Monday, June 11

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith

If you thought you knew the extent of Abraham Lincoln's life and achievements, think again.

When his mother dies and his father reveals a horrendous truth, young Abraham devotes his life to the killing of vampires. The extent of his mission is brought into question when he meets Henry Sturges, a vampire who seeks to aide Lincoln on his quest to end the existence of the deserving.

A thorough account of Lincoln's life, told through gathered facts and his own journal entries, conveys the journey of one man to free a nation from tyranny.


I first came across this 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter' in a book store two years ago, where I pointed it out to my dad who had no interest in it. Now, having been present in part while I listened to it on audio, he praises its execution.

Vampires and Lincoln should be ludicrous but Seth Grahame-Smith writes it with the same cleverness and authenticity he did 'Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.' He weaves the undead so seamlessly into the life of Abraham Lincoln that what could be ridiculous instead reads as plausible.

In the beginning, Abe hates and judges all vampires equally, just as his peers did the black men and women in those times. It was fascinating to see the parallel of how the whites treated the blacks and the cruelty the vampires dealt them both. The descriptions of slaves being auctioned off was unnerving; men for their build, boys for their potential...and the youngest of girls for their looks. Vampires took advantage of slavery, using a slave's low rand to easily feed on and kill them, without fear of reprimand.

I was enticed by Abe as a character. He was so very human; fragile and strong, righteous and prejudiced. It was amazing to learn just how many hardships and triumphs he had in his life. I could not help but sympathise with him from the start and feel for his losses. He is an inspiring figure, whether he walks the pages of fiction or otherwise.

Like Mike Lancaster in '0.4' and Gaston Leroux's 'The Phantom of the Opera,' Seth Grahame-Smith ties the story to reality with a prelude of how he came by the journals of Abraham Lincoln and set forth to write the manuscript. It was begun around the time of the last presidential election and - as my dad commented - is relevant today, where the political parties of the United States of America are drastically divided, much as they were in Lincoln's time. Here's hoping the vampires don't take advantage once again.

This was an impulse buy, so I was wary if I would like Scott Holst's narration. Now I know it was a brilliant decision. The ease of listening to 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter' gave me more focus to enjoy every aspect of the story as it unfolded.

An excellent book, I would recommend it to vampire and Lincoln enthusiasts alike. Don't hesitate to check it out on audio.



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58 comments:

Kayla Beck said...

Thank you for the lovely giveaway! If I could find out about the secret life of a historical figure, it would have to be either Napoleon Bonaparte or Pope John XII. :-D

Ashley G. said...

I will have to go with Queen Elizabeth.
Thanks for the giveaway!

bookbitereviews said...

Well Abraham Lincoln has always been my favorite president (no idea why, he just seems like a cool dude) but he is obviously out (lol) so I would have to pick Marilyn Monroe. I have always loved her and maybe her being a sex symbol was just a cover, maybe she's a vampire vixen, or a fairy, or maybe even some bad ass demon slayer.

Thanks for the giveaway. I love the unique interaction questions you have with your followers =D

nat said...

I think maybe Charlie Chaplin just to find out what his life was really like. Thanks so much for the chance!!
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Jessica ( frellathon ) said...

Alexander the Great. I want to see how great he thought he was.

Kaitlyn Kline said...

George Washington might be kind of cool! Keeping with the president theme and all. :) Thanks for the giveaway!

Emma Michaels said...

Winston Churchill or Anne Boleyn. Though if it had to be an American then John Marshal. There are certain people who just stand out to me and I would love to get to know more about them. John Marshal has so many journals but there is nothing like knowing what a person is really like, not just their perspective of it.

Autumn Crochet said...

I still haven't read this book and I've been really curious about it since the movie is coming out soon.

Thanks for having the giveaway.

Lis said...

Well... I never thought about it before, but I think it could be Cleopatra (sorry I don't know who to write her name in English!). I think she was really cool!

SacredmOOn said...

Well, I love and adore anything ancient Egypt so Cleopatra or King Tut comes to my mind. *bounces* What an amazing giveaway!! Thank you for the chance to win this audio-book!
DeAnna Schultz

Randi said...

Mahatma Gandhi. :) Probably a strange answer, but I've always admired that he was a very courageous person who stood up for what he believed in. I think a "secret life" story about him would be very interesting.

Emma Michaels said...

I am now jealous of Randi's answer... :p By the way HAPPY BIRTHDAY KERI!!!!

Mandee Wyrick said...

Budda. Thanks for the fantastic giveaway! This is an amazing book!

Janiera said...

The true story behind cleopatra! She is awesome.

nycolelaff said...

This book is on my to be read list, and the movie looks awesome! I would love to have to poster for my living-room :)

darkangel851 said...

I don't think I could choose a historical figure. Their are just to many great figures.

Alexia Purdy said...

I would want to know more about Anne Bolyn, seems like a strong person. alexeea(@)yahoo(dot)com

Shooting Stars Mag said...

I would love any fictional takes on Oscar Wilde...though there is actually a series by Gyles Brandreth. I have read the first and need to start the second.

Jennifer said...

i would like to know more about
Winston Churchill



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Diana said...

William Shakespeare. I am a huge fan of William Shakespeare. I admire his work. I believe that he is one of the brilliant minds who exist until today and I would really love to have a conversation with him.
Thank you for the giveaway!
Artemis

Jolene and Family said...

I have to go with Marilyn Monroe, she's always fascinated me. Thanks for the chance to win

Melissa @ Mel's Books and Info said...

