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What a great start to what I’m expecting to be a great series. The Birth of a Monster is a action filled account of Vlad Dracula the man and the world altering events, which culminate in his demise and resurrection. I loved his depictions of the paranormal element in the less than thirty page read. Shane has done a great job of setting the stage for the coming attraction, The Blood Chronicles, Bound by Blood. Can’t wait to get my copy of this one!

The Dracula Chronicles: Birth of the Monster, is exactly what the title promises it is. It’s the origin story of O’Neill’s take on the Dracula story. Before I read this, I was convinced vampire stories were done and that the market was saturated without room for another “Twilight”. This is no Twilight. The Dracula Chronicles is unique in the world of vampire stories in several ways. It is clear that a great deal of time went into carefully researching the mythology then crafting it into a clever premise. It’s well written. The characters are complex. The story is immediately compelling.

This is only a small sample, but it is a strong foundation on to which a solid series can be built. Do know when downloading Birth of the Monster you are getting the opening chapter as a sample. But it is a clever tease. There is just enough to leave me wanting more.

Vlad Tepes, with help from his army and allies, has fought what he believes to be the last battle in his fight to regain the throne. Tired, but triumphant, he leads his troops through a mountain pass, only to be ambushed by assassins. Wounded, he retreats to a lonely abbey chapel, believing himself to be safe there. Unfortunately for him, and for all of humanity, there is one who finds him there and changes his life forever. And “forever” is literal.
“Birth of a Monster” is a very short book, less than thirty pages. However, every page is packed with action, from Vlad’s observance of battle on the first page to the deal he can’t turn down on the last. Mr. O’Neill has certainly done his homework; dates and places, terms and relationships, all seem to be in keeping with what can be found in a cursory search of Vlad Tepes’ background. How he describes the meeting between Vlad and Satan is violent, horrific, and very easily believed. And the physical transformation as Vlad goes from mortal to vampire is nothing like I have ever read before. Mr. O’Neill’s descriptions of battle and carnage, although not overwhelming, are very clear and captivating.
The author has another book coming out very soon, titled “The Dracula Chronicles”, and I for one can hardly wait!

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Shane has a style all his own in this genre of the king of Vampires..

He takes you through the creation of this monster with great and glorious insights into his own thinking, The hows and whys that brought him to the very crux of deaths door and how he is turned and becomes “Dracula” the Monster we have all come to fear, with his careful attention to details of the time period Shane demonstrates his superior knowledge and his keen sense of timing. The visual scenes that run through your mind are spectacular and no dimension is overlooked. You will feel as though you have become a part of the story, not just as a spectator but as participant.

Birth of the Monster is the beginning of a series you will not want to miss, nor will you be able to put it down once you begin it. congratulations Shane, you have a best seller in this series, I have no doubt.

Theresa Stuart
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This is an epic beginning to the legend of Dracula. It begins on the battlefield where Dracula is assessing his victory over the Turks. It then sees the situation turn against him and Dracula is rendered to knocking at death’s door. Thus the birth of the vampire begins. As a reader who enjoys short and to the point, the battle scenes were a tad bit long, IMO. Otherwise, this is the beginning of an epic novel.

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“I picked up this teaser out of curiosity to see if an author could actually build off the most famous vampire of them all, Dracula, and bring him across in a story I hadn’t already read in one form or another. I have to admit, I loved it.”

5* review for Birth Of The Monster. Thank you, Denna.

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“A grand start to what will no doubt be a memorable addition to the Dracula legend, BIRTH OF THE MONSTER will leave you thirsting for more.”

5* review for Birth Of The Monster. Thank you, Don.

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“Vlad Dracula’s reign, demise, and transformation into a vampire as described in this story is fantastic.”

5* review for Birth Of The Monster. Thank you, Katie.

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“The author gives a wonderful description of the aftermath of the Battle of Snagov, Wallachia in 1476, and the action never slackens from there. The writing is visceral and gripping.”

5* review for Birth Of The Monster. Thank you, John.

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“And the physical transformation as Vlad goes from mortal to vampire is nothing like I have ever read before.”

5* review for Birth Of The Monster. Thank you, Kitty Muse Book Reviews.

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“I’d challenge anyone who enjoys history or Dracula to find it not worth continuing to the proper series.”

5* review for Birth Of The Monster. Thank you, Shelley.

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“A fabulous start to the series, and an enthralling new take on the classic Dracula.”

5* review for Birth Of The Monster. Thank you, Travis.

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“If you’re looking for fluff, this ain’t it, but if you are looking for hard ass, no muss, no fuss “I am going to kill you and make it hurt.” This is the book for you.”

5* review for Birth Of The Monster. Thank you, Yelle.

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“The opening, “Birth of a Monster” fulfils all it promises. It is a clear, concise, descriptively written rendering of how Dracula turns from the strong, dark leader he was into the Vampire leader of darkness.”

5* review for Birth Of The Monster. Thank you, Kirstin.

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“Well thought out and executed, Birth of The Monster is a great read.”

5* review for Birth Of The Monster. Thank you, Jeff.

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“What a spin you put on Dracula. Where and how he was created sent chills down my spine.”

5* review for Birth Of The Monster. Thank you, Paula.

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“This is a great introduction to the story of Dracula.”

5* review for Birth Of The Monster. Thank you, Dianne.

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“Birth of the Monster is action-packed from the very start, providing readers with startlingly graphic images.”

5* review for Birth Of The Monster. Thank you, Mary.

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“I enjoyed this immensely. As a fan of vampires and vampire lore, I was drawn into the dark and descriptive story.”

5* review for Birth Of The Monster. Thank you, Alexandra.

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“Short, accurate, gruesome and dark, this prequel is a perfect antidote for anybody choking on sparkly vampires.”

5* review for Birth Of The Monster. Thank you, Melodie.

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“What a great start to what I’m expecting to be a great series.”

5* review for Birth Of The Monster. Thank you, Catherine.

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“I love this writer’s style and delivery. It is very atmospheric and so much so that I felt as though I was standing there in the chapel watching it all.”

5* review for Birth Of The Monster. Thank you, Tone.

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“The prequel serves its dual purpose very well: present the author’s formidable storytelling skills, and generate interest in the forthcoming series.”

5* review for Birth Of The Monster. Thank you, Bernie.

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“It had me on edge the whole time and I did not expect what happened next.”

5* review for Birth Of The Monster. Thank you, Catherine.

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“A very dark, atmospheric, exciting and yet terrifying tale.”

5* review for Birth Of The Monster. Thank you, Kevin.

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“This story was wonderful.”

5* review for Birth Of The Monster. Thank you, Jenna.

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“The Dracula Chronicles is unique in the world of vampire stories in several ways.”

5* review for Birth Of The Monster. Thank you, Livia.

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