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Publisher's Summary

When rare-manuscript expert Joseph Barkeley is hired to authenticate and purchase the original draft and notes for Bram Stoker’s Dracula, little does he know that the reclusive buyer is a member of the oldest family in Transylvania. 
After delivering the manuscript to the legendary Bran Castle in Romania, Barkeley - a Romanian orphan himself - realizes to his horror that he’s become a prisoner to the son of Vlad Dracul. To earn his freedom, Barkeley must decipher cryptic messages hidden in the text of the original Dracula that reveal the burial sites of certain Dracul family members. Barkeley’s only hope is to ensure that he does not exhaust his usefulness to his captor until he’s able to escape. Soon he discovers secrets about his own lineage that suggest his selection for the task was more than coincidence. In this knowledge may lie Barkeley’s salvation - or his doom. For now he must choose between a coward’s flight and a mortal conflict against an ancient foe. 
Building on actual international events surrounding the publication of Bram Stoker’s original novel, Royce Prouty has written a spellbinding debut novel that ranges from 1890s Chicago, London, and Transylvania to the perilous present.
©2013 Royce Prouty (P)2013 AudioGO
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4 out of 5 stars
By Susan on 06-18-13

Poindexter meets Dracula

An admirable debut, the writing had a nice flow, not too wordy and the story stayed interesting. Joseph Barkley, a book store owner, is hired to purchase and deliver the original, Braum Stokers, Dracula, along with all the notes and memoirs, to a very, to say the least, strange eccentric in Transylvania.  His journey turns out to be as much about the delivery as it is a personal quest to find out more about he and his brothers family history, and how they may be connected. 

As he finds out more about his employer he is pushed into a position that requires him to become a sleuth/slayer, not only  to protect himself but also the ones he loves.   The people that try to help him have a way of ending up dead, so he has to learn how to collect information with out the knowledge of his employer, or his minions, (semi-human slaves).   To avoid certain death or lifelong entrapment he must try to unravel Braum Stokers, unpublished epilogue that reveals what his employer is really after. 

Many unusual, somewhat endearing, but also suspicious and gruesome characters, help to make this a compelling storyline that was different.  Sometimes, like in this case, different is good.   The narrator was an acquired taste, his voices were better than his narrative.   Jump in but hold onto your souls for the sequel. 

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3 out of 5 stars
By cristina on 07-07-13

Reads like a good abridged novel

First let me say that I enjoyed this debut novel. The story is well told and horrific enough for those of us who are fans of this genre (antique book dealer gets hired to authenticate Bram Stoker's manuscript and, well, guess who his real client is!). That said, it moves along way too fast -- going from one scene to the next before you can barely digest what just happened. Characters are introduced and disposed off with an ease that makes you feel that you are listening to the abridged version of the full novel -- even if it is a good abridgment. In the end, there are even some almost-loose-ends that you wish the author had dealt with better.

Still, I love my Bad Vampire yarns and this is one of them. I look forward to seeing the author improve with practice.

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