22gigantes.com - "A thrilling action adventure with brilliant literary homages to Bram Stoker's original. You never wanted to root for Dracula more!" — Felicia Day, founder of Geek & Sundry and New York Times best-selling author of You're Never Weird on the InternetRavaged by the Nazi Secret Service during World War II, Romanian resistance forces turn to one of their leaders, Professor Van Helsing for any way out. To fight these monstrous forces, Van Helsing raises a legendary monster from centuries of slumber... Prince Dracula himself.Once he was the ruler of Transylvania. Prince Vlad Dracul, is, above all else, a patriot. He proves more than willing to once again drive out his country’s invaders. Upshot: No one minds if he drinks all the German blood he desires.In Berlin, when Hitler hears about the many defeats his forces are suffering at the hands of an apparent true vampire, he is seduced by the possibility of becoming immortal. Thus two forces are set upon a collision course, the ultimate confrontation: Superpower against superpower.
Most helpful customer reviews 3 of 3 people found the following review helpful. An Engrossing, Imaginative, and Uniquely Entertaining Vampire Tale. The Best Vampire Story I've Read In Years! By Dr.M.Lawicki Don't be put off by the farcical concept and title of this latest Dracula incarnation. This is an astoundingly good read and engrossing story from cover to cover in my opinion. I thoroughly enjoyed it. There are many things to like and appreciate about this novel if you are fond of imaginative or unique vampire tales. Let me first address a few minor quibbles before I relate the more impressive aspects of this inventive story. Firstly, I wouldn't go so far to claim that this is a 'true sequel' to Bram Stokers original book (as was asserted by The New York Journal of Books). Why? Simply put, Dracula vs. Hitler is written with a subtle though palpable 21st century sensibility. In this supernatural-themed tome, Dracula himself is depicted as a hypersexualized, brooding, and reluctant vampire in the finest 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' tradition. Normally I can appreciate strong & heroic female characters in books or movies, but I personally found the alluring vixen Lucille VanHelsing to be a tad amoral and agressive for me. She pursued Dracula romantically throughout this story, much to the chagrin of both her father and former lover J.Harker. It was difficult for me to accept that Dracula had gone from the worlds foremost apex predator to prey in a fortnight! Although the story Patrick Sheane Duncan weaves is a compelling and potent one, my honest opinion and final quibble is that Dracula vs Hitler is twice as long as it should be. Dracula goes on one mission too many against his Teutonic adversaries after sunset before we finally get to the climactic section of the story. NOW, on to the praise. I commend this book for several reasons that distinguish it from its many competitors in the marketplace. It was a pleasant surprise to read an entertaining book so well researched that my skepticism and doubts were involuntarily suspended an entire weekend. I was hooked from the very beginning of the novel and spellbound for its duration. Vampire stories and novels may be a dime a dozen these days, but what really gave THIS story credibility was Patrick Sheane Duncan's utilization of Bram Stoker's original Victorian narrative style. Set in Romania at the dawn of the Second World War, the main action of this story unfolds chronologically in the novel through a series of diary, journal entries, and German military communiques. This is of course the same technique utilized in Bram Stoker's original 'Dracula' in 1897--minus the German military communiques of course. All three narrative elements added much to the potency of PSDs storytelling in my opinion. The many tales of the partisan activities of our heros--aided by none other than Dracula---are expertly described and astonishingly detailed in their planning and their execution. It was easy to imagine myself witnessing all the pulse-pounding gunfights, swordplay, and action in the first person. The author Patrick Sheane Duncan is himself a war veteran with an impressive resume, and these incredibly detailed and convincing action sequences are certainly his own creation. My favorite part of this story was in the very beginning when Professor VanHelsing went to retrieve the body of Dracula in November of 1896 after the famous confrontation between himself, his former colleagues, and the Vampire we know so well. It really set the tone for the later events in the story and captured my imagination. I earnestly believe that PSD has created in Dracula vs Hitler a near-perfect mashup of: historical fiction, gothic horror, romance, and humor. There is plenty of suspense, intrigue, and a general lack of predictability that further distinguishes this story from the rest in an otherwise worn-out vampire genre. While this story may have been light in the horror department for me, it compensated by being one of the most convincing, imaginative, and memorable vampire tales I've read in many years. It was certainly worth the time and money invested, and I cannot recommend it highly enough for any fans of Supernatural fiction. 