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.
I was not sure about this book at first. But if you love history and vampires this book is for you. This is now one of my favorite books.
Love to read books,but not enough Time
I have to admit when I saw an American Hero & Legend with a spin by Seth Gram Smith .
I could not wait too hear it! I loved the idea of an interesting new look though fiction at our most loved president.
I was 100% spellbound Loved it more than Sense & Sensibility & Sea Monsters but not as much as Pride & Prejudice & Zombies. Seth Brings new dimensions to history, that truly thrill and tease you imagination. Great for long Trips keeps you alert and entertained!
I am a vampire lore enthusiasts! With that said, this book was an excellent listen and the narrator Scott Holst was commendable. It took a premise that was one of a kind and made an engaging and believable story from it. Take it from someone who has been burned in the past from reading others excellent reviews on books and wondered later "what were they drinking?", you'll enjoy it.
I loved this book. I had been hesitant about buying this book, thinking it was some type of comedy, but heard a positive review on Windows Weekly podcast and decided to buy it. Boy, was I surprised. The idea for the story is brilliant and the author pulled it off really well. It was really believable. Whether you like vampire stories or not, this is a must read for everyone because it's really entertaining.