Lincoln’s Secret Oath
A remarkable discovery, found buried in an ancient Indian mound, is sworn to secrecy by Abraham Lincoln. Almost two centuries later, an artifact bearing a strange symbol, turns up in a long-abandoned slave tunnel beneath a present-day Ohio home. The symbol dates back to the beginning of civilized man and just might hold the key to unlocking Lincoln’s terrible secret.
Determined to unravel the mystery, Matt Hawkins investigates a series of seemingly unrelated clues – a UFO sighting in Illinois, a pictograph painted on the wall of an ancient rock shelter, a shaman drawing from the remote Peruvian jungle. Impossibly, they all reference the same symbol. As Hawkins moves closer to the truth, he must contend with a powerful and supremely motivated adversary. A shadowy nemesis with unlimited resources.
The stakes could not be higher. For if Lincoln’s discovery is proven real, it will undermine everything humankind believes to be true about the world.
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Ted’s fascination with American history was planted in his early childhood. He grew up the youngest of five children in a New England family with roots that literally dated back to the Mayflower’s arrival in 1620. His mother’s side of the family (at least that’s how the story goes) can be traced to a man named William Brewster who arrived on the Mayflower and became the senior elder of the original colony and an advisor to the first Governor William Bradford.
With five children and a limited budget, Richardson family vacations usually involved piling into the family’s ’67 Ambassador Wagon and hitting the road. Destinations had to be no more than six hours away—because any longer than that and all hell would break loose in the back seat! Now if you take a compass and draw a six hour radius from Ted’s childhood home, it basically covers an area from Maine to Virginia – which includes most of the places that gave birth to our country. To the north were places like Sturbridge Village, Plymouth Plantation, and Lexington and Concord—where the ‘first shot heard around the world’ was fired. To the south were Colonial Williamsburg, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. As you might imagine, it didn’t take Ted long to become hooked on American history.
Fast forward a few decades. After more than twenty-five years as a business professional, Ted finally parlayed his fascination with American history and love of a good mystery into writing his own works of fiction. His independently published first novel, Imposters of Patriotism was released in June 2014 to enthusiastic reviews. Abolition of Evil was the sequel that followed Matt Hawkins on his next historical adventure. The third book in the series, Geronimo’s Gold, was released in early 2017.