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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Review: Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter

Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter
Author:  Seth Grahame-Smith
Genre: Historical Fiction, Paranormal
Publisher: Hatchette Audio
Release Date:   March 2, 2010
Audiobook:  10 hours and 14 minutes

Source:  I won it from Jayla at Ladyjay
Buy the Book:  Amazon
 Book Description
 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.
WOW!  This book was full of stuff. Blood. Vampires. History.  The book is basically a what if fiction of Abraham Lincoln's life.  "What if there were vampires?  And all the death in Lincoln's life was caused by them in one way or another?"  What if.....
The book is written as a mixture of journal entries and research.  I really liked that mix in the format and it made the story much more interesting.  Having Lincoln's voice and thoughts on the crazy situations he found himself helped to move the story along.  But toward the middle of the book something happened.  (Don't worry this is not a spoiler)  The book began to lose all it's pace and started to drag on and on.  I am not a real history buff so this was not easy to get through when it was all history.  I was also very shocked at the detailed violence in the book.  When they get to the civil war section the violence is jacked up a notch or two and I wanted to skip it soo bad.   It was gross and nasty!  I hate to say it but those civil war images are kinda stuck in my mind.
As for the narrator, 

Other Bloggers Reviews

I recommend this book to adults due to the violence. 
This book is number 3 in my Audiobook Reading Challenge
This book is number 1 in my Historical Fiction Reading Challenge
This book is number 5 in my Genre Variety Reading Challenge
This book is number 6 in my Good Reads Reading Challenge

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