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Lord John and the Hand of Devils (Lord John Grey Series)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Three brilliant novellas

¿Lord John and the Hellfire Club¿. Lord John Grey is asked by Robert Gerald, the junior setetary of the prime minister, for help with a problem. He agrees seeing how upset Gerald is but later that day Robert is killed. The last word he spoke is Dashwood. That night ...
¿Lord John and the Hellfire Club¿. Lord John Grey is asked by Robert Gerald, the junior setetary of the prime minister, for help with a problem. He agrees seeing how upset Gerald is but later that day Robert is killed. The last word he spoke is Dashwood. That night he attends a Hellfire club invitation, not knowing that he is to be the murderer¿s second victim.---------- ¿Lord John and the Succubus¿. Rumors move swiftly through the troops that a succubus is on the loose. Lord John is persuaded to use his white horse to find the grave where the succubus inhabits a dead body. The horse moves to the grave of the man¿s mother who made the accusation. They also find the body of a dead English solder in the cemetery. The allies are nervous about the rumors, but John believes that someone secular has spread them and he plans to expose them before the upcoming battle in the long drawn out world war (1756-1763).------------ ¿Lord John and the Haunted Soldier¿. After being injured by a cannon that blew up during battle, Lord John answers his superior¿s inquiry re the incident. John later learns eight more guns blew up that the military wants kept quiet and he would make a good scapegoat. He needs evidence to prove he wasn¿t negligent help comes from an unexpected source. These three novella give insight into the character of Lord John Grey, an honorable man who has to hide his homosexual preference from the world since it is a crime punishable by death. He always chooses the most ethical cause of action even when silence would better serve him. Diana Gabaldon has written an exciting anthology of an eighteenth century solder at war in which don¿t tell means avoiding ¿friendly¿ fire.------------------ Harriet Klausner

posted by harstan on December 9, 2008

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8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

Lord John and the Hand of Devils is a different paced book for Gabaldon.

Diana Gabaldon's newest "Lord John" book is totally out of the ordinary for her writings:
a) It is an anthology of three short stories or novellas.
b) Each has a haunting story line. The protagonist in each story
is Lord John, but he plays avery differe...
Diana Gabaldon's newest "Lord John" book is totally out of the ordinary for her writings:
a) It is an anthology of three short stories or novellas.
b) Each has a haunting story line. The protagonist in each story
is Lord John, but he plays avery different role in the first than
the second and third stories. Gabaldon remains true to her accuracy
in historic clubs and/or myths current in that time frame.
The First "Hellfire Club" is a Black Mass parody on the Roman Catholic Mass. It is rich in blood and gore, with Lord John wondering if he will escape alive.
The second and third are based on German "ghost" myths, in which he contends with the superstitions of the local folk, before coming up with very creative solutions for the various dilemnas.
If you enjoy this type of suspense, you will be entranced by her interpretation and solutions. It's a "good read".
Gina_Wichita

posted by Gina_Wichita on April 23, 2010

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  • Posted April 23, 2010

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    Lord John and the Hand of Devils is a different paced book for Gabaldon.

    Diana Gabaldon's newest "Lord John" book is totally out of the ordinary for her writings:
    a) It is an anthology of three short stories or novellas.
    b) Each has a haunting story line. The protagonist in each story
    is Lord John, but he plays avery different role in the first than
    the second and third stories. Gabaldon remains true to her accuracy
    in historic clubs and/or myths current in that time frame.
    The First "Hellfire Club" is a Black Mass parody on the Roman Catholic Mass. It is rich in blood and gore, with Lord John wondering if he will escape alive.
    The second and third are based on German "ghost" myths, in which he contends with the superstitions of the local folk, before coming up with very creative solutions for the various dilemnas.
    If you enjoy this type of suspense, you will be entranced by her interpretation and solutions. It's a "good read".
    Gina_Wichita

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 7, 2011

    Just read it........

    When you would rather read Diana Gabaldons stories as apposed to working, playing or spending time with other people, you know you have found a good writer. I can't seem to put the books down and I'm now re-reading the first 7, waiting for the next book. Amazing writing and story telling.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Three brilliant novellas

    ¿Lord John and the Hellfire Club¿. Lord John Grey is asked by Robert Gerald, the junior setetary of the prime minister, for help with a problem. He agrees seeing how upset Gerald is but later that day Robert is killed. The last word he spoke is Dashwood. That night he attends a Hellfire club invitation, not knowing that he is to be the murderer¿s second victim.---------- ¿Lord John and the Succubus¿. Rumors move swiftly through the troops that a succubus is on the loose. Lord John is persuaded to use his white horse to find the grave where the succubus inhabits a dead body. The horse moves to the grave of the man¿s mother who made the accusation. They also find the body of a dead English solder in the cemetery. The allies are nervous about the rumors, but John believes that someone secular has spread them and he plans to expose them before the upcoming battle in the long drawn out world war (1756-1763).------------ ¿Lord John and the Haunted Soldier¿. After being injured by a cannon that blew up during battle, Lord John answers his superior¿s inquiry re the incident. John later learns eight more guns blew up that the military wants kept quiet and he would make a good scapegoat. He needs evidence to prove he wasn¿t negligent help comes from an unexpected source. These three novella give insight into the character of Lord John Grey, an honorable man who has to hide his homosexual preference from the world since it is a crime punishable by death. He always chooses the most ethical cause of action even when silence would better serve him. Diana Gabaldon has written an exciting anthology of an eighteenth century solder at war in which don¿t tell means avoiding ¿friendly¿ fire.------------------ Harriet Klausner

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 8, 2012

    Excellent as all her books!

    I have only recently discovered Diana Gabaldon Outlander series and have become a real fan of her. I have always loved historical novels but her books are so much more that you just can't put them away. And I am enjoying re-reading them too while I wait for the next one.
    Being Lord John Grey a secondary character in the Outlander series, I was not particularly interested in him at first. But Ms. Gabaldon latest book - the Scottish Prisoner - featuring Lord John and James Fraser was highly enjoyable, so I decided to buy Lord John Grey series, and loved them too. Really great reading!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 25, 2011

    Wonderful as always

    Fast paced with lots of twists and turns that will surprise most of you. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I hope Ms. Gabaldon will continue with this series of Lord John's life, there is so much left to be "uncovered".

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2009

    Diana Gabaldon does it again

    Great book - I love all of Diana Gabaldons works - they just don't come fast enough!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2014

    good read

    as all her books it was great any one who likes history, advenure, love stories and just great wrighting would like this book

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  • Posted March 4, 2014

    Good Read, Informative.

    This was a really good novella to learn more about Lord John's life. A definite read if you are an Outlander fan to get into the lives of the characters more in depth.I love seeing the logical side of Lord John being developed and it opens up the world that Jamie enters and gives more understanding to the time period.

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  • Posted March 1, 2013

    Great read!

    I really enjoy reading the Lord John Series as I wait for the new Outlander Series books. These books give you little snippets of Jamie as well! Lord John is a great character.

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    Posted August 19, 2012

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    Horses are amazing creachers

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