Thursday, March 11, 2010

Review: Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith

Category: FICTION
Publish Date: 3/2/2010
Price: $21.99/$26.99
ISBN: 9780446563086
Pages: 352

Book Summary:
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:
What a fantastic book! We followed the life of Abraham Lincoln in the most fascinating way ever! This is an "old" vampire story. By "old" I mean the vampires of bad dreams...not the Edwards and Bills of today.
Seth's book had me at times rethinking my history lessons because this one really sucks you in and makes it seem so real! It was like a history book with vampires added in so smoothly that it tricked my mind at times.
Honestly, if a really hip history teacher hands this book to your teenager (or you) I think you would LEARN something. I know I would have learned alot more about the Civil War! That's the thing about this book....Seth flawlessly ties in his fact and fiction so while you're highly entertained, you still walk away with something.
I LOVED it! I give it five stars, two thumbs up, and will keep this one on my shelf permanently!
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  1. I loved this one too. I think I learned more from this book about Lincoln then I ever did in school.

  2. oh cool, I am glad you liked it. I just bought this for my DH for his b-day. After he is done, I am going to start!!


  3. Wow, Abraham Lincoln was a vampire hunter? I didn't know that! LOL. I may just pick this one up and try it your review sounds so good!

  4. I'm glad you loved it. I was a bit nervous about this book because I could see if falling so short of what it could be. Nice to know this isn't the case. Thanks for the review!

  5. Great review! I'm looking forward to reading this.

  6. Hi Kris, great review! I think that would be a great idea to teach this part of history by using this book. My husband was really interested in this book too.

    I followed you over from Jen's blog hop and am now a follower!

  7. This sounds like a fun use of historical characters -I found your blog that I like a lot via the blog hop