This is a book I don't think I would have ever read without a challenge. Carl's Autumn RIP Challenge was just the impetus I needed. I don't have a vast experience with thrillers, but this one rates right up there with Dean Koontz. There were a couple of slow points, but generally I was turning the pages as fast as I could go. I didn't give it a rating of 5 because I thought the ending was anti-climatic. I'm glad to have read this book and to understand the tale of Dracula and vampires better.
There were several pages midway through where the Professor is talking to John that I took interest in, I think because of my science training. Here's part:
". . . you are too prejudiced. You do not let your eyes see nor your ears hear. . . it is the fault of our science to explain all; and if it explain not, then it says there is nothing to explain." And a few pages past the professor says, "Let not a little bit of truth check the rush of a big truth." And John answers, "Then you want me not to let some previous conviction injure the receptivity of my mind with regard to some strange matter."Earlier the professor told John, "Remember, my friend, that knowledge is stronger than memory, and we should not trust the weaker."
Another quote is one Mina writes in her journal that I think expresses a good reason for keeping a journal. "I am anxious, and it soothes me to express myself here; it is like whispering to one's self and listening at the same time."
Book two in my list for the RIP challenge!