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The Carpathian Assignment: The True History of the Apprehension and Death of Dracula Vlad Tepes, Count and Voivode of the Principality of Transylvania Paperback – May 28, 2014
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"An inventive, delectable take on Stoker's classic." - Kirkus Reviews
"The premise is straightforward in its basic spirit and structure. It's the care and detail Wagar brings to the story that makes the retelling feel so fresh and vibrant. Armed with an encyclopedic background on the intricate history of the region, Wagar gives his text a depth and historicity that's difficult to find in Stoker's original novel." - Blue Ink Reviews
" ... Wagar takes current vampire literature, and incorporates it into a synthesis for this prequel, a history set in the late 1800's in the Austro-Hungarian Empire in Transylvania. For those of us who love Bram Stoker and Anne Rice, this is the base we wish to see, and a book we should not miss. It will both terrify, and add to the literature of vampires ... Wagar does it with aplomb ... If you are infatuated with the vampire, not the crap put out by the Twilight series ... read this book. You will enjoy it, and you might learn a little real history in the process. Enjoy." - Valley Planet
"So ... this is possibly the best sort-of-Dracula-like-book I have ever read ... very well written and has the historical backing that most books of the sort completely lack. It is obvious that Chip Wagar is familiar with the geography of the places he writes about as well as the historical matter. This was a nice change from many books that simply have Dracula featured as a bloodthirsty vampire ... An entertaining romp into the remote Carpathian wilds ... If you are interested in the historical Dracula, then you will likely enjoy this novel." - Readful Things
"This is a great example of well-done historical fiction. Nineteenth-century eastern Europe really came alive through Chip Wagar's writing, and I felt like I was traveling along ... Familiar figures in Dracula lore are woven into the story, but we see new characters as well, both in the police force and in the Roma tribe living on the Dracula estate. This brings a whole new depth to a story I thought I was familiar with ... [T]he search for the killer was very well done, very engaging. I was biting my nails, waiting to see what was going to happen next ..." North Texas Kids
From the Author
This is my second book and one that was a bit more challenging to write than I thought when I set out on the journey. As people know who bought and have read my first book, An American in Vienna, I am a lover of history, especially the obscure, dark corners of the never-ending human story we don't know a lot about. What darker corner could there be than late 19th century Transylvania? Some of my research from the first book, which took place in the now-extinct Austro-Hungarian Empire, led me to this book and helped me to give the context and texture to the story that most people who have reviewed these books seem to like.
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A group of Roma citizens have been residing in the Carpathian forests for a long time away from the influence of the citizens of Bistritz. They have an uneven relationship with outsiders and so the disappearance of Roma people has not been thoroughly investigated until now.
Potentially hundreds of individuals have gone missing and there is only one suspect, the mysterious Count Dracula that has control of the Roma people. Now Istvan and his colleague, Gabor Kasza, must work together to uncover the whereabouts of Dracula and his followers in order to bring him to justice. Not as easy as it sounds when Dracula has an unknown amount of followers and any number of potential homes throughout the world.
I originally received this book from Netgalley for review and was then approached to see if I wanted to take part in the blog tour for this book. I quickly agreed and could not be more satisfied with my first experience taking part in a blog tour. The Carpathian Assignment was a fantastic new additional Dracula lore that has inspired so many novels and movies over the years. A perfect Halloween read for this month and one that I definitely recommend picking up.
Only problem I had is the use of the word "serial killings." I believe that term was coined with Ted Bundy in the 70's, way after the adventures in the Carpathians.
Otherwise, the author, Chip Wager has a wonderful writing style that engages the reader and his use of history and description is well-done.