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 found the story dull. Read more like a history synopsis rather than a story. The opening prologue leads you to believe there is more to this part, but it is just dropped and the ending was quite anti-climatic.
I thought, when I saw this listed, yea right this isn't going to be cool. WAS I EVER WRONG!!! This Audio book was very cool, so cool that I just ordered the hard bound print for another go at it, My wife and Kids should enjoy this more than the twilight series, ALL I HAVE TO SAY IS GIVE US MORE!!!!!!!
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
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