Book Thirteen of 2012: ABRAHAM LINCOLN VAMPIRE HUNTER by Seth Grahame-Smith

Indiana, 1818. In a one-room cabin, nine-year-old Abraham Lincoln kneels at his mother’s bedside.

“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. Gifted with his legendary height, strength, and skill with an ax, young Lincoln 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 almost two-hundred years – until Seth Grahame-Smith stumbled upon The Secret Journal of Abraham Lincoln. Now, using the journal as a guide, Seth reconstructs the true life story of America’s greatest president. For the first time ever, he reveals the hidden history behind the Civil War – and uncovers the role vampires played in the birth, growth, and near-death of our nation.

I am not a big reader when it comes to historical fiction. There’s something about it that just turns me off. Though this book is more fantasy than historical fiction, it is still a historical fiction and took longer for me to read than an average book would. That said, this book is still an interesting and entertaining read. I am a big vampire fan and this was interesting! I loved how Grahame-Smith intertwined actual history with a dash of vampire horror and humor.

This book is about our great #16 President and his “hidden past”. I am a big Lincoln fan. I’ve always seen him as my favorite president and a true rags to riches kind of individual. I loved the fact that he was a big reader and great writer. I’ll be honest, I wanted to be president because of him.

With this in mind, I took to the book easily. It had great fight scenes and wonderful humor. A personal favorite to this book is how it is written. It is written like a textbook or actual historic account. There is “evidence” and explanation. And then, there is the fictional way it is written. The style is so interesting, I was pulled into it. When the historical factor deterred me, the fantasy and humor kept me going.

I have another of Grahame-Smith’s books and if it was like this, or similar, I’m thinking I’ll have to read it now!

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