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'A fast-paced, intriguing and beautifully-constructed thriller and its final twist - not a phrase you use lightly in the context of impaling or disembowelling - certainly took me by surprise. If you see it coming you are a more insightful reader than I am. Just don't read it before you go to sleep.' -- Andrew Taylor DAILY EXPRESS 'A chilling masterpiece that weaves fact and fable. Bedtime reading? Only if you don't need much sleep...' BEST 'Humphreys' elegant prose and command of his obscure subject matter creates an uncompromising, extraordinary journey into the brutal times and tortured soul of an oft-misunderstood ruler whose reign became synonymous with terror' HISTORICAL NOVELS REVIEW 'Cracking historical fiction... A book that is a must have for all fans of the genre.' FALCATA TIMES 'An accessible, fast-paced, narrative-driven, damn-near-irresistible historical thriller. Humphreys's research infuses every page, but never calls attention to itself; the story always has centre stage. It's the consummate "good read" for a rainy fall weekend, pulpy and engrossing and just gross enough to satisfy that monster craving.' TORONTO GLOBE 'Literate elegant writing... Vlad: The Last Confession superbly portrays the passions which drove Vlad, taking the reader on a whirlwind ride through torture, battle and despair. It's a dark tale, but Humphreys illuminates it with historical details and page-turning bravura prose.' YORKSHIRE EVENING POST 'Vlad: The Last Confession is a superb page-turner from start to finish that offers a captivating look at the true picture of Vlad. Highly, highly recommended. No vampires though...' FANTASYCRITIC.COM 'There's a maturity in his writing that places it above much of the cash-in fare surrounding the middle European leader... An unexpectedly riveting read. 8/10' TOTAL SCI-FI

About the Author

C.C. Humphreys is the author of eight previous novels including THE FRENCH EXECUTIONER, which was runner-up for the CWA Steel Dagger. His series of Jack Absolute novels have been published in many languages around the world. He lives with his family in Vancouver, Canada.

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  • File Size: 989 KB
  • Print Length: 410 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark (May 1, 2011)
  • Publication Date: May 1, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004TTS2LM
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Format: Paperback
My thoughts:

This is the story of Vlad Dracul, prince of Wallachia, known as Vlad Tepes (the impaler), or Dracula (Dracul-a) son of the dragon/devil. And it has nothing to do with vampires.

I must say that he was a fascinating man, and a crazy bastard. The author has taken liberties since while Vlad lived and afterwards rumours were spread by his enemies. So Humphreys tried to look at the facts that were known and build his story. The book does not try to make Vlad a hero, but not a madman either. It is his last confession told by those who knew him.

When he was young he was sent to the Turks as a hostage, and there he suffered. So no wonder he started to do crazy things later in life. Back home again he did everything to clean up Wallachia so that people to travel and live in peace. And he also went on crusades to push back the Turks. It's not a pretty story. He and his people could not hold the land alone, so he built his might on fear. And yes he sure liked to impale people. It was to fear or be feared.

It did take me some time to get into the book. I do not know what it was. I just did not connect, but it was when he started to do more crazy things that my interest grew. He was just such a fascinating man, a warrior of Christ, impaler, lawgiver. It was the last half of the book that won me over.

Conclusion:

Poor Vlad, Bram Stokers sure did a number on his reputation. Vlad was not the first man to use different methods and there have been far worse people around. It was a fascinating tale about who the real Dracula was. Rich in historical drama and bloody madness.

Rating:

If you wanna see madness, here it is
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Thanks to Bram Stoker when most people hear the name Dracula they think of a vampire from Transylvania. The myth, I think has become more famous than the real man. C.C. Humphreys uses his novel to delve into the life of the real Dracula; the man who has come down through history as Vlad the Impaler. A real man with a story that is not easy to read.

The period in history when Vlad was fighting for his throne in the small kingdom of Wallachia (which is now part of Romania) is not exactly noted for it's gentility. The Roman Catholic church was warring with the Greek Orthodox church and the Ottoman Empire was trying to take over them both. Sins could be eliminated by killing the "infidel." So they all went about killing as many infidels as they could.

The book is set up in an interesting way; the three people who knew Vlad best are brought together in a sort of tribunal to tell his tale. To show how his life played out to see if his excesses could be somehow forgiven. To see if his reputation could be repaired. His best friend and right hand man throughout life, his love and his confessor.

The tale starts with Vlad's stay as a hostage in the "care" of Murad where he is taught the way of the Koran and the Turk. It moves through his life and loves and shows the whys of his actions. The author does an excellent job of dealing with the horror of a man who reputedly impaled up to 100,000 people and yet making him still seem somewhat human. Mad, yes but human all the same.

As I said at the beginning it was a hard book to read but one I found I could not put down. The story is very compelling and while I suspected the one part of the ending it still was very satisfying. Mr. Humphreys writes in a compelling way that brings the character and time to life and even though you want to turn away you also want to know more. This was an excellent book about a very disturbing man.
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If you're looking for another Dracula-flies-through-the-night-to-seduce-women-and-drink-their-blood book, this is not it. If you're looking for historical fiction about a medieval prince, this is a great book. It's full of battles, politics, and romance. There are Crusaders, castles, Turks and actual historical events. Romanians consider Dracula a patriot and a bit of a hero, and it's this Vlad, not Bram Stoker's Dracula, that they have in mind.

The book is set in Poenari Castle five years after Dracula's death. Count Horvathy, a Hungarian, has assembled the three people who knew Vlad's story best: Ion Tremblac, Vlad's childhood friend and right-hand man; Ilona, Vlad's one true love; and Vlad's confessor. The Count, like Vlad a member of the Order of the Dragon, has brought Cardinal Grimaldi to hear the three of them tell their tales in hopes that exposing the Church to Vlad's true story (rather than the rumors and myths spread by his enemies) will restore the honor of the Order of the Dragon.

We don't hear Vlad's story in three separate voices; it's a seamless narration, and the reader is left to guess which of the narrators supplied what details.

As another reviewer mentioned, the author takes liberties with actual events in the service of his story. Still, the average reader will learn something of the real Vlad Tepes, from his adolescence as a hostage to the Turkish Sultan to his family troubles to his three separate reigns to the cruel practices he employed to consolidate his power and impose order in his realm.
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