Harry Keogh has returned from Starside/Sunside and he’s been stripped of his power to converse with the dead, or deadspeak. He also isn’t able to travel via the Möbius Continuum. His wamphryii son disabled his ability while on Starside. For four years, Harry has been unable to use his former ability to speak with the dead, except while he is sleeping. Unfortunately, he can not remember his conversations with them once he has awakened. He is still employed with E-Branch, just in case his abilities are restored and for his knowledge of wamphryii. Fortunately, there are no more…or is there? High up in the Balkan mountains, where Faethor Ferenczy’s castle ruins remain, there is another wamphryii plotting his return. This vampire is Faethor’s son, Janos. Janos is a vampire and an expert at black magic, but not a full wamphryii. What powers he doesn’t possess, he looks to steal, including those that are locked in the head of the former necroscope. Will Harry ever gain his abilities back and defeat the vampire scourge or will Janos steal everything that is precious in Harry’s life?
Necroscope IV: Deadspeak jumps right back in where III left off, giving us more enlightenment into Lumley’s vampiric mythos while also delivering more of the same ingredients you’d expect from a Necroscope book. Harry’s character is still a tormented soul trying to cope with the huge responsibilities he feels resting on his shoulders, now made infinitely more difficult with the loss of his abilities. Janos is a worthy villain that you want to see get his. Lumley even throws some Cthulhu Mythos Yog-Sothoth in there. He has always been influenced by Lovecraft and I love seeing those influences make their way into a series that it helped create. Necroscope is kind of like a James Bond story or an AC/DC album. Each one is slightly different, expands slightly from the original, but still delivers the goods as you’d expect. Looking forward to Part 5.
4 1/2 Dead Body Salts out of 5
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Ah those Cold War Russians. They always seem to be up to no good, especially in a Lumley’s Necroscope tale. Mikhail Simonov, aka Michael “Jazz” Simmons, is a British agent that is sent into Russia’s Ural mountains to investigate what he thinks is a new Soviet weapon buried underneath the bedrock of the Perchorsk Pass turns out to be a portal into another world. And what a world it turns out to be. It seems that those pesky vampires didn’t just suddenly turn up in Transylvania in the middle ages. Oh, no, no, no. They originated elsewhere in another world and found their way here when they were banished from their world and made to enter the mysterious one-way portal.
Lumley’s third chapter of the Necroscope saga is chock full of unique and interesting information on the origins of vampires and I’ll be a monkey’s uncle if it isn’t a fascinating AND entirely plausible to the mind. As much as I loved The Source, I will have to admit that from time to time the info dump cumbersome. With that being said, the premise is so unique and I loved the direction that he took the story. Of course, we have Harry Keough involved as he’s looking for his wife and son that have been missing for eight years ever since the final battle with Yulian Bodescu. Harry is sucked into the world of the wamphyri as his search and the events at Perchorsk reveal a common denominator. Necroscope III is the best of the three Necroscopes and that’s saying a lot. Looking forward to Part IV.
4 1/2 stars out of 5
Harry Keough saved the world with the help of the dead when he destroyed Boris Dragosani. Now the world is free from vampires…or is it? You see, vampires are a cunning lot. They don’t survive for over a thousand years by giving up their secrets freely and, even in death, Thibor Ferenczy still has a few tricks up his sleeve. It’s up to the British top-secret E-Branch and Necroscope Harry Keough to free the world once again.
Necroscope II: Vamphyri! begins where Necroscope left off and ratchets the tension up along the way. It also delves into the vampire legacy/mythology and explores the history of its vampire characters. While I’ve read some reviews that lament this or that it’s set in the world of Cold War espionage, I relish it. In fact, I give it an emphatic two thumbs up! I love that they explored the vampire history. It sets up Lumley’s parameters to his Necroscope mythos and is vital to the rest of the series. As for complaining about it being set in the Cold War world of espionage, did you not read the first Necroscope? That’s the setting they used and how someone could be upset that the second book in the series is a continuation of the same is beyond me. In fact, call me crazy, but I’m willing to bet a week’s salary that we’ll see more of that in the upcoming books in the series. So, if that bothers you, my suggestion is to stop now. For the rest of you, if you liked the first Necroscope, you’ll love the second. Great characters, more in depth history to the characters and answers to questions that were left open from the first. Just a great, great book. Can’t wait to see what Lumley has in store for me in Part III!
4 out of 5 stars