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 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.
I was afraid this would be one of those wannabe Twilight knock-offs, but I was pleasantly surprised! It reads like a true biography and is so believable that it can't be called cheesy. Definitely worth a listen!
Like many of my favorite books, I didn't have high expectations here. Let's face it. The whole "re-make classic lit into monster books" genre is a cute idea but it has limits.
Surprisingly, this book catches you right away and never lets go. It manages to take a silly concept and transform it into an engaging dramatic retelling of Lincoln's life story with a real "Paul Harvey" twist. We're treated to the rest of the story in a dark, film noir kind of way that really holds your attention.
If you know Lincoln, you know what's coming for him--loss, pain, death. Even with that knowledge, you find yourself grieving for his losses and cheering for his triumphs.
How'd Seth do that in a story about Vampires and a dead President? Got me. But if his next book is Jimmy Carter: Werewolf, I'll be first in line to buy it.
Very enjoyable re-imagining of Lincoln's life, interpreting his drives and motives as wanting to rid America of vampires. Lots more behind this book than the funny title, it has substance and it kept me interested and wanting more through the whole listen.
Author did an amazing job of using the language of the time, the dialogue is very authentic.
I loved the research that went into this book, but the narrator really dulled it down. There were so many instances of vampires that I found myself laughing with my new catch phrase, "It was a vampire." (you have to say this in the same voice as the narrator or else it isn't funny). The book got much better during the Civil War, but it takes too long to get there.
Plot and storytelling fail to do justice to the whimsical premise.
The delivery is more like a Lincoln biography, less like a novel, and the writing is immature. For example, there is little difference between the contemporary narrator's speech style and Abe Lincoln's, except that Lincoln's speech is "thusly" peppered with archaic words. And the narrator gushes about daddy Thomas Lincoln's prowess as a storyteller, then proceeds to heavily paraphrase his stories. I suppose the author knows he's not a great storyteller and had to wiggle his way out of writing a great story.
"Vampire Hunter" is interesting enough that I listened to my purchase to the end - but I wouldn't recommend it. Young teens might enjoy it.
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.
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