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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

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  • dawn
  • North Aurora, IL, United States
  • 09-15-10

Hmmmm!

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!!!!!

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  • Cynthia
  • Canton, MO, United States
  • 09-13-10

Highly entertaining!!!

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.

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  • B
  • Portage, MI, United States
  • 09-05-10

Unusual But Entertaining

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.

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  • Jerry
  • Clarkston, MI, United States
  • 08-27-10

GREAT Alternative History

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.

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  • andrew
  • paradise, CA, United States
  • 08-18-10

wow

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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  • Jeffrey
  • Coral Springs, FL, United States
  • 08-13-10

Lots of fun

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).

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AN INSTANT FAVORITE!!!

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!

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  • Jason
  • St Augustine, FL, United States
  • 08-02-10

Simply Awesome!

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.

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Fun Historic Fiction

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!

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  • William
  • New Port Richey, FL, United States
  • 07-23-10

Great Book, Totally Believable

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.