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Vlad: The Last Confession

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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

Paperback, 366 pages
Published September 25th 2008 by McArthur Publishing (first published January 1st 2008)
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This the first Western novel about Vlad that does him justice as a great champion of Christendom, as well as bringer of peace and prosperity - true at a cost, but considering the times, not particularly a great cost.

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
Nov 10, 2012 Willow rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
***3 Stars***

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
Nov 15, 2011 Cara rated it it was amazing
I've read maybe, more than a thousand books in my life? I know that I have at least a few hundred in my bedroom at home because I've counted. Exactly four have left my bent over, dry heaving, sobbing - that's how phenomenal they were. And I'm not talking about anything stupid written by Nicholas Sparks or whatever fluff love story. This book is one of the best I have ever read. And don't be turned off about the whole Dracula - vampire Twilight bullshit that we all have to drown through right now ...more

(1) It's boring as hell. The characters have 1/10th the rounded personality of Rottingham's cardboard standup in Robin Hood: Men in Tights.

(2) It's violent. I'm not opposed to bloodspray in my reading material, but there's a difference between whackadoodle bodice ripper'ing & detailed descriptions of torture, flaying, & impaling. YES, I know it's about Vlad the Impaler, but c'mon. Psychological horror rule #1: less is more. Judging by the afterward, the author's goal was to humani
Jun 19, 2011 Patty rated it it was amazing
Thanks to Bram Stoker when most people hear the name Dracula they think of a vampire from Transylvania. The myth, I think has become more famous than the real man. C.C. Humphreys uses his novel to delve into the life of the real Dracula; the man who has come down through history as Vlad the Impaler. A real man with a story that is not easy to read.

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
Apr 23, 2009 Cheryl rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This was the first time that i've read something fictional about Vlad, although fiction could be used for many historical 'facts' written about him!
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
I think I got taken in my an author's review on this one. I read one chapter, which had 3 completely different scenes and have no idea what the heck was going on in any of them. I have seen a good author use a little of that to create the effect of intrigue and ignitie curiousity, but between the overwrought prose and absolutely confusing storyline, this was just a muddled mess. I'm not wasting any more of my time.
Oct 15, 2008 C.W. rated it it was amazing
A dark, evocative look at the historical fifteenth century prince who became known as Vlad the Impaler. A ruler who terrorized his enemies, a courageous warrior and dauntless justiciar, Vlad was also a man beset by inner demons and Humphreys brings him to life through the eyes of his closest companions, each of whom had reason to love and fear him. This is not a vampire novel.
May 04, 2011 J.C. rated it it was amazing
When I was pitched this book, it almost sounded to good to be, well . . . good.

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
Shah Wharton
Well, I was so excited to read this book after reading the reviews. However, after reading the first third I grew tired of it. The use of a seemingly older version of English made the story chug along, instead of flow. I found myself getting bored every few sentences with the 'over-the-top' prose, longing for some straight-forward writing to carry me onward to the actual story. Others of a more patient disposition might wonder what the hell I'm moaning about.

I even found reading Dracula easy in
Feb 26, 2012 Olly rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Amazing, amazing, amazing!!! I loved this book from start to finish. Not just for the story it told but also for the way it told it. Humphreys hs managed to describe the chrecter and his actions without giving any bias towards him. It is left to the reader to form their own view.

I couldn't help but like Dracula, willing him on and to victory. Although his measures were extreme he was fighting for what he believed in.

I don't think I have read a more researched and thought out book

Every Charecters
Ravin Maurice
Aug 11, 2011 Ravin Maurice rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
You know a writer is skilled when they can take someone who is quite ruthless and insane and make you like them, and in many ways understand/sympathies with them.
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
Trader (RedHotBlueReads)
I'm really glad I gave this book a second chance. I found the beginning a little difficult to get into, but once Vlad's story began, I was riveted. The book is engaging, and dare I say, entertaining. Yes, it is historical fiction and some events seem romanticized or stitched together to suit the story, the book does a very nice job of painting a picture of the time period and circumstances, the treachery and betrayal, the brutality brought about by war for land and religion. I picked up this boo ...more
Victor Bruneski
Nov 03, 2014 Victor Bruneski rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've always wanted to know a little bit more about the true Vlad Tepes, especially after read that Bram Stroker knew almost nothing about the historical Dracula.

The story is told from the last confessions of three people who knew Vlad best. His best friend, his mistress, and his confessor. It is told to a cardinal and two nobles who have different motives in hearing his story.

The book tries to tell his story starting as a young man who is a hostage to the Ottoman Empire. After some chapters th
-Enfoque hacia el hombre con una tarea que cumplirá a cualquier coste.-

Género. Novela histórica (pero a su manera).