0 of 0 people found the following review helpful. Inconsistent writing - both good and bad (SPOILERS) By D. MARSHALL The whole time I was reading this book I was wondering whether or not I should recommend it, or just review it. I finished it last night. It has it's good points and it's bad points. When I read that the author is a screenplay writer, I realized why he did something that I didn't like. It's got a "comic relief" element in an otherwise intensely serious story. I didn't care for the comic relief. Overall, liked the book. It wasn't a waste of time. I've often wanted to see Dracula take on Hitler.The story begins at the end of the events described in the book DRACULA, where Van Helsing returns to the scene of the big confrontation at the wagon where they believe they've killed Dracula. He wants to find the body and make sure that he's really dead. He and some hired muscle find the body, transport it to a remote Dracula family crypt, chain the coffin closed and seals the crypt.Fast forward to Spring 1941. Romania is being invaded by the Nazis. Van Helsing, still alive, but very old, has been living in Romania for 50 years, has an adult daughter, and both belong to the underground resistance movement. The Nazis are killing innocent civilians to demonstrate their power and control, and the resistance movement is not strong enough to be effective. In an act of desperation, he goes to Dracula's crypt and pulls the stake out of his heart and tells him that his homeland is being invaded and needs his help.Van Helsing's daughter is Lucille. An English Lieutenant is the grandson of Jonathan Harker, and an English Sergeant who is an explosives expert is given the codename of Renfeld. Lt. Harker is a competent officer in the field, but acts like a lovesick teenager around Lucy Van Helsing. Sgt Renfield receives a brain injury and is prone to inappropriate songs at random occasions. Those are the comic relief elements that I found annoying.Bram Stoker has written the book DRACULA that we all know, so the real Dracula keeps encountering people who think they know him based on the book. The real Vlad does not turn into a bat or wolf, or mist himself through cracks in walls. A stake through the heart suspends life, but doesn't kill. Silver has serious effects. There are a few of Vlad's scenes that made me really miss the good writing of Fred Saberhagen. There are some annoying plot holes.Lots of violence, gore and brutality. Not for the faint of heart. 0 of 0 people found the following review helpful. Surprisingly good By Hamburger Dude Okay, I admit it. I bought the book on a whim solely based on the title, but, if you knew me then you'd know that with a title like "Dracula vs Hitler", there was no way I could pass it up. I was pleasantly surprised to find this was actually a well-written book mainly about the Romanian resistance movement in 1941.As a measure of desperation, Professor Von Helsing himself, despite misgivings, revives Prince (not Count) Dracula and enlists his aid in opposing the Nazis. There are some interesting and amusing moments such as Dracula learning about and later reading the Bram Stoker novel, sometimes offended by and sometimes laughing at the way it fictionalizes the actual events of his, for lack of a better word, life. Mostly though, the book is about a small resistance group making hit and run raids against Nazi installations and Dracula doesn't even make an appearance until about a quarter of the way through.All-in-all, it was a very enjoyable read. See all 33 customer reviews...
''A thrilling action adventure with brilliant literary homages to Bram Stoker's original. You never wanted to root for Dracula more!'' --Felicia Day, New York Times bestselling author About the Author Patrick Sheane Duncan is the author of several books and the writer and director of the critically acclaimed feature film 84 Charlie MoPic and the award-winning screenwriter of Mr. Holland's Opus, Courage under Fire, and Nick of Time. He is the producer of the HBO series Vietnam War Story and cowriter and director of the television documentary series Medal of Honor.Matthew Brenher, originally from London, now lives in Los Angeles. His theatrical background includes performances in no fewer than twenty Shakespearean productions, including Macbeth, Twelfth Night, Measure for Measure, As You Like It, Julius Caesar, A Midsummer Night s Dream, Romeo in Romeo & Juliet, and the title role in Henry V. In Los Angeles, he played Claudius in Hamlet, Cassio in Othello, Antony in Antony & Cleopatra, Antipholous of Syracuse in Comedy of Errors, and Orsino in Twelfth Night. Other theater includes: Heathcliff in Wuthering Heights, Trigorin in The Seagull, Alistair in Shaw s The Millionairess, Jerry in Pinter's Betrayal, the title role in Dracula, and George in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, for which he was awarded best performance by a lead actor/drama by Stage Scene LA 2009 2010. He's performed in new plays, most recently in A Bitter Fruit for Palestine, Vulcan in Love's Mistress at the famous Globe theater in London, and Petko in an acclaimed production of The Mapletree Game. On television, he played Mad Marcus for six months in the now defunct British soap Brookside. Other television includes: Rules of Engagement, Bodyguards, The Blind Date, Starhunter, The Grid, Eastenders, and Nostradamus. Films include Execution, A Midsummer Nights Dream, Stay Shy, and The Boy Who would Be King. He works in commercials and industrials and is an accomplished voice-over artist.
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