by Elizabeth Kostova, abridged by Neville Teller.
Read by Colin Stinton and Barbara Barnes.
When an Oxford academic is anonymously gifted a volume inscribed with the mark of Vlad Drakulya, there begins a terrifying and increasingly desperate quest for the monster's last recorded resting place.
The discovery of a book inscribed with the mark of Drakulya, is followed by an anonymous warning and a gruesome death in an Oxford College.
The letters which Professor Rossi bequeaths to Paul convinces him that Drakulya is still alive.
But to Paul's surprise, he is not the only one on the monster's trail.
Helen shocks Paul by revealing that she is Professor Rossi's daughter, and that Rossi met her mother whilst searching for Dracula, in Romania.
Convinced that her father has gone in search of Dracula, Elizabeth absconds from school in Amsterdam, determined to catch up with him.
But someone is following her.
Helen takes Paul to meet her mother in Romania, and discovers that Helen is herself descended from the long and evil line of Vlad Drakulya.
Paul and Helen's pursuit of Drakulya takes them first to Istanbul, until the discovery of a 15th-Century manuscript points the way to Bulgaria.
Paul's joy at discovering a new lead in their pursuit of Drakulya ends abruptly, when the unthinkable befalls Helen.
Whilst staying at a hilltop monastery, Helen is bitten for the second time by a vampire.
It is now more urgent than ever that they discover the source of this evil.
In a crypt at Sveti Georgi, Helen and Paul at last track down the source of absolute evil - Vlad Tepes or Drakulya.
There remains only one course open to them.