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abraham lincoln vampire hunter book coverReviewed by Jennifer Jensen

Struggling writer Seth Grahame-Smith was entrusted with a secret that would alter forever his perspective on U.S. History and one of the most beloved presidents of our time. At first, he didn’t believe the old journals he had in his possession could possibly belong to Abraham Lincoln. Surely what he found in the contents of those pages was nothing more than an elaborate hoax. Everyone knows that vampires don’t exist…or do they? Only when Seth comes face to face with one himself does he begin to believe.

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is a biographical account of the life of Abraham Lincoln, and is unlike any Lincoln biography you have ever read before. Having had exclusive access to Lincoln’s most private journals, Grahame-Smith reveals how from a tender age Abe came to be one of the world’s greatest vampire hunters. First believing that his mother succumbed to fever, he learned years later a vampire was the cause of her death. From that moment on, Abe vowed to rid the world of all vampires. Snippets from Lincoln’s actual journals are interwoven with Grahame-Smith’s narration, which covers Abe’s childhood through his assassination at Ford Theatre. Readers will be shocked to learn just how much influence vampires had over the development of the United States, and even over Lincoln himself.

Seth Grahame-Smith, bestselling co-author of  Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, has written a clever and astonishingly realistic retelling of our 16th president’s life and death. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter was an appealing and enjoyable read, mostly due to the fact that I know very little about Abraham Lincoln. I suspect if I were more of a history aficionado, I would have a hard time appreciating the humor behind this book. To add even more authenticity to this manuscript, Grahame-Smith chose to include himself as a character within the story; his introduction should be treated as part of the story.

I particularly enjoyed this novel because it gave Grahame-Smith the opportunity to display his own creativity when it comes to the art of novel writing. We already knew he could put a fun twist on a beloved classic (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies mostly consists of the original Jane Austen text), but can he build a novel up from scratch? Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is a satisfying answer to that question. Especially noteworthy is Grahame-Smith’s twist on why vampires are in favor of slavery and the tie between vampirism and the lost colony of Roanoke.

If you didn’t enjoy Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, I’d encourage you to give Seth Grahame-Smith a second chance with Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.

Jennifer graduated from the University of Utah with a BA in English. She occasionally dabbles with her own fiction writing, particularly with the Young Adult and Paranormal genres. She currently resides in Utah with her husband and daughter.

This book was provided free of any obligation by Hachette Book Group. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.