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Necroscope (Necroscope Series)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2000

    A DARK LOOK AT THE VAMPIRE LEGEND!!!

    For over nine years, a friend of mine has been trying to get me to read NECROSCOPE by Brian Lumley. I¿ve checked out the novel a number of times when in the bookstore, but for whatever reason, I never felt compelled to buy it. Maybe the timing simply wasn¿t right for me. Anyway, I¿m glad that I¿ve now started to read the series. NECROSCOPE is the story of Harry Keogh, a young British lad, who is able to communicate with the dead, and Boris Dragosani, a spy for a very special Russian organization¿an organization that uses the psychic abilities of its team members in order to conduct their espionage activities. Dragosani grew up in the mountains of Rumania and as a boy discovered the gravesite of Thibor Ferenczy, a vampire destined to lie buried beneath the dirt of this sacrilegious place, wrapped in chains of silver to keep him from escaping. The crafty vampire seduces the boy over a period of years, eventually bestowing the ability to rip the secrets of the dead from their very souls, playing his time, knowing that as Dragosani grows older, his greed for more powers will be the vampire¿s own salvation. Harry Keogh received his psychic powers from his mother, who died in an ice skating accident when he was young. Through most of Keogh¿s childhood and as a young man, he has been a loner with few friends, unless you count the dead. The spirits of the deceased love communicating with the boy and try to watch out for him whenever he gets into danger. In time a special branch of the British Secret Service will become aware of Keogh and seek to recruit him for his talents. This will cause him and Dragosani to finally cross paths, but which one will survive? Though NECROSCOPE actually takes place during the Seventies, its dark atmosphere clearly reminded me of the late Forties and early Fifties. It brought back vivid memories of the Hammer films with Christopher Lee and Peter Crushing, but the vampires here are definitely more gruesome in appearance and evil in nature. Mr. Lumley weaves a delightful tale of horror, cleverly intermixing the early lives of both Keogh and Dragosani, showing how one man develops his powers for goodness and the other for evil. For me, however, the best parts of the novel center around Thibor Ferenczy and his father, Faethor. I was hungry to learn more about them, wishing that Mr. Lumley had given them larger roles to play. Both characters were written with such realism that I could literally feel the evil seeping through the pages. I suspect that Mr. Lumley could easily devote an entire novel to each of the vampire characters and that their lives would provide some excellent reading. Needless to say, I enjoyed this novel so much that I¿ve already purchased the next two books in the series and eagerly look forward to digging into them and finding out more about Mr. Lumley's vampires. This appears to be a great series for vampire lovers!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2000

    One In A Million

    In all of my years as a true horror reader I have never come across a book that actually took me through time and space and made me feel like a part of the action. Lumly succesfully combine horror and science fiction to a point were he is in a leage of his own.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2000

    Intense

    This book and all related titles of Brian Lumley's vampire books are very detailed and unusual. You have to be a devoted vampire book fan to stay with his books, but the stories are great and told with precise descriptions. I loved them all, but recommend them for advanced readers only.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2000

    An intricately woven tale!

    Brian Lumley is a genius! His masterful use of imagery and suspense compelled me to buy the whole series! I would recommend these books to anyone!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2000

    Yes Yes Yes !!!!!!!!!!

    This was an outstanding book. I could not put this book down. I wanted more of the story when I finished this book. A great story that will make you read all day and all night !!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2000

    Eat your heart out Anne Rice

    A fantastic read! Lumley keeps you turning pages. Period.

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