The Dracula Chronicles: Birth of the Monster
by Shane K. P. O'Neill
Dracula sits astride his horse, surveying the battlefield below. He has defeated another Ottoman army and won back his throne for the third time. Confident in his victory, he is unaware of the events about to unfold and the plans Lucifer has for him.
This is the Prequel to The Dracula Chronicles series. The first full-length book in the series The Dracula Chronicles: Bound by Blood was released on 1 December 2012. Look out for the blog post and giveaway.
The Dracula Chronicles: Birth of the Monster, is exactly what the title promises it is. It's the origin story of O'Neill's take on the Dracula story. Before I read this, I was convinced vampire stories were done and that the market was saturated without room for another Twilight. This is no Twilight. The Dracula Chronicles is unique in the world of vampire stories in several ways. It is clear that a great deal of time went into carefully researching the mythology then crafting it into a clever premise. It's well written. The characters are complex. The story is immediately compelling.
This is only a small sample, but it is a strong foundation on to which a solid series can be built. Do know when downloading Birth of the Monster you are getting the opening chapter as a sample. But it is a clever tease. There is just enough to leave me wanting more.
About the Author
The author developed a fascination with Dracula from an early age. Like many others he was enthralled by Christopher Lee's portrayal of him on the big screen. It was in his late teens that he discovered Dracula the man and the love affair began from there. An avid historian, he studied the period in which the real historical Vlad Dracula lived, 15th Century Balkan, for many years. It followed from there then that with his love of writing he would always choose Dracula as his subject.
Away from writing, the author has a wide range of interests. He has lived and travelled all over the world. He has a love for all things historical, with a particular fascination for medieval Europe. Anywhere he travels he likes to search out locations with an historical interest. He is well read and in recent times has a preference for the work of James Patterson, Carlos Luis Zafon, John Grisham, Jeffrey Archer and Stephen King. He also keeps his library well stocked with historical texts.