Dracula vs Hitler by Patrick Sheane Duncan

Dracula vs Hitler by Patrick Sheane Duncan Dracula vs Hitler by Patrick Sheane DuncanDracula vs. Hitler by Patrick Sheane Duncan
Published by Inkshares on October 25th 2016
Genres: Thriller, War
Pages: 500
Format: Ebook
Source: NetGalley

Dracula vs Hitler, what a wonderfully click-baity title, I will admit that it got my attention. In a world where historical mashups like Abraham Lincoln – Vampire Hunter, and Android Karenina, are profligate, I had certain expectations, or ideas about what the book might involve. I supposed that it was going to be either “so bad it’s good” or nazploitation comedy.

What I was pleasantly surprised to find instead, was an extremely well-written historical – well, semi-historical – novel set in an extremely gothic-style setting of Romania during the Second World War. With few options remaining to them, one of the Van Helsing family decides that their only remaining option is to raise a violent, unstoppable killing machine to put a stop to the violent, unreasoning hatred of the Nazi occupiers.

It is both a war story, and a classic tale of the struggle of the vampire to understand and control their thirst. The fight scenes – and there are a great many of them – are interesting, and well-described. I must admit, however, that the author’s fascination with retelling events as either diary entries, or after action reports does get somewhat repetitive after a while, and I began to skim read through them after a while. In a book which is already lengthy, this didn’t help matter.

I am sure that the title alone will draw a lot of interested people, who may look, but keep moving. This is a surprising book that was rather enjoyable in the end, if you can wade through, or ignore some of the repetition.

I received a copy of the book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Rating Report
Overall: four-stars

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