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Thomas A. Turley
4,0 von 5 SternenAn excellent homage to two of Victorian literature's greatest genre writers
23. August 2015 - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Stephen Seitz has written an ingeniously plotted, action-packed homage to two of Victorian literature’s greatest genre writers. The first half of his book, which follows the original course of Stoker’s novel, is absolutely marvelous, with the historical Dracula impeccably researched. The rest of Seitz’s story covers more familiar ground. He offers a startlingly different version of the Great Hiatus, one in which Holmes pays a heavy price for confronting Dracula as well as Moriarty. Thanks to a dubious epiphany by Watson, the ending gets the Canon back on track, albeit with some secondary plotlines unresolved. If Sherlock Holmes and the Plague of Dracula is ultimately more faithful to Bram Stoker than to Conan Doyle, the relationship between the great detective and his Boswell remains true throughout, despite the efforts of evil vampires and professors to divide them. –Thomas A. Turley, author of “Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Tainted Canister” (http://www.amazon.com/Sherlock-Holmes-Adventure-Tainted-Canister-ebook/dp/B00J3QS5CW)
This book starts off with some degree of promise, although I really think the time has come to stop the entire silly "how I found this lost mystery" baloney, it has began to become predictable: The bequest or lost chest found in an ancient house. Use some imagination; a patient of Watson's retold the tale to someone or something! The real problem is the question of Dracula's vampirism.********SPOILER ALERT********** I give credit to Seitz for the Dracula/Moriarty plot, that was well thought out, and exactly the thing a schemer like Moriarty would dream up--, and be vain enough to think he could control the Vampire Lord.
The ending I could not see. Vampirism as a curable disease has been tried before--shades of Barnabas Collins on Dark Shadows. There, where everything was never what it seemed, it worked. But to suggest Dracula was less than the Prince of Darkness, and his victims curable, or that Holmes had succumbed to the vampire and died by the hand of Moriarty was nigh blasphemy!
Had the author lead on from his point with the two evils working against each other under cover of a merger, and allowed Dracula his full power, turning Helsing and Holmes loose upon the hapless pair, we would have had a grand tale indeed! Quoth the Raven...
3,0 von 5 SternenFrom Transylvania to the Reichenbach Falls
28. März 2008 - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
This is an interesting melding of Holmes and Watson into the traditional Dracula tale that takes the reader from London to Transylvania to the Reichenbach Falls. Mimicking the writing style of Conan Doyle, the author presents a logical insertion of Holmes and Watson with the characters in the Dracula story. It moves along at an easy pace. The last quarter of the book felt like the author was unsure of how to end the story, although he did add some interesting twists. I do, however, applaud the author for the way he wove the characters of both stories into a natural sequence of events.
I bought this novel in remembrance of a similiar novel I enjoyed reading years ago by an author of the Dracula series - I can't recollect or pronounce his surname well enough to put it in this review, but he was quite good, I assure you! Now I'm glad I got the current novel here - best luck to you!