Thursday, February 28, 2013

Vouched Book! Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
Seth Grahame-Smith
Publication: March 2nd 2010 by Grand Central Publishing
Genre: Historical Fiction, Horror, Paranormal

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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.

This book was awesome! I am a very big fan of both vampire novels and historical fiction, so this was an awesome find. I liked how the mystery of Roanoke Island was explained during the character Henry's story of how he became a vampire. The death of Abraham's children later on in the story was well written and the grief both Abe and Mary felt was very well expressed. I also liked the twist of Grahame-Smith's inclusion of Edgar Allan Poe in Abraham's history, and also his conclusion of who 'Reynolds' was. The telling of how Lincoln became president and how the war really got started got me interested in that part of our country's history. The ending was very well written, and left the book open for perhaps a sequel of sorts. All in all, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter was a very awesome book to read and I recommend it with everything I've got.


  1. Historical fiction doesn't usually do it for me, but the mix in with paranormal does sound intriguing. Glad you enjoyed.
    Brandi @ Blkosiner’s Book Blog

  2. HA this one sounds like a fun historical/paranormal mashup. I loved Grahame-Smith's Pride and Prejudice and Zombies—what a hoot. Will have to add this one to my to-read list.

    Beautiful review as always! xo

    ♥ Karielle @ Books à la Mode

  3. Yes..i too loved this from the historical aspect to the supernatural!