This book was so well written and contained so much writing based around historical events, that if you were inclined to believe in vampires, you would have thought this book was a biography, not historical fiction. I listened to it almost straight through, glued to my headphones.
Wow I saw all the parallels in this book with us history. very brave won't be liked by all but its a great story and I think it will make a great movie
Wow! What can I say about this book. It was quirky, unsual, intersting, engrossing and totally fun! Just reading the preview you can tell it was going to be different and it was. What a great break from the ho hum novels that are all in the same classic theme. I loved it!!!!!
I find this book highly entertaining. I am enjoying the new spin on the old history and the things that accompany it. I would buy this book with or with out credits. It is really worth it.
Despite the strange premise of this book, I really enjoyed it. Very inventive and it created an interesting alternate US history. I was a little surprised by how gruesome it was, though.That's not a bad thing. I was just surprised by it. I guess I was expecting it to be more humorous, but it isn't. Also, the use of period music from time to time was a nice touch. However, I didn't really like the narrator. He was a bit too robotic in his reading style.
The author does a great mash up of history and the alternate theme of vampires. The book starts in a Edgar Rice Burroughs way where the author places himself in it as a receiptant of Lincoln's secret diary and catelogs Lincoln's hidden life a Vampire Hunter and how he meets other great historical figures who seem to follow these lines.
I agree with others that it was dry, but the fascinating real historical mash up kept me going. It would be interesting to read more along these lines. In the book the narrator (the author) mentions how vampire's and the secret war to remove them drive history and you can really let yourself believe it.
Sadly the book does grind slowly near the later part of the book, and not as filled with the thrill of vampire hunts that you would expect. Still this is a must read for a new genre of alternative history.
What a fascinating book. I don't know if it was the intention of the author to try and trick readers into wanting to learn more about our 16th president, but wow did it ever. The way he wove fact with fiction, seemingly seamlessly was very well done, now i just can't wait for the movie....Andrew
This was a great listen. Very interesting and lots of fun and believable. I was actually inspired to buy an Abraham Lincoln biography after finishing this book because I was so fascinated by the author's portrayal of Honest Abe. Thanks to the author and a great job by the narrator (many books are spoiled by bad narrators).
Scott Holst (narrator) has an awesome voice. His accent, inflection, and cadence are exactly what I would expect The Great Man (Lincoln) to have sounded like. Further, Grahame-Smith's writing of dialog is completely in keeping with the literary convention of American English in the mid 1800's.
The whole premise of the book is really a lot of fun, mixing in actual history with the sub-plot of vampires and their hunters operating behind the scenes of The Civil War.
Buy it. Listen to it. Love it!
I was very surprised to have enjoyed this book as much as I did. Very entertaining. The writer has a definite style which is engaging. The few days I was listening to this I went around asking others if they believed in vamps (half jokingly). Parts of this novel were VERY real. He got his facts correct and melded them well with the vampire world. The only reservation I had was half way through the book tended to drag with not enough action. S. G-S's Pride and...Zombies had MUCH more action. Reader, very good.