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11 Feb 2010

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

Yet the real Dracula was just as alluring, just as terrifying, his story not 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.

His tale is told by those who knew him best. The only woman he ever loved, who he must sacrifice. His closest comrade and traitor. And his priest, betraying the secrets of the confessional to reveal the mind of the man history would forever remember as Tepes - 'The Impaler'.

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 - there perhaps, beneath the twin banners of the Dragon and the Cross, to find redemption for his innumerable sins.

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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (11 Feb 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1409103307
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409103301
  • Product Dimensions: 2.8 x 13.2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 244,116 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Chris (C.C.) Humphreys was born in Toronto, lived till he was seven in Los Angeles, then grew up in the UK. All four grandparents were actors, his Norwegian grandfather , Karl Holter, also being a successful writer. Since his father was an actor as well, it was inevitable he would follow the bloodline. He has acted all over the world and appeared on stages ranging from London's West End to Hollywood's Twentieth Century Fox. Favorite roles have included Hamlet, Caleb the Gladiator in NBC's Biblical-Roman epic mini-series, 'AD - Anno Domini' and Jack Absolute in Sheridan's 'The Rivals'.

As C.C. Humphreys, Chris has written six historical fiction novels. The first, 'The French Executioner' told the tale of the man who killed Anne Boleyn and was runner up for the CWA Steel Dagger for Thrillers 2002. Its sequel, 'Blood Ties', was a bestseller in Canada. Having played Jack Absolute, he stole the character and has written three books on this '007 of the 1770's' - 'Jack Absolute', 'The Blooding of Jack Absolute' and 'Absolute Honour'- short listed for the 2007 Evergreen Prize by the Ontario Library Association. All have been published in the UK, Canada, the US and translated into Russian, Italian, German, Greek and Czech.

As 'Chris Humphreys' he has written a trilogy for Young Adults 'The Runestone Saga'. A heady brew of Norse myth, runic magic, time travel and horror, the first book in the series 'The Fetch' was published in North America in July 2006, with the sequel, 'Vendetta' in August 2007 and the conclusion, 'Possession', August 2008. They are also published in Russia, Greece, Turkey and Indonesia. His latest Young Adult novel 'THE HUNT OF THE UNICORN' is released by Knopf in North America in March 2011.

His latest adult novel is: VLAD: THE LAST CONFESSION - the true history of DRACULA. Just published in the UK and Commonwealth, it has sold to Germany, Spain, Russia, Poland, Czech Republic, Serbia, Turkey and Brazil.

His new adult novel 'A PLACE CALLED ARMAGEDDON' about the fall of Constantinople 1453, will be released in the UK in July 2011 and canada August 2011.

Chris lives on Salt Spring Island, BC, Canada, with his wife and young son.

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A fast-paced, intriguing and beautifully-constructed thriller and its final twist - not a phrase you use lightly in the context of impaling or disembowelling - certainly took me by surprise. If you see it coming you are a more insightful reader than I am. Just don't read it before you go to sleep. (Andrew Taylor DAILY EXPRESS)

A chilling masterpiece that weaves fact and fable. Bedtime reading? Only if you don't need much sleep... (BEST)

Humphreys' elegant prose and command of his obscure subject matter creates an uncompromising, extraordinary journey into the brutal times and tortured soul of an oft-misunderstood ruler whose reign became synonymous with terror (HISTORICAL NOVELS REVIEW)

Cracking historical fiction... A book that is a must have for all fans of the genre. (FALCATA TIMES)

An accessible, fast-paced, narrative-driven, damn-near-irresistible historical thriller. Humphreys's research infuses every page, but never calls attention to itself; the story always has centre stage. It's the consummate "good read" for a rainy fall weekend, pulpy and engrossing and just gross enough to satisfy that monster craving. (TORONTO GLOBE)

Literate elegant writing... Vlad: The Last Confession superbly portrays the passions which drove Vlad, taking the reader on a whirlwind ride through torture, battle and despair. It's a dark tale, but Humphreys illuminates it with historical details and page-turning bravura prose. (YORKSHIRE EVENING POST)

Vlad: The Last Confession is a superb page-turner from start to finish that offers a captivating look at the true picture of Vlad. Highly, highly recommended. No vampires though... (FANTASYCRITIC.COM)

There's a maturity in his writing that places it above much of the cash-in fare surrounding the middle European leader... An unexpectedly riveting read. 8/10 (TOTAL SCI-FI) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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A superb gothic novel about the real Vlad the Impaler - one of history's greatest psychopaths or a hero of the West? Perhaps both...

