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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.

Review:

"Following the success of his bestselling Pride and Prejudice and Zombies with another mlange of history and horror, Grahame-Smith inserts a grandiose and gratuitous struggle with vampires into Abraham Lincoln's life. Lincoln learns at an early age that his mother was killed by a supernatural predator. This provokes his bloody but curiously undocumented lifelong vendetta against vampires and their slave-owning allies. The author's decision to reduce slavery to a mere contrivance of the vampires is unfortunate bordering on repellent, but at least it does distract the reader from the central question of why the president never saw fit to inform the public of the supernatural menace. Grahame-Smith stitches hand-to-hand vampire combat into Lincoln's documented life with competent prose that never quite manages to convince." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"The book's grotesque joviality should be fun for those looking for it." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"Grahame-Smith's breezy narrative style makes this a quick and easy read guaranteed to tickle the funny bone. Vampires are hot, so expect high demand..." Booklist

Review:

"The story begins promisingly, but as interactions with the undead pile up, the plot becomes less and less believable." Library Journal

Review:

"Lincoln becomes little more than a standard-issue thriller protagonist in a stovepipe hat. It raises the question of why Grahame-Smith bothered to write this novel at all, instead of going straight to the screenplay where his ambitions clearly lie. (Grade: C+)" The Onion A.V. Club

Synopsis:

Grahame-Smith's revision of a Jane Austen classic blew readers' minds and became an instant national bestseller. Now, the author of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies tackles one of America's greatest presidents.

Synopsis:

Seth Grahame-Smith's revision of a Jane Austen classic blew readers' minds and became an instant national bestseller. Now, he tackles our greatest president...

When Abraham Lincoln was nine years old, his mother died from an ailment called the milk sickness. Only later did he learn that his mother's deadly affliction was actually the work of a local vampire, seeking to collect a debt owed by Lincoln's father. When Abe learned the truth, he vowed revenge and kept one passion hidden throughout his life: the brutal elimination of all vampires. His valiant, bloody fight against the undead was all but lost to history, until Grahame-Smith stumbled upon The Secret Journal of Abraham Lincoln. Using the journal as his guide, Seth reconstructs Lincoln's life story and uncovers the role vampires played in the birth, growth, and near-death of our nation.

You don't know Abe. Honest.

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About the Author

Seth Grahame-Smith is a film and television writer/producer, semi-frequent blogger, and bestselling author. His first novel, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, debuted at #3 on the New York Times bestseller list. Since its release in April 2009, it's sold over a million copies and been translated into 20 languages. Seth is also the Co-Creator/Executive Producer of the upcoming MTV comedy series, The Hard Times of RJ Berger. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and son.

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classy_mommie, January 31, 2013 (view all comments by classy_mommie)
I really loved reading this book. I am naturally a big fiction fan, and into Syfy. The book read pretty quickly and gave quite a twist to Abraham Lincoln's story. The way his diary entries were incorporated into the story was perfect, they did slow me down a bit as I tried to see how they were incorporated into the story but overall I loved this book...I am glad I read this prior to the movie of it coming out to theaters.
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Nichole Stoner, March 7, 2012 (view all comments by Nichole Stoner)
"Honest Abe" isn't very honest anymore. Vampire Hunter was one of those books that sounded absurd at first. Really? The 16th president is now running around in the middle of the night, slaying vampires? It was a very pleasant surprise. Besides the most obvious additions it feels more like a biography than a fictional novel. The inclusion of the vampires and the way they influenced the war is so well written it could've been plausible. From his childhood to his first encounters with the vampires, everything comes together to create a rather convincing story of the vampire's icy grip on a growing America.
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Karri, January 17, 2011 (view all comments by Karri)
A very entertaining and well-written story! Or is it a biography?! Highly recommended for the history buff AND the fiction aficionado. It definitely made me wonder "what if...?"
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780446563086
Author:
Grahame-Smith, Seth
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Author:
Holst, Scott
Subject:
Vampires
Subject:
Lincoln, Abraham
Subject:
General
Subject:
Horror - General
Subject:
Fantasy - Paranormal
Subject:
Undead; Vampires; Lincoln; Abraham; U.S. presidents; U.S. Civil War; Slavery; Diaries; Revenge
Subject:
Horror
Subject:
Undead; Vamp
Subject:
ires; Lincoln; Abraham; U.S. presidents; U.S. Civil War; Slavery; Diaries; Revenge
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Publication Date:
20120403
Binding:
CD-audio
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
448
Dimensions:
8 x 5.25 x 1 in 0.72 lb

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Product details 448 pages Grand Central Publishing - English 9780446563086 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Following the success of his bestselling Pride and Prejudice and Zombies with another mlange of history and horror, Grahame-Smith inserts a grandiose and gratuitous struggle with vampires into Abraham Lincoln's life. Lincoln learns at an early age that his mother was killed by a supernatural predator. This provokes his bloody but curiously undocumented lifelong vendetta against vampires and their slave-owning allies. The author's decision to reduce slavery to a mere contrivance of the vampires is unfortunate bordering on repellent, but at least it does distract the reader from the central question of why the president never saw fit to inform the public of the supernatural menace. Grahame-Smith stitches hand-to-hand vampire combat into Lincoln's documented life with competent prose that never quite manages to convince." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "The book's grotesque joviality should be fun for those looking for it."
"Review" by , "Grahame-Smith's breezy narrative style makes this a quick and easy read guaranteed to tickle the funny bone. Vampires are hot, so expect high demand..."
"Review" by , "The story begins promisingly, but as interactions with the undead pile up, the plot becomes less and less believable."
"Review" by , "Lincoln becomes little more than a standard-issue thriller protagonist in a stovepipe hat. It raises the question of why Grahame-Smith bothered to write this novel at all, instead of going straight to the screenplay where his ambitions clearly lie. (Grade: C+)"
"Synopsis" by , Grahame-Smith's revision of a Jane Austen classic blew readers' minds and became an instant national bestseller. Now, the author of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies tackles one of America's greatest presidents.
"Synopsis" by , Seth Grahame-Smith's revision of a Jane Austen classic blew readers' minds and became an instant national bestseller. Now, he tackles our greatest president...

When Abraham Lincoln was nine years old, his mother died from an ailment called the milk sickness. Only later did he learn that his mother's deadly affliction was actually the work of a local vampire, seeking to collect a debt owed by Lincoln's father. When Abe learned the truth, he vowed revenge and kept one passion hidden throughout his life: the brutal elimination of all vampires. His valiant, bloody fight against the undead was all but lost to history, until Grahame-Smith stumbled upon The Secret Journal of Abraham Lincoln. Using the journal as his guide, Seth reconstructs Lincoln's life story and uncovers the role vampires played in the birth, growth, and near-death of our nation.

You don't know Abe. Honest.

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