Someone or something haunts the streets of Bistritz and the surrounding Transylvanian mountains. Ask Istvan's new colleague, Gábor Kasza of the Royal Hungarian Gendarmerie, and he'd say evidence points to a well-established serial killer, possibly hidden among the oppressed and reviled Roma, who call the nearby Borgo Pass home. Ask Freudian devotee Baron Krafft-Ebing and he'd agree, although his interest lies more in studying the psychopath's mind than bringing him to justice.
Ask the mountain people of the Carpathians, however, and they'd disagree. They'd point to the long history of killings and disappearances in the region, which stretch back longer than any one man's lifetime. They'd speak in hushed voices of the Roma's supposed master, and an abandoned castle where he lives with his demonic wives. The bravest residents might even risk whispering a name: Dracula.
Kalvary Istvan, like Kasza and Krafft-Ebing, considers himself a modern nineteenth-century man, with little time for legends and superstitions, but as he and Kasza pursue their investigation, reason and deduction begin to give way to dark, ancient truths and local belief.
At once a thrilling detective yarn and intriguing backstory to Bram Stoker's Dracula, The Carpathian Assignment immerses readers in the rich setting of the Hungarian kingdom at the end of the nineteenth century, a nation in which science and logic clash with centuries of cultural conviction and superstition.
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Understandably likely to divide opinion as the work borrows (or 'channels' depending on how you wish to view it) so heavily in it's style and content from Bram stokers 1897 template creating "Dracula". If you can recover from that fact that this is not a reimagining but more a journey back through time to tap back in through homage to the style and texture of the original work, this book will deliver a slow burning but no less gripping read. Some daywalkers may label it a 'retread' or a recycled imitation but that the Dracula template has for a long time been a tool for writers and filmakers to make use of. Therefore why not go 'back to the future' as a way forward rather than offer up another teen vampire romance? Atmsopheric, skillfully and subtely underplayed in parts and with a bloody, climactic conclusion. Author achieves what you would believe he set out to do (not reinventing the wheel) and is best read and appreciated keeping that in mind.
This is the best written, most researched book I have ever hated. The writing is really superb. The flow and language evokes the original Stoker classic. The effort that went into compiling the background information for this story must have been painstaking. The attention to detail really shows in the descriptions of the villages and cities. Where this all goes wrong for me is in the story itself. This isn't even a reimagining of the original legend like so many other popular books are these days. What drives this story are the lives of fringe characters that were never associated with the original. This comes across as pages that were too superfluous for the classic and were cut in editing the story down to its final size. There is no new information here. In fact, I'm not sure what this story really hopes to accomplish. This is like an alternate camera angle that doesn't shine any new light on the outcome of the story. It is a shame that there is so little to be had from the amount of effort that went into this work.