Saturday, May 1, 2010

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith

From  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..

My Opinion:  I seem to be on a vampire kick lately and all on audio!! I was really excited about receiving this audio from Hatchett Audio (I received a free copy for review purposes, I am not required to write a positive review).  I was a bit disappointed in the whole vampire aspect.  The author wove the vampire element into the history using the inclusion of vampires to explain some of the events.  I found myself really interested in the history and drama of that but not so much the whole vampire thing. I was not thrilled with the narrator Scott Holst.  I guess that I expected more emotion.  I just think that the whole thing fell alittle flat for me. 
I did enjoy it but was not as blown away as I expected. 

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