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Title:
The last American vampire
Author:
Grahame-Smith, Seth.
Personal Author:
Edition:
First Edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2015.
Physical Description:
398 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Summary:
"In Reconstruction American, vampire Henry Sturges is searching for renewed purpose in the wake of his friend Abraham Lincoln's shocking death. Henry's will be an expansive journey that will first send him to England for an unexpected encounter with Jack the Ripper, then to New York City for the birth of a new American century, the dawn of the electric era of Tesla and Edison, and the blazing disaster of the 1937 Hindenburg crash."--
General Note:
Sequel to Abraham Lincoln: vampire hunter.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781455502127
Format :
Book

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Vampire Henry Sturges returns in the highly anticipated sequel to Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter -a sweeping, alternate history of twentieth-century America by New York Times bestselling author Seth Grahame-Smith.

THE LAST AMERICAN VAMPIRE

In Reconstruction-era America, vampire Henry Sturges is searching for renewed purpose in the wake of his friend Abraham Lincoln's shocking death. Henry's will be an expansive journey that first sends him to England for an unexpected encounter with Jack the Ripper, then to New York City for the birth of a new American century, the dawn of the electric era of Tesla and Edison, and the blazing disaster of the 1937 Hindenburg crash.

Along the way, Henry goes on the road in a Kerouac-influenced trip as Seth Grahame-Smith ingeniously weaves vampire history through Russia's October Revolution, the First and Second World Wars, and the JFK assassination.

Expansive in scope and serious in execution, THE LAST AMERICAN VAMPIRE is sure to appeal to the passionate readers who made Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter a runaway success.


Author Notes

Seth Grahame-Smith is an author and a film and television writer/producer. His books include How to Survive a Horror Movie: All the Skills to Dodge the Kills, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Unholy Night, and The Last American Vampire. In addition to adapting the screenplay for his novel Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, he also wrote Tim Burton's film Dark Shadows.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Grahame-Smith's secret history, begun in Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter (2010), continues with the story of Henry Sturges, the vampire who taught Lincoln to hunt. Styled as the results of compiled interviews with Henry, complete with first-person transcripts and photographs, this pseudo-historical adventure is bookended by presidential assassination, from Lincoln to JFK. However, its chronological scope is much wider, starting with Henry's birth as a vampire in Roanoke and following him in his work as a member of the Union, dedicated to equality of men and vampires. In that period, Henry helps Bram Stoker and Arthur Conan Doyle hunt Jack the Ripper; kills Rasputin with Tesla's teleforce weapon; flays Klansmen in the South; fails to kill Hitler; and so on. Grahame-Smith is less silly than he could be with such a madcap premise, and his presentation of history is thoroughly well researched. The serious tone is occasionally dry, notwithstanding Henry's frequent indulgence in gory ostentation and the singular novelty of learning, for example, about vampire Howard Hughes' plan to create a race of superhumans. This is a diverting read for fans of bloody mayhem and historical mash-ups.--Hutley, Krista Copyright 2015 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

Grahame-Smith follows 2010's Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter with another often fun, occasionally frustrating secret history. Lincoln's companion Henry Sturges once lived in Roanoke, and was turned into a vampire after most of the colonists (including his pregnant wife) were slaughtered. Shortly after Lincoln's assassination, Sturges is drawn into political intrigue when a mysterious European vampire named Grander seems to declare war on the U.S. vampires. As Sturges investigates Grander over the years, he encounters celebrities on both sides of the Atlantic, including Arthur Conan Doyle, Teddy Roosevelt, and John D. Rockefeller. Grahame-Smith clearly has fun mixing vampire mythology and politics into some well-researched history, and readers will forgive the occasional overused trope or bit of excessive cinematic theatricality, as when Sturges blows smoke through the nostrils of a decapitated head. There are some nice twists-one spoiled by the previous book, unfortunately-and fans of supernatural fights and gory killings will find plenty to enjoy. (Jan.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Library Journal Review

After the defeat of the Confederacy and Lincoln's subsequent assassination, Henry -Sturges, who recruited Lincoln into the internal conflict among vampires, tries to recover and move forward with his life. Still devoted to the Union and serving his country, Sturges tracks the involvement of A. Grander VIII, the mysterious villain who has declared, "No more Americans." Grander's determination to destroy the United States draws Sturges into some notable historical events, including the Jack the Ripper murders, World War I and II, the fall of the Hindenberg, the attacks on the Twin Towers, and many others. Macleod Andrews performs excellently as narrator. VERDICT Well written, witty, and at times downright hilarious, this is a fun and heady listen, particularly for history buffs. ["Grahame-Smith's fans, as well as anyone willing to try alternate history, will enjoy this sweeping adventure": LJ Xpress Reviews 12/19/14 review of the Grand Central hc.]-Jeremy Bright, Georgia State Univ. Lib., Atlanta © Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.