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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Star; 1st, First Edition edition (May 7, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743493540
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743493543
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 5.6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,133,851 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It really helps you understand the movie better.
John Irwin
The writing is tight and skillful- especially the action scenes.
OAKSHAMAN
I couldn't put it down and finished it in one day.
Bonnie Gage

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Marc Ruby™ HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on May 30, 2004
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Novelizations of films start with several strikes against them. The first is that they are written from the screenplay, often before the movie is actually filmed. Which occasionally leads to a phenomenon that I call plot jitters, where the script and the writer go one way and the director and the film go another. The other challenge is that most of the readers have already seen the film and look at the book as a piece of memorabilia. Keeping the reader's interest when they already know what is going to happen is a tough assignment. One that depends for the most part on how well the writer does what a 2 hour film cannot - in depth character development.
Occasionally, magic happens, and the book turns out to be an improvement over the film. 'Van Helsing' which is mostly a string of acts of violence or derring do interspersed with just enough dialog to keep the plot moving. Given that Van Helsing himself is much larger than life, and the majority of the remaining cast are creatures like Dracula, Frankenstein, and various werewolves, the film sometimes resembled a grand opera noir rather than a horror film. Kevin Ryan, by filling in the interior space of the characters - human and otherwise - does indeed outdo the film, which I found a bit tedious.
If the book fails to completely capture the atmospherics of the film, it does an excellent job of bringing Van Helsing, Anna, Dr. Frankenstein and several other characters to life. And this makes the story more meaningful than a simple display of acrobatic feats. I would almost suggest that you read the book first and then see the film, since having a clearer understanding of the motivations involved makes some of the dramatic foibles less irritating. Besides, the book is cheaper than a trip to theater and if you don't like the book, you are going to hate the film.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 19, 2004
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A terrific book!
I saw and liked the movie and went out to buy the book, and was very impressed by Kevin Ryan's ability to take all that was good about the movie and make it great on the page. He expanded many of the scenes, further developed character, added extra humor, kept up the pace, and never let go of my interest. There was extra fascinating stuff about Frankenstein and about Anna's relationship with Velkan that I particularly liked. A wonderfully rendered, exciting novelization that is so rich it reads like a novel. Highly recommended.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Richard Petsch on May 8, 2004
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Van Helsing has a lot of detail and an overwhelming villian in Count Dracula. It keeps you wanting more, but the ending truly is one of a kind. The Wolfman and Frankenstein are part of this well written adventure that takes place at the end of the 19 century. Mr.Hyde makes an appearance,but this could been have longer and more a part of the story. But overall I think Van Helsing gets a thumbs up from me.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By OAKSHAMAN VINE VOICE on September 5, 2004
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Gabriel Van Helsing was the most wanted man in Europe. Some called him a murderer and yet others a holy man. For he wandered the world on his mission to track down and eliminate the most profound metaphysical evil and perversion. And in this mission the laws of mankind meant little to him.

Yet not even Van Helsing himself knew his true identity. Indeed, he had no memory beyond the night seven years before when he crawled broken and bleeding through the gates of the Vatican. It was on that night that the Knights of the Holy Order admitted him to their secret brotherhood. And so he became the legend, Van Helsing, trained by monks and mullahs from Tibet to Istanbul.

Now, seven years later he has finally been summoned to enter Transylvania, the focus of supernatural Evil in the world. He has been sent to find and destroy Count Dracula, son of Satan, Prince of the Earth, and sworn enemy of human kind. For Dracula has made unholy alliance with the greatest scientific mind of his day, Victor Von Frankenstein- and secret of the life force itself would soon be at the service of the King of the Undead and his unholy spawn.

I have not seen the film that this novel is based upon, but by itself this is one of the best supernatural fictions that I have read in years. The writing is tight and skillful- especially the action scenes. This is a big step above the usual quality of movie novelizations.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Snakeman on July 5, 2004
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I really enjoyed this novel. The writer has a very vivid grasp on his audience and what they enjoy. Within this novel, Van Helsing makes a life of chasing monsters. Anything from werewolves to vampires. Van Helsing is a mysterious character even to himself. He doesn't remember his beginnings, but he finds out when he meets Count Dracula. The Frankenstein monster is finally given his just place in fiction. Never a dull paragraph, this writer keeps you reading and entertained. You gotta' read it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on March 31, 2005
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van Helsing is the best book a vampire-hunter fan could read! I personally enjoyed every word of this book and I am extatic that such a book was published! If you love reading about vampires and the gallant people who hunt them then it is a requirement that you read this book!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John Irwin on May 30, 2004
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Very interesting and hard to put down. It really helps you understand the movie better.
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A Kid's Review on January 21, 2005
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After viewing this exciting and adventurous monster epic, I decided to pick up the novel and see what it held. After reading through the many pages of this book, I left shocked. If you like the great adventure that the movie holds, you will love the novel by Kevin Ryan even more. Within the pages holds the original movie story with even more to indulge in. The details that are displayed within will stun and shock you with every page. Definitely a book worth reading!
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