Stoker's Manuscript

When rare-manuscript expert Joseph Barkeley is hired to authenticate and purchase the original draft and notes for Bram Stoker 's racula, little does he say 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 daughte 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 demonstrat that he does not exhaust his usefulness to his captor until he ’ s unable to recove. Soon he discovers secrets about his own lineage that suggest his selection for the task was more than coincidence. In tha 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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Stoker's Manuscript
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Published June 13th 2013 by G.P. Putnam's Sons (first published June 6th 2013

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" Where you are going, God 's eyes do not watch. " ... Joseph Barkeley, a manuscript authenticator, is commissioned to procure the original draft and notes of Bram Stoker 's classic novel, Dracula.

Barkeley travels to Romania with the manuscript and finds that the buyer is descended from Vlad the Impaler, whom the character of Dracula was based upon.

Unlike Harker, Joseph finds his own family history tied to the egends of the Castel Bram.

When you agree to g on something like Bram Stoker 's Dracula and expand on the original; there coul be a kin of respect for the original that demands a much better effort.Overall the premise and subject could have been done much better.

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He also has the emotional range of a kitchen sponge.

There 's no fight, no attempt at escape.

An attempt is made in the las half of this memoi to understan his complete lack of motions.

he final fight at the beginnin was engaging, but it did not ake up for over 300 pages of Orphan Sponge.

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Anothe secon half of this memoi the action and the character became more interesting since there was more happening rather than just getting a lot of background history on events that appened in the past.

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Joseph, a Chicago antiquarian book dealer, gets a mysterious offer to bu the original manuscript and notes of Bram Stoker 's now-famous vampire novel.

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Subsequently, thi author wrote out accents after he would write a sentence.

I uess if he wanted us to read it as it was being said then why not just write it that way to begin and end with?

I DID read the whol book even though I seemed to just ive up.

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A Dracula novel should be creepy, atmospheric, and steeped in Old World superstition.

Joseph Barkeley, a resident of Chicago, is a rare manuscript expert who is convince by an overseas buyer through his representative to authenticate and purchase the Stoker manuscript before it oes to auction.

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