, hands him a paper with a name and address on it in case he needs help.
Walking the tracks, finding Teddy and his wife, getting new clothes did not change what was going to happen next. Learning more about the fate of his family, the fact that his son Robert watched over him for so long, left him money and wanted to make sure he would have enough to live on if he ever woke up, Lincoln hopes to regain his money but instead meets another obstacle and is once again forced to take action that goes against his true nature but survival is his goal. Just what happens when the President of the United States is homeless, jobless and has nowhere to go? Things began to change as he met many people along the way but Lincoln was determined to regain what the government took away from him. So, why not join up with some bank robbers work with them, rob the banks and hopefully take back what he considered his. Reaching Chicago and realizing that the fortune left to him by his son was taken away many would think would not constitute the events that transpire. With the help of some notorious criminals Abe becomes more than just a bank robber but Public Enemy Number One with class, finesse and often striking a dashing pose. With the FBI on his tail, agent Melvin Purvis in more than just hot pursuit of him, our 16th President takes on a whole new appearance, new name and makes some unique and everlasting friendships. A young boy named Charlie who ran away from his abusive father befriends Abe at a hobo camp where he is treated with respect. Going back to Washington, hoping to find Hannah Wheelhouse, the Chicken Man’s granddaughter and the girl in his dreams, Lincoln hopes to pursue a new life even in the present. But, things do not always go as planned when he meets and hooks up with one of the most famous bank robbers in the world John Dillinger. Just why Dillinger took them as hostages and made them part of his gang is quite remarkable. How could anyone not love Abe Lincoln and why not use this connection to get back his money. Things heat up every time they rob a bank, add new members to their gang and then something changes it all when Lincoln is introduced to woman named Judith. Just what will his fate be and will Hoover and his minions finally take down Abe for the second time?
Melvin Purvis had a mission and a job to do and with the aid of Hannah Wheelhouse he just might succeed. Would Lincoln ever rest in peace? A shot in the wrong direction could that be the reason he is still alive? A fatal shot takes the life of someone dear to Lincoln, changes his perspective, caused him to make a decision what would alter the present, the past and possibly the future. A betrayal that no one sees coming and an ending that will give readers much pause for thought as these two brilliant authors leave you wondering and asking the question: Just where is President Lincoln? What is his real fate and will we get to hear him recite the Gettysburg Address if he comes back again? Take a trip back in time with authors Bill Walker and Brian Anthony and relive that moment when John Wilkes Booth pulled the trigger on the Derringer and supposedly killed our beloved 16th President. The research is quite extensive and those we meet when we travel back are some of the most notorious outlaws that many people today would have loved to meet back then. Hear the voice of Frank Nitti, Baby Face Nelson and listen as John Dillinger plans and plots the bank robberies and learn what really happens when someone so desperate to find a place in the present is shunned, scorned and displaced because most believe he belongs in the past. President Lincoln: Let’s dedicate this to his memory, his work, his presidency and to FREEDOM!
Fran Lewis: Reviewer