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
When I announced that I was listening to a story with the title, "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter," my friends looked at me like I'd lost my mind. Like them, I was skeptical at first but the sheer laugh factor of the title was enough to spark my curiosity.
Having finished the book I can happily say that this was one of the most interesting stories I've listened to in a long time. The mixture of fact and fiction is flawless, so much so that I found myself taking the story to heart in places. A worthy spin on an already extraordinary life, I highly recommend it.
I thought the book was absolutely awesome, with excellent narration. The blend of fiction and non-fiction was well done. An interesting spin on historical events, places, and people. I could hardly press the pause button. Of course, i have been an avid reader of books on Lincoln and the Civil War and have recently begun to enjoy vampire tales such as "True Blood", so combining these two was as natural for me as it seems to have been for the author. I definitely recommend this book.
I was intrigued by the title and didn't know what to expect, but I enjoyed this book very much. It was an entertaining mix of historical fact and vampire fiction. I also enjoyed Scott Holst's narration.
This is just a fun book, I highly recommend it.
I had heard a lot about this novel and I was looking forward to seeing what the fuss was all about.
It was very well done, with a great narrator. I give the author a lot of credit to weave a fascinating story into the historical events we know.
GREAT STUFF !!
Seriously the COOLEST novel I have came across in a long time. Who doesn't love Lincoln and a good bloody vampire war? (I'm referring to REAL vampires, not the kind that sparkle in sunlight...)
The way the author weaves vampires, slavery, politics and war together is absolutely brilliant! This book is actually believable, which makes it more realistic and easy to imagine.
DO NOT WAIT, start this book today!
This is a great book. Very hard to put down and well read. I personally did not find it in the least bit dull as others have mentioned and therefore recommend this book. I also liked the way the author combined actual history with fiction. Buy it.
Simply put, it's like an Abraham Lincoln biography with some vampire hunting thrown in to keep it interesting.
I would recommend it to anyone with an interest in history.
It is a very well written book. I am not a history buff, but I ended up learning quiet a bit about Abraham Lincoln's life that book supposedly is very accurate (other than the vampire stuff). It would be a good way to get someone into history as well.
That aside, I found myself absorbed into the book, and I really felt for the characters. Use of language is also very enjoyable that one would believe that Abraham Lincoln would probably speak in such fashion. I felt for his loss, his triumphed and his struggles.
Vampire fiction does not overshadow the book, but it is there just enough to keep things entertaining.
Narrator did a great job and kept it very entertaining.
I highly recommend this book.
Having listened to the entire audiobook, I can easily recommend this book. In my opinion, I would have preferred more detailed action when Abe would go hunting for some blood-suckers, but still a great listen none-the-less. The story uses facts with fiction in such a way that it just makes perfect sense... As if it could have happened in reality. Starts off a little slow but be patient.. you won't regret it.
While I did like the way he wove history with fantasy, it was kind of dry and if I had been reading I probably would have stopped in the middle - I'm not that strong a reader anyway, and that's why I love audio.
He got the essential elements correct, history, manner of speaking and writing for the times and all that. Perhaps that is why I thought it rather dry.
All that said, it is clever and worth a look for those who love the time period of history and vampire stories.
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