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.
Overall Rating 4.25
Story Rating: 4.50
Character Rating: 4.00
Audio Rating: 4.50 (not part of the overall rating)
Movie Review: 1.50 (not part of the overall rating)
Book Review: I really enjoyed Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter! It was a fun twist on a very well-known historic figure. As long as you suspended disbelief, it was easy to imagine this alternate version of the history. Seth Grahame-Smith stayed close to the actual historical timeline, taking a few liberties here and there, and made them work for the story. I found the character of Henry to be compelling and sometimes downright fun! This won’t work for everyone but I think as long you are open-minded about the events I think you will have fun!
Audio Review: This is probably one of the best audiobooks on the market. Narrated by Scott Holst who does a fantastic job with pacing, dialect, and characterization. You could hear him growing the character of Lincoln both in age and maturity. His characterization of the rest of the main characters was spot-on also. I loved his voice for Henry as I felt it was spot-on from the beginning.
Movie Review: I had high hopes for the movie since SGS did the screenplay but the things that made the book fantastic, he left on the cutting room floor. From the playing up of Mary Todd being the love of Lincoln’s life to the complete disregard for his stepmom bringing journal into his life–the movie was just off-base. I am not sure what the point was of changing timelines, historical facts, ect in the movie but it just didn’t work. The actors were fine and cinematography was beautiful but the story fell way short of what it should have been.
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