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Monday, November 6, 2017

The Adventures of The Incognita Countess

It's the easiest assignment a British intelligence agent could hope for. Lucy Harker needs only see the secret plans of the Nautilus safely across the Atlantic. As German spies are largely a fantasy of newspapers, she anticipates no activities more strenuous than hiding her heritage as Dracula’s dhampir daughter. Then among her fellow Titanic passengers she discovers the incognita Countess Karnstein—and it seems the seductive vampire is in Germany’s service. Can Agent Harker stake Carmilla before her own heart—and her loyalty to the British Empire—are subverted by questions as treacherous as a night-cloaked iceberg?

The Adventures of the Incognita Countess (SF/Alternate History/Vampires)
By Cynthia Ward
Aqueduct Press
ISBN #978-1619761193
Price $12.00 (Paperback)
Price $5.95 (Kindle)
126 Pages
Rating 5-Stars

“Great Story Telling”

Lucy Harker is an agent of the British Empire’s Secret Service Bureau, and when she’s given an assignment nothing earthly – or unearthly will stop her. The HMS Titanic is about to make its maiden ocean voyage a few years after the Martian’s attempted invasion. On board is an American military officer carrying documents Britain is sharing with America on alien technology. The officer has booked passage on the Titanic, and Lucy’s job is to shadow him for protection of those documents. There is also a vampire on board, and Lucy just happens to be a dhampir, a killer of vampires. So she must watch out for German spies and the vampire.

This was a rollicking fun adventure from the first page till the conclusion. Though most of the story takes place on board the Titanic – and we know what happens with that unsinkable ship, it’s full of action, and we meet real and fictional people; even a certain British Lord who may have been raised by apes. There is a German scientist also on board who will make a name for himself in G-8’s WWI. I’ve never really been a true fan of vampire stories, but this yarn pulled me instantly into the action, and kept me turning the pages. All of the characters were real to me, including the vampire. The story is definitely pulpy, but the author’s writing is intelligent and the story telling excellent. I highly recommend this short novel to all readers who like good story telling and great writing. I could not put this book down until the final page.

Tom Johnson

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