Vlad

Vlad

The Last Confession

eBook - 2011
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An incredible story has been woven around the true facts that exist about the frightening but enigmatic leader of Wallachia and the climactic ending is superb. "A great tale, finely woven with action, palpably real characters and terrific twists of fate." -Simon Scarrow.
"Trust nothing that you've heard." Winter 1431, a son is born to the Prince of Transylvania. His father christened him "Vlad." His people knew him as "The Dragon's Son." His enemies reviled him as "Tepes"-The Impaler. He became the hero of a nation. We know him as Dracula. Vlad: The Last Confession is a novel about the real man behind the Bram Stoker myth. It tells of the Prince, the warrior, the lover, the torturer, the survivor and, ultimately, the hero.
Publisher: [Naperville, Illinois] : Sourcebooks, 2011
ISBN: 9781402253522
Characteristics: data file
1 online resource (416 pages)
Call Number: eBook

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Eosos
Jun 05, 2014

As would be expected from a novel based on Vlad the impaler, this book is filled with the brutal dealings of the era and the man. I did not find the story really enthralling and it was hard to like, admire or respect a man who resorted to such tactics, though maybe it is only because he was not the victor, as while he was extreme in his ruthlessness he was not any worse than most rulers. My inability to sympathize or engage with any of the characters is more than likely the ultimate reason for my so/so attitude toward the book.

I thought the author did a wonderful job presenting the story and my favorite parts of the book were the room of people reminiscing about the past and their remembrances of Vlad, rather than the story of Vlad itself. I found many parts of the book quite disturbing, as I am sure was intended, but also quite intriguing, despite that.

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kleaver
May 30, 2009

Well written and very interesting. The Turks were trying to take over middle Europe from the Christians and yet the Europeans would not join forces to stop them when if they did...who knows. Timely parallels.

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