"Dracula vs. Hitler" Book Review
Written by Jennifer Turner
Published by Inkshares
Written by Patrick Sheane Duncan
2016, 508 pages, Fiction
Released on October 25th, 2016
When I requested this book for review, I assumed it would a fun little read; something cheesy to pass the time. Dracula vs. Hitler is fun, but like someone with lactose intolerance, it is cheese free. It's an action-packed adventure that I literally read in one sitting.
This book is almost an extension of Bram Stoker's Dracula, though the novel is referred to as an over-exaggeration of real events. In fact Van Helsing reacts to the book with disdain, burning copies of the novel that has been sent to him for his autograph.
The plot takes place in Germany, where our favorite vampire hunter is organizing a Nazi resistance and realizes that he needs to free his enemy, who has been trapped for many years. I like how the narrative jumped from the different characters points of view. I fell that gave the characters more depth and made me feel more a part of the story.
Old characters are brought back into the fold, such as the aforementioned Van Helsing and of course how can we have a Dracula story without our beloved Prince Vlad. New characters are added to the fold as well; Lucy, Van Helsing's daughter, and J. Harker, a descendant of Jonathan Harker from the original novel. Even crazy old Renfield shows up having had an upgrade to a badass yet still insane explosives expert. Renfield often quotes dirty limericks, which gives the story a nice dose of humor.
I love the way Dracula is portrayed in this novel. The stereotypical "I vant to suck your blood" vampire that we know and love is portrayed as someone more human. He looks at his past exploits with shame, but doesn't apologize for who he is and what he does. In fact, at one point in the story, J. Harker expresses disappointment that Dracula doesn't have pointed ears.
Early in the book I worried that the writer was intending on introducing a love triangle between Dracula, Lucy, and Harker, but I was pleased to find my fears were unfounded. There is romance in the book, but it doesn't obscure the initial storyline.
There are a couple things I didn't like. Some of the chapters, like excerpts from Van Helsing's diaries, are written in a teeny almost-impossible-to-read font that I wound up more scanning than reading it. Of course, I'm getting to that age where you start enlarging your Kindle's font and craving the Early Bird Special at Denny's, so other people might not have that issue.
Minor Spoiler Alert!
I don't like the fact that Hitler doesn't factor too much into the book, whose title references him. He's mentioned a lot and shows up for about a second at the end, but I expected more. A more appropriate title would be Dracula vs the Nazis or Dracula: Nazi Hunter.
Despite the lack of Hitler goodness, I still enjoyed this novel and would very much love to see a sequel.