Vlad: The Last Confession
Dracula. A name of horror, depravity and the darkest sensuality. Yet the real Dracula was just as alluring, just as terrifying, his tale not one of a monster but of a man... and a contradiction.
His tale is told by those who knew him best. The only woman he ever loved...and whom he had to sacrifice. His closest comrade...and traitor. And his priest, betraying the secrets of...more
I know I say this all the time, but sometimes it’s really hard for me to rate a book. I keep vacillating between three and four stars. I guess I’ll go with four.
So yes, I enjoyed this book, but I think that was mostly because of the subject matter more than anything else. Humphreys is a fun writer and he writes about morbid things, which I LOVE. (Yes,I know I’m ghoulish.) So I will definitely be checking out The French Executioner. I have to say though, this book definitely is not...more
It just happened that instead of the peasantry and the poor, the cost was born by the rich, merchants and noble alike as well as their families, so the truly bad press Vlad got at the times and since.
I read tons of Romanian novels with Vlad as a hero for sure, but due to the Saxon an...more
I enjoyed this book despite the fact that it took me several attempts to get into it, I'm someone who hunts down books about Vlad and so was surprised that it took me so long to get into the story but again I put that down to the fact that it was a departure from reading history books, I read The Historian last year and while that touched on Vlad sli...more
Since I've lost my interest in reading a long time ago (probably around 8th grade...I dunno, sometime before high school), it's hard to get back to the pace of things; i.e.: reading frequently, reading more than 3 books (yes, I use...more
The author tries to understand Vlad rather than condemn him. His construct is to tell his protagonist’s story through the "confessions" of the three people who knew him best-- his confessor, his mistress and his best friend (who later betrayed him). The story is complicated-- Vlad...more
And an interesting life it was too. Taken into captivity in Edirne at a young age by the Ottomans to secure his father's loyalty, Vlad grew up amongst the Turks, f...more
I even found reading Dracula easy in...more
The period in history when Vlad was fighting for his throne in the small kingdom of Wallachia (which is now part of Romania) is not exactly noted for...more
How many times have you bought a book (or asked for a review copy) and wanted it to be as good as the blurb, yet past let-downs jaded your hope?
I’ve never been so happy to be disappointed.
Historical Fiction can be a challenging genre to read if the author hasn’t take care to do their research. It also takes skill to weave that knowledge into a story seamlessly, never allowing it to detract from the overall storytell...more
This is the story of the real Vlad Dracula as told through the eyes of 3 witnesses to the life of Vlad, Ion Tremblac, Vlad's childhood/adult friend for almost all is life, Ilona Ferenc, his lover for over 20 years and Brother Vasile, the hermit.
Some of the history kept me hooked and other parts just confused me with so many n...more
This take told in a time slip style...more
When I first saw and picked up this book at the bookfest this past september, I thought it would be an intersting tale. It told of a more human and realistic view of the man - not the mythical vampire. That same day, it started reading it.
The entire book was a good read for me. It was fast paced and an easy read if not counting the dusturbin horror in the book. I liked the first part...more
The book opens in Poenari Castle...5 years after Dracula's death. Count Horvath has brought the three people who will tell Vlad's story the best. They're the three people that knew him the best...Ion Tremblac, Vlad's childhood friend and the one person who was always by his side; Ilona, Vlad's one true love; and Vlad's confessor. The Count has brought them here, along with Cardinal Grimaldo...more
It is a rich historical drama, about the real Dracula, his life, his wars and reign of terror. C.C.Humphreys has created a fascinating story, where fiction meets reality, about the real man behind the myth.. a cruel man who faught the Turks & for his righfull claim to the throne of Wallachia, who wanted...more
Thomas Harris did it with Hannibal Rising, and C.C Humphreys has done it with Vlad the Impaler.
I must admit, that I did have to put this book down a few times because of the brutality of it, but once you learned about what Vlad lived and went through in his life you understand in a strange way. He wasn't the first person to impale peo...more
Libro sin alma, tenia mucho tiempo sin leer algo que te llevara a ningún lado. He de confesar que mi morbo fue el principal incentivo para hacerme de este libro y al final solo quede decepcionado. Pasan 3/4 del libro sin que pase absolutamente nada, personajes vacíos y sin sentido, Vlad tiene el carisma y sabor de un chayote mal cocido, se nota el deseo de ofrecer una historia que pintaba interesante y otro lado del famoso empalador pero la poca habilidad del escritor sale a flote, y se siente...more
The story was interesting enough to keep me reading and there was also my constant need for learning new historical facts to help me continue. A bit too much politics and battlefield scenes for me; the first half of the book was what I li...more
I don't go for historical fiction but I have always held a fascination about the legend of Dracula and this book caught my eye. When I finally was able to get my hands on it, I couldn't have been more impressed. It kept me immersed and I couldn't put it down. This book doubled my feelings about the man...more
When you first look at this book, you think it is about Dracula, the creature. In actuality it is a story about Dracula the man, and how he did and might have lived and died all those years ago.
A glorious, gory, enthralling read, I find that Vlad The Last Confession is an excellent balance of history and fiction. One...more
Vlad: The Last Confession by C.C. Humphreys seeks to answer these questions through three confessions from those who knew him best — Ion, his childhood friend; Ilona, his mistress; and the hermit — as the powers that be try to resurrect Vlad’s reputati...more
C.C. Humphreys was born in Toronto, Canada, and grew up in Los Angeles and London. A third generation actor and writer on both sides of his family, he returned to Canada in the nineties and there his writing career began. He won the inaugural playwriting competition of the New Play Centre, Vancouver with his first play, 'A Cage Without Bars' which was produced in Vancouver and L...more