ISBN 9781101621165 | 352 pages | 13 Jun 2013 | Berkley | 18 - AND UP
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Debut author Royce Prouty offers a spellbinding tale of history, folklore, destiny, and redemption.
Joseph Barkeley has a gift. Without the aid of chemical testing, he can accurately determine the authenticity and age of any document, seeing details within the fibers the way a composer picks out the individual notes of a symphony. But rarely does Joseph get a job this delicate and well-paying. A mystery buyer has hired him to authenticate the original draft of Bram Stoker’s Dracula.
When he travels to Transylvania to personally deliver the manuscript to the legendary Bran Castle, Barkeley, a Romanian orphan himself, soon realizes that his employer is the son of the infamous Vlad Dracula. Imprisoned in the castle and forced to serve “the Master,” Barkeley must quickly decipher cryptic messages hidden within Stoker’s masterpiece to find the Master’s long-lost bride—or risk wearing out his welcome.
But as he delves into the history of Dracula and his own lineage, Barkeley discovers that his selection for this job was based on more than his talent with rare books. Now, he has a perilous decision to make—save his life with a coward’s flight, or wage a deadly battle with an ancient foe.
“Dan Brown meets Anne Rice…a compelling novel that is both a literary mystery and a macabre thriller.”
—New York Journal of Books
—Publishers Weekly, Signature Review by Dacre Stoker
“Prouty’s tale captivates with chilling and just enough blood-soaked scenes to intrigue but not overwhelm the reader. It is packed with historical references and asides, which add richness and depth even for readers who are not history buffs.”
"It’s almost impossible not to keep reading. Prouty’s careful, sometimes daring mingling of history and legend with fiction makes for a tantalizing novel in which he interweaves, to great effect, some of the mysteries surrounding the genesis of Dracula’s writing. Stoker’s Manuscript is a modernized, self-aware, meta-retelling of Dracula.... Newcomers to Stoker’s masterpiece will want to go back and read the original tale, and the already diehard fan will want to re-read it.”
—John Edgar Browning, editor of The Forgotten Writings of Bram Stoker
“In all, a fun read, well-plotted….An obvious choice for fans of Dracula and Frankenstein.”
“Stoker's Manuscript is a thriller with bite.” — Fort Worth Star-Telegram
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