Dirge of the Dragon
Charles Verekov is a Russian professor of cultural history and a mentor to Alec. Often Alec has contacted Verekov when he is doing research to get ideas and to pick his brain. Verekov is full of wisdom that Alec usually only understands after he learns a lesson the hard way. Alec looks up to Verekov more than just about anyone (including his own parents – who live in Florida).