The Great Abraham Lincoln Pocket Watch Conspiracy

This historical thriller is an equal parts cocktail of action, adventure, science fiction and comedy The book follows a globe trotting President Taft and Robert Todd Lincoln in a race to solve a mystery stretching back to the Civil War and the Lincoln assassination Based on true events, readers will find themselves swept into a vast conspiracy spanning four continents anThis historical thriller is an equal parts cocktail of action, adventure, science fiction and comedy The book follows a globe trotting President Taft and Robert Todd Lincoln in a race to solve a mystery stretching back to the Civil War and the Lincoln assassination Based on true events, readers will find themselves swept into a vast conspiracy spanning four continents and three oceans during the turn of the century Fascinating technologies will be harnessed, dark secrets revealed, true villains exposed, and some of the most famous figures in history will take the stage With surprises lurking around every corner, and a vast cast of characters to root for, Jacopo della Quercia s The Great Abraham Lincoln Pocket Watch Conspiracy is a heart pounding adventure that only history could have made possible.
The Great Abraham Lincoln Pocket Watch Conspiracy This historical thriller is an equal parts cocktail of action adventure science fiction and comedy The book follows a globe trotting President Taft and Robert Todd Lincoln in a race to solve a myste

  • Title: The Great Abraham Lincoln Pocket Watch Conspiracy
  • Author: Jacopo della Quercia
  • ISBN: 9781250025715
  • Page: 306
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. I'm not entirely sure I would've even heard about this book had the author not followed me on twitter and told me about it. That lead to the single greatest read of the current decade, in my braggadocious opinion. This world is full of people who confuse opinion for fact. I am one of those people. If you don't read this book you are wrong. If you read it and don't like it then go drink some scotch until you have the courage to confront your parents for failing you.The opening chapter, while cont [...]

    2. Entertaining read! Packed with fascinating history, TGALPC chugs along at a brisk pace. I laughed out loud during several scenes and was introduced to a lot of history I'd like to read up on. That said, the action sequences were rough and I wasn't always clear on who was doing what, and I'll admit Archie/Wilkie/Lincoln sometimes blurred together for me. I definitely enjoyed this book, and would recommend to readers looking for sharp comedy in their history.

    3. The Great Abraham Lincoln Pocket Watch Conspiracy by Jacopo della Quercia is a gem. The novel is a historical/mystery/thriller/steampunk/fantasy adventure that not only encompasses all of these genres, but blends them effortlessly into a dish that you will both devour an savor. I first came upon Jacopo della Quercia's writing in the novel "License to Quill", a James Bond and Shakespeare blend (pick it up! pick it up!) and enjoyed that novel so much I went looking for his prior tales. This at tim [...]

    4. themaineedge/buzz/the-Alternate history has long been a mainstay in the realm of speculative fiction. History is rich with tipping points, pivotal people and actions whose impacts resonate long after they’ve become memory. Writers have been using simple “what if” questions to imagine wholly different worlds – worlds similar to, but not exactly like our own – for generations.But none of them has had quite as much fun as Jacopo della Quercia.His debut novel is "The Great Abraham Lincoln [...]

    5. Couldn't put it down. Liked how the author included references to news articles of events happening during the time of his story to link it into history.

    6. I picked this book out at the library because my 2015 book challenge included reading a book based solely on the cover, and I thought this cover looked intriguing. In terms of genres, this book is on the border of steampunk and sci-fi (robots and zeppelins are involved), but I might still recommend it to my sister (who is not a sci-fi fan) because the story ensures the characters are more important than the technology. I think the author did some really clever things with this book in terms of w [...]

    7. This book had been popping up in my news feed on Facebook, as well as on Twitter for the past few days; the Twitter part is explained by the fact that I follow the author and he'd retweet any time someone mentioned reading his book. Since most of the places it would pop up on Facebook was on more than one of the steampunk pages I follow, I decided to give this book a shot; picked it up at the bookstore yesterday (August 10, 2014) and finished it tonight.I vastly enjoyed this book. For me, I foun [...]

    8. I'm a Brit with only a passing understanding of who President Taft was, yet having completed this first novel by Mr Jacopo Della Quercia I find myself hoping that he was in some way like he's been written here.Steampunk is not a genre I'm overly familiar with either, yet I can guarantee that any reader can pick this up and immediately feel drawn into the twists and turns of the story. It has something for everyone.Some of the situations into which the writer drops his characters are nothing shor [...]

