Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

Book: Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, written by Seth Grahame-Smith and narrated by Scott Holst

Run Time: 10 hours

Source: audiobook via Audible

Genre: Fiction/Historical Fiction and Paranormal

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Goodreads Summary: 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.

I liked Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.  It was a fun listen.

It felt very much like an actual biography of Abraham Lincoln, but with vampires thrown in.  If it were not for the vampires, I would have sworn I was listening to an actual biography of Abraham Lincoln.  I’m not sure how much research the author did, but it really felt like he knew his stuff.

I really liked how vampires were the basis for Lincoln running for senate and president, and that it’s the basis for the civil war.  It’s a really interesting take on Lincoln, the civil war and slavery, and I really want to read up on the civil war now.

I thought Holst did a great job of narrating the book, and it didn’t feel like it was 10 hours long.

I only have a couple complaints.  One: there was not as much vampire-hunting as I expected.  I don’t know why but I was thinking it would be more about him as a vampire-hunter…instead it ended up being more about why he didn’t like vampires.

And two: I wasn’t a fan of the ending.  Abraham Lincoln becomes a vampire because Henry doesn’t want an interesting man to die.  It just doesn’t fit.  And not only that but after the build-up of a struggling writer getting Lincoln’s journals and writing his story, we get absolutely nothing about what happens afterwards.

It gets a 3 out of 5.  It was entertaining but not spectactular.

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