Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

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Description:

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. 

 

My Review:

 

“There are but two types of men who desire war: those who haven’t the slightest intention of fighting it themselves, and those who haven’t the slightest idea what it is. … Any man who has seen the face of death knows better than to seek him out a second time.” 
― Seth Grahame-Smith, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

I found this to be a cleverly written novel. The idea of interjecting a vampire story into the diary of Abe Lincoln was a unique premise. Following him from his childhood into presidency, this fictitious narrative was seemingly woven into historical events of his life. I can’t attest to all of its accuracy, but if my noggin does not fail me, I would say that most of it sounded right or familiar. A few events actually are prompting me to look further into. 

“I leave you, hoping that the lamp of liberty will burn in your bosoms until there shall no longer be a doubt that all mean are created free and equal.” 
― Seth Grahame-Smith, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

I enjoyed this novel, however it did not grip me. I remember seeing this book when it came out everywhere, and it just recently fell into my lap. It’s a nice autumn read and has great reviews. I am looking forward to seeing the movie now. 

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