    9. If I were to pick one word to describe this it would be "careening". Because that's what the reader does throughout the story. It feels like a non-stop careen complete with disaster and ridiculousness. I loved every minute, obviously. The characters were engaging and just plain fun. I can't really put into words the how and why, but this was a joy to read. Recommend.

    10. Well that was certainly a lot of fun. Alternate history with a very small smidgen of truth. Very small. I can hardly wait to read License to Quill.

    11. Like most others on this site, the author, Jacopo della Quercia, followed me on Twitter after I followed Cracked. I returned the favor and began to see numerous tweets about his upcoming book. I first thought of some dude writing his novel at Starbucks that would be crap and no one would wanna read. I'm not sure why, but I did. However, after I read some of the online chapters and was totally shocked and captivated, I bought it. And my gosh, this is the most purely fun book I've ever read. You h [...]

    12. One problem that might plague the readers of Cracked is judging the novels from regular site contributors based on how they feel about the site. So far, I would describe the Cracked writers' novels that I've read as "Good, not great." This book, on the other hand, was great. Although Jacopo della Quercia, like his Cracked cohorts, cannot resist throwing in a couple of jokes from the site, they actually fit really well with the storyline.Historical fiction can be quite difficult. Unlike alternati [...]

    13. This review and others are available on my blog. The Great Abraham Lincoln Pocket Watch Conspiracy: A Novel is a globetrotting, historical, steampunk extravaganza that transverses continents and straddles two centuries. Jacopo della Quercia has constructed a good old-fashioned adventure story out of detailed historical research complete with footnotes and a giddy sense of fun.President William Howard Taft and Robert Todd Lincoln find themselves embroiled in a conspiracy stretching back to the Li [...]

    14. Smart, funny, crazy, and fast paced. A mixture of fantasy and historical reality with a fantastic cast of characters, President Taft and all his heft at the center. I can’t even explain all the wonderful elements at work here because some things would be considered spoilers. Here’s a few early tidbits that should get you engaged enough to snag a copy of this book:--Taft’s first appearance is in an underground boxing club. --Taft and his entourage fly around in a zeppelin that’s supposed [...]

    15. Three and a half, rounded up to four for the excellent final chapters which turned around a slow-burning steam punk adventure into a full blown action romp with a few twists to boot. It seems no writer from Cracked can publish a book that I won't enjoy. First "John Dies at the End" by the incredible David Wong. Then, "Notes from the Internet Apocalypse" by the awesome Wayne Gladstone. And now Jacopo Della Quercia, another of my favorite columnists, publishes a novel so full of love for history t [...]

    16. This book moves at breakneck speed though, having read License to Quill first, found this one harder to keep up with in terms of what was actually happening and who the players were. With that though, the humor was hysterical and the antics amazingly crazy in a good, quirky way, but it would take me a few re-readings to actually understanding everything that was happening. I value the hard work in research and development of this complicated text and his translation into a great steampunk romp i [...]

    17. This book is from the imagination of a history professor who has also contributed to Cracked. So what you have is a high concept alternate history sci-fi thriller, with William Howard Taft and Robert Todd Lincoln at the center, trying to thwart a plot to destroy America. Della Quercia weaves actual history (the book is heavily footnoted) with silly adventures and wrinkles, as you learn more about the influence of Taft's wife and other historical figures who rubbed elbows with the behemoth chief [...]

    18. Quite simply one of the most entertaining books I've read in ages. You can't go into it too seriously, because the premise is absolutely bonkers. Della Quercia plays it straight, however, and that is this book's saving grace. Had it been played as farce it would have quickly fallen apart. He also clearly went to great lengths to research the era; actual historical events permeate and dovetail nicely with the story, surrounding it with a concrete sense of reality that helps the suspension of disb [...]

    19. Alternate History of the Presidency of William Taft. A humorous adventure featuring Taft and Robert Lincoln (Abraham Lincoln's Son) as the try to unravel the mystery of a pocket watch Lincoln possessed the day he was assassinated. The adventure takes them across the world to Alaska, the Skull and Bones hideaway at Yale, the Congo, and even aboard the Titanic. A wonderful cast of historical characters have to keep the bumbling and rotund Taft out of harms way at every turn. Fans of 'steampunk' an [...]