Lo que nos cuenta. Janos Horvathy, conde de Pecs, y por orden del rey de Hungría, dirige un interrogatorio ante escribas y eclesiásticos con la intención de tratar de restaurar el valor de la fraternatis draconem ante los ojos de las naciones cristianas. Y es que el comportamiento hasta su muerte de Vlad Drácula, voivoda de Valaquia y enemigo jurado del Imperio Otomano y cualesquier
Jan 21, 2016 Brian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
How many times can it be said! This book is NOT about vampires! Whew, and I am so glad. As a work of fiction, it was a very good book. As a work of history, it led to some interesting insights. As historical fiction, it was very easy to read, enjoyable (??), and interesting. I question the enjoyable part only because some of the scenes do become quite graphic. But understand it is not gratuitous violence. It is as the times were. During the Middle Ages, life was very different. Which is exactly ...more
Kristie Kelty
Apr 26, 2015 Kristie Kelty rated it it was ok
I wanted to read this because I loved Bram Stoker's Dracula. I knew enough about the main character before I read this book to be prepared for some violence. However, the low rating in based on the fact I could not stand the detailed gore. The story is definitely interesting at points but I knew more violence would most likely be on the next page. I would probably give this 2 1/2 stars if I could because I did like the historical aspect of the novel. The author develops the characters well and I ...more
I don't know how much creative license was taken with this story since I'm not overly familiar with the story of Vlad's life. Vlad: The Last Confession is pretty much the story of how Vlad came to be Vlad the Impaler. In the beginning it recounts his time as a hostage with the Turks and you gain insight into why he hated them and where he got some of his brutality from. It encompasses more than that, but I did not listen beyond that. There are also perspectives from his best friend and the woman ...more
Faith Justice
Jul 18, 2013 Faith Justice rated it liked it
Shelves: ebook
This is one of those hard books to review. I picked up the bargain ebook because I had seen some good buzz about it here or on another forum, my ereader was new and itching for content and it was on sale. It sat in the TBR section for several months because the time and place were not my favorites (I was "stretching" when I bought the book) and newer, shinier books kept bumping it back. I finally took the plunge while on a trip. I read it sitting around airports and on the plane, but it never qu ...more
May 21, 2009 Shelly rated it really liked it
Shelves: finished-in-2009, own
This is not a vampire novel. It is not a retelling of the Dracula myth. This is historical fiction about Vlad Dracula - The Devil's Son - and the life he lived, starting with the time he spent as a Turkish hostage to keep his father in line.

The story itself is told by three people who were close to Vlad in life; his best friend, his priest and his first love. Each have been brought to tell their version of events that transpired in Vlad's life so that the 'truth' might be brought to light rather
Oct 12, 2009 Barbara rated it liked it
I actually give this book a 3 1/2 but the system won't let me. This book was hit and miss for me. It had me hooked in certain parts and other parts I struggled to finish it.

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
Sep 19, 2011 Jeanne rated it really liked it
This is the first of this author's work that I've read and my, what a treat! His depiction of Vlad the Impaler is as grounded as you're likely to find on the subject anywhere. He pulls no punches on the dark acts that made this man's reputation; yet he manages to give the reader pause for thought, not to rush to judgement. Vlad's place and time - 15th century Wallachia - is brutal, treacherous and full of intrigue. We catch a glimpse of famous personalities - Sultan Mehmet the Conqueror, Sultan ...more
Nemanja Jovanovic
Oct 19, 2015 Nemanja Jovanovic rated it it was amazing
Excellent historical novel about Vlad III Dracula! It doesn't deserve 5 stars... It deserves 10 stars!
Jenine Davey
Sep 13, 2014 Jenine Davey rated it liked it
In my experience, there are two types of historical fiction: the good, and the very, very ugly. Unfortunately, there are so many of the latter - too boring, too hung up on details, or the characters just plain unlikable - that I rarely take a chance on the genre anymore, for fear that I shall end up with 400 pages of drivel to wade through like dense quicksand. But C.C. Humphreys is onto a good thing with Vlad - or, rather, his publishers are - because as well as appealing to fans of the origina ...more
Oct 11, 2012 Elena rated it really liked it
Fantastic and very interesting, keeps you on the edge of the chair during all the reading. In general it respects basic real facts from Vlad Tepes life and also achieves to assume some motives on his behavior, giving the reader a more human conception and respectful view of this character. An excellent way to have a first approach to the famous Vlad Tepes losing the whole romance of Bram Stokers imagination. ...more
Kim Greenhalgh
Oct 24, 2014 Kim Greenhalgh rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading Vlad: The Last Confession. The topic of Vlad Dracula (AKA: Vlad Tepes, or more commonly, Vlad the Impaler) proved meaty and engrossing for me. Sure, we all know the blood thirsty stories of Vlad impaling his enemies but lesser known are the reasons behind his actions.

Yes, this is a work of fiction, but the amount of research behind had to have been a massive undertaking to bring Vlad's story to life. Is it all true? Certainly not, but there will be many factual nuggets
Apr 24, 2012 Jane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is such a fun book. Packed with war and friendship love and betrayal. But maybe too much information about how to put someone on a stake. But it was immediately engaging and a really fast read. The confessions of three people are used as the framework for a period in Dracula's life. There is no blood sucking or walking dead just a good story based on the real Dracula's life.
Renee Babcock
This book wasn't what I was expecting when I bought it, but in a good way. It isn't the usual romanticized Dracula story but rather a quite gritty historical reimagining of the life of the man. And there's so much that should have appealed to me because it had much in it I really like in a historical novel. But I found the book didn't quite appeal to me as much as I had hoped it would. I wanted t get into the soul of the character, and I think that was intended, it just didn't work for me. I fel ...more
Chris Redd
Feb 12, 2014 Chris Redd rated it really liked it
TO be honest, I struggled a bit with this book in the beginning, it was just a bit slow to grow on me, and at times a bit confusing as it switched from one characters story to another. It was not so much hard to follow, as it was aggravating for the not knowing who I was reading about at the time.

As the story lengthens so did my feelings for, and interest in, each of the principals of the story. It became a page turner that I longed for more of when I reached the end.

A Great Read for all Dracul
Amy McElroy
Interesting and seems historically acurate.
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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
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