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Dracula vs. Hitler

By: Patrick Sheane Duncan
Narrated by: Matthew Brenher
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Publisher's Summary

What if Dracula were brought back to life to fight the Nazis?

Ravaged by the Nazi Secret Service during World War II, Romanian resistance forces turn to one of their leaders, Professor Van Helsing, for any way out. To fight these monstrous forces, Van Helsing raises a legendary monster from centuries of slumber - Prince Dracula himself.

Once he was the ruler of Transylvania. Prince Dracula, is, above all else, a patriot. He proves more than willing to once again drive out his country's invaders. Upshot: No one minds if he drinks all the German blood he desires.

In Berlin, when Hitler hears about the many defeats his forces are suffering at the hands of an apparent true vampire, he is seduced by the possibility of becoming immortal. Thus two forces are set upon a collision course, the ultimate confrontation: superpower against superpower.

©2016 Patrick Sheane Duncan (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Refreshingly New Tale of Dracula

Dracula has always been a favorite of mine. I read the original once every couple of years. And as a pop culture icon, he's been portrayed as both a hero and a villain, but even as a villain, we love to root for him. In Dracula vs Hitler, Dracula becomes the perfect anti-hero, the reluctant hero who gains redemption through his positive deeds. The story was masterfully written and the narrator played through the assorted accents and character changes flawlessly. It ended in such a way that could easily transition into a series, while concluding the story if nothing more is to come of it (which I hope isn't true). I'll definitely look into more selections from both Patrick Sheane Duncan and Mathew Brenher. Well done.

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Who are the real monsters here?

What made the experience of listening to Dracula vs. Hitler the most enjoyable?

The performance was quite engaging and worked well with this story.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Strangely, Dracula himself. You find yourself cheering on a character that has ever been the villain. Here he is shown to be a more reasonable being of honor and some self control.

What about Matthew Brenher’s performance did you like?

The voices fit the characters perfectly. Well done.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yes, revulsion. You quickly realize that the idea of a vampire and all that it brings with it is nothing compared to the horrors that men do to one another. Perhaps making that point more striking is the fact that the Nazi's in the novel were not portrayed doing anything worse than they did in real life...and that puts any creature of the night in the category of "not that bad by comparison".

Any additional comments?

This novel is not a fantasy with over the top action and heroics. Instead the author has crafted a World War II espionage novel that happens to have a vampire as a character. Not nearly as florid in its prose as the Dracula novel itself and, in fact, that same novel is referenced several times on how overly melodramatic is was written. I recommend this novel.

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Surprisingly Good!

This is a World War II novel about the resistance fighting in Romania to drive out the Nazis. It is also a story of Dracula, the monstrous vampire from the Bram Stoker novel. That Duncan weaves the two stories together so well proved to be a pleasant surprise.

The novel opens with the Romanian resistance achieving success in their battle against the Nazis—so much success that special forces are called in to counter them, driving home the SS’s well-deserved reputation for brutality. The resistance is rapidly being picked apart when one of its leaders—Van Helsing from the original novel (now an old man)—decides that the only way for the Romanians to continue the fight is with the supernatural aid of Dracula. So, with the help of his daughter and the grandson of John Harker, he revives the vampire initiating the main part of the novel.

Here Duncan has a choice to make as to the direction of his story. Will he write Dracula the monster or the man? The monster might have proved more interesting, but it would certainly have been harder to bring about his confrontation with Hitler had he gone that route. Instead, he chooses to resurrect the patriotic prince of history with the superhuman powers of strength, healing, and the ability to mesmerize. I personally wish he’d gone the further route of the bat, mist, and wolf, but it’s Duncan story, not mine.

As the novel proceeds, a love triangle is developed involving Harker’s grandson, Van Helsing’s daughter, and Dracula that added additional tension to the story. The reader will also immediately note the two mistakes the resistance makes that lets Hitler find out that a vampire is confronting his army. This leads to the final and best phase of the story as the Nazis try to capture the count to turn him to their own uses. Watching Dracula confronted by human foes who know what they are contending with was very exciting.

Overall, this was an exciting and immensely fun read. If you are curious about the title, you’ll probably enjoy the story.

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Great Story Telling

Very unique take on Dracula. Loved the ending and wouldn't mind seeing Dracula verses other evil beings, real or fiction.

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Disappointing

wanted so badly to like this book. I really, really did. Unfortunately, no matter how long I wrestled with it, I could not make myself even want to finish.

The premise sounded amazing. I love horror, I love history, and this sounded like a cool take on both. The book presents an alternate history, wherein the eponymous vampire is resurrected and enlisted to fight the Nazis as they move to occupy Romania. Vlad Tepes, in his immortalized form, agrees to a somewhat uneasy detante with a cast of characters that includes the original Van Helsing, his adult daughter Lucille, a pair of English spies, and various less-developed secondary players.

The deal: help the freedom fighters by devouring as many Nazis as possible, don't eat your comrades, and Vlad can once again save his native land from invaders.

Bram Stoker's novel is cast as silly fluff, based very loosely around the original encounter between Dr. Van Helsing and Dracula, though the book borrows Stoker's epistolary format.

The chapters shift from the painfully lovelorn diaries of J. Harker, (the grandson of Jonathan Harker), to excerpts of Lucille's schmaltzy, unpublished work of bodice-ripping fiction "The Dragon Prince and I," to a series of diplomatic and personal letters between various ranking members of the Nazi party, real and imaginary, to the personal diaries of someone who may-or-may-not be Hitler himself, writing annoyingly in the third person about the day-to-day life of "Herr Wolf."

The hardest thing about the book was that it tried to do so many things at once, without committing to any of them, and the effect was both disappointing and irritating to read. It could have been a really engaging, dark and sinister take, or a fun and snarky misadventure, or an exciting adventure combining history and literature. It had hints of all of these, but the overall effect was mediocre, and it was impossible to really feel for any of the characters.

Again, I truly wanted to like this book. I kept reading and slogging through, waiting for the moment things would coalesce and become the book that this wanted to be. But it never happened. If you like stories in the alternate history/alternate literature vein, skip this and pick up something by Seth Grahame Smith, G.S. Denning, or Christopher Moore.

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Better than expected

Worth the buy but has a few stumbles.. good regardless and very enjoyable and nicely read

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enjoyable

the narrator was very good, the premise is fantastic, story format is a bit strange but I liked it overall very satisfied

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Fantastic read!

Highest recommendation, I enjoyed the slow build and marvelous conclusion. This is a fantastic and timeless alternative history.

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  • 05-27-18

Needs an edit.

It is a good book with an interesting story and some memorable characters but the descriptions of events and actions are over complicated. Sometimes less is more.

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  • 05-25-17

Amazing

the title suggests b grade schlock but that couldn't be further from the truth.

Dracula vs Hitler is written as the unofficial sequel to Bram Stokers classic. it's well researched and modernised with humour, gore and strong female characters. I loved every moment of it.