    20. I took a chance on this book because I'm a big history fan, and especially anything concerning Abraham Lincoln.Now while this book doesn't focus much on Lincoln himself, it does introduce us to a new overlooked political figure and new action hero, William Howard Taft.Yes, President Taft, that one.What a great romp through history. Science, action, intrigue, historical figures. I love the inclusion of Tesla and Conrad. Very well researched and pieced together. I can't find anything not to like i [...]

    21. Always a fan of writing involving our "lesser known" presidents, I was excited at the idea of a book focusing on Taft (or, as he's called in my circles, "Bathtub President"). Everything just works in this story: the real-life characters, the humor, the steampunk element, the drama and, of course, Agent Wilkie. Taft is usually presented as a blundering fool, as he's always compared with Roosevelt, and he has his silly moments also in this book; but della Quercia also manages to present a pleasant [...]

    22. Fabulous first novel. I was introduced to the author via Cracked, like many others, and I had a copy of the book sitting on my shelf for almost a year. My only regret is not reading it sooner so I could be on my second read by now. I don't want to spoil anything, because every last detail is a real surprise, especially if one is familiar with historical events, and Jacopo not only pays an enormous attention to detail, but he also does it in a very clever way: by being funny. A real page-turner, [...]

    23. At last! An adventure involving America's greatest (literally!) President and Trustbuster, dearest to Augustans' hearts as Augusta (that's in Georgia) was dear to him. And none other than his dashing and ill-fated military aide, Major Archibald Butt, at his side, commanding his airship! Throw in Abe Lincoln's son, Robert, a hard-boiled Secret Service chief with a fondness for Havana cigars, Dr. Tesla, the House of Morgan, and the Guggenheim trust and you have the recipe for a ripping steampunk y [...]

    24. Brilliant. I kept on not expecting to like this as much as I really, really did. Steampunk 1910s madness featuring characters you remember from your history class (and not just Americans), madcap laugh-out-loud humor and frankly inpsired storytelling in a way you would only expect from a Cracked author. Some parts of this were beautifully absurd in a way I haven't seen since Catch-22 or Hitchhiker's Guide. The author fills the story with all sorts of bits of reality, providing footnotes with sou [...]

    25. I'm going through a phase where if a book has more than three words in the title (the/of not included), it automatically ends up in my to-read pile (I blame you, The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared. So glad I fished this one out! Steampunk, science and history - three of my favourite topics (to read about in one entertaining read.

    26. This book is amazing, if you love early 20th century American history, steampunk, or other of those elements in a book. The twists and turns in this book are part of what made me love it, since the end of every page led to another mystery beginning. Jacopo Della Quercia knows his history and it really shows in this novel, with many characters from history coming to life, both famous and obscure ones. Some characters that show up in the novel include President William Howard Taft, Robert Todd Lin [...]

    27. An uneven - well, beyond uneven, jagged really, like broken glass - mars a great concept and some kick-ass characters. I think another term might be "heavy handed" - I could never lose the sense that the author's fingers were wrapped around each and every character, making them talk, walk, swear - and fight, lots of fighting - without any clear idea of what was going to happen next. That made for some confusing reading. There may have been some master plot design to the whole book - but it still [...]

    28. A very fun read. Cleverly written as the author takes you with a globetrotting President Taft and companion Robert Lincoln fighting unknown terrorists, to cameos by Nikola Tesla, Thomas Edison, J.P. Morgan, and even Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The story line is as tongue-in-cheek as you can get but it's hard not to get enthralled in the twists and turns and subtle references to historical inside jokes.

    29. When I think of historical fiction, I think of Erik Larson, and thought this would be like one of his novels, but just a different time era. I am also not very big on history, but I did enjoy this novel. Jacopo della Quercia's book was enjoyable, fast-paced, and I would definitely read more of his work.

    30. What a great book! I'm not a history buff, but this didn't affect my enjoyment of the book, in part because there are enough clever winks to today's pop culture sprinkled throughout to really add to the entertainment. Definitely a good read; definitely some interesting twists and turns. Check it out!

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