The Shut Mouth Society by James D. Best

I have another selection for my Horizons – Transition to Adult list.

I first picked out this book, because it has a cool title and Lincoln on the front cover. I expected it to be historical fiction and maybe a little dry. What it is, instead, is a thriller/detective story centered around preinaugural papers of President Abraham Lincoln. The author has done an excellent job of building the story. I wanted to know more about the secret societies (there is a second with an inconspicuous name), more about the Sherman family (is there some truth to the genealogy or totally fabricated), and more about the resolution.  It is a good, quick read with some exciting historical teasers.

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One Response to “The Shut Mouth Society by James D. Best”

  1. James D. Best Says:

    My book Tempest at Dawn is now available. It probably looks like a departure from my prior books. Actually, my other books are the departure, since I started Tempest at Dawn first. It just took me twelve years to research and write this dramatization of the Constitutional Convention of 1787. I’m very proud of this book and if you’re interested in the founding of the United States, you’ll enjoy the story about how our Constitution was written. Thank you.

    From the Publisher

    The United States is on the brink of total collapse. The military has been reduced to near extinction, economic turmoil saps hope, and anarchy threatens as world powers hover like vultures, eager to devour the remains. In a desperate move, a few powerful men call a secret meeting to plot the overthrow of the government.

    Fifty-five men came to Philadelphia May of 1787 with a congressional charter to revise the Articles of Confederation. Instead they founded the longest lasting republic in world history.

    Tempest at Dawn tells their story.

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