REVIEW: ABRAHAM LINCOLN VAMPIRE HUNTER BY SETH GRAHAME-SMITH

ABRAHAM LINCOLN VAMPIRE HUNTER
SETH GRAHAME-SMITH
GENRE: FANTASY/HORROR



SYNOPSIS (Goodreads)

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.

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MY TAKE

5 STARS!


First of all, the ratings/reviews for this book are across the board. I had been told by people they could simply not finish the book, and others who said I must read it. I was a bit apprehensive about buying the book, but finding it used for 3.95 I couldn't pass it up. I really like the cover art, but upon starting the book, I realized the real treat is in the story itself.

The author took real events and facts from Lincoln's life and wove in the vampire aspect almost seamlessly, which I found very interesting and entertaining. In fact, I was so intrigued with this story, I found it hard to put down. This book probably isn't for everyone, but I found it brilliantly written and loved it. Now, the ending was a bit predictable, but so what? I still loved it!

I had no qualms about giving Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter F-I-V-E stars. As a matter of fact, it quickly became of my favorite books (and the only book I've read by this author). I absolutely recommend this book!



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