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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton; 1 edition (October 13, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525951296
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525951292
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 5.8 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (201 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #800,138 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

In this sequel to Bram Stoker's Dracula, his great-grandnephew offers one of the rowdiest revisionist treatments of the most influential vampire novel ever written. In 1912, as Stoker labors to adapt Dracula for the stage, its characters are dying gruesomely all over London. It turns out they are as real as Stoker himself, who learned their secret story on the sly and took creative liberties when turning it into his popular penny dreadful. Dracula's true story involves the passing of his blood line through Mina Harker to her son; a malignant Dr. Van Helsing, who Scotland Yard suspects had a hand in the murders attributed to Jack the Ripper; and the exploits of a 16th-century vampire countess, Dracula's former lover, who cuts a bloody swath through London seeking the survivors of Dracula's last stand in Transylvania. Energetically paced and packed with outrageously entertaining action, this supernatural thriller is a well-needed shot of fresh blood for the Dracula mythos. (Oct.)
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"Energetically paced and packed with outrageously entertaining action, this supernatural thriller is a well-needed shot of fresh blood for the Dracula mythos."
Publisher's Weekly

"The authors (Stoker is a descendant of Bram, and Holt is a noted Dracula historian) skillfully explore the nature of evil while weaving together several complex plotlines throughout this mesmerizing story. Readers who enjoy dark fantasy with fast-paced action will plow through this book, not wanting to stop."
Library Journal

Who could resist sinking their teeth into a sequel by a writer with Stoker blood in his veins?”
—Carol Memmott, USA Today Critics’ Picks


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The characters are not interesting, any "plot twists" are entirely predictable, the writing is amateurish, and the treatment of the original novel is insulting.
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I hope the "writers" don't get too much angry with this review but to me this book looked like some (lame) script for some (lame) movie.
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78 of 90 people found the following review helpful By Ian Kyle on November 2, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Being a fan of the original, I was very excited to hear of this book's release. It even Looked like the old gothic horror story, and to have been written by a Stoker! Wow, it seemed too good to be true; and as I soon found out...it is exactly that. The story, though well told, resembles not at all to it's predecessor. Instead of battling a vicious Dracula as the original portrayed, the sequel actually goes back and re-writes the details of the original. What do I mean by this? For one, in the original Dracula forced Mina, against her will, to drink his blood. This was done solely out of revenge, to get back at her and the rest of the hunters for trying to kill him. This account was replaced in the sequel with a story that told of Mina's affair with Dracula, and her undying love for him that still haunted her 25 years later. Really? This story seems like more of a sequel to Coppala's film: Bram Stoker's Dracula.

Not to mention that in a flashback sequence, the entire story of Dracula's death is retold in a completely different way than the way the original tells of it. The entire story pays no homage to the original classic, and flat out contradicts the account that the original tells. It makes me wonder if the two authors actually read the original at all. As far as I am concerned, this book has no place beside of Stoker's classic. I have never seen an author go back and re-write the details of the original story in order to provide a basis for the poor story of the sequel.
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118 of 139 people found the following review helpful By Olly Buxton on October 13, 2009
Format: Hardcover
A few years ago, the spoof metal band Bad News recorded a cover of Bohemian Rhapsody. It was a sort of sub-Spinal Tap comedy effort and the point of the joke was to be deliberately awful, and it reached a gruesome crescendo with the guitar solo - so wincingly bad that connoisseurs instantly recognised it as the product of an exceptionally talented guitarist: no ordinary strummer could mangle something quite that badly. And, surprise, surprise, the Bad News recording was overseen by none other than Queen's Brian May.

The reason I mention it is because I can't think of any other sensible explanation for the publication of this grim little book - the Brian May in this case being not Bram, but his great grand-nephew - yes, quite - Dacre. Perhaps the Stoker literary genius is, like its creation, immortal, and lives on in the frame of his diluted bloodline. Unlikely, and it would only make sense if said great grand-nephew - apparently a onetime Canadian modern pentathlete, latterly of Aiken, South Carolina - were also possessed of an unholy, un-American sense of irony, and minded to dreadfully mock his more famous Irish ancestor the way Brian May mocked his own guitar solo.

As I say, unlikely.

Mr Stoker, junior, has co-opted (or more likely, been co-opted *by*) a self-described "well-known Dracula Historian" called Ian Holt. Despite his publisher's claims to the contrary, Mr Holt's renown seems largely to have escaped Google, unless he is the same Ian Holt who scripted
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Mc on November 19, 2009
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I was excited about this book because it was supposedly written by a descendent of Bram Stoker so I expected a respectful, thoughtful sequel that would be true to the spirt of the original source.

I could not have been more wrong! This book was so awful, so terribly written and had such a ridiculous plot that I could barely even finish it! I must admit I pretty much skimmed the final third - before throwing the horrible thing across the room in disgust.

This book is just awful - it contradicts and even re-writes Stoker. The treatment of the original characters is disrespectful and an insult to Stoker's intent. The writer tries to bring historic characters into the mix throwing in everything from Elisabeth Bathory (who here is a true vampire), Jack the Ripper, even (and I saw this one coming a mile away), The Titanic!

Dacre was obviously influenced by Francis Ford Coppola's film, "Bram Stoker's Dracula" and that could have been a good thing, except that the writer handles plot and character development so ineptly that the whole story falls flat and is anything but sexy. Coppola's version may not have been true to the letter of the original book, but it did retain the original spirit, was a fun adaptation and was intelligently executed on the screen. Of course Coppola played up the love angle between Dracula and Mina, which was NOT in Stoker. But that was Coppola's take on the tale, we've been there and done that now - one expected this book, written by a Stoker, to go back to basics and evoke Stoker's original vision. But no - 'Ol Dacre has to go and handle the whole thing so incompetently that there are not even any entertaining passages, and at no point is the reader truly engaged on any level.
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124 of 151 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 15, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Out of all classic literary characters, the one that inspires the most sequels, adaptations, reimaginings and general bastardizations is Count Dracula.

And while most of the sequels focusing on the legendary count are bad, "Dracula the Un-Dead" is in a class of putrid wretchedness all its own. You would think that the great-nephew of a classic author would try to produce a suitable sequel that reflected some of the original's glory, but Dacre Stoker -- with the help of screenwriter Ian Holt -- seems more interested in raining contempt and mockery down on the original "Dracula."

Twenty-five years after the events of "Dracula," Quincey Harker is an aspiring young actor who is taken under the wing of the Romanian actor Basarab (you get three guesses who this is, and the first two don't count). Unfortunately, around this time John Seward is brutally killed while trying to kill the depraved vampire Elizabeth Bathory -- and other people who once fought Dracula also start dying at the same time. And during all this, Jack the Ripper shows signs of reappearing, which Inspector Cotswold thinks may be connected to Van Helsing.

Upon learning of his mother's past -- how she slept with Dracula and is still obsessed with him -- Quincey vows to take revenge on the vampire for his attacks on the Harker family. But it turns out that all the remaining survivors of that group are... pathetically decrepit in their own particular ways. Bathory is planning to take her ultimate revenge on Dracula... or the people who tried to kill him. I'm not quite sure. Anyway, Quincey Harker may be the only thing that can save the world... and since he's a blithering idiot, God help the world.
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