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  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Viking; 1st Edition edition (Oct. 13 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670069868
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670069866
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 3.8 x 24.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 658 g
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #480,298 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Good, sexy, bloody, pulpy fun." - Time Magazine

"Energetically paced and packed with outrageously entertaining action, this supernatural thriller is a well-needed shot of fresh blood for the Dracula mythos." - Publisher's Weekly

"The entire combination works like a charm, propelled by a fast-paced narrative (airplanes! the Titanic!) that ramps up the sex and gore—this is a novel that makes passing reference to “the intoxicating aroma of seared human flesh”—to levels Bram’s sublimated Victorian prose couldn’t even hint at. ...All good, clean, bloody fun." - Maclean's

"And a good story it is. The action is swift and thrilling; the villain is not whom you'd expect but is evil and powerful nonetheless... Dracula: The Un-Dead is a fine book in its own right, one that pushes the story in unexpected directions while remaining true to the dark heart of the Transylvanian vampire-king " - Los Angeles Times

"Fast-paced, well-plotted, and gripping." - Independent (UK)

" Un-Dead is cinematically fast-paced, flying from London to Paris to Transylvania, and the historical texture is mostly convincing." - The Washington Post

"The authors (Stoker is a descendant of Bram, and Holt is a noted Dracula historian) skillfully explore the nature of evil while weaving together several complex plotlines throughout this mesmerizing story. Readers who enjoy dark fantasy with fast-paced action will plow through this book, not wanting to stop." - Library Journal

"Well Worth 112-Year Wait... A frighteningly good novel......Wonderfully scary....This daring sequel captures the essence and gothic glory of the original. Newcomers to Stoker’s Dracula as well as diehard fans will be stoked." - Jacksonville Observer

"Big, messy, lots of fun-and not Stephenie Meyer." - Kirkus Reviews

The result burns the candle at both ends: it is tempting enough to read and bad enough to be controversial, striking a balance between sensationalism and mediocrity." - Winnipeg Free Press

"You can't keep a good vampire down... Officially sanctioned by the Stoker family estate [Dracula: The Un-Dead ] is based on handwritten notes and plot threads cut from Bram's original story." - New York Post

"Maclean's magazine, Brian Bethune called it 'good, clean, bloody fun' and said it 'ramps up the sex and gore . . . to levels Bram's sublimated Victorian prose couldn't even hint at." - Vancouver Sun

"Eerie - and compelling...The writing is fresh and descriptive....Dacre Stoker's Dracula is darker and more elegant and vulnerable than the count depicted in films by Bela Lugosi, Yet his motives do not seem clear to those who would fear him the most....A richly told novel that begs for a sequel." - Tampa Tribune

About the Author

Dacre Stoker is the great grand nephew of Dracula author Bram Stoker. He is also the grandson of H.G. Dacre Stoker, whose legendary tactics in the battle of Gallipoli won him the Distinguished Service Order. Dacre was a member of the Canadian Men's Modern Pentathlon team and coached the Canadian Men's Modern Pentathlon team at the Seoul Olympics in 1988. He is married and is the father of two children and now lives in South Carolina.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on May 16 2010
Format: Hardcover
Out of all classic literary characters, the one that inspires the most sequels, adaptations, reimaginings and general bastardizations is Count Dracula.

And while most of the sequels focusing on the legendary count are bad, "Dracula the Un-Dead" is in a class of putrid wretchedness all its own. You would think that the great-nephew of a classic author would try to produce a suitable sequel that reflected some of the original's glory, but Dacre Stoker -- with the help of screenwriter Ian Holt -- seems more interested in raining contempt and mockery down on the original "Dracula."

Twenty-five years after the events of "Dracula," Quincey Harker is an aspiring young actor who is taken under the wing of the Romanian actor Basarab (you get three guesses who this is, and the first two don't count). Unfortunately, around this time John Seward is brutally killed while trying to kill the depraved vampire Elizabeth Bathory -- and other people who once fought Dracula also start dying at the same time. And during all this, Jack the Ripper shows signs of reappearing, which Inspector Cotswold thinks may be connected to Van Helsing.

