Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter

Again, I wasn’t able to get the cover page of the ebook to take a proper screen shot, sorry.

Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter  by  Seth Grahame-Smith

Monster mash ups are fun novels, usually classic stories with monster twists.  Of course there is no classic story revamped for this one.  It is a story of a real person, Abraham Lincoln, with a vampire twist.

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. 1

I don’t know much of the historical facts of Abraham Lincoln, which is why these types of stories are so much fun.   By using historical facts and adding fiction to them, it makes them more believable.  Sadly, it also makes a lot of history and facts more interesting or exciting than they really are.  It’s obvious that much of the vampire related stories and facts are not true, but these are the most exciting parts.

I found with the actual facts of the story, few of them were interesting unless they related to vampires and adventure.  This part of the story I enjoyed.  The facts of Lincoln’s life and his journey through his political campaign were not as enjoyable.

I think with the new film coming out there will be more of the interesting action packed adventure, than some of the duller facts.  We will have to wait and see if this is true though.  Grahame-Smith did a wonderful job at creating such a believable story with facts and fiction.  I have read Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, but much of it was taking a tale already written and adding in the word Zombie.  I enjoyed the book and would recommend it as an interesting read.  Be warned there are some slower parts though.

1. Summary Courtesy of Seth Grahame-Smith


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