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..
My review: This book starts us out with the author telling us about his life in small town in New York working in a small store. He had been a struggling writer and when life got in the way he kind of put it aside. When one of his regular customers , Henry, comes in bringing him a package containing 10 old journals that turn out to be the missing journals of Abraham Lincoln, and when the writings in the journals reveal that Abe Lincoln had been a vampire hunter. Well you realize this is going to be one amazing book.
When Abe was only nine yrs old his mother became sick, he thought she died of the milk sickness, but later his father revealed that she had been killed by a vampire to settle a debt that his father owed him, young Abe became enraged and made a vow to do his best to rid the US of them. On one of Abe's earlier attempts to kill an old woman who was a vampire,she almost drown him but suddenly he was saved and found himself in an underground house of sorts. The man who found him was Henry. Turns out Henry was an old vampire and wanted companionship. He also had an aversion to vampires that killed children,he also felt that some vampires were cruel and didn't need to exist. So he trains Abe in how to become a great vampire killer and thru out Abe's life he would get letters from Henry telling him about certain vampires that Abe needed to do away with. The author lets us follow Abe all the way to the White House and assassination with vampires being there every step of the way.
If readers can wrap their minds around the fact that Abe Lincoln our 16th president killed vampires, then they are going to love this horror but history filled book. I will warn that there are some pretty graphic descriptions of vampire killings in this book.
Thanks to Readers Favorite for letting me review this book.