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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