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The Last American Vampire

(Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter #2)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  5,303 ratings  ·  883 reviews
New York Times bestselling author Seth Grahame-Smith returns with the follow-up to Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter--a sweeping, alternate history of 20th Century America as seen through the eyes of vampire Henry Sturges.

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/>THE
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Hardcover, 399 pages
Published January 13th 2015 by Grand Central Publishing
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Carrie ♠ I already read the first book, am I am currently listening to the audiobook (I didn't know at first it was a Number 2). I would say better to read the…moreI already read the first book, am I am currently listening to the audiobook (I didn't know at first it was a Number 2). I would say better to read the first book, as there could be some spoilers. I think it would also flow better.

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Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
The Last American Vampire is the sequel to Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, a book that I haven't read (yet). In this book, we follow Henry Sturges through the centuries. He has seen it all he has seen America throughout the centuries becoming the land it is today. He has traveled to his homeland England for the first time since he became a vampire. He has met many quite famous men like; Bram Stocker, James Irving, Arthur Conan Doyle, Mark Twain, Nikola Tesla, Teddy Roosevelt, Rasputin, Eliot Ness, FDR, Howar ...more
Rebecca McNutt
I've never been much of a vampire fan (many vampire-themed books I've read are very gory and formulaic without much to make them unique), but The Last American Vampire, a sequel to another book I've yet to read, has an edge that really makes it stand out - historical fiction set in the 20th century, a seemingly more simplistic time that evokes nostalgia even though I was never there. Henry Sturges is the Forrest Gump of vampires, appearing in numerous significant events and bringing readers along for th ...more
TL
Jan 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to TL by: the first book
First read: January 24-27th 2015
Re-read via audiobook: December 28th 2015-sometime in January 2016

Narrator: Five stars
Story: Four Stars
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Original review: (changes/edits) have asterisk by them
Welcome to the story of Henry Sturges :)





*First read: January 24-27th 2015
Re-read via audiobook: December 28th 2015-sometime in January 2016

Narrator: Five stars
Story: Four Stars
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Original review: (changes/edits) have asterisk by them
Welcome to the story of Henry Sturges :)





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This was a really good but sometimes tedious book. Don't get me wrong, I loved seeing into Henry's life, getting insights into his head and seeing all the things he has done past and present. The list of historical figures that came through was impressive and for a couple I had a few giggles. A couple of times my mouth even dropped open.

The two parts of the story I really hoped the author would do happened and I eagerly devoured them, going over them in my head before continuing on.

Plus there was this:


My ancestor got a mini-mention haha... that was just awesome :).

The villain of the story was well done and not what I expected. She was cruel, calculated, smart, and crazy... a worthy opponent. The uncovering of her identity by a certain someone was amusing, well to me anyway.. .seeing Henry speechless. Plus, a certain other element came into play that had me almost jumping up and down :).

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So what are my issues? Well, I was speeding through this up until after World War 2 era. After that, the book was interesting but started to fail to grab me at the same time. I started to not get book fatigue exactly but wondering why Henry was still doing what he was doing. *Certain things (view spoiler) weren't boring but it felt like Henry
kept repeating himself in a way.

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The tie-in with a part of the first book was good and the evening spent talking with Kennedy was quietly unsettling when certain aspects were reflected on...

Other than those and a certainly exciting and surprising/one part sad but satisfying ending, I didn't enjoy the latter part as much. It felt like some parts could have been edited or left out perhaps.

When the villain makes another appearance, I was intrigued slightly but that was overwhelmed mostly by "Back again? Kill her please!" *It felt too drawn out to me... it probably wasn't done just for the drama (the final fight was exciting in its own way) but that was the only time I was seriously annoyed with the story. (view spoiler)

Also, while some of the footnotes add to the story, others were merely distracting.

Mr. Grahame-Smith does a great job weaving these stories of Henry's existence together with historical events and making them so seem plausible/real.. Making you think "What if" in some cases (fun to play).

I would recommend this, it's a great book overall and I would love to here more about Henry one day if there's a new tale to be told :).

Happy reading!

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Check out Carole's awesome review of this book as well :).

❀Aimee❀ Just one more page...'s review

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Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
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4 Stars!

This book first came to my attention because of the cover which I absolutely love. I really enjoyed reading this book. I found some sections of the book were amazingly good while other sections seemed a bit tedious for me. Overall, I liked it and found it to be a worthwhile read. This is the first book by Seth Grahame-Smith that I have had a chance to read and while t
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Char
Mar 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-book, vampires
I listened to this on audio. It was a fun historical fiction story punctuated by gory vampire fights and famous characters of the times like Mark Twain, Sir Conan Doyle and Nikola Tesla.
Fast paced and fun. Recommended!
Cody
Sep 07, 2018 rated it it was ok
The Last American Vampire by Seth Grahame-Smith is one of those quasi-historical alternative world geek trips that cannot be taken seriously. Following the story of Henry Sturges, the reader witnesses the world from the mid 1500's to the turn of the 21st century through the vampire lens of Sturges as he participates in many of the more famous events from this time period. Turning the last page of the book there's a feeling of -what was the whole point of the book-?

