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The Bloody Red Baron (Anno Dracula #2)

3.83 of 5 stars 3.83  ·  rating details  ·  1,784 ratings  ·  131 reviews
It is 1918 and Graf von 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. Caught up in the conflict, Charles Beauregard, an old enemy of Dracula, his protégé Edwin Winthrop, and intrepid vampire reporter Kate Reed go head-to-head with the lethal vampire flying mac
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Published (first published 1995)
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Graf Dracula is back! Having been thrown out of power in Britain at the end of Anno Dracula, the Transylvanian bloodsucker has now gained the good graces of Kaiser Wilhelm and launched the world into an all encompassing war. Now it’s 1918 and both sides are anxious to make a big push to end the combat, but this being the newly modern world, the true heroes are the ones who fight in the sky.

Essentially this should be the dirt and grime of the Victorian age swapped for the dirt and grime and terro
After the events of Anno Dracula, Dracula has moved to Germany and is effectively running their Great War campaign. Although characters from the first book and indeed various parts of fiction and history do appear, this is a much more enclosed story.

The main focus is on Edwin Winthrop, a member of the Diogenes Club instructed by Charles Beauregard, is sent to investigate the Red Baron. Meanwhile, the vampire Edgar Allan Poe has been employed as the biographer of the Red Baron himself and discov
Baal Of
I didn't enjoy this volume as much as the previous, primarily because of my specific anti-fascination for world wars I and II. Once I got past the first third of the book, and the story had developed beyond the bounds of aerial warfare, I found the story more interesting. The concept of the vampire shape-shifted flying squadron was well-executed, and made this more interesting than a typical WWI alternate history tale of the kind that typical doesn't interest me. The best horrific scene in the b ...more
This is the second in Kim Newman’s imagining of a world where vampires are now a part of society and Dracula is a major political figure. He has brought the action forward to the tail end of World War 1 for this. The story revolves around a young spy in the Diogenes Club called Edwin Walthrop who does the bidding of Charles Beauregard, the main protagonist from the first Anno Dracula. He has to try to work out what Dracula, who is now a close consort of the Kaiser, is planning as it becomes evid ...more
I definitely liked it less than the first Anno Dracula book, but I'm still giving it four stars, mainly because the bonus novella at the end was a lot of fun.

Regarding The Bloody Red Baron itself, I liked that Kate Reed and Edwin Winthrop, who can be said to take the place of Geneviève and Beauregard, are less stereotypical, more human and more flawed. I liked seeing how people of Beauregard's generation made the transition from the Victorian era to the 1910s (I believe in this AU they have a Ki
Riju Ganguly
Although I had read this book in its previous "Avatar", this edition, brought out by the good folks at Titan Books, really works much better. Since the core concept of this novel, set in the alternate universe which is so unlike ours (because Dracula had won there) and yet so similar (we have nearly everything of "this" universe, including Americanised pop-culture!) is rather well-known, I would confine myself simply in gushing about the new things that have been incorporated in this version by ...more
Mallory Heart
Dec 01, 2012 Mallory Heart rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Mallory Heart by: Hearts on Fire Reviews
Reviewing for Hearts on Fire Reviews.

Review: My great thanks to Titan Books, who have reprinted the “Anno Dracula” series by outstanding author Kim Newman. The title translates, of course, from Latin, as “Year of Dracula” (as in “Anno Domini,” or “Year of Our Lord,” the medieval Roman Catholic designation on the calendar). This series takes Dracula, that inimitable, ubiquitous, and arrogant former Eastern European tyrant, from Victorian England (where he was, temporarily, Prince Consort to belov
A ridiculously enjoyable book in a ridiculously enjoyable series. This is the sequel to Anno Dracula, which had Genevieve and Charles Beauregard chase Jack The Ripper through the fog-choked streets of Victorian London, as ruled by the Prince Regent, Dracula. Not to spoil it or anything, but at the end of the book revolution was kindled and Dracula ejected from Britain. Now he's in Germany, running the War for Kaiser Wilhelm. Warm and dead alike are chewed up in the muddy fields of France as the ...more
The second novel in this series sees us move on from the events of England in 1888 and Jack the Ripper.

