A brand-new edition with an additional novella, this critically-acclaimed, best-selling sequel to Anno Dracula will keep you mesmerised from beginning to end.
It is 1918 and Dracula is commander-in-chief of the armies of Germany and Austria-Hungary. The war of the great powers in Europe is also a war between the living and the dead. As ever, the Diogenes Club is at the heart of British Intelligence and Charles Beauregard and his protégé Edwin Winthrop go head-to-head with the lethal vampire flying machine that is The Bloody Red Baron...
Written by popular novelist and movie critic Kim Newman, The Bloody Red Baron takes the story forward into the 20th century.
©2012 Kim Newman (P)2012 Audible Ltd
"Stephen King assumes we hate vampires; Anne Rice makes it safe to love them, because they hate themselves. Kim Newman suspects that most of us live with them... Anno Dracula is the definitive account of that post-modern species, the self-obsessed undead." -(New York Times)
"Powerful...compelling entertainment...a fiendishly clever banquet of dark treats." (San Francisco Chronicle)
"Politics, horror, and romance are woven together in this brilliantly imagined and realized novel. Newman's prose is a delight, his attention to detail is spellbinding." (Time Out)
Along with Anno Dracula (and Dracula Cha Cha Cha) this is irresistible work from Kim Newman. I had only read his seminal Nightmare Movies and had no idea he is such a good novelist.
Full of every vampire character you have ever though of, and humorous moments (as when Simon Templar appears briefly raising a quizzical eyebrow..)
Great fun all round and impossible to stop listening to.
It doesn't have the panache of its predecessor, but is still an entertaining and flamboyant listen. If you can get past the occasional ridiculousness (which you probably can if you're reading this), it's a well told romp, though without vast plot depth. Good performance - accents not always perfect, but this does not mar the whole.
The mix of fictional and real characters, some vampire and some 'warm' compete in the same way as the first in this series, Anno Dracula. However I was not immediately hooked by the lead characters this time. Obviously WW1 and Biggles flying aces are here along with Edgar Allen Poe, but their characters did not spark enough empathy for me I'm afraid. Of more interest if you are into WW1 flying aces perhaps?
the story is well read by William Gaminara but the story is confusing!! I have started listening to the story twice and now its just something that i'm listening to but not taking in. I thought that this was just my sort of story but you have to try and fill in the gaps with regard to how things came about in the story and only then do you get a sense of what your listening to. I wouldnt listen to anything else by Kim Newman.
"A Worthy Sequel"
Better? No. But it is a great companion to the print version. The depth of the presented world forces me to constantly look things up if I'm using the print copy, but the audio version allows me to just enjoy the story for what it is.
The only thing I could compare this too is the rest of Anno Dracula line and other works that toe the Wold Newton line such as Alan Moore's The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.
This performance is easily as good as the one he offered for Anno Dracula. I was happy to have him back for this one. It makes the experience that much better when you have a quality narrator across an entire series.
Like Anno Dracula before it, this book is a lot of fun. The more you know about classic literature and World War I history, the better it gets as there's a lot of geekery to be had. If you don't know any of it, don't let that scare you away. This book is so much fun, it'll make you want to learn more to see how it fits together. When you get in that mood for "something different," this series fits the bill perfectly.
As much as I thoroughly enjoyed Anno Dracula, and was prepared for this sequel, something was lacking. I think overall it's hard to keep up the standards in series due in part to the fact that whatever newness made the original stand out, isn't new anymore. I still like the historical allusions and all the blending of real and imaginary/fictional characters, but I think the first one had it, and don't know if I'll go on if more show up in this set. I am looking forward to the Sherlock blend Newman has in Hound of D'Urbervilles and will try it.
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