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.
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"ProutyÕs novel follows a plot similar to that of StokerÕs DRACULA while also using the material that inspired the original novel. Though not necessarily scary, the combination makes for a mesmerizing listening experience, especially when narrated by Stephen Thorne. As with the original classic, this story is told through the written journal of the protagonist, here Joseph Barkeley, as he travels from his home in the U.S. to Transylvania in pursuit of the original DRACULA manuscript. Thorne captures the tone and attitude of Barkeley and demonstrates a strong ability to increase the storyÕs tension through emphasis and timing. Though his accents can sometimes sound clichŽd, they donÕt detract from the authenticity of ThorneÕs narration. L.E. © AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine"
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