Most of the events
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Char
The Last American Vampire (audio) I listened to this on audio.
 
It was a fun historical fiction story punctuated by gory vampire fights and famous characters of the times like Mark Twain, Sir Conan Doyle and Nikola Tesla. Fast paced and fun.
 
Recommended!
Latasha
Apr 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
omg I freakin loved this book! Henry, please marry me!! the story was great and the characters were out of this world. my favorite part is when he meets Tesla and Twain. omg they were great!!yes, yes. you should read this book!
❀Aimee❀ Just one more page...
Abe and Henry

In this spin-off of the author's "Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter", we get to see the life of Henry Sturges up to the current day. Henry was the vampire that taught Abe to fight the bad vampires.

Think of this as a vampire version of Forest Gump.
Miley

We see Henry before vampirism, and then throughout history as he interacts with the historic figures and events. And of course these events often had evil vampires involved either directly or pulling the strings.
sturges

You'll hear the story of the mysteriou
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Crowinator
To be fair, Seth Grahame-Smith can write. I wish he'd use his talents on something else, something less gimmicky, but those who enjoyed Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter (the book, not the movie) will probably enjoy this too. It's memorably gross, in a novel way (at one point, vampire Henry smokes a cigar and exhales through the ripped out throat of a victim so that it comes out of the victim's nostrils; at another, he reminisces about popping off vertebra of a victim like champagne corks; some Klansman ...more
Devann
I did have a few bones to pick with this book - mainly centered around how it largely fails to deal with either race or gender on what is basically a trip through Dead White Dudes of the Past Several Hundred Years - but for once I was actually able to 'get past' that for the most part and rate it five stars because it was just so ridiculously fun.

You definitely have to take all the events here with more than a few grains of salt - as is true with most 'historical' fiction but Henry is an unexpe
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Gram
Oct 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read this book and solve the mystery of the disappearance of the Roanoke settlers; discover the identity of Jack The Ripper; how Rasputin really died; Howard Hughes deadly secret; the truth behind the assassination of JFK - and much more! Then, throw in more gore than Leatherface could let out with a zillion chainsaws! Terrific fun!
Albert
Jun 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Last American Vampire by Seth Grahame-Smith is one of those rare sequels that outdoes the original in both scope and vision. The first book is of course Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter which is not as ridiculous as it sounds and far better than the movie that was made from it.

This second novel begins soon after the first has ended, with the assassination of President Lincoln. His friend, and vampire, Henry Sturges filled with grief and not seeing how this young nation could conti
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Christine
Apr 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015-reads
In 1587 the Colony of Roanoake was established and just as quickly disappeared, seemingly without a trace. To this day no explanations of what happened to those 115 colonists has been uncovered. In the fall of 1888 “Jack the Ripper” terrorized the WhiteChapel district of London with his string of murders. Just as suddenly the murders stopped and no one knows who Saucy Jack might have been or why the murders so suddenly ended. In 1897 Bram Stoker introduced the world to Count Dracula, a vampire. ...more
Sarah
Jan 17, 2015 rated it liked it
I am a fan of Seth Grahame-Smith. I enjoyed Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter so much that I went on to read his first book, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. My favorite of his books is Unholy Night, his story of the three wise men. What I enjoy most is that on one level he stays very true to history, or text, and then weaves in a purely fictional story with vampires or zombies. The readers of his books willingly suspend disbelief making these books a fun read. These books make me feel like I am pa ...more
Erin
Dec 19, 2014 rated it liked it
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Every reader I know has a guilty pleasure and I am no exception. Some like steamy romances, others favor straight-up erotica, but I myself gravitate to steampunk and paranormal fiction which is how I discovered Seth Grahame-Smith back in 2010. I'd just reread Pride and Prejudice and feeling game for a laugh, I decided to follow it up with Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.

