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Friday, June 22, 2012

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

Genre: Adult Fiction (Historical Fiction/Paranormal Fiction)

Goodreads Blurb
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:
I've been curious about Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter for a while, but I never got around to reading it. With the movie coming out, I'm one of those people who has to read the book first. So, I did. I have to say, it was a very clever book. We all know vampires don't exist, but this story made them seem very real as it fit the vampires in and around historical happenings. It's obvious the author put a lot of effort into this story, so that it all flowed together. It couldn't have been an easy feat, but he pulled it off. It was believable. I would zone out in parts where the political talk was heavy, but the vampire action kept me tuned in. This was an interesting read, and I'm glad I finally picked it up. My hubby and I will be going to see the movie tonight. So, we'll see how the two match up. 

To learn more about Seth Grahame-Smith and his books, visit his website. You can also find him on Facebook and Twitter.

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