My first words to my husband after listening to disc one of this audiobook were, "I'm not
sure if this is true or not." Even though the cover announces that this is a work of fiction,
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is an utterly believable, if not realistically
plausible work of historical fiction. The story chronicles an alternate reality version of
Abraham Lincoln's life as he discovers the hidden vampire world. By intermingling entries
written from a series of journals that chronicle his earliest vampire encounters with real
life characters and events, author Seth Grahame-Smith creates an unforgettable look at one
of America's most celebrated presidents.
Grahame-Smith's brilliant treatment and understanding of life in frontier America, his
ability to help the reader emotionally experience the brutality of slavery and war and his
obvious respect for Abraham Lincoln and his family will intrigue the listener and make them
look forward to having additional travel time to listen to the story.
Vampire Hunter is obviously well-researched, as we are told by the author in an
interview that follows the main text. Grahame-Smith anticipated his newest novel would be
read by many fans of Lincoln and hoped to integrate his work with actual fact. Readers will
find themselves quickly caught up in the mysterious relationship between Lincoln, whose
ultimate goal is to rid the country of vampires and tyranny, and his friendship with Henry
Sturges, who is a vampire himself. While everyone knows how Abraham Lincolnís life ended,
this dramatic conclusion receives a fittingly dramatic twist for a vampire hunter.
Readers are cautioned that Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter includes a great deal
of graphic violence that would not be appropriate for children.