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Necroscope III: The Source (Necroscope #3)

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The third book in the Necroscope series traces the battle between Harry Keogh and the horrifying Vamphyri on their home ground, an alien landscape of looming towers, impossible cliffs, and ravenous vampire-beasts.

Russia's Ural Mountains hide a deadly secret: a supernatural portal to the country of the vampires. Soviet scientists and ESP-powered spies, in a secret military
Paperback, 505 pages
Published September 15th 1989 by Tor Books (first published September 1st 1989)
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HEADS UP READERS: For a 3 star rating, this rant review contain's a higher concentration of I'm so pissed than you might expect. The reason: there's a 250 to 300 page 5 star gem in here just begging on its paper knees to sparkle but it’s being rooster-blocked big time by another 250 pages of mind- anesthetizing:

(i) rehash and rehash and rehash of the first two books,
(ii) pace-murdering plot set ups,
(iii) loooooooooooooong-winded expositions leading to cries of “show don’t tell,” and
(iv) clunky,
Hunter Shea
Aug 07, 2016 Hunter Shea rated it it was amazing
THE BEST series of vampire books ever written. Hands down.
Ken McKinley
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. ...more
Lisa Sandberg
Feb 17, 2015 Lisa Sandberg rated it it was amazing
5 out of 5 stars for sure. This has to be my favorite in the series so far.

I liked how this one explores the world of the Wamphyri. It was interesting to learn about this world and the history of the vampires. It has a different view of the vampires and how they came to be.

I also liked the fact that Harry Keogh, who has taken over the body of Alex Kyle, really had no reason to go on. He has lost his son and his son's mother. Then he gets some information that brings him out of his funk and a re
Martin Gibbs
Jan 01, 2013 Martin Gibbs rated it liked it
Shelves: lumley
While I enjoyed this trilogy greatly, this one plods a bit. Other reviewers have highlighted their concerns, and I tend to agree, so I won't re-hash everything.

The crowning jewl of this book is the setup for the Vampire World trilogy. This little fact is why Brian Lumley will always be my favorite "vampire" author (though I love his other works, too). Why? I read and write fantasy, true, but one of my requirements is that the world is NOT Earth. The setting has to be somewhere else, another plan
Mar 17, 2014 Olethros rated it liked it
-Arriesgado desarrollo de los rumbos de la serie.-

Género. Narrativa Fantástica.

Lo que nos cuenta. En los Urales, los soviéticos han tardado cinco años en terminar el Perchorsk Projekt. Los satélites espías norteamericanos han detectado el lugar pero no conocen la naturaleza exacta del mismo. Michael J. Simmons, alias Mijaíl Simonov, se ha infiltrado en la zona con labores de reconocimiento de la instalación, y conseguirá entrar en la misma pero no en las condiciones que había imaginado, descubri
Jan 23, 2008 Bill rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: All horror/sci-fi fans
Shelves: horror, favorites
Funny thing. My mom bought me this novel many years ago, unaware that it was third in this series. So I put it on the shelf to be ready for me once I had read the first two. The first novel was dynamite. In fact, my original terse review for it deserved a much more emphatic effort, so I have just re-written it. As you can see, after reading the second novel, I had had enough and had actually gotten rid of The Source during one of my book purges. A little while back, I was urged by an online acqu ...more
Robert Aldrich
Jan 02, 2013 Robert Aldrich rated it liked it
I have now read this novel twice; once many years ago, and of course just finishing the second read now.

I had to down-grade my rating form a 4 to a 3. I felt that the ending seemed to be rushed and a bit lack-luster...and in fact, taken as a whole, it was a bit tame. There was a lot going on in this book, at least 3 different stories woven in together, and while I liked the character Jazz, I felt that Harry Sr.'s role in the story was weak and half-hearted. Given that he as a character is extrem
Stacy Croushorn
Mar 21, 2016 Stacy Croushorn rated it really liked it
It takes forever to get started, but once it does it's pretty good.
Dec 24, 2015 JP rated it really liked it
The Source follows a nuclear accident that manages to blow a hole in between our reality and the homeworld (more accurately home universe, since Harry cannot Moebius his way there) of the Vampires.