Upon learning of his mother's past -- how she slept with Dracula and is still obsessed with him -- Quincey vows to take revenge on the vampire for his attacks on the Harker family. But it turns out that all the remaining survivors of that group are... pathetically decrepit in their own particular ways. Bathory is planning to take her ultimate revenge on Dracula... or the people who tried to kill him. I'm not quite sure. Anyway, Quincey Harker may be the only thing that can save the world... and since he's a blithering idiot, God help the world.
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Format: Hardcover
**** SPOILERS AHEAD ****

I saw this out in paperback and thought that I would give it a chance seeing as how it was written by another Stoker. I was thirteen years old when I was given the original novel by my aunt, and never really wanted to read it because I had seen the 30's and 90's films. Also the Victorian English, and small font, not to mention the thought of reading journal entries kind of deterred me from the desire to read it... however eighteen years later, I picked up Dracula and thoroughly enjoyed the book.

So coming into this, I thought what the heck?

The beginning started out great, with Seward tracking down Bathory and trying to warn Basarab (no surprises here by the way, as I saw through his character right away). I was intrigued that Dracula had taken on a young actor role to go into hiding, but I didn't buy the whole sympathetic character that Coppola's Dracula portrayed (which I think this book is really the sequel to). Then we have the torment which has wrecked havoc upon our original characters, and have turned them into either madmen, or raging alcoholics.

What really started to irritate me about the book was the inclusion of Bram Stoker and how it talked about the whole book within a book meta crap. This was where the story took a nosedive for me... Dracula was not really set in 1897??? Come on Dacre... how horrible for you to change the history of such a fine novel just to suit your own MacGuffin!!!

Then the deaths start happening... I could accept the deaths of Seward and Harker... but where I was ready to throw this book into the flames, was the total change of character of Van Helsing!
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Format: Hardcover
First things first, I'm not arguing with the people who have reviewed the book at 1 star calling it atrocious....it is...it's poorly written (and that's being kind), the dialogue is haphazard (at best) and the characters from the "first" novel only really exist to make the book longer (and annoy you).

But:

I couldn't stop reading this novel...because I had to see how much worse it would get.

If you can put aside the fact that this is a "sequel" (it is a sequel in so far as the character names are the same...but it really does nothing after that) to a great novel...and accept it for what is it...Dracula: the Un-dead is laugh out loud funny. Not intentionally no, but this book in enjoyable if you look at it from the perspective that every turn of the page, you could discover the funniest (awful) metaphor you've ever read, or the most hack dialogue, period...I literally think there was a point in the book (it's not next to me at the moment, my apologies for not double checking) where a character threw his arms up in the rain and yelled "NOOOO".

If you're a fan of B-movies , and can isolate this novel from the first (which is easy, as they're practically nothing alike) you may very well enjoy the book in that "it's so bad, it's funny" way

But don't pay anything over 5$ for it. Ever.
Seriously.
If you do, you'll probably just be very, very angry--for which, I wouldn't blame you at all
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By Rob Walker on Jan. 4 2011
Format: Hardcover
I share the same disappointment in this novel as the excellent review entitled "Bloodless and Bitter". I really only have a few things to add to that review. First I was amused by the poor research the authors did before writing. I am convinced the sum total of their research was a look up of Elizabeth Bathory in Wikipedia. Secondly, I felt this novel was very disrespectful to the original classic "Dracula" in that the authors changed the motivations of Dracula and in fact completely changed his character. In this new book we find that Dracula traveled to England only to stop his cousin's killings (aka Jack the Ripper). We also find that Dracula only snacked on Lucy because he did not feed on the entire voyage since the ship crew was plague ridden. He apparently did not want to kill Lucy but was desperate for food and it was Van Helsing that really killed her due to the mismatch of blood type during blood transfusions. And he 'fled' England only because Bathory fled and he was chasing her to stop her. So : Bathory BAD, Dracula GOOD.

This book really is a waste of time. If you want a good vampire book, look to Anne Rice.
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