Royce Prouty: Stoker's Manuscript

by Rachel Baker on August 16, 2013

I really wanted to like this book, and I did for the first part of it. I thought the premise was fascinating and was looking forward to how awesome the book could have been.

I tried hard to like the main character, but he seemed a bit inconsistent with his profession. I wanted to like the dialogue, but some of it was a bit too cliche. However, I thought the emphasis on Stoker’s theatrical profession was enthralling, so I kept pushing through the book.

The author lost me at the violent party – I thought the unadulterated violence really did nothing to move the story forward, and I felt like it was the most cliche thing about this book. Sadly, from that point on, I finished the story just to finish it without too much interest in how the story was resolved.

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When rare-manuscript expert Joseph Barkeley is hired to authenticate and purchase the original draft and notes for Bram Stoker’s Dracula, little does he know that the reclusive buyer is a member of the oldest family in Transylvania.

After delivering the manuscript to the legendary Bran Castle in Romania, Barkeley-a Romanian orphan himself-realizes to his horror that he’s become a prisoner to the son of Vlad Dracul. To earn his freedom, Barkeley must decipher cryptic messages hidden in the text of the original Dracula that reveal the burial sites of certain Dracul family members. Barkeley’s only hope is to ensure that he does not exhaust his usefulness to his captor until he’s able to escape. Soon he discovers secrets about his own lineage that suggest his selection for the task was more than coincidence. In this knowledge may lie Barkeley’s salvation-or his doom. For now he must choose between a coward’s flight and a mortal conflict against an ancient foe.

Building on actual international events surrounding the publication of Bram Stoker’s original novel, Royce Prouty has written a spellbinding debut novel that ranges from 1890s Chicago, London, and Transylvania to the perilous present.

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