When Abraham Lincoln was nine years old, his mother died from an ailment called the "milk sickness." Only later did he learn that his mother's deadly affliction was actually the work of a local vampire, seeking to collect on Abe's father's unfortunate debts.
When the truth became known to the young Abraham Lincoln, he wrote in his journal: henceforth my life shall be one of rigorous study and devotion. I shall become learned in all things--a master of mind and body. And this mastery shall have but one purpose."
While Abraham Lincoln is widely lauded for reuniting the North with the South and abolishing slavery from our country, no one has ever understood his valiant fight for what it really was. That is, until Seth Grahame-Smith stumbled upon The 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 massive role vampires played in the birth, growth, and near-death of our nation.
Following the success of his bestselling Pride and Prejudice and Zombies with another melange of history and horror, Grahame-Smith inserts a grandiose and gratuitous struggle with vampires into Abraham Lincoln's life. Lincoln learns at an early age that his mother was killed by a supernatural predator. This provokes his bloody but curiously undocumented lifelong vendetta against vampires and their slave-owning allies. The author's decision to reduce slavery to a mere contrivance of the vampires is unfortunate bordering on repellent, but at least it does distract the reader from the central question of why the president never saw fit to inform the public of the supernatural menace. Grahame-Smith stitches hand-to-hand vampire combat into Lincoln's documented life with competent prose that never quite manages to convince. (Mar.) Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.
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11 . Abe Lincoln kicks Vamp-ass!
Posted March 18, 2010 by Jason Ross , MilwaukeeThis is an enjoyable read. Could not put it down. If you ever wanted to know the true history of vampires in the United States, this book is for you. Get this book or I'll bite your neck!!!
12 . Weird, Entertaining
Posted March 08, 2010 by Jim , OakvilleI picked this up more out of curiousity than anything. The story was certainly different, but still very entertaining. The book was well written with enough fact throughout to make it credible. Yet, enough fantasy to keep my attention. I enjoyed it thoroughly.
Grand Central Publishing
March 01, 2010
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