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Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
by Seth Grahame-Smith

Published: 2011-04-19
Paperback : 352 pages
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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.

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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.

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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..



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Compare to the movie.
by rickimc (see profile) 01/27/14

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Fact or Fiction
by ctorr78 (see profile) 09/17/12
Don't look up the facts of Lincoln until after you are done reading so you don't spoil it for yourselves

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  "Loved this book"by ymacedo (see profile) 06/11/14

I loved this book. It was addicting from beginning to end. The author has you guessing as to what is fact and fiction. After reading it, it will have you thinking that maybe there are vampires out there...... (read more)

 
  "Way Better Than the Movie!"by rickimc (see profile) 01/27/14

The writing style - going back and forth between Lincoln's first person journal entries and the author's narration - takes a little getting used to, but once you do, this is a very entertaining read. I... (read more)

 
  "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter"by chrissiefernandez (see profile) 01/31/13

 
  "abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter"by alanna (see profile) 12/12/12

 
  "my review"by augiedd (see profile) 12/10/12

 
  "unexpected"by ctorr78 (see profile) 09/17/12

When chosen for our next read many members were skeptical of the choice however when you start reading it was very well written very well research to the point that you are unsure of what is fact what... (read more)

 
  "Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter"by asiajen2001 (see profile) 08/20/12

This was a fun book to read and discuss, love that the history was right on the mark. The writing is very good and it weaves the history and vampires seamlessly.

 
  "Honest Abe...not so honest!!!!"by krogers8784 (see profile) 07/11/12

 
  "great"by tonyafaye (see profile) 04/02/12

I loved this book . It's Aberham Lincoln's biography with vampires added. It made me want to read his real biography.

 
  "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter"by marteaga (see profile) 06/09/10

As a history lover, I was impressed with the historical content of the book, however the vampires got in the way. It was sort of silly.... But the history was great!

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