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
This was a great listen. Very interesting and lots of fun and believable. I was actually inspired to buy an Abraham Lincoln biography after finishing this book because I was so fascinated by the author's portrayal of Honest Abe. Thanks to the author and a great job by the narrator (many books are spoiled by bad narrators).
Scott Holst (narrator) has an awesome voice. His accent, inflection, and cadence are exactly what I would expect The Great Man (Lincoln) to have sounded like. Further, Grahame-Smith's writing of dialog is completely in keeping with the literary convention of American English in the mid 1800's.
The whole premise of the book is really a lot of fun, mixing in actual history with the sub-plot of vampires and their hunters operating behind the scenes of The Civil War.
Buy it. Listen to it. Love it!
I was not sure about this book at first. But if you love history and vampires this book is for you. This is now one of my favorite books.
Love to read books,but not enough Time
I have to admit when I saw an American Hero & Legend with a spin by Seth Gram Smith .
I could not wait too hear it! I loved the idea of an interesting new look though fiction at our most loved president.
I was 100% spellbound Loved it more than Sense & Sensibility & Sea Monsters but not as much as Pride & Prejudice & Zombies. Seth Brings new dimensions to history, that truly thrill and tease you imagination. Great for long Trips keeps you alert and entertained!
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.
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