It is now 1914. The Great War is underway between Germany and the rest of Europe. Count von Dracula has fled England after The Terror (in Book One) and is now Graf von Dracula, commander in chief of Germany and Austria-Hungary. Fighting against England and his old enemies Charles Beauregard and the secret Diogenes Club, vampires and humans (‘warm bodies’) are dying in the trenches though the la
He writes rather slowly - I mean, it takes forever for things to happen. The descriptions are overly long. And the last part of the book - it was just tacked on to the end - nothing to do with the main story. But interesting.
Jerry Kimbro

Book Review:
The Bloody Red Baron
by Kim Newman

This book is the startling sequel to the now classic Anno Dracula- the book that re-imagined Bram Stoker’s vampire tale with the premise that Dracula was not defeated by Van Helsing and his friends- but in fact triumphed and ceased control of the British Monarchy.

This is thirty years later and it is now 1918. And we find that Dracula survived the bloody civil war that forced him off the British Throne and he has fled to Kaiser Wilhelm’s Germany. B
Nerine Dorman
Now that I’ve read book two of Kim Newman’s Anno Dracula series, I’m beginning to wonder whether I am the right reader for his stories. Granted, I’ve pushed through because I felt I needed to see what he’s plotted, but by the time I reached the end of The Bloody Red Baron, I remain ambivalent about Newman’s execution. And the thing is, I really want to like him – especially because of his subject matter.

Newman continues to look at an alternate world history had Dracular survived, and picks up a
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Recently, I found my way to a blog and a post about the vampires in the supernatural and fantasy genre (I did comment on the post, but I cannot for the life of me find it again). The post questioned whether the vampire had to return to being a psychopath, a killer as the genre currently features more of the vampire bad boy in a romantic setting and everything the creature was has been lost.

I agree that more often than
Jennie Rigg
I don't generally like war fiction, so that probably colours my feelings towards this book. While as full of clever little references as the previous Anno Dracula volume (Jerry Dandridge LOL) a lot of them were to books I have never read and will never read (Biggles etc.) because of my dislike of war fiction.

I liked Kate, but not as much as Geneveive; I liked Edwin, but not as much as Charles. I felt Poe was completely out of place, and while his character felt right for him, he did not fit into
This rating is for the novel only. The novella 'Vampire Romance', included in some versions, is noted separately below.

Bloody Red Baron is a bit of a disappointment. After the surprisingly adroit and stylish Anno Dracula, I'd hoped for a follow-up that had the intricacy and attention to character detail of its predecessor. Bloody Red Baron is not that novel. If the point is to thematically demonstrate the folly and ultimately uselessness of the first World War, well, the novel accomplishes tha
Anno Dracula was an incredible book that took the lore of vampires and meshed it rather perfectly with the real world of its time while also being a compelling, intriguing story (which, when you think about it, is pretty impressive in and of itself, since most readers would already know how the events of Jack the Ripper ended). With The Bloody Red Baron, Kim Newman continues the chronology of a real world with Dracula in it, this time taking the vampire and his mythology straight into World War ...more
Robb Bridson
After being forced from his position as Prince Consort of England, Dracula trades his Count title for the German equivalent Graf and goes on to take high position in Germany under Kaiser Wilhelm.
Bad things ensue.

As with the first novel, there are many storylines to follow, which is good, because I didn't care much for the Edwin Winthrop storyline. For one thing, I didn't like the character and for another, I don't have much a frame of reference for WWI dogfighting fiction.

But we also have Kate R
I really enjoy Newman's Anno Dracula universe. It's so fun to spot the real life and literary characters in the warp. Edgar Allen Poe goes German propagandist, Moreau in a trench med bay, even Sherlock Holmes made an appearance this time around. The Red Baron was a tough enemy and obvioualy nothing would come close to resolution until the very end. The aerial fights were good, though I'm not an avid plane genre reader. The first novel was easily better than this one, probably because of the form ...more
Genevieve Finerty
This is the second in Kim Newman's alternate history series Anno Dracula. I didn't enjoy this quite as much as the first one, mainly because it no longer featured a vampire with the same name as me, and I did not find the male lead character as likeable as Charles Beauregard. I also don't usually find I enjoy war-time settings as enthralling. However, I really enjoyed the development of Kate's character and continued to enjoy the historical and literary references. I will most likely read the th ...more
Philip Boyes
Nice idea and world-building, but Newman's not the best writer in the world, by any stretch. The bonus novella's fun, though.
Apr 27, 2012 Jennie marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Richard Wright
More a continuation of the alternate, vampire-ridden history established in Newman's 'Anno Dracula' than a sequel, this novel moves on thirty years, and plunges the reader into The Great War. With vampires and humans on both sides, there are brand new atrocities to perpetrate, particularly in the skies above No Man's Land. For all of of the richly sourced vampire mayhem, the war itself is startlingly familiar in how it's portrayed here, exactly as grimy and bleak as it should be, and Newman avoi ...more
This edition includes both The Bloody Red Baron and an additional novella, AD 1923 Vampire Romance, set five years after the events of Red Baron.

