Indiana, 1818. Moonlight falls through the dense woods that surround a one-room cabin, where a nine-year-old Abraham Lincoln kneels at his suffering mother's bedside. She's been stricken with something the old-timers call "Milk Sickness."
"My baby boy..." she whispers before dying.
Only later will the grieving Abe learn that his mother's fatal affliction was actually the work of a vampire.
When the truth becomes known to young Lincoln, he writes in his journal, "henceforth my life shall be one of rigorous study and devotion. I shall become a master of mind and body. And this mastery shall have but one purpose..." Gifted with his legendary height, strength, and skill with an ax, Abe sets out on a path of vengeance that will lead him all the way to the White House.
While Abraham Lincoln is widely lauded for saving a Union and freeing millions of slaves, his valiant fight against the forces of the undead has remained in the shadows for hundreds of years. That is, until Seth Grahame-Smith stumbled upon The Secret Journal of Abraham Lincoln, and became the first living person to lay eyes on it in more than 140 years.
Using the journal as his guide and writing in the grand biographical style of Doris Kearns Goodwin and David McCullough, Seth has reconstructed the true life story of our greatest president for the first time-all while revealing the hidden history behind the Civil War and uncovering the role vampires played in the birth, growth, and near-death of our nation.
©2010 Seth Grahame-Smith (P)2010 Hachette Audio
I enjoyed the narrator and thought the story moved at a good pace. There are hundreds of books written about the life and death of Lincoln, but none cast with the inventive underpinnings of Mr. Grahame-Smith. He almost managed to make a convincing argument that ending slavery was the only way to end vampirism in the US. The reader is asked to "think outside the box" on this one. I do appreciate a good vampire tale - but the logic behind the author's reasoning does not hold together as well as I would have liked. I was left asking myself how countries less aware than our own did not fall completely under the influence of those black-eyed fiends. I must also add that I did not find it comforting to think that Mr. Lincoln roams the earth condemned to suck the blood of his fellow man. That did not sit well. It was a good listen - with an uncomfortable end.
This is differently worth a credit if you have an extra you can't seem to spend on anything special. The history is very much the best part of the book. A better book is Lincoln's Dreams. I wish audible would get this book.
I absolutely loved this book! The author's spin on real-life events was fun and intriguing. I would highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys historical fiction or vampire stories. I can't wait to read more from this author!
This book was well written and well conceived. It weaves together historical events with seemingly plausible fictional events. I liked this book because at times it was hard to tell where the fiction began. Overall, a very fun book.
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
"Oh dear this is poor."
The film got mixed reviews I am not surprised. The reader is good the story is poor.
Frankly I have listened to the first hour thankfully I was doing something else or that`s an hour I`d not get back.
I don`t mind vampire stories (except twilight saga) or history / biography but this fiction / fact mixture is tosh.
Thanks audible for the returns policy.
It was interesting but got a bit long winded so ended up taking a while for me to listen to it all as I found myself listening to other books in between and going back to it a few times to get it finished.
Covers alot of American history on the life of Abraham Lincoln (with a twist of course) which is where it seemed to drag a little. I cannot say how accurate it is, that is, if it is based on some fact or if the author has created the whole life history of Lincoln as I know nothing of American history.
The narrator did a good job and was clear but I personally found the accent a little annoying after a while though it did fit the story I suppose.
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