” … It’s the care and detail Wagar brings to the story that makes the retelling feel so fresh and vibrant.   Armed with an encyclopedic background on the intricate history of the region, Wagar gives his text a depth and historicity that’s difficult to find in Stoker’s original novel …  Wagar displays his dedication to the painstaking detail underpinning the original Dracula mythos.  Thanks to that narrative acumen, he manages to coax new insights from an old story, delivering a tale that will please even the most dedicated fans of the original.”   –  Blue Ink Reviews

” …Wagar takes current vampire literature, and incorporates it into a synthesis for this prequel, a history set in the late 1800’s in the Austro-Hungarian Empire in Transylvania. For those of us who love Bram Stoker and Anne Rice, this is the base we wish to see, and a book we should not miss. It will both terrify, and add to the literature of vampires … Wagar does it with aplomb … If you are infatuated with the vampire, not the crap put out by the Twilight series … read this book. You will enjoy it, and you might learn a little real history in the process. Enjoy.”  – Valley Planet

An inventive, delectable take on Stoker’s classic.”   Kirkus Reviews

… fans of historical fiction will devour this novel … This novel has the same way of drawing in the reader to the story, like sinking into a comfy, cosy, couch.” – Mallory Heart Reviews

“… possibly the best sort-of-Dracula-like-book I have ever read … very well written and has the historical backing that most books of the sort completely lack.  It is obvious that Chip Wagar is familiar with the geography of the places he writes about as well as the historical matter. This was a nice change from many books that simply have Dracula featured as a bloodthirsty vampire … An entertaining romp into the remote Carpathian wilds … If you are interested in the historical Dracula, then you will likely enjoy this novel.”  –  Readful Things 

“This is a great example of well-done historical fiction.  Nineteenth-century eastern Europe really came alive through Chip Wagar’s writing, and I felt like I was traveling along … Mr. Wagar has clearly done his research … Familiar figures in Dracula lore are woven into the story, like Van Helsing, Mina Murray, and Jonathan Harker, but we see new characters as well, both in the police force and in the Roma tribe living on the Dracula estate.  This brings a whole new depth to a story I thought I was familiar with … [T]he search for the killer was very well done, very engaging.   I was biting my nails, waiting to see what was going to happen next …”   North Texas Kids

 ” … The Carpathian Assignment reminded me of Elizabeth Kostova’s The Historian, but with much more of Dracula in it. The original Dracula by Bram Stoker is still my favorite, but this is a well written, meticulously researched book. Chip Wagar is clearly passionate about his subject and it shows … I found this to be an enjoyable read and have no hesitation in recommending it to Dracula enthusiasts.”  – By Hook or By Book

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” … The Carpathian Assignment was a fantastic new additional Dracula lore that has inspired so many novels and movies over the years. A perfect Halloween read for this month and one that I definitely recommend picking up.”  –   in Horror ReviewsOctober 2014  

It was a great choice for the R.I.P. challenge and for folks who love Bram Stoker’s Dracula and analogs of the original Dracula. The Carpathian Assignment is the story from a different perspective … Instead of the very English point of view, provided by Jonathan Harker and his friends, The Carpathian Assignment examines the case from the Austro-Hungarian perspective … the Royal Hungarian Gendarmerie, the Roma, and various inhabitants of isolated villages in the region  …  A great book for  for those who enjoy Gothic novels written in nineteenth century style. – A Garden Carried in the Pocket 

“Chip Wagar, author of the new book The Carpathian Assignment, takes readers back in time and shares the beginning of the legend of Dracula.  An authority on Eastern Europe, Wagar tells the story from an insider’s view during the late 19th century.  Weaving together historical fact, the fictional story of Dracula and his firsthand knowledge of the Carpathian Alps and the surrounding castles, The Carpathian Assignment provides reders with a refreshingly traditional look at the classic story.”  – Lifestyles after 50 

Think Jack the Ripper meets Dracula from the point of view of Poirot … If you love crime novels with a touch of darkness, then this is the book for you …”  – Kanamimi

” … This is not Dracula untold but more Dracula retold.  Wagar does not throw his readers goblets of blood on every page.  Rather, the novel offers a suspensefully told supernatural story that dusts off the feel and fabric of Bram Stoker’s original work and serves it with consummate skill for a contemporary audience.  The author has set out to create a steadily smoldering and edgy historical chiller with look-behind-you atmosphere and that is exactly what he has done.” – Glen Donaldson, Guest Review, Horror After Dark 

Check out Chip Wagar’s military history podcast series, Killing Time.  This is for non-military listeners who would like to learn about famous battles and military campaigns that changed the course of history.

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  • The Carpathian Assignment

    At once a thrilling detective yarn and intriguing back story to Bram Stoker's Dracula, The Carpathian Assignment immerses readers in the rich setting of the Hungarian kingdom at the end of the nineteenth century, a nation in which science and logic clash with centuries of cultural conviction and superstition.