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Anno Dracula: The Bloody Red Baron


3rd December 2013

"Anno Dracula: The Bloody Red Baron"
By: Kim Newman

I really enjoyed "Anno Dracula: The Bloody Red Baron" for the same reasons I enjoyed the first book in the series - "Anno Dracula". It's really well written and an interesting read, especially if you enjoy horror stories. While the first book was set during the 1880s, this book was set during the First World War with Dracula leading the German armies. The story follows some of the minor characters from the first book, a new character working for the British intelligence agency and the German flyers - including the Red Baron of course.

The new editions have some extras included, one of which is a novella continuing the series in the 1920s called "Vampire Romance" which would have been too short to publish as an individual book. "Vampire Romance" follows one of the main characters from the first book, who doesn't appear in "Anno Dracula: The Bloody Red Baron" and the British spy who introduced in this book as they manage to solve one of the plot threads that been left hanging in the first book among other things. I think I actually preferred "Vampire Romance" to "Anno Dracula: The Bloody Red Baron". I did get the impression that he was doing a piss take on the Twilight books and Twilight fans when following a 15 year old human girl who was obsessed with vampires and finding her "one true vampire love to live with for all eternity" only to get over it completely by the last few chapters and be the person to save the day by destroying/dealing with the vampire "teenage boy" she had become obsessed with.

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