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Dracula: Hearts of Stone (Dracula Hearts Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

A. J. Gallant
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Book Description

"Wow- this is truly one of the best books I've read in a very, very long time.

I absolutely love the way Dracula is depicted in this story- he's comical, and deadly serious at the same time, which is just a perfect mix. The characters he has around him simply add to the humor and depth of his ancient personality."

This is book 1 of 3

Dracula and Piers Anthony together.

Valiant vampire sheriffs are being overrun and need Dracula to step up in this tale of magic, romance and fangs.

Evil vampires want to take over the world.
Dracula has moved beyond his twilight years, into a twisted state he never thought possible. He’s no longer a monster but Dracula is depressed, suicidal in fact. Life is no longer worth living. Bram Stoker would no longer recognise him. His vampire diaries no longer interest him even though his only friend would love to tell his tale. People are being murdered by biters all over the world and Piers Anthony wants Dracula to do something about it.

We start with a shiny new pot of boiling water and add too many evil vampires, and not enough of the good biters. Add a cup of mayhem and a dash of romance. Oh yes, and a pinch of mirth. Stir lovingly and you have a new novel by A. J. Gallant. If it sounds like the recipe for you then you must read Dracula: Hearts of Stone. Dracula commands it.

New York City is under attack.
Nasty vampires are feeding on vulnerable mortals and causing chaos. Years ago Dracula trained valiant sheriffs and expects them to defend the humans but they are being overrun. Piers Anthony, the author, is now a vampire. He spends his days attempting to get the Master to snap out of it and to defend people, without losing his head.
A 12-year-old girl is a rare hybrid, half human and half vampire; she was conceived the normal way, with her mother a mortal and her father a vampire. Jenny is slowly discovering that she may be a blood wizard. She’s already an accomplished vampire killer and can cast spells, but an underground figure has noticed the girl. Some believe that she might be the one of legend that tips the scale toward good.
Sheriff Alexander and his vampire dog (German shepherd) stand and fight for justice.
Will the red sheriffs be overrun? Will Michael finally get the courage to ask out the sheriff?

Dracula: Hearts of Stone Book One of Three.
In the final book he travels to Egypt for an exciting adventure that takes him inside a pyramid.

Here are some of the characters in this book.
Dracula is a bit of a good guy.
Piers Anthony is now a vampire.
Jenny is a 12-year-old hybrid with extraordinary talent.
Lauren is an exceptional sheriff with unsurpassed fighting skills.
A very special Siamese cat searches for Dracula.
Tessy is a vampire German shepherd that hates the evil ones.
Alexander is a handsome sheriff trying to save the world, one vampire at a time.

Editorial Reviews


Dracula June 22, 2012
By Mary Sanders
Format:Kindle Edition
I was given this book to review and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I love Piers Anthony and his Xanth series, so to see him in this book was a thrill. It's nice to see Dracula in a "nice" light for a change and I can well imagine why he would be feeling so suicidal given that he has lived centuries. What could be new for him? Well, something is and I won't give it away. I can't wait to get the next in the series.

From the Author

 I started out to write a trilogy where Dracula is basically a good guy. It has been a lot of fun and I'm going to miss the characters until I get back to them. In the future I may decide to spin off some of the characters into their own novels. Jenny is certainly one consideration and so are the Chinese sheriffs Wei and Bao. 
     The Siamese cat Moon Diamond continues to make me smile and I hope it does the same for you.
    The 3rd book should be released sometime in November 2012, or even a bit sooner. Thanks for the support; it is greatly appreciated.
      An author without readers is like a bird without wings.

A. J. Gallant

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  • Print Length: 317 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Gallant (January 10, 2014)
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00724AICC
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Has to be a sequel! March 4, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This has to be the first of a series. There are lots and lots of bad guys and not nearly so many good guys. None of the bad guys are likeable and the good guys are really, really good. I liked this book, but, at times, became impatient with the sub-plots of all the stupid bad guys all wanting to 'rule the world'. It did get a little confusing with 'The 12', 'The 10', the 3 or 4, and the really fat one all plotting - and eating humans willy-nilly. I loved the tiny bit of romance tucked in here, too. There were even some funny parts. Jenny is a serious power for good to be reckoned with and I can't wait to read more about her, Allison, Piers Anthony(yes, the famous author), Michael, Lauren, Boa and Wei, Alexander and Tessy, Moon Diamond and poor Zacharia, and, of course, Dracula.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An Interesting and Unique Book August 16, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I received a complimentary copy of this book in order to review it.

Well this was certainly one of the most unique novels based around Dracula that I've ever read. The premise is pretty interesting and execution is really...for the lack of a better word, weird. It wasn't what I was expecting at all, and I actually had to take a few days toward the beginning to get into the mood for such a goofy read so that I could fully enjoy it. The writing really threw me for a loop because it was really good and then suddenly there would be a really crazy comparison thrown in or an odd character to mix things up, and I'd be at a loss. At times the writing did become a bit relaxed but there was something humorous about it.

