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Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire HunterAbraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

"Abraham Lincoln was just a boy when he learned that his mother's untimely death was actually the work of a vampire. From then on, he vowed to devote his intelligence, strength--and skill with an ax--to the elimination of the soulless creatures. It was a path of vengeance that would lead him all the way to the White House.
No one ever knew about Lincoln's valiant struggle against the undead... until author Seth Grahame-Smith laid eyes on Abe's secret journal--the first living person to do so in over 140 years. Putting a supernatural spin on revisionist history, Seth has reconstructed Lincoln's true life story--while revealing the role vampires played in the birth, growth and near-death of our nation."

I absolutely loved it! It was very different from the movie, but that made it all the more interesting. I've always loved history and this book combines fascinating history with fiction. The author did a great job both masking and coinciding facts with fiction. I'm going to have to find a biography of Abraham Lincoln now to really sort out the facts from the non-obvious fiction, but the story was well told and kept me wanting to read more. Just when you think you know the ending, it jumps up and shocks you. I definitely recommend this book to history buffs that want a bit of whimsy.

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"Abraham Lincoln would never take another life. And yet he would become one of the greatest killers of the nineteenth century." (21)

"One can have all the comforts in the world, but what use are they if there is no comfort in them?" (106)

"The true rule, in determining to embrace, or reject anything, is not whether it have any evil in it; but whether it have more of evil, than of good. There are few things wholly evil, or wholly good." (188)

"There was one vampire, however, who refused to leave... who believed that the dream of a nation of immortals was still within reach -- so long as Abraham Lincoln was dead.
     His name was John Wilkes Booth." (307)

"...that some men are just too interesting to die." (336)

Kindle Edition353 pages
Published (first published March 2nd 2010)


  1. Good review. I've been on the fence about this one, but I think I'll give it a read after reading your review.

  2. Thanks! Oh the book shouldn't take long to finish, well it wouldn't have for me had the Olympics kept me from my regular reading, lol!


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