A Sharpness On The Neck [NOOK Book]

Overview

In 1792, Philip Radcliffe, the bastard son of Benjamin Franklin, comes to France to deliver a letter to Thomas Paine--only to get caught up in a conflict far more horrifying than the Revolution. By foiling a powerful vampire's attempt at fratricide, Radcliffe dooms himself and his descendants to suffer the vampire's eternal vengeance.

In present day, Philip and June Radcliffe are kidnapped on their honeymoon. Their captor, a mysterious Mr. ...
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A Sharpness On The Neck

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Overview

In 1792, Philip Radcliffe, the bastard son of Benjamin Franklin, comes to France to deliver a letter to Thomas Paine--only to get caught up in a conflict far more horrifying than the Revolution. By foiling a powerful vampire's attempt at fratricide, Radcliffe dooms himself and his descendants to suffer the vampire's eternal vengeance.

In present day, Philip and June Radcliffe are kidnapped on their honeymoon. Their captor, a mysterious Mr. Graves, swears that he aims to protect them. Yet as the thrilling story unfolds, involving Napoleon, the Marquis de Sade, and the Scarlet Pimpernel, as well as Jerry Cruncher and Detective Dupin, the young couple refuses to believe him--a mistake that is certain to cost them their lives.
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Editorial Reviews

Roland Green
masterfully mixes historical and contemporary characters and settings. In 1790s France, Radcliffe, an illegitimate son of Ben Franklin, befriends Vlad, incurring the enmity of Vlad's brother, Radu … the Dracula version of a family feud has caught up with (Radcliffe’s descendants) … Saberhagen's well-imagined Dracula is almost an old friend to long-term followers of the series. Since this latest entry is well up to the highest standards, nobody is likely to be disappointed.
A. Customer
Saberhagen brilliantly paints a truly loathsome character in Radu, Vlad Dracula's sadistic little brother … (Sharpness) is full of well-researched history, as are the other novels in this series, and a delightful humor.
… This is an enchanting and innovative tale … I HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone that loves history, or even vampires. And read the other books in The Dracula Series
A. Reviewer
There's plenty of crisp historical detail, including appearances by Napoleon and the Marquis de Sade. The series' ironic contrast between Vlad's innocence and the bloodlust of humans continues, with Vlad's aristocratic narrative voice (which alternates with third-person passages) continuing to impress. To be sure, the pace is languorous at times, but when you're spending quality time with someone who has centuries on his undead hands, what's the hurry?
Estelle Chauvelin
As a fan of most fiction related to the French Revolution and as a seeker of the perfect Dracula, I was pleasantly surprised that a book I was drawn to more by the guillotine than the vampires may wind up leading me to my answer. I may be at somewhat of an advantage, already being familiar with the historical references and other literary characters, but I find this to be a highly skilled connection of different worlds of fact and fiction.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940014037662
  • Publisher: JSS Literary Productions
  • Publication date: 2/10/2012
  • Series: Saberhagen's Dracula , #9
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 349
  • Sales rank: 639,832
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Fred Saberhagen is widely published in many areas of speculative fiction. He is best known for his Berserker, Swords, and Dracula series. Less known are the myth based fantasies Books of the Gods. Fred also authored a number of non-series fantasy and science fiction novels and a great number of short stories. For more information on Fred visit his website: www.fredsaberhagen.com
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2012

    Kept me reading.

    This tale held me to its end. I don't tire of the parallel stories and how they tie together. Saberhagen presents a believable view of an immortal's perspective.

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