Give author Joel Fox a great big hand–more than Lincoln’s–for turning out a nifty read. Fox blends history with mystery as his FBI agent, Zane Rigby, pulls the past into the present in pursuit of a ‘Monument Bomber’ and the truth about the body buried in Honest Abe’s tomb…—Robert S. Levinson, bestselling author of “The Traitor in Us All” and “In the Key of Death”
Has the Great Emancipator been emancipated from his own tomb? LINCOLN’S HAND provides the thrilling answer with a creative blend of 19th century skullduggery and contemporary intrigue. Check it out! –Mark Coggins, award-winning author of THE BIG WAKE-UP and THE IMMORTAL GAME.
Lincoln’s Hand will make you look twice the next time you take out a five dollar bill … filled with historical twists and turns that spill over into the all-too contemporary threat of terrorism, this is a gripping, suspenseful thriller, to be savored by anyone with an interest in American history. — Kelli Stanley, award winning author of “Nox Dormienda” and “City of Dragons”
Fox’s novel, despite its supernatural element, focuses mainly on Eve’s struggles throughout history. Immortality, in fact, turns out to be just another obstacle for her to overcome in her life; previously, she faced Redcoats coming ashore near her Cape Cod village in 1777, and a plane crash in the 1950s.
The overall story remarkably blends real-life historical events with those of Eve’s own life. The Rev. Cotton Mather, for instance, makes an appearance in 1717 to accuse the woman of bewitching the Zarrago, a sunken ship whose late captain, the reputed pirate Marcus Nash, was the love of Eve’s long life.
The steadily paced novel alternates between the present day and various points in the preceding centuries, but it racks up the suspense as it nears its end: Tom’s suspicions grow as Eve continually dodges questions and interview requests, and a Harvard history professor gets dangerously close to locating the Zarrago’s aquatic remains. Readers learn very little about Gov. Rhodes, so it may be hard for them to sympathize when a lobbyist tries to blackmail her for an affair she had a decade ago. However, she ably represents Eve’s ultimate goal.
The immortal woman’s steadfastness and stoicism are admirable traits, and she retains them all the way to the wholly satisfying ending. An intriguing novel about a woman developing her stance on women’s rights over the course of America’s history. - Kirkus Review
Read and enjoyed Fox's first, and thrilled to be well into his second in this series designed both for history and mystery lovers! Bought it yesterday and already more than half way through because, like the first, I could not put it down. Fox brings all his prodigious experience and knowledge of real hand-to-hand politics, plus his citizen-support FBI training, and real love of historic detail, all mixed well into this fast moving, cocktail of adventure, double-crosses, and danger at every turn. I can't wait for the next one. This is the real deal. If you have been lamenting the lack of real historic mystery writing, lament no more. Buy one and another for somebody you love! Read it. You won't be sorry! - David S. White
MARK ON EVE is a charming multi-century story that keeps you mesmerized from the beginning to the end. Joel Fox’s writing is enchanting especially with the twinkling of suspense and intrigue. Wonderful! . - Futures Mystery Anthology Magazine
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Surprising developments drive Fox’s political thriller with a supernatural twist… The plot twists come fast and furious, and few readers will be able to predict how it all ends.–Publisher’s Weekly