Okay, I just read a very interesting combination; picture this: Abraham Lincoln – Vampire Hunter. So you’re thinking really boring, right? WRONG!! I’m going to give the summary before I go on and on with praise. **WARNING: Cover may be gruesome to some readers. There is violence in this book. Recommended for mature readers only (13+ is a reasonable age).
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 the Union and freeing millions of slaves, his valiant fight against the forces of the undead has remained in the shadows for almost 200 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 the nation.
Ever wonder why Americans are so obsessed with Twilight? Maybe there’s a method to the madness! According to S. Grahame-Smith and Honest Abe (who apparently wasn’t so honest) vampires have existed for a long, long time. I loved the way this book was written, from the historically accurate researched facts to the gruesome, yet entertaining, tale of vampires. Even though I was enjoying the writing and the story, I was also learning. There was a lot of historical facts twisted very neatly so that I actually started to believe that this was the REAL story of the mid-1800’s.
My favorite character, despite his shortcomings, would have to be Henry. He has learned to deal with existing in America in a way that Abe could learn to accept and even befriend Henry for it. Even though Henry has gotten a little too used to his routine, and thought less about life and emotions behind human reasoning, which ended up back-firing on Abe, he still felt, still thought about his pain and Abe’s pain every single day. He always gave a choice to Abe, provided him with opportunities and resources and never forced anything onto the future president.
I wish that Lincoln hadn’t been assassinated – true, life would be different today, but then so would the story be too! There would have been more of Lincoln’s life, of his association and friendship with vampires, and of his presidential successes – for I have no doubt that he would have been more successful than Andrew Johnson, the VP). Anyway, that’s my review for today – up next will be The Kite Runner, as soon as I finish it.