Honestly I found the book amusing, but I wasn't overly impressed with the title, so I
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Tressa
Feb 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Hillary Pincus
Jan 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
I didn't watch "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" but I saw the movie (yes, yes I know. Shame, shame.) The main character in The Last American Vampire is Lincoln's vampire partner in crime, Henry Burgess.
The story follows Henry just after Lincoln's assassination, through White Chapel, to Russia and hunting down Rasputin, tasked with eliminating Adolf Hitler, the crash of the Hindenberg, WWI, WWII, and the assassination of John F. Kennedy (in no particular order). During these adventures the
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☕️Kimberly
Jan 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Five reasons to grab your earbuds and listen to The Last American Vampire

I love history and Grahame-Smith weaves vampires into some of the biggest events in history from the folks who disappeared at Roanoke to JFK’s assassination. He takes us to London, with Jack the Ripper and introduces us to Tesla, Edison and Mark Twain. It was riveting from his re-telling of the Hindenburg crash to visiting Teddy Roosevelt in the White House.
The tale is relayed through Henry Sturges the Vampire who hunted wi
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NaTaya Hastings
Jan 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I loved this book. Honestly, I'm not certain that I didn't like it even more than "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter." One of my favorite things about both of these books is that Smith writes them like history books (complete with footnotes and actual photographs of things like Teddy Roosevelt posing with an elephant he'd just killed and Jack Ruby with his gun jammed into Lee Harvey Oswald's stomach). The facts he uses in his book are so... FACTUAL! I mean, seriously, the only thing keeping a pers ...more
Cupcakes & Machetes
History buffs and historical fiction nerds will adore.

“But that’s the wonderful thing about being a vampire. Our hope of Heaven is revoked the moment we’re made. Every subsequent sin is a teardrop in the ocean.”

This is the follow up novel to Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. While I had a lot of fun with that novel, this one was even more of a historical thrill ride. Here, we follow Henry Sturges after the death of his friend Lincoln as he trots through important points in history. Beginning with/>“But
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Elisha Condie
Jan 27, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: bleh
It kind of pains me to give one of Seth Grahame-Smith's books one star. Because I really liked his other books. And I've thought about it for a few days and I think what was missing from this book was it's human center - in the other books we had Abraham Lincoln, the Bennett sisters, or the Holy Family.

This book is all about Henry Sturges, that guy who taught ol' Abe about vampire hunting. This book follows his whole history and it can be summed up as: Bad guy you think is dead ISN'T! And muc
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Abby
May 29, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5/5

Forrest Gump with vampires! Our main character Henry goes through years of American history meeting many important figures. Years of killing people under the rule of various presidents, including Rasputin and Hitler. One thing that really frustrated me about this book was that it kept flipping between first and third person viewpoints, both representing the same person. Maybe it was written different, but it was extremely annoying on audiobook.
Badseedgirl
This was even better than the first book in the series. Henry Sturges is fleshed out much more in this book. In making him the main character, Mr. Grahame-Smith open up over 400 years of history to flounce around in. And My does Henry flounce. Apparently vampires, and Henry Sturges in particular, had a finger in almost all major events in history.

I didn't think I would, but I'm actually looking forward to the next book I the series.
Marc-Antoine
I haven't had this much fun reading a book since, well, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. Which is fitting since this is the sequel.
Elaine
Nov 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
I won a copy from Goodreads First Reads.

First, I have to say I did not read Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter but I did see the movie.

Yeah, yeah, I know, that's SOO not the same. I didn't think the movie was that bad but I get the feeling the book is much better, as it is in most of the case.

That is why when I cracked open the book, I already had Dominic Cooper in my head as Henry Sturges and no one else.

In watching the movie, I could not see him in the part but he grew o
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Dan
Even though this is a sequel to Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, the story primarily focuses on Henry Sturges. The vampire who befriended Abraham Lincoln and taught him how to fight vampires in the first book. It follows him through history as he meets a number or people including Bram Stoker, Arthur Conan Doyle, Jack the Ripper, Mark Twain, Teddy Roosevelt, Rasputin, Elliot Ness, Howard Hughes and John F. Kennedy. Although it is a very enjoyable read, I found the first book to be better.
Erin
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Mike
Feb 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Very enjoyable read. I had no idea it was new, I'm usually very behind.

I was impressed with the authors ability to stay true to historical timelines while weaving supernatural events in between.

This could have been titled with "The Adventures of..." as it did read much like a video game plays. Different levels and tackling more and more difficult bosses.

Lots of fun and highly recommended.
Jennifer (the_pumpkin_reads)
Feb 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015-reads
Despite this being an obviously less than serious book I really found it interesting, and it kept my attention!

I enjoyed Henry Sturges and the kind of Vampire he was and really enjoyed all the interesting bits of history they weaved into his tale.

If there were more in this line I would read them, and have already planned on reading more by this author.

A fast paced book that deserves its four star rating.
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Seth Grahame-Smith (born Seth Jared Greenberg) is an American author, screenwriter and film producer. He is best known for his novels Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter which both hit the New York Times' best seller list. Seth Grahame-Smith lives in Los Angeles, California with his wife, Erin, and his son, Joshua.

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