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Necroscope II: Vamphyri! (Necroscope #2)

4.08  ·  Rating Details ·  5,545 Ratings  ·  113 Reviews
Not the end of life, Harry Keogh discovered--and not the end of his battle against he terrible evil of vampires.

In a secluded English village, Yulian Bodescu plots his takeover of the world. Imbued with a vampire's powers before his birth, Bodescu rules men's minds and bodies with supernatural ease. He is secretly creating an army of vampiric monsters, things that once wer
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Published September 1st 2009 by Tor Books (first published 1988)
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Dirk Grobbelaar
If you think what you've seen so far is unpleasant, what you're about to see is far worse!

This is a longish review, because, frankly, it can hardly be anything but. As the very title of this novel suggests, this is where the Vampire theme of the Necroscope series starts coming into its own. The first novel dealt with many themes, but not so very prominently with the theme of the Vamphyri (or, rather, Wamphyri).

The old Thing in the ground had lived for five hundred years, and as long again had
3.5 to 4.0 stars. The second book in the Necroscope Trilogy, this is a series that deserves a lot more attention then it gets (probably because they have some of the WORST COVERS I have ever seen). Set during the Cold War and somewhat similar to the "Laundry Series" of Charles Stross as it deals with a secret branch of British Intelligence that recruits and employs people with "paranormal" talents in a battle against Russia's similiarly constituted E-branch. The star of the series is Harry Keogh ...more
Ken McKinley
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 t
Lisa Sandberg
Feb 06, 2015 Lisa Sandberg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Vampires, the rising of the dead, espers, the mobius continuum, Yulian Bodescu, Harry Keogh, what more can you ask for in a book?

I really enjoyed this book, much better than the first. Harry Keogh is an awesome character, it is worth the read just to learn more about him.

It took me a while to start reading this book after reading the first, because I wasn't sure if I would like it, as I had a hard time getting into the first one. I am so glad I read it and am sure looking forward to the next one
As I said in my review of the first book in the series, Necroscope, I first read these books in middle and high-school. They are dated, but once you think of them as historical fiction and are able to overlook the politics and technology, they are well worth the read. Lumley had a wonderful story here, and excellent characters, not to mention a mind-blowing plot line.

The books are a bit a slow to read, but only because they make you think and figure out what's going on. Details, intrigue, tensi
Titus Hjelm
There was promise in the first book, but this one was bogged down with backstory, slow pace and not a particularly engaging plot. There was very little suspense in the book and the 'horror' effect was mainly a gore effect. This felt like a transition book (Star Wars Episode I & II, anyone?), so perhaps there is still hope in the series.
Nov 13, 2013 Connie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Connie by: Jenn
As I read this, I wondered why I had waited so long to continue on with this series. I really liked the first book. I remembered just how much as I read this one. The second book picks up right where book one ended. As I read this one, I was already wondering how I would rate it. Very different than the first book. Lots of the history of the past Wamphyris. There are parts of this book that felt very gothic. Other parts felt very spy vs. spy with all of the espionage...I really wasn't sure how I ...more
-A la vez, metafísica y chapoteo en hemoglobina.-

Género. Narrativa fantástica.

Lo que nos cuenta. El asalto de guerreros tártaros muertos hace mucho tiempo al château Bronnitsy, con Harry Keogh comandándolo, ha dejado muchos cadáveres y la Organización E prácticamente descabezada. El jefe de gobierno de la URSS llama a uno de los supervivientes, Felix Krakovitch, para que comience a reorganizar inmediatamente la organización y busque nuevos miembros. En Gran Bretaña, la INTPES decide proteger al
Michael Daniel
Mar 20, 2013 Michael Daniel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good series! Imagine any knowledge that you needed at the ready for your asking. Enter Harry. Very well designed story, with a main character that is easily identified with, Harry Koegh. The imagination that came up with these characters must have experienced some truly awful things. Lumley, being an ex SAS officer, surely did.

The vampires in this series are not nice. They are not warm and fuzzy. They're not cute (well, the women can be) and they know one primal rule: Anything to remain al
Francisco Seguin
Lumley returns with Harry Keogh and his esper warriors in one of the most terrifying episodes of the Necroscope series. Thick with deaths a plenty, Whamphyri takes you back to where it all began...before Harry, before E-branch, before Boris Dragosani. The brilliance of this book is that it picks up from the last seconds of where Necroscope left off and doesn't fail to please. The horror is twice as gruesome, the double-talk is twice as deceitful, the action is twice as exciting. A sequel that ou ...more
Jan 23, 2008 Bill rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
This is the continuation of Necroscope (duh). It was pretty good but the Mobius loop got a little tiresome. However, if you liked the first one, you'd likely enjoy this.
This series gets much better with the next book!
Rut Ing
Apr 01, 2014 Rut Ing rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

love how I can follow all the characters and their thoughts.
Sep 20, 2014 Julian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a spectacular read! Lumley took the story in a wholly unexpected direction. Giving the reader the entire history of both Thibor and Faethor was smart. When these creatures have lived for so long, there are nearly unlimited stories to tell.

