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Dracula's Gold

Novel by Robert Lory (USA) 1973.

Nothing much happens in the fourth of Lory's pulp Dracula series, begun by Dracula Returns, with Dracula himself only appearing very briefly. He is eager to return to Romania, where 'Radu Conescu' (actually a Russian criminal) is claiming to be a relative of the Count. He is digging under Castle Dracula, ostensibly to refute the foul stories surrounding his 'ancestor', but in reality he is after Dracula's vast hoard of gold.

Though the plot follows a simple, obvious and easily predictable course, followers of the series will find a lot to intrigue them. We are given more hints as to Dracula's real past: we already know that Count Dracula is but the most recent name he has taken, being thousands of years old and a survivor of a lost continent, but there will come a time when the gods return and to fight them he needs gold. But hints are all they are, the full story has yet to be told. There's also another interesting character at least - the huge Romanian sculptor Orgo, trained in Russia to fight, but who is really a gentle artist. Good though predictable fun, one of the lowest points of the series.


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