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 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.
Good book but no need to see the movie after the book. Not quite what I expected.
The last chapter
I would recommend this book to someone who is looking for something that keeps them occupied and is interesting on long drives.
I thought it was most interesting when Abraham Lincoln became friends with Edward Allen Poe after mistaking him for a vampire.
I didn't think the voice actor had enough variation in his voices, and would have liked him to have a little more range in his reading; overall it felt a little monotonous.
This audio book was a little shorter than most you can get for the same price, but interesting nonetheless.
I liked many features of this book. It is fun to revisit Lincoln history and to give him an otherwordly-depth, but thought this tale would have been better served as a (long) short story. Towards the end, a distinct tedium crept up on me. Vampire stories should never feel like class assignments, but I do not regret having listened.
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