One thing I wonder is how the ESP organizations of both England and the USSR will evolve as the Soviet Union collapses. Will Lumley bring in the American E-branch? The French? The German? The Chinese? Limitless possibilities.

The highlight of the book was t
Mar 18, 2011 sabisteb rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hörbücher
Drei Jahre sind seit Teil 1 vergangen. Boris Dragosani kehrt wieder in seine Heimat Rumänien zurück, um seinen Ziehvater, den untoten Vampir Thibor Ferenczy, zu besuchen. In einem Jahr will der Vampir sein Versprechen einlösen und Boris in die Geheimnisse der Vampyri einweihen.
Mittlerweile hat Boris „Eisen im Blut“, wie der Vampir es nannte. Er ist die rechte Hand von Borowitz, des Leiters der sowietischen ESP-Geheimorganisation, die es mit ihren Vorhersagen geschafft hat, sich bei Breschnew une
Drew Stogsdill
Dec 16, 2016 Drew Stogsdill rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The first entry into the Necroscope series has it's slow moments, but had me glued to the pages and I read it in a few days. It's like a movie that is kind of slow but you love it. The first book was enough to spur me to purchase the first 5 books of the series from a used bookstore before I finished reading.

Vamphyri is engrossing. I love the backstories and the world is amazing. These vampires are closer to what a Vampire is supposed to be; evil, grotesque, lustful, powerful and greedy. This is
Nic Echo
About the Book:
The UK E-branch had thought all of the vampire menace was eradicated. Boy were they mistaken. Not only is there still vampire spawn in the world, but it's in their very own country. Harry Keogh, nercoscope, finds this out when he learns more of Thibor's past and that Thibor has planted a bit of himself in a pregnant woman, resulting in the dreaded Yulian Bodescu. Meanwhile, they have the KGB getting in their way as they try to take out the source, causing more danger for our heroe
Roddy Williams
One feels that Lumley regretted having killed off Harry Keogh in the first novel, 'Necroscope', and felt duty bound to bring him back. Harry is not exactly dead but in an incorporeal state wandering around in the Moebius continuum while tethered psychically to his unborn son.
Much of the narrative is given over to the backstories of Faethor and Thibor Ferenczy, ancient vampires of Romania. Thibor, one will recall from 'Necroscope I' is the one from whom Boris Dragosani received his vampire egg.
Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder*

While I managed to shy my eyes from the dull, political parts of the first book, I found it riveting. Eagerly digging into the second, I was confronted with unwanted changes from the start – Harry in another form. I think the author rushed this a bit, but have no idea what he plans with the rest of the series. I preferred him as a person like he was, even if he jumped ahead in time a lot with age.

The Wamphyri is still the most fascinating part. We learn a lot more surrounding the mythos, how Thi
Dec 20, 2015 JP rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So that's how the series will continue.

Basically, we get a bit more of Harry who is now sharing bodies with his infant son (it's about that weird) and communicating with the now dead main characters from the first book.

The world building continues to be one of the stronger parts of these books. This time around, we have a fair chunk of the book from the view point of two of the old vampires (Thibor and Faethor Ferenczy), including a look at how they were turned and what they did over their centu
Aug 18, 2014 ika rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: vampire fans
When I finished reading the first part of the saga Necroscope, I thought that things could not turn out better, but as it happens, I was wrong. The hideous thing, killed in his grave, left something really repulsive. It tarnished someone who definitely did not deserve it.

