The Thackery Journal

The Thackery Journal

The Thackery Journal On the night of April th President Abraham Lincoln attended a performance at The Ford Theatre in Washington A single shot fired by John Wilkes Booth hit the President in the back of the head H

  • Title: The Thackery Journal
  • Author: JohnHolt
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 305
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • On the night of April 14th 1865 President Abraham Lincoln attended a performance at The Ford Theatre, in Washington A single shot fired by John Wilkes Booth hit the President in the back of the head He slumped to the floor, and died a few hours later without regaining consciousness Was Booth a lone assassin Or was he part of a wider conspiracy A plot hatched by his owOn the night of April 14th 1865 President Abraham Lincoln attended a performance at The Ford Theatre, in Washington A single shot fired by John Wilkes Booth hit the President in the back of the head He slumped to the floor, and died a few hours later without regaining consciousness Was Booth a lone assassin Or was he part of a wider conspiracy A plot hatched by his own generals to replace Lincoln with General Ulysses S Grant.

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    Author John Holt assures the reader at the beginning of his novel, The Thackery Journal that it is fiction - a product of his imagination. He tells us that only three of the characters are real. The rest were created, along with the plot, to weave a tale about how and why Lincoln was assassinated.Nevertheless John Holt's idea of what might have happened is so credible that I had to keep reminding myself that it was indeed fiction. The novel is well written and the characters are so true to life [...]

    This well-written book of historical fiction is divided into three parts: the first part sets the stage for the personal tragedy the looming civil war will impose on friends and family; the second part begins in 1864 when the South is on the brink of defeat and engages in plot to buy weapons from the French government, and the third part delineates the intricate plot of Northern generals to carry out the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln using John Wilkes-Booth as their instrument. Holt [...]

    An aged father mourns the tragic death of his son by reading Jacob's Civil War journal over and over, looking for answers to the boy's involvement in the plot to kill President Lincoln.Using flashbacks, the story starts with Beauregard's capture of Fort Sumter which is quickly followed by Jacob Thackery's enlistment in the Army of the Confederacy. Meanwhile, Jacob's best friend, Miles Drew, enlists in the Union Army.Mr. Holt uses Jacob and Miles to tell an immensely personal story of the Civil W [...]

    The Thackery Journal by John HoltIn 1865 President Lincoln was shot at the Ford Theater, was it a lone assassin or was it a conspiracy? John Holt brings about the conspiracy theory in this well written true-to-life like story. Written with vivid detail and amazing portraits and photos The Thackery Journal is a fascinating story.I feel that history lovers and historical novel lovers will enjoy this read.

    This was an interesting look at a possible scenario for the events leading up to the Lincoln assassination at the end of the Civil War. Though the event was based in history, the story itself is fiction. There were several photos and drawings included in the story, but if you read the notes at the beginning of the book, the individuals that the people to whom the photos are attributed are not actually the individuals that are actually in the photos, nor is the photo of the Journal actually of Ja [...]

    When Jacob Thackery enlists to serve in the Confederate army, he decides to keep a journal of his experiences. His role in the Civil War is part of a shocking conspiracy. Does Jacob realize the part he is about to play? Or, is he an innocent victim of power-hungry leaders intent on bringing down the President of the United States.Before I began reading The Thackery Journal, I wasn't sure if I'd like the book. Though I've enjoyed some Civil War fiction in the past, I'm not usually a fan of conspi [...]

    One of the first things that I noticed about this book was the immense amount of research that Mr. Holt must have done to write it. But unlike many novels of historical fiction in which the author merely lists of adds a few colorful scenes to the window dressing, history is impregnated in this book- acting both as a living breathing character and the background. The American Civil War isn’t just a side note in The Thackery Journal. The effects of it– and war in general is etched into every r [...]

    Review of John Holt’sThe Thackery JournalReviewed by Author Roy MurryBones and blood humans are the ones that fight wars. The journal is written by one who is convinced that his reasons for fighting a war pitting families, friends and relatives against each other are noble. His future is set because of those convictions; and you read his journey through Mr. Holt’s straight forward account.This account leads to a show down between two childhood friends whose parting words prior to the America [...]

    As a history lover I have really enjoyed The Thackery Journal by John Holt. It was fascinating to see the way events might have unfolded to lead to the assassination of President Lincoln. Ever since that event, the big question has always been if John Wilkes Booth acted alone or whether he was part of a wider conspiracy - despite the common belief that he acted alone. After reading this novel it's much easier to imagine how one event led to the next.The novel is very well written, the characters [...]

    I must say that I was disappointed in the first 30% of the novel. I felt it was cliché ridden and the dialogue was repetitious. The story gains momentum after that but the conspiracy and plot does not emerge until literally the 50% point. I know of no historical basis for the alleged plots amongst Union Generals, but I am not a Civil War buff. The author does say that the characters and plot are pure fiction but stranger things have happened. I did think the writing captured the period and the [...]

    This indie book has all the elements for great fiction about the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. It sets up a potentially heart-rending clash between two protagonists, both Southerners and boyhood friends. One fights for the Confederacy and the other for the Union. Then it stumbles by being overwritten and poorly edited. It’s missing proper punctuation and proper spelling in too many places, and jumps back and forth between the past and present tense, often in the same paragraph. It also suf [...]

    A great read, I do love 'what if' tales if well thought out and this was. A nice touch having live links in the Kindle version but a pity some of them didn't work. It's something I've not come across in fiction before, however, I do think that proof reading is more important than new ideas, something that far too many self-published novels suffer from. It was great seeing some pictures in the text as well although I do wonder how legitimate the use of photos of real people used as fictional char [...]

    I really wanted to read this one and like it -- and the writing craft earns that much, so I don't want to discourage anyone else from really enjoying it. But the truth is, I just can't get into proper 'suspension of disbelief' to follow the story. I suspect it would help if all characters were fictional so what I learned in school wouldn't keep interfering. Or if I belonged to the conspiracy minded group I might love this different take on this event in my country's history. Like I said, I don't [...]

    I've read a number of John Holt's novels and enjoyed them all but in my opinion this has to be his most accomplished work so far. I knew very little about the American Civil War before, but this story brought it to life in great detail as we follow the extraordinary story of two very ordinary young men who enlist on opposing sides and become embroiled in the assassination of Lincoln. Very well written, exceptionally well plotted and paced, with believable characters who illustrate the futility o [...]

    This book offers us another "conspiracy theory" of Lincoln's death. The story is told by a southern Father who has been given a journal that was kept by his now deceased son. The son has been accused of being part of the conspiracy to assassinate Lincoln. Take a trip down memory lane as the father tries to understand. Face the dilemma of choosing sides, fighting your relatives or friends, and finally loss of hope.

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