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Fred Saberhagen
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Jan. 24 2006 The Dracula Series (Book 3)
The Southerland family left the old world to start anew in America, but little did they know that a blood-feud, older than history itself, would follow them through the generations to come.
Kate Southerland, the first born of the latest generation of Southerlands, has been murdered, but she is not dead. Her little brother, Johnny, has also vanished, a severed, bloody finger the only clue.
But the Southerlands have no clue what they've fallen into. Their enemy is no mortal madman, but the undying mistress of evil enchantment, Morgan Le Fay, and the Southerlands are not her true target. She seeks to do battle with their protector, their defender, the only man who is capable of saving this mortal family from a war they've never realized was waged.

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"Vampires with a difference! And the difference is Fred Saberhagen. His writing mesmerizes." --Brian Lumley


Vampires with a difference! And the difference is Fred Saberhagen. His writing mesmerizes.
(Brian Lumley)

About the Author

FRED SABERHAGEN is the author of the the popular Dracula Series, Berserker (tm) Series, and the bestselling Lost Swords and Book of Lost Swords. Fred Saberhagen lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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2.0 out of 5 stars A Fiend in the Family Sept. 18 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I didn't particularly like The Dracula Tapes, but I thought that might have been because it seemed forced; Saberhagen was obliged to stick with the "facts" as written by Bram Stoker, which produced some very silly and unintentionally comical results.
I was sufficiently entertained so as to be drawn to a second novel, hoping that the author might do better when not fettered by the chains of existing narrative. I selected "An Old Friend of the Family" because it is an early book and might still retain something fresh.
I was dead wrong. Writing in 81, Saberhagen makes attempts to modernize his tale of Dracula coming to rescue Mina Harker's descendants but those efforts now seem dated and comical. The entire setup, about Morgan Le Fay and her minions, seems forced. And kidnaping Dracula by whacking him on the head with a wooden stake just seems ridiculous.
This book is the one that pretty much convinced me not to bother with the rest of the series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best of the series Jan. 26 2000
By Steve Herr - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Dracula comes to modern-day Chicago to rescue the descendants of Mina Harker. The characters are three-dimensional and the story is gripping right up to the end. This is one of my all-time favorite books.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reprint of Mr. Saberhagen's fine first vampire tale Feb. 15 2006
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
In Chicago, the wealthy Southerland family struggles to persuade Police Detective Franzen that something bad has happened to their beloved Kate Southerland. He agrees with them once her corpse is found. Unbeknownst to the family though they descend from Wilhelmina Hacker she is not just dead.

At the same time, someone abducts Kate's younger brother Johnny leaving a bloody finger behind as evidence of foul play. Since CPD failed them with Kate, the family matriarch Clarissa turns to a long time family friend Dr. Emile Corday for assistance. He investigates the murder and the turning of Kate as well as the kidnapping on the assumption they are linked beyond sibling coincidence. He soon concludes that the assailants are using the Harker descendents as pawns in a deadly blood feud over a century old and a continent away with the ultimate target being Dr. Emile Corday.

This is a reprint of Fred Saberhagen's fine first vampire tale with 1980's references like the Pointer Sisters. The story line is action-packed starting off as a mystery that turns into much more especially when Dracula arrives on the scene to protect the Harker brood from an evil sorceress only to realize that there is much more on the agenda. Fans of Mr. Saberhagen's vampire thrillers will appreciate AN OLD FRIEND OF THE FAMILY, which readers know lives up to its title.

Harriet Klausner
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Well-Balanced Treatment Sept. 11 2005
By Daniel R. KilloranPhD - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The difficulty of dealing with vampires in fiction is caused by the problem of balancing their near-supernatural powers with the limited ability of humans to deal with them. Saberhagen short-circuits this by changing sides! His favorite vampire uses his abilities to help humans, frequently at his own peril. This book illustrates this without pushing it to extremes, and he allows the poor humans to intervene decisively at critical points. A very good read or re-read!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another of Saberhagen's Dracula series. July 14 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
An Old Friend of the Family was the first of Saberhagen's Dracula I read (many years ago) and it is still one of the best. While not as long or as meaty as some of his later books in the series, it is an excellent read with just the right combination of mystery and danger.
5.0 out of 5 stars story continues June 4 2014
By Armando Sanchez - Published on Amazon.com
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this is a good story that continues to follow Dr. Corday aka Count Dracula. I will also read the other books in this series.
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