Traveling with the Dead [NOOK Book]

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A former British spy tracks a vampire who is conspiring with the Austrian government in an evil plot
After a career spying for Queen Victoria, James Asher enjoyed a quiet retirement until he met the vampire Don Simon, an immortal Spaniard who taught him about the secret society of bloodsucking undead. Now one of the vampires, the Earl of Ernchester, has turned his back on Britain. When Asher spots him boarding a train for Paris in the company of an Austrian spy, he springs...
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Overview

A former British spy tracks a vampire who is conspiring with the Austrian government in an evil plot
After a career spying for Queen Victoria, James Asher enjoyed a quiet retirement until he met the vampire Don Simon, an immortal Spaniard who taught him about the secret society of bloodsucking undead. Now one of the vampires, the Earl of Ernchester, has turned his back on Britain. When Asher spots him boarding a train for Paris in the company of an Austrian spy, he springs into action. If the immortals can forge an alliance with England’s enemies, then the Empire is doomed. Asher tails the Earl to Paris and across the Continent, plunging into the heart of a terrifying conspiracy of the undead—with the fate of the British Empire at stake. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Barbara Hambly, including rare photos and never-before-seen documents from the author’s personal collection.

Now, after six years, this book plunges readers back into the intrigue-filled, eerie exploits of James Asher, former spy in His Majesty's Secret Service, and Don Simon Ysidro, oldest and most cunning of London's vampires. A dark veil of international espionage, binding foreign powers and vampire forces together, cast Asher as bait in a game he cannot expect to survive.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The vampire subculture of 19th-century Europe serves as a vehicle for ruminations on love and honor in Hambly's follow-up to Those Who Hunt the Night. The time is 1908, and biologist Lydia Asher is hot on the trail of her husband, James, a former spy and Oxford don who in turn is shadowing Charles Farren, the vampire Earl of Ernchester, and Farren's mortal traveling companion, the nefarious mercenary Ignace Karolyi. Lydia's pursuit of James parallels a similar trek made by Farren's wife, Anthea, who travels in James's company and is as passionately concerned about Farren's welfare as Lydia is about James's. International adventures take these characters from London to Vienna and ultimately to Constantinople, where they become enmeshed in the byzantine political power struggle that has lured Farren there against his will. Although Hambly invests these vampire and mortal personages with the traditional values being threatened by an evolving modern Europe, her vivid portraits allow them to emerge as memorable personalities distinct from the viewpoints they represent. Believable and sympathetic, pursuer and pursued carry the story over its occasional plot muddles and gothic contrivances to a spectacular finale. Hambly covers no ground that hasn't been explored in the historical vampire sagas of Anne Rice and Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, but once again she uses familiar elements skillfully to tell an engrossing tale. 50,000 first printing; author tour. (Oct.)
Library Journal
Former British espionage agent James Asher is one of the few mortals aware of the existence of vampires. After he stumbles upon a meeting between an Austrian spy and the long-dead Earl of Ernchester, he embarks upon a dangerous journey across Europe to prevent a catastrophic alliance between human governments and the inhumane society of the undead. Hambly's sequel to Those Who Hunt the Night (Ballantine, 1990) captures both the subtle ambiance of turn-of-the-century political intrigue and the even more baroque pathways of the human and the inhuman heart. With its rich atmosphere and vibrant characters, this dark fantasy belongs in most libraries.
School Library Journal
YAVampire fans looking for a fast-moving, well-plotted tale need look no further. Soon after his cousin's death, James Asher catches a glimpse of Ignace Karolyi quietly exchanging newspapers with an almost-ordinary looking figure. Years in the secret service make Asher aware of what average citizens might missKarolyi is in the company of a vampire, and they are headed for Paris. Asher follows them. When his wife receives the message of his whereabouts, she entreats an acquaintance vampire to assist her in tracking her husband, knowing that his life is in danger. Details of Europe at the turn of the century, including politics, manners of the wealthy, and vampire lore, are woven seamlessly into this tale. Well-developed characters, both mortal and immortal, span the range of human behavior. Some are mainly noble; some are definitely nasty. Good entertainment for teens ready to move on to literate, light adult fiction.Barbara Hawkins, Oakton High School, Fairfax, VA
Roland Green
The sequel to Hambly's "Those Who Hunt the Night" (1990), one of the best vampire novels of the decade, meets the standards of its predecessor. John Asher, retired British intelligence officer turned Oxford don, sights an Austrian spy in dubious company. Investigating, he discovers an Austrian spymaster who can command the services of the undead as well as the living, which constitutes a threat to Britain he cannot ignore. Fighting the threat, Asher, energetically aided by his doctor wife, Lydia, takes a perilous journey all the way to the Balkans. From beginning to end, the book succeeds as both a classic vampire tale and a specimen of the relatively new genre, the historical thriller. Add it with the highest recommendation to the dark fantasy and historical fiction collections.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781453216477
  • Publisher: Open Road Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/29/2011
  • Series: James Asher Vampire Series , #2
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 300
  • Sales rank: 181,338
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

At various times in her life, Barbara Hambly has been a high-school teacher, a model, a waitress, a technical editor, a professional graduate student, an all-night clerk at a liquor store, and a karate instructor. Born in San Diego, she grew up in southern California, with the exception of one high-school semester spent in New South Wales, Australia. Her interest in fantasy began with reading THE WIZARD OF OZ at an early age and has continued ever since.

She attended the University of California, Riverside, specializing in medieval history. In connection with this, she spent a year at the University of Bordeaux in the south of France and worked as a teaching and research assistant at UC Riverside, eventually earning a Master's Degree in the subject. At the universtiy, she also became involved in karate, making Black Belt in 1978 and competing in several national-level tournaments. She now lives in Los Angeles, California.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2012

    My new favorite author!

    I love the way Ms. Hambly writes. She creates vivid pictures with words. I thought this book, the 2nd in her vampire series, was even better than the 1st one. I've already read it twice. I recommend this one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2012

    Well written

    Finished the Asher vampire series earlier today and still thinking about it. So well written and thought provoking. Will put these books on the favorites shelf.

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  • Posted June 22, 2011

    Excellent

    Re-reading Those that Hunt the Night and Traveling with the Dead after more than 10 years I found them just as good as the first time read. Barbara Hambly is a wonderful author who takes you out of your world and puts you smack down into her created world with words and descriptions that keep you rooted to the spot until the end of the book. I can't wait to start reading Blood Maidens.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2005

    Mesmerizing and Fulfilling

    Ahh, the pleasure of real writing talent! She has the eye, the ear and the imagination to take a reader where she's been- even when the place doesn't exist.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2004

    Oh please, may I have some more please?

    These two books were so wonderful. I devoured them and raved about them to my husband for weeks on end. I have waited years for more installments in the series... alas to no avail. Barbara Hambly seems to have given up on the vampire and moved on to the african american detective in new orleans, Benjamin January. Those books are OK, but not as good as Travelling with the Dead and Those Who Hunt The Night.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2001

    Both death and love are timeless...

    In this sequal to 'Those Who Hunt the Night,' Barbara Hambly returns us to the world of London's vampires, and of the husband and wife who alone among mortals know of their existence. A chance sighting of a vampire and a spy in a railway station leads agent-turned-don James Asher into a trap. His physician wife Lydia daringly engages the aid of the enigmatic Don Simon Ysidro, most deadly of the London vampires, to save her husband and unearth the dark secret of the Deathless Lord of Constantinople.

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