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Necroscope II: Vamphyri! (Necroscope #2)

4.05 of 5 stars 4.05  ·  rating details  ·  4,323 ratings  ·  85 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 ...more
Paperback, 470 pages
Published April 15th 1989 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 l
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Stephen
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
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Nancy Oakes
Second in the Necroscope Trilogy starring Harry Keogh, this book also continues the story of Thibor Ferenczy, going back to his beginnings when he first became a vampire. While he is telling Harry the story, he sort of leaves out a small detail: he had managed to create a new vampire, one almost as powerful as himself, while laying buried under the earth. The new kid's name is Yulian Bodescu -- the name just SOUNDS evil!!! Now Yulian poses a threat and once again Harry & his friends at Briti ...more
Olethros
-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
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Lanica
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
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Michael Daniel
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
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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
ika
Aug 18, 2014 ika rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
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Jerry Kimbro
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
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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.
Julian
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
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Ross
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
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Bill
Jan 23, 2008 Bill rated it 3 of 5 stars
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!
Brandy
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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Andy Strutt
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
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Rut Ing
brilliant.

love how I can follow all the characters and their thoughts.
Connie
Nov 13, 2013 Connie rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
Esther Medina De Leon
2. Felix Krakovitch, agent for a special operative in USSR –Romania, has just been through a horrid ordeal. He has lost almost his entire unit to zombies and Harry Keogh and now has been made head of his unit taking over the job of finding out what happened. When cleaning up the mess afterward, he discovers the bodies of two men who were responsible for part of the upheaval, one of them harboring some sort of growth that had crawled out of the body once its host was killed. The two get rid of th ...more
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
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Jason Gusman
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
sabisteb
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
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Jak
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
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Jakub
OK, I can´t 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 storyli
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Dollie
These books are perfect for a scifi/horror freak like me because they combine ESP with a vampire story. Even though Harry's physical body is dead, his mind still lives. In this book, Thibor tells his story. That's all I can say, because to say anything else at all would give away parts of the story. So, all I'll say is that like Necroscope, this was a very good read. I loved it.
Ade Couper
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
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Tom
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
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Jacques
Brilliant! I love the clever way in which Brian Lumley writes his stories. Witty, horrific and exhilarating!
Jason Shipley
I thought it was better than the first book in the Necroscope Series. A decent book I would say. Good enough that I will move on and read the third installment.
Samuel
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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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