Wednesday, January 12, 2011

D.P.'s CBRIII Review #2 - Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahmme-Smith

I'm a history nut.  All of it.  But more specifically, I'm an American history nut.  Furthermore specifically, I'm a Civil War history nut.  I have no idea why, but the whole thing is just endlessly fascinating to me.  I couldn't wait to visit Ford Theater in Washington, D.C. and see where Lincoln was shot.  Turns out there's more to that story than I ever knew: Lincoln hunted vampires!  Whoa shit, right?!

Okay, in all fairness, the concept seems campy at best.  Cheesy and ridiculous, one might even say.  With that said, I picked up this book (okay, I picked up my Kindle) expecting something on par with a Jeff Foxworthy offering.

Boy, was I surprised.  This book is good.  Not just good, but REALLY good.  Way better than it has any right to be, given the concept behind it.  Accurate, also.  I found myself repeatedly checking Wikipedia, wondering if Lincoln's mother really did die when he was young (she did, although Wikipedia conveniently left out the part about a vampire killing her.  Pro-vampire liberal bias, I'm assuming.)  Written as a biography, the novel ties the true story of Abraham Lincoln's entire life, from childhood to death, to his quest to hunt and kill vampires and how doing so led him from a small cabin to the White House.  His desire to end slavery and the resulting Civil War are all tied together neatly with the vampire uprising of the mid-1800s.

Finally, the ending of this book, from Lincoln's assassination by John Wilkes Booth, to Booth's death, and even the final epilogue of the novel that slaps a neat bow onto the anti-slavery subplot, are perfectly done.  The closest thing I can compare the book to is Max Brooks' World War Z.  It's just THAT good, and for it to be such a great book when I was expecting so little was an even better surprise.  Highly, highly recommended.


Stacey Garrett said...

Okay I have been waiting for you to review this. I know you said it was surprisingly good when you first started reading it but to compare it to World War Z is high praise. I am going to need to read this one.

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