I thought the premise would be silly, but I'm blown away with the historic details interwoven with the fantasy. In fact, the book has made this Lincoln fan go back to the history books to verify a few things! Highly recommend this entertaining book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Imagine Young Abe Lincoln strong and fit and trained in throwing the axe he used "to split rails." When he wasn't doing the things we've been taught, he was hunting and killing vampires. His much beloved mother, who died when Abe was still a boy, was killed by vampires. Vampires fought for the south to preserve slavery, a key source of blood, and Abe had to be on guard for their assasination attempts. And John Wilkes Booth...
This is a fun read especially if you have an interest in history.
I loved this series initially - but now i don't know. Good one. Maybe I just need to take a break and come back to it.
I really enjoyed this book, I was halfway thru and started recommending it to my friends. Mixing fiction with true history makes the book all the better.
A trivial man
As a self proclaimed intellectual hedonist, this book is just plain fun. The premise is wild and the author has done his homework. The narrator carries forth the "periodness" of the author's prose. And yet, both the author and the narrator take pains to not overwhelm the 21st century consumer of their delightful conspiracy.
My only complaint - the ending. OK that's got to sound pretty weird when we all knew how this was going to end, however I think the author needed to explain/deal with the conflict that he spent a whole book setting up and then dismissed with a wave of his hand at the end. If you can bear it, stop reading/listening after the assasination. Otherwise you too may find that a good book has been ruined.
Framing device was stolen from Anne Rice's vampire tales. I will say that it is a bit better than his Jane Austen parody about Zombies. It's just a trend and would've been an exciting idea. It's just a by-the-numbers bio of Lincoln but with Vamps thrown in
No more Seth Graham Smith
Ashamed to say that I can't be sure which non-vampire parts of the story are accurate or not......yet it was an awful book. I so wanted to enjoy it, had read the hype, love vampire stories...but this one didn't live up to my expectations.
Forced myself to finish.
I now assign myself the task of true, non-fictional research on the subject of Abraham Lincoln.
Original idea, to mix silly fun fiction with fact, or past classics....but I guess I just didn't get into it. How about Huck Finn and vampires, or Moby Dick and zombie pirates ? Those may be more fun.
Tell the story
The use of real historical figures being labeled as vampires! OK, it's historical fiction. But to take the lives of people who lived and fought for their beliefs, whether in hind sight we can judge them harshly, somehow embarrasses me for the author. How small minded of Grahame-Smith.
The North only won battles if they could kill vampires. No great generals there...
Those evil vampire led southerners would have never won a single battle against the north without Vampires. No dying for what they believed in...
The south was "breeding" slaves for easy vampire food... Where does this leave the northern slave "breeders"?
MOST EMBARRASSING: Grahame-Smith had the audacity of naming real senators and military leaders as Vampires! Including Jefferson Davis! WOW, wonder what his great grand-children think of that?
I find this all embarrassing for the author and personally as an American. If the author had bothered to think that the United States is NOT the only country in the world... If he were mature enough, this book should embarrass him in other countries where it is also being read. (He used REAL Americans!)
We Americans have skeletons in our combined closets. And slavery was a horrid lesson for all Americans. We can own that, without the excuse of the monsters among us.
As someone who actually paid this author for his immature U.S. history botching, I would like to personally apologize to all of the descendants of the real people named as vampires. Inexcusable.
I will never read another of Grahame-Smith's books. Unless it is an apology.
If the author does not get sued by the descendants of his named "Vampires", I will be surprised.
Very dull! Felt like the voice actor was doing all the roles poorly.
Yep! Totally turned off to werewolves, vampires, zombies, etc.
Better voice acting perhaps?
Every last part!
wyoming road warrior
First read by Grahame-Smith. Great story line and a nice twist on the popular vampire topic. I don't know how accurate some of the other events are (non-vampire related) so I will just consider it historical-fiction. I look forward to reading his others.