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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Avon Books (Mm); Reprint edition (January 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380727145
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380727148
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 10.7 x 2.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 91 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,454,188 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kim Newmans book is an OK read, lots of historical and pop references(many of which only a avid movie and literary afficionado would notice), the plot however can meanders but comes to a good conclusion.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Worthy Sequel -- The Vampire Wars Continue! Aug. 30 2004
By Scott Schiefelbein - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
"The Bloody Red Baron" is an excellent follow-up effort to Kim Newman's "Anno Dracula." In "Baron," Newman updates his alternate universe of vampires rubbing shoulders (and more!) with warm humans by having Dracula lead the Axis powers in WWI.

Once again, Newman takes the audacious step of having the famous and powerful become vampires (Winston Churchill is a prime example, although there seems to be less of this trick than in "Anno Dracula"). But the most notorious vampire is easily Manfred von Richtoffen, the Red Baron. The ultimate hunter is cross-fed by several vampire "elders" to create the ultimate winged combatant . . . a winged vampire armed with powerful hand-machine guns. Now, not only must the Allied pilots be wary of a violent death in a fireball or a screaming nose-dive to earth, they must be wary of being plucked from their pilot-seats and eaten alive! The vision of the vampire-squadron taking off from a high tower, with strains of Wagner echoing from Dracula's Zeppelin-flagship, makes for a riveting read.

Newman brings a few characters along from "Anno Dracula," including Charles Beauregard, aging agent of the Diogenes Club, and vampiress-journalist Kate Reed, but most of the storylines follow new characters. Edwin, seeming heir apparent to Beauregard as Diogenes agent, becomes entwined with the hunt for the Red Baron after a horrifying air raid on the German fortress of Schloss Adler, and Edgar Allen Poe, turned vampire and propaganda-man for the Axis powers, struggles to come to terms with his new role in the world.

Newman combines an eye for historical detail with the talent to write riveting scenes of carnage . . . setting the scene amongst the carnage and devastation of WWI is perfect for Newman's style. This is one difficult book to put down!

Newman's tale is also one of transition. Like the warm, the vampires must also come to terms with the violent transition to the 20th century, as technology poses new threats to vampires and warm alike (a chilling scene of an Allied elder vampire first vanquishing, then being vanquished by, Axis tanks exemplifies this theme). Among the most moving scenes are the "educations" that young, romantic American troops receive on the front lines.

Not for the squeamish, "Baron" offers thrills galore, and also throws out some good condemnation for the leaders of World War I on both sides . . . an excellent, though eccentric, take on leadership and the ability of some to throw lives away for the sake of their own ambition.

To borrow a cliche, if you liked "Anno Dracula," you'll love "The Bloody Red Baron."
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
An Excellant combo of Alternative History and Vampires June 30 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Vampire books are a dime a dozen, but Newman's work stands out in the field. He has a flair for writing, and a unique style that makes his books refreshing and different.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Interesting-Spot the Allusions Feb. 16 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
As vampire stories go Blood Red Baron is very refreshing and original in its portrayal of vampires in an almost mundane sense. As a war novel or alternate history its a little unfocused. Newman introduces dozens of characters, many of who are plucked from popular fiction of the time (Drs' Caligari, Mabuse, Herbert West, and Moreau). He freely uses allusions to famous silent films and literary works of the Great War and vampire fiction (Graf Orlok, Karnstein). In many ways its a lazy way to create characters without needing the effort to flesh them out. But I happen to enjoy trying to spot the allusions which are rather widespread.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
the best vampire writer since stoker Jan. 14 1999
By medusa@inter.net.il - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
kim newman has created the finest vampire books since dracula.his respect to the traditions of vampire-building is examplary.his premise is fantastic,and in all,he creates a wonderfull tribute to the horror-adventure-science fiction writers of classic reputation.but sadly,modern readers don`t understand the inner neuances that make this novel great.BRAVO KIM NEWMAN!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
An enjoyable romp through alternate history. Jan. 3 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
As in the previous ANNO DRACULA, Kim Newman takes a playful
(if dark) approach to vampire lore. Vampires live openly in
every city in the world--and fight side-by-side with the living
(or "warm" as they're called in the book)in the trenches of
World War I. Dracula, the dark puppet-master behind the Kaiser,
is preparing a horrific squadron of airmen for his final assault
on France and it falls to a warm man to stop him.

Aside from the fast pace, fascinating action, and witty style,
the real delight in reading Kim Newman's books lies in seeing
famous historical figures standing side-by-side with famous
fictional characters. Lord Ruthven (Polidori's vampire creation)
has taken the position of Prime Minister of England in perpetuity.
His cabinet includes a besotted, undead Churchill who brings
small animals to meetings so he can enjoy a tipple. Edgar Poe
(who has dropped Allen on the grounds that it was his step-
father's name) plays a role as a would-be propagandist for the
Dark Prince.

Anyone who enjoyed ANNO DRACULA will find much to like in BLOODY
RED BARON. Anyone who has yet to discover Kim Newman's talent
is in for a pleasant surprise.

KC

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