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 ...Read MoreIndiana, 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. NEW! Watch Honest Abe in action here: http: //www.hachettebookgroup.com/authors_ABLVH.aspxRead Less
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Publishers Weekly, 2012-06-25 Given the zany conceit of Grahame-Smith's latest novel-that a young Abraham Lincoln vowed to become a vampire slayer upon learning that his mother died after being tainted with vampire blood, and then made good on that promise-performing the story as if it were completely unremarkable is essential to the listener's suspension of disbelief. And in this audio edition, narrator Scott Holst does just that, reading with measured delivery and a calm demeanor. This decision-and his fine performance-accomplishes more than over-the-top histrionics would in delving the listener into this remarkable alternate history, in which the blood-sucking undead play a part in the Civil War (on the side of the South, supernaturally) and the fatal events in Ford's Theater. Holst aligns his pace with the mood of the text, slowing down at vital moments, e.g., when good vampire Henry Sturges informs a young Lincoln that he was born to "free men from the tyranny of vampires." This audiobook will serve as a nice contrast to the big-screen adaptation of the book, which, inevitably, substitutes explicit gore for the listener's imagination. A Grand Central paperback. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Publishers Weekly, 2010-06-28 In Grahame-Smith's campy and bloody revisionist history, Abraham Lincoln's greatest accomplishment wasn't his rise to the presidency or the emancipation of millions of slaves: it was his heroic slaying of vampires far and wide. Lincoln is a man possessed, having lost his mother to a vampire and vowing early on to avenge her. As mindless and light fun as the story is, Scott Holst's narration is wrought with phony dialects, misdirected vocal shifts, and cliched interpretations of historical figures, the least of which is surely Lincoln himself. Holst's voice shifts from a solid pitch-perfect, steady-paced tone to a shticky and forced Midwestern drawl. A Grand Central hardcover (Reviews, Jan. 11). (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Publishers Weekly, 2010-01-11 Following the success of his bestselling Pride and Prejudice and Zombies with another melange 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. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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