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.
I really liked this book. It was a fast and easy weekend read for me. The author Royce Prouty did a great job by having a mystery that draws on real life events surrounding the publication of “Dracula”. I think this would be a great read for almost anyone, but especially to fans of the original Bram Stoker’s “Dracula”. You should be warned though this is not your Twilight kind of vampire book. This book is darker and more fighting in a very good way.
The story did remind me a bit of “The Ninth Gate” but this story stands all on its own. I also would not be surprised to see a sequel in the near future.
I received an advanced copy of this book for my review. All opinions expressed are my own.