The Bloody Red Baron is set during the last year of the First World War and has Europe divided between the Allies and the Central Powers with mixed armies of vampires and humans found on both sides. Once again the Diogenes Club plays an integral role throughout the story and many well known and not so well known fictional and non-fictional characters ma
Having read and enjoyed the first in the series, I was eager to get reading the follow up. I have to say I found it harder going than the first instalment, but I still thoroughly enjoyed what was a fun read. Kim Newman is just so full of so many great ideas, I even find the elements of his writing that have been criticised before most enjoyable. Things like the use of characters from various other works and using characters he has used before in his other novels. The idea of a Vampire centric G ...more
Sam Piper
After reading a couple of extremely well-written, moving but rather serious books, picking up The Bloody Red Baron was intended to be a welcome piece of light relief: a bit of fun vampiric horror.

Kim Newman takes up the reigns of his alternate history some thirty years after the events in the previous Anno Dracula. Having fled from England in the conclusion of that book - as a result of Charles Beauregard’s effective device of giving the enslaved Queen Victoria the knife with which to kill herse
Friedrich Haas
I want to start by liking the style of the cover, but that Tripe is so bad it offends me both as an artist and as a modeler. Apparently, they never saw a Dr.I, or were they trying for something else?
I start the book with the especially strong feeling I'm playing catch up from the previous novel that I did not read and did not know came first, and in any case I was drawn in by der Rittmeister. The author does well to help me along and I want to learn the details of this history. It becomes qui
Jaclyn Hogan
Kim Newman is a demented genius. While most of this book is dark and weird, occasionally Newman's twisted sense of humor pops through. My favorite bit might be Dr. Moreau and Herbert West (of Lovecraft's Reanimator fame) performing gruesome experiments on injured vampire soldiers in the trenches of WWI France.

Since this is a rerelease edition, it has some lovely extras that didn't come with the hardback printing. After the main story, we get a bizarre novella called 'Vampire Romance'. This has o
Matti Karjalainen
Vuosia kestäneen terrorin jälkeen Iso-Britannia on päässyt eroon kreivi Draculasta, joka on lähtenyt maanpakoon ja hankkinut itselleen uuden jalansijan keisarillisesta Saksasta. Ensimmäisen maailmansodan sytyttyä paholaismaisella kreivillä on mahdollisuus tasata puntit.

Vuonna 1918 länsirintaman saksalaisjoukot valmistautuvat operaatio "Kaiserslachtiin", viimeiseen suurhyökkäykseen, jonka tarkoituksena on muuttaa sodan kulku. Englannin salainen palvelu saa vihiä, että kreivi Draculan johtaman vih
**I received my copy through Goodreads First Reads.**

Being totally impressed by the first Anno Dracula, I was ecstatic to receive a copy of re-released The Bloody Red Baron. My excitement completely springs from my respect for the author, Kim Newman. It goes without saying that the vampire trope is now eye-rollingly played out, even for regular readers in the genre like me. But Kim Newman's Victorian multiverse of vampires from the first book was amazingly well-crafted, and he continues it witho
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Recently, I found my way to a blog and a post about the vampires in the supernatural and fantasy genre (I did comment on the post, but I cannot for the life of me find it again). The post questioned whether the vampire had to return to being a psychopath, a killer as the genre currently features more of the vampire bad boy in a romantic setting and everything the creature was has been lost.

I agree that more often than not, the vampire as the romantic bad bo
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