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down 3 April 2009
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I don't read much fiction, usually opting for real history but I thought I would give this one a go and I am so pleased that I did. This novel exceeded my expectations in every way.

The idea behind the book is that 3 people, all of whome knew Vlad throughout his life are brought together to retell his story in a trial that hopes to re-establish Vlad Dracula as a hero of Christendem and not a blood thirsty monster.

Through these three narratives we are able to follow Vlad from his younger years (as a hostage in Turkey), into the prison where he learns the art of Impalement, onto his crowning as Voivoid of Wallachia and the war he raged with Turkey, and finally onto his final years as a fallen Prince feared and despised my most but still loved by some. Along the way we meet a cast of colouful characters that will stay with you even after you put the book down. Ion Tremblac his right hand man best friend and one of the few people Vlad trusts. Ilona Vlad,s love interest, the Sultans, Murad and Mehmet, Hamza Pasha Vlads mentor in his younger days and Radu Vlad's younger brother.

I don't want to give anything away as it will spoil the read but I did find myself at 2.00am saying "Just one more chapter" "I've got to see what happens next" and this sums up the book for me. It's moving in places as Vlad's relationships with his closest "friends" change and is quite graphic in others (the impalement scenes leave nothing to the imagination) but in the end it's a great story well told and that in my opinion is what makes a book worth reading.

The only negative thing I could find to say about this book is the chapters did jump ahead in time quite a lot (7 months later, 1 year later etc) but that's only because I wanted to know more, what happened in those 7 months?
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must own 12 April 2009
By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
In a world where the very name of a certain Eastern Count is the very epitome of fear and evil deeds it was with great interest that I awaited the first novel by CC Humphrys to land. Not only has the author humanised the principle protagonist but rather than ridding the tale of some of the excesses of the "Impaler" they allowed the character the chance to explain their actions before a reading public which presented them in turn with the discovery that he was not quite the rogue agent that we've all come to believe.

Whilst many would prefer to keep the Prince as the Vampire of Legend who dreamt of new ways to torture his prisoners, CC allowed the reader the chance to see the man behind the myth and what he did to save Christendom from the Turk. Cracking historical fiction with a humanised Count who utilised the greatest weapon in his arsenal against an invader and a book that is a must have for all fans of the genre.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Fav book 2009 16 Jun 2011
In this excellent title by CC Humpreys you meet finally the real Vlad Dracul, not the blood sucking vampire but the real man the prince, you learn how the legends were born and may have been twisted by history "History is written by the victors" and in this case they didn't write very nice things, but maybe that just goes to show how effective one small prince and his small army was against the Muslim hordes that were banging on the door of the Christian west?
This take told in a time slip style part confessional, part transported back to the events is a lesson in how to write very real characters, to make them live on paper, all action scenes are fairly short but even so leave the reader breathless and wanting more and at the end it does not wrap the take up with a pretty bow, it leaves the reader with the question of who is right, has history treated him badly? does he deserve his reputation?

I enjoyed this book so much it went down as my favourite book of 2009
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a read 21 July 2009
I have read many books in my time, but only a limited few have been able to maintain my attention to the point of not sleeping! This book is not about 'Dracula the Vampire' or the hundreds of myths and legends which have woven themselves to his name to the point of blinding the man, Vlad. I admit, when I brought the book all I expected were those stories, but instead I found something different. I learned of Vlad as a man striving to free the chains which held him and the people he loved. Although at times I was shocked and put off my lunch for 5 minuets, I have found this tale inspiring, because he never gave up fighting for what he believed in, no matter the cost.

C.C. Humphreys has done a marvellous job in writing this novel, and has found a new fan.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Vlad: Another 'Hollywood' Tale 17 Mar 2011
I stumbled across Vlad: The Last Confession after reading several reviews on this very page and decided to give it a go. I have a passion for reading historical fiction and works by the likes of Conn Iggulden, Bernard Cornwell etc

Whilst C.C. Humphrey's has certainly created a refreshing take on Vlad 'Dracul-a' I still felt he strayed towards the more fantasy elements surrounding the story of Dracula, no he didn't have Vlad baring fangs and drinking blood but he certainly leaned towards a more exaggerated course.

The writing at times was clumsy and certainly I found myself re-reading over certain sections of dialogue to get a firm grasp of what characters had said and to whom. Although the character development of Vlad is at times questionable in general the characters Humphrey's has created are rather good.

C.C. Humphrey's had his work cut out dealing with the real 'Dracula' because so little is actually known of the man and to a degree he succeeded but by his own words found in the Authors Notes one of his editors 'admirably restrains my tendency towards the Hollywood epic' perhaps in my opinion he didn't restrain him enough!
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