Stoker's Manuscript by Royce Prouty

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...a fun read, well-plotted but with no stunning revelations.


Debut author Royce Prouty offers a spellbinding tale of history, folklore, destiny, and redemption. 

Joseph Barkeley has a gift. Without the aid of chemical testing, he can accurately determine the authenticity and age of any document, seeing details within the fibers the way a composer picks out the individual notes of a symphony. But rarely does Joseph get a job this delicate and well-paying. A mystery buyer has hired him to authenticate the original draft of Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

When he travels to Transylvania to personally deliver the manuscript to the legendary Bran Castle, Barkeley, a Romanian orphan himself, soon realizes that his employer is the son of the infamous Vlad Dracula. Imprisoned in the castle and forced to serve “the Master,” Barkeley must quickly decipher cryptic messages hidden within Stoker’s masterpiece to find the Master’s long-lost bride—or risk wearing out his welcome.

But as he delves into the history of Dracula and his own lineage, Barkeley discovers that his selection for this job was based on more than his talent with rare books. Now, he has a perilous decision to make—save his life with a coward’s flight, or wage a deadly battle with an ancient foe.

About Royce Prouty

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Royce Prouty is a CPA and business consultant. He and his wife live in Southern California. Stoker's Manuscript is his first novel.
Published June 13, 2013 by Berkley. 354 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Romance, Horror, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Above average
on Mar 31 2013

...a fun read, well-plotted but with no stunning revelations.

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Reviewed by Doris Meredith on Jun 13 2013

Stoker’s Manuscript is poised to take its place beside Bram Stoker’s Dracula as a classic of the horror genre, one that tells the rest of the story of ancient evil and one man’s struggle to defeat it.

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