I will say that I did not like having so many characters being introduced so quickly and maintained thorough out. There was a lot of plotting and when you take into account that there are well over 10 bad guys introduced you are liable to get confused as to who is doing what. There are a ton of bad vampires in this and only a handful of good vampires, so the playing field is uneven and they waste no time in dispatching each other when the chance presents itself. I think the best thing about the characters is that it's easy to `feel' for them. Keith, a particularity gross vampire, is incredibly easy to fact he down-right grossed me out at times. Dracula is a rather funny character that is suicidal and has a very dry outlook on things, he was by far my favorite character. I couldn't decide if I enjoyed Jenny as a character though, she was an interesting character and I loved how powerful she was but she was also really odd to read about. I think the balance of maturity versus age was off, and she was a bit awkward to read about.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Tarantino-esque take on Vampires: Spoiler Alert September 2, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Let me preface this review by stating that I love vampires. I first read Dracula when I was a kid and the rest is history. However, the past 5-7 years have resulted in a huge degradation of one of my favorite genres. Thankfully, this book takes a more well rounded look at a frustratingly recycled horror creature. Dracula (yes, the actual blood sucking king) is in the throws of a major depressive wave. There are lesser vampires who want to kill him and take his power. But will there decision kill every living vampire instead? No one knows, and Dracula doesn't seem to care. An interesting sub plot is a half human, half vampire girl who has unique, almost infinitely strong supernatural abilities. I received a complimentary copy of this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Wow- this is truly one of the best books I've read in a very, very long time.

I absolutely love the way Dracula is depicted in this story- he's comical, and deadly serious at the same time, which is just a perfect mix. The characters he has around him simply add to the humor and depth of his ancient personality.

Seeing life from Dracula's point of view is just great- having lived for thousands of years, he is quite a character, and it isn't hard to imagine that life would hold very few flickers of interest for him any more. Watching the spark of life come back to him throughout the book was wonderful, and it was interesting to find myself siding with him, and feeling sympathetic to his situation.

Watching stories unfold for several other character is really neat as well, and adds a layer of depth that I haven't seen in many books. It gives the story a sense of reality- not being entirely focused on one character, but seeing how they all effect each other, and come together in the end.

It is certainly graphic in some areas, but not in a way that made me want to stop reading. Non-traumatizing graphic, if you will. It really shows a more "natural" side to the struggle between both vampires and humans, and also among the different kinds of vampires, either good-hearted, or evil. It's a refreshing reality to a vampire story, and while dark, it is entertaining.

The writing style is difficult to get used to, at first. It's written like a screen-play, as if you're watching a movie unfold in somewhat disjointed scenes, from the points of view of several different characters. It's quite a unique way of reading a story. While the depth of the book and writing take some adjustment, it is completely worth it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Can't wait for second book. Very intense very good story line and descriptions of characters, I do hope second is as good
Published 7 months ago by reddragonlady
2.0 out of 5 stars Not My Cup of Tea
I liked some things about this book. The idea of Dracula as a hero intrigued me, as did the concept of red sheriffs. Some of the characters had potential, particularly Jenny. Read more
Published 12 months ago by pat1360
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Read
This Novel was a bit all over the place. I was not sure what I got myself into. A couple Typo's that Made me growl. Though over all a great book. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Ter Wilson
3.0 out of 5 stars Dracula: Heart of Stone
The book was ok, for me it had too many characters to keep up with,although a depressed Dracula was somewhat amusing. Read more
Published 16 months ago by loves to read
4.0 out of 5 stars Dracula: Hearts of Stone
There is so many different points of view in this book that it would be extremely hard to write a synopsis without giving a lot away. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Zephyr Book Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great paranormal story
Loved Dracula little girl. Vamp turned
into a cat very funny. I laught out loud more than once.Very good read.
Published 18 months ago by Lov Vamps
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Take on the Dracula Story
Just to get a few things out of the way.

1. I was given this for free in exchange for a review. This is my honest opinion of the book.
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Published 21 months ago by L. Collins
4.0 out of 5 stars I'm interested to read more
This was definitely an interesting spin on the Dracula story. I didn't really get a feel for the characters, and couldn't empathise with any of them, but I felt that it was well... Read more
Published 22 months ago by SairahRose
5.0 out of 5 stars Dracula
I was given this book to review and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I love Piers Anthony and his Xanth series, so to see him in this book was a thrill. Read more
Published on June 22, 2012 by Mary Sanders
4.0 out of 5 stars Its a good book
Liked this book. Stumbled upon it while it was free, but would have paid for it as well. Quite the money's worth; one of those rare occasions when you feel you did not go wrong... Read more
Published on May 30, 2012 by Rishabh Chaturvedi
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