Maybe this is cheating, but I have always hated unsolved mysteries. I want to know what really happened and who the culprit really was--skip the speculation, I want the whole story, so I would say my pick would be Jack the Ripper. Gruesome I know, but I would like to see that case closed for good. If I have to pick someone who we know their true identity, I would say Joan of Arc.

Cherry said...

Joan Of Arc... to be a woman in that time and to do what she did is amazing! :)

Thank you for the chance to win!!

Cherry Mischievous

Kathy said...

Lee Harvey Oswald...why?

Peggy Marsiglio said...

Good question! I would have to agree with another person above... Marilyn Monroe. She was a fabulous fashion icon and inspiration for women... would be neat to know what her life was really like!

Coleen Patrick said...

Great question. For me it would be any of King Henry 8's wives, Marie Antoinette or Louisa May Alcott. :)

Denise Z said...

Lets take Elvis past the Bubba LOL I know he is not really a historical figure yet or maybe to some he is, but it certainly would be entertaining. ;-)

Jenn Renee said...

hmmm.... Probably Martin Luthor King Jr.

Ricki said...

Definitely Ben Franklin. Or maybe Mark Twain.

Lisa Richards/alterlisa said...

George Washington

Samantha Jean said...

Hmm...historical figure...I'm really not a big history buff. I never could remember all the names and dates for social studies/history class. If I had to pick any historical figure, I guess it would be Jesus. I think the why is self-evident.

Tina B said...

Happy Birthday, Keri!!! I hope you had a wonderful day! I am new to your blog. :)
If I could learn about 1 historical figure's secret life, I would choose Amelia Earhart. I always wondered what her life was like. We know so little about her.
Thank you for the great giveaway!

Mindy fangedmom said...

Who I love to know the historical figure's secret life
:

Joan of ARC!

I would LOVE to know a magical/secret story of her life. It is so bittersweet that I would love to see more to it! She is an amazing figure in history and as a strong and brave woman, I would love to know more of her and her tragic life!

THank you for the AWESOME giveaway! This book is INCREDIBLE! I could not believe how historical it was. I actually believed what the author was saying at points! It is that good!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY KERI! I hope you have a wonderful birthday and CELEBRATE YOU!

Bella said...

Happy Birthday!!

I would want to know about the secret life of King Henry the 8th. What was he thinking?? How did he live with himself?

Thanks for the contest!

Renee G said...

I'd love to learn more about Thomas Jefferson.
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Elisquared said...

I'd love to learn about the real Juliet Gordon Lowe! Since I was a girl scout, I'd really like to learn about the founder of the organization!

Dovile said...

I'd choose Nefertiti, because there isn't many novels about her, and I'm really interested.

Maegan Morin said...

For me it would have to be either Joan of Arc or Attila The Hun!

Ray said...

Andrew Carnegie, or J D Rockerfeller because they just seems like type type to have cool secret lives.

Michele said...

I would say Joan of Arc...a woman way before her time...

Squeak Torres said...

Thanks for participating in the giveaway. I have had this book on my wishlist for awhile now. I listened to some of the other Seth Graham books and they were great. I would like to learn of the secret life of Napoleon.

P.S. Happy Belated birthday!

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Proserpine said...

Hi! Thanks for this awesome giveaway! I would love to learn more about Cleopatra!

LilMissMolly said...

Great giveaway. I simply in love audio books. I'm addicted!

Dynie said...

I would choose John F Kennedy. I have so many questions for the wonderful person. I would want to know the truth about Marilyn Monroe, his true views on politics, what it was like to be raised in his family and so many more I can't put them all here. Thanks for the chance to win this audio book.

Becca Lostinbooks said...

I would love to know more about FDR. The fact that he was in a wheelchair from polio, was married to Eleanor, and had affairs are all super fascinating.

Thank you for the giveaway!

Suz Reads said...

I would love to learn about the secret life of Ben Franklin. He invented so many things and I would like to know more about how his mind worked and what he did for fun!

Sherri Browning Erwin said...

I'm excited for the film version, too. Thanks for the review. :)

Unabridged Bookshelf said...

Thomas Jefferson or maybe Ben Franklin would be cool ones to see with secret lives!

Bridget Howard said...

Florence Nightingale would be an awesome character to learn secrets about!!!

Jenea Whittington said...

Aphrodite, the goddess of beauty, love. I love Greek Mythology..

Thank you for giveaway..

Jenea @ Books Live Forever

Ileana A. said...

Thank you so much for the giveaway!
I would love to know more about Jules Verne.

4thguy said...

I'd like to know more about the secret life of Nikola Tesla

The Lovely Getaway said...

I would love to learn more about Harriet Tubman! :)

Diana

Mickey @ imabookshark said...

I would love to learn more about JFK and the people he was connected to throughout his life. :o)

Thanks!

Lilian said...

I would love the to learn about Jacqueline Kennedy. Even though I wasn't born during the Kennedy era, but Jacqueline always struck be as the perfect, refined first lady.

Lilian @ A Novel Toybox

Maria Stanica said...

I would want to learn more about William Shakespeare! I love his plays and I would love to have all the rumors about whether there really was a man name William Shakespeare or not (who wrote those plays)! Shakespeare fascinates me.
Thank you for this giveaway!

Wanda Hart said...

I would love to know more about the secret life of James Dean. I think he should have an intriguing background.

Kristina Yeager said...

I would say Princess Diana to me she is a historical figure and someone I always looked up to when i was little. Thanks for the giveaway