Brian describes everything with his own unique and naturalistic way, which is not suitable for the weak ones. Scenes can be very impressive and at certain times I found myself reading the entire paragraph without breath. There a
Andy Strutt
Dec 30, 2013 Andy Strutt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Necroscope Series by Brian Lumley
Review by Andy Strutt author of “The Afflicted”

I first discovered this series by receiving “Necroscope III : The Source” as a Christmas present. I had never heard of Brian Lumley but I was instantly infatuated with his work as soon as I had read the first few pages. Obviously, the first thing I did was go out and find the rest of the Necroscope series.
Harry Keogh is a very strange character with morbid supernatural powers that allow him to speak to the dead. That
Jason Gusman
Aug 11, 2011 Jason Gusman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Harry is dead, but he learns that his so , is also a Necroscope. While his son sleeps Harry can use his mind to go into the Mobius Continuum. But as Harry Jr. gets more familiar with this he subconciously is kicking Harry out of his mind. Harry has a limited timeframe to track down what he has learned in the spirit world. 1. A formidable vampire (Thibor Ferenczy)has created another (Yulian Bodescu) to kill Harry Jr. Harry contacts Thibor's maker, Faethor Ferenczy who is a spirit and learns the s ...more
Mar 28, 2012 Jak rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn’t enjoy this as much as I did the first book and it felt quite like as it felt largely tacked on. By that I mean that the first book could easily be a stand alone book rather than part of a series and while the second contains many of the characters from the first it wasn’t really a continuation, which is what I had been expecting.

The aspects I liked were the back story of Thibor which was very gothic, atmospheric and enjoyable if cut short after he finally becomes a wamphyri. I also sor
Jerry Kimbro
Apr 18, 2014 Jerry Kimbro rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the sequel to Brian Lumley's excellant vampire novel "Necroscope"; and it does not disapoint his fans. Clearly Lumley is crafting a long epic series of books involving the amazing adventures of psychic Harry Keogh- the man who can speak with the dead. This book takes up the tale from the moment the last one ended and we are treated to an amazing mixture of Cold War Spy Novel, and Vampire horror story as the tantalizing tale progresses.

Threads from the first story are picked up and emb
Sep 10, 2012 Jakub rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
OK, I cant say the second part of the Necroscope series was bad. History of Thibor and Faothor Ferenczy was intersting and incestous scenes between Yulian and his cousin even gave me a bone. Battle scene in the house of Yulian totally kicked ass as well but contrary to first part of the book there was something missing

1/ There were many illogical decisions made by the main characters that pissed me off.

2/ Bunch of characters who didn't get a chance to be introduced. So it means I read a storylin
Nov 28, 2014 Ross rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Once you get past Soviet spies and the asbestos pants (the latter only mentioned once, but a image that really dates the novel), Vamphyri! is a decent read.

Only about half, maybe less, of the book occurs in present time. The backstory behind Mr. Lumley's vampires is quite interesting, and probably the most interesting part of the book. The present story and the Harry Keogh ghost/spirit/apparition and the Thibor offspring is disturbing (rightfully so) yet not that exciting.

It was a little hard to
Ade Couper
Jan 30, 2012 Ade Couper rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ok , cards on the table again - I have become an ardent Brian Lumley fan, so this may not be as objective a review as it possibly could be....

This is an excellent follow-up to "Necroscope" , which features Harry Keogh himself as a ghost for most of the book .The action happens on 2 fronts : 1stly Vampire Yulien Bodescu is active in England , & is building an army of the undead , whilst E-Branch are also active in Russia & Romania , dealing with the aftermath of Boris Dragosani .

Brian Lu
Matthew Allred
Jun 03, 2015 Matthew Allred rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's a lot different from the first book in some ways, and it really sets the tone for how dark the series is going to get on a personal level for some of the characters. Usually Necroscope books are more on the fantastical and exciting end of horror, but this one is actually pretty scary at some parts. I liked what a big departure it was from the first book because it really sets the stage for the various places the books go in the future. It's like it's saying, "Necroscope is not a one-trick p ...more
Jun 03, 2007 Tom rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2 Stars instead of 3 this time around. I'm going to stop complaining about the Character Development enigma and just carry on reading these books.

One thing that struck me in this book, especially, was that for a horror sci-fi book, the amount of gore / desciptive writing was on the lower end. Not a deal breaker, just an observation. There were a few sequences that I thought could have been really jazzed up but the author just kind of flew through them.

Like the first novel in this series, I rea
May 26, 2014 Brandy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well having read book one and lovely it, I was kind of shocked at how I had a hard time getting into this one. This series has a different look and feel for vampires and spy ideas that I was drawn to the first one. But this one I found was slow to the main action and didn't come until the end.

Would I recommend this book or series to others, yes i would not just for the vampires but for a different spin on the spy part of the business. I am not going to go into much detail about it, just saying
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Brian Lumley was born near Newcastle. In 22 years as a Military Policeman he served in many of the Cold War hotspots, including Berlin, as well as Cyprus in partition days. He reached the rank of Sergeant-Major before retiring to Devon to write full-time, and his work was first published in 1970. The vampire series, 'Necroscope', has been translated into ten languages and sold over a million copie ...more
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