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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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I found this book, and the concept, to be very creative. I loved how he transformed what is essentially a history book (i.e. Read morePublished 1 day ago by T.S. Charles (author of Consumed)
I expected this to be stupid and needlessly gory. Parts of the narrative indulged in more gore than I would have liked but it was not excessive. Read morePublished 3 days ago by jen
I loved the historical twist on the subject of vampires and those that chose to defend our country against them. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Kyt
Read this one on the recommendation of a friend. I had to admit that I had been wanting to but was reluctant just because I thought the premise silly and a sacrilege. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Curtis G. Richardson
Amazing novel. The movie didnt do justice but this book is great! I love the fusion between history and mythical things hahPublished 15 days ago by Rose
Good story telling. Interesting weave of historical fact and fiction. I would recommend this book. There's a nice flow to the text. congratulations to the word smith.Published 16 days ago by bru
Abraham Lincoln: the man. Born into humble means, lost his mother at nine, almost completely self-educated, buried his first love Ann Rutledge and two sons, Edward and William,... Read morePublished 18 days ago by Gamma Mouse
This Alternate Historical Fiction was outstanding!! A must read!!! I loved how the author wrote himself in as one of the characters in the beginning of the story. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Kathleen M. Lucey
Enjoyed this! It a somewhat predictable book but has some interesting turns. I saw the movie but liked the book much better.Published 22 days ago by Mary