The title promises much - I took the plunge after hearing about the film currently in production for release in 2012. I enjoy comparing and contrasting novels with their celluloid interpretations and it is always interesting to see how a scriptwriter/director translates a novel to the screen, some more so than others with varying amounts of success.
The problem I have is that this novel simply doesn't fulfil its full potential. Historically it is interesting to read the synergy of fact and fiction and the first few chapters get off to a great start and gather momentum. For me the second half and especially the latter chapters begin to experience a drop-off in terms of character development and story with the ending seeming very rushed and crudely thrown together indeed.
There is some tense and enjoyable writing here and the way Lincoln talks about his family is at times heart-wrenching but overall I was a little disappointed.
Interested to see if the film can forge a more balanced experience.