Vlad: The Last Confession

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Dracula. A name of horror, depravity and the darkest sensuality.

Yet the real Dracula was just as alluring, just as terrifying, his tale not one of a monster but of a man and a contradiction. For the one they called 'The Devil's Son' was both tyrant and lawgiver, crusader and mass slaughterer, torturer and hero, lover and murderer.

But Vlad's actions defy such labels. His extraordinary life burns with passion, taking him from his years as ...

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Overview

Dracula. A name of horror, depravity and the darkest sensuality.

Yet the real Dracula was just as alluring, just as terrifying, his tale not one of a monster but of a man and a contradiction. For the one they called 'The Devil's Son' was both tyrant and lawgiver, crusader and mass slaughterer, torturer and hero, lover and murderer.

But Vlad's actions defy such labels. His extraordinary life burns with passion, taking him from his years as hostage to the Turk, through torture, battle, triumph and betrayal, ultimately to a last crusade - and there perhaps, beneath the twin banners of the Dragon and the Cross, to find redemption for his innumerable sins.

Vlad: The Last Confession spins legend and fact together into a monumental novel of blood, love and terror. This is the true story of Dracula as it has never been told before.

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While Vlad's brutal acts might have inspired the name of Bram Stoker's fictional vampire, the historical man has nothing to do with that classic novel. His real story is engrossing.

A novel that sets out to humanize and demythologize Vlad the Impaler...though he's still very naughty.

An unapologetic tale about a man who endured great losses and was driven by intense passion for his country and religion...the novel is aimed much more at readers interested in the historical origins of the Dracula stories than at those looking for another vampire story. As such, it succeeds admirably.

It makes you think harder about what it good, what is evil, and what happens when the two collide and combine within the soul. I love this book. One of the best historical fiction novels I've read. It gets my highest rating and a strong recommendation.

It was a fascinating tale about who the real Dracula was. Rich in historical drama and bloody madness.

The novel moves at a rapid pace, alternating between swashbuckling episodes, poignant relationships, savage encounters, and sins and redemption for them. The final chapters contain more surprises than any reader, even a Cardinal, should ever expect from historical fiction.

A rollicking, bloody, surprising novel of the fifteenth century which, in effect, reinvents Dracula as himself: a driven, vengeful, God-fearing human being.

An incredible story has been woven around the true facts that exist about the frightening but enigmatic leader of Wallachia and the climactic ending is superb.

Hard to put down and impossible to forget...It is a book you can emotionally lose yourself in and let yourself roam deep into the words of the story.

C.C. Humphreys does a fantastic job of bringing Vlad to life. Readers have a lot of preconceived notions where Dracula is concerned and Humphreys pretty much throws all that out and starts over. I loved the way he was able to show Vlad as something more than the monster readers are familiar with.

Vlad: The Last Confession was an interesting and engaging look at the life of Vlad Dracula and how history is shaped by political needs.

What makes a man commit acts of evil? Should this man be forgiven if his motivations were just? All of these questions are posed in the novel, but the answers are left up to the reader. Vlad: The Last Confession by C.C. Humphreys is part history, part epic adventure - an engrossing novel that will surely have you reconsidering other "villains" of the past.

C.C. Humphreys has done an excellent job with opening the Western world's eyes to the hero that Vlad was. This is done through highly researched prose, full of great characters but also through further appendices which provide even more information on Vlad Tepes.

Humphreys writes in a compelling way that brings the character and time to life and even though you want to turn away you also want to know more.

This was a very fascinating read about the life and times of a mad and compelling man. I was sucked into the story and now I want to learn more about Vlad and his younger brother Radu: The Handsome.

This historical and fictional account of the historical 15th century warlord known as "Vlad The Impaler" imagines the man's life through a dialogue-rich narrative that involves Crusaders, castles, Turks and love. The Vlad in Humphreys narrative is very human and shaped by the political climate of his time. And this book never once mentions vampires.

"Vlad" is a must for any fan of historical fiction, or those who want another view on the legend of Dracula.

An exciting, fascinating novel...

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781743115343
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • Publication date: 6/18/2012
  • Format: MP3 on CD

Meet the Author

Chris (C.C.) Humphreys was born in Toronto, lived till he was seven in Los Angeles, then grew up in the UK. As C.C. Humphreys, Chris has written six historical fiction novels. Chris lives in Vancouver, Canada, with his wife and young son.

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  • Posted September 11, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    Vlad: Anti-hero of His Time

    How to make Dracula, or Vlad the Impaler, into an interesting and even sometimes~~dare I say~~sympathetic character? C.C. Humphreys has managed to do that, at least for me.

    That the known facts of Vlad's life have provided the skeleton (pun unintended) of the story makes the effort all the more interesting. And riveting.

    The culmination of the three witnesses who are presenting their testimony in the present to the past life of Vlad ends up being the biggest and most successful of the many surprises in the novel. No spoilers here, but the end is truly terrific.

    All in all, I highly recommend this take on Vlad the Impaler, true anti-hero.

    11 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2012

    Excellent book

    The characters are believable and the plot engaging. It connects a frequently used, but ill known historical figure and weaves an enchanging story about him utilizing sharp wit and good storytelling against a historically accurate background. I would recommend this book to anyone.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 14, 2011

    A new take on an old literary friend.

    Stepping back five centuries Saltspring Island resident C.C. Humphreys uses a different approach by taking a historical figure shrouded in myth and legend and imagines what the life of the real person might have been in Vlad - The Last Confession. Within these pages is an epic novel that gathers historical data and casts Vlad Dracul--the real Dracula--as the reviled impaler to his enemies, the Dragon's Son to his people and ultimately the hero of his homeland. This richly textured narrative, as told by those who knew him best (remember, this is fiction), casts the cartoonish figure of Stoker's novel in an entirely different light. It brilliantly brings into sharp focus the twists of fate, political and theological machinations and external forces that may have driven Vlad to the intense and excruciating means so vividly depicted by Humphreys. The rich characterizations and exquisite eye for detail make this an epic read, though not for the faint of heart. As Vlad Dracul learned the hard way in the 15th century, 'we torture so that we will not be tortured'.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2013

    very good read

    The author did a great job telling a story with many layers.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 27, 2011

    Excellent

    Highly recommend. Not a dull moment.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2013

    Vlad

    * slides tounge in*

    1 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted February 8, 2013

    Snow

    *sighs*

    1 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 18, 2011

    Why 2.99 on Amazon and 9.99 here?

    My headline says it all.... Dont want to hurt the rating, just want to understand.

    1 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 16, 2011

    Amazing read

    Would highly recommend!

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2014

    Vlad

    An interesting look at the life of Vlad before the whole Dracula legend we all know so well. It was good but not great and I read it quickly but it lagged a little in the middle and lacked an unknown element that would have made it a new and great addition to the Dracula legend.

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  • Posted January 25, 2014

    Highly recommended for historial fans!

    I have always been fascinated with the story of Vlad Dracula; this historical fiction about him is amazing! I found it very hard to put down and read it in a few days, although it was a nice, long book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2013

    Wow!!!!

    This was simply superb! To turn a reviled symbol of naked evil into a sympathetic, devoted ruler, committed Christian, tireless Crusader and faithful friend is a work of pure Genius. One of the best things I've read this decade!

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  • Posted October 19, 2013

    Readable Novel of Vlad the Man

    A highly readable book about Vlad the man; not Dracula.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2013

    Suprisingly good read. An interesting take with a few surprises.

    Suprisingly good read. An interesting take with a few surprises.

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