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

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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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