It's interesting watching this series progress from espionage mixed with urban fantasy and horror in the first book to a more historical urban fantasy (if that makes sense) to this one which veers a bit more into almost science fiction. We have a parallel universe, a tidally locked planet, and some re
Oct 23, 2014 Julian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
While Brian Lumley likely won't win any awards for his books, this was a spectacular read. I appreciate the level of thoughtful detail that goes into each one of his books. The characters are well-rounded and engaging, and the pacing fast-paced.

Chapter 1 was especially fun. I had Google Maps pulled up on my computer, and was following Encounter One everywhere it went. Fascinating!

Lots of clever ideas in this book that keep this story moving. Characters come and go, but the fight against the vamp
Roddy Williams
It’s a very odd thing to come to terms with, but there’s something very cosy about Lumley’s work. Maybe it’s a nostalgia for simpler times when there were good people and bad people (on both sides of the Iron Curtain) and there was an Iron Curtain.
Maybe it’s because one knows it’s all going to be all right at the end of the novel – at least until the next one – or maybe it’s because Lumley’s world harks back to an era earlier than the Nineteen Eighties. There’s something very quaintly dated abou
Heidi Angell
Jan 14, 2012 Heidi Angell rated it really liked it
I loved this incredibly wild, sick and crazy book! My brother recommended it. I have been on a hunt for the rest in the series once I realized it is a series! It is all geeky and high brow while being a great horror piece. I like it when authors talk up to you, rather than talking down!!
Aug 30, 2014 Dollie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror
Harry's been searching now for eight years for Brenda & Harry, Jr. and has still not found them. Meanwhile, in Perchorsk Pass in the Urals, the Russians have a huge secret project going on. They have created a gateway, but they know not where it leads, only that monsters come out of it. When one of the British E-Branch operatives goes missing, Harry is once again enlisted to see if he can find them. I love Lumley's writing and I love this series. Every book tells me about something or someon ...more
Aug 30, 2014 ika rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: vampire lovers
I hate to say it, but the third part is a little different. Vampires are losing their secrets and we learn everything we know about them. The book reveals the mysteries of revelation on earth and from where do they come from. It was a disappointment for me, but in the end it just didn't matter. As in the previous works, ending is simply stunning and what has happened in the past 2/3 of book is completely overshadowed. I think Brian Lumley is a true master of endings. Can you forgive him anything ...more
Mike Lester
Nov 30, 2014 Mike Lester rated it liked it
Still enjoying this series, though this one was a bit slower than the first two...will keep happily moving forward though...
Andy Strutt
Dec 30, 2013 Andy Strutt rated it it was amazing
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
Lisa Cleveland
Jun 27, 2015 Lisa Cleveland rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brian Lumley is a master storyteller, and this book blew the past 2 out of the water. Yep, I'm a little biased, as I've read all the books, but besides the Blood Brothers trilogy, which are my absolute favorite, this book comes a very close second. Finally we are introduced to the world that the Wamphyri originate, and what a very scary place that is. The Aeries that house the vampire, and how they make flying creatures and even furniture with molded human and trog flesh is unbelievably terrifyi ...more
Mar 21, 2016 Timothy rated it liked it
The Necroscope series, and Brian Lumley in general, is some of the most outrageous horror that I've ever read. Most of our contemporary vampires are romantic types. Bram Stoker's vampire was both disgusting and romantic. Lumley's vampires are nasty, rotten cannibals. This is the final book in the initial Necroscope series, and it takes the series, 'further down the rabbit hole.' This is great horror, but not for kids, and not for those who dislike that type of horror. It's amazing for what it is ...more
Feb 06, 2016 Adrimember rated it it was amazing
The source is by far the weakest of the Necroscope novels that I’ve read, and I sincerely hope that Mr. Lumley refrains from revisiting the world, since his best Necroscope days have clearly passed him by. Despite my disappointment with “The source”, I do believe that Brian Lumley is one of contemporary horror fiction's more important authors, and if you haven’t done so yet, then I highly recommend checking out Necroscope: I – V, which are some of the most original, dynamic and daring vampire no ...more
Paul Darcy
Jan 09, 2012 Paul Darcy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
A project in Russia gone horribly wrong.

Harry Keogh, Necrocope, searching for his lost child and wife.

Forces of the supernatural and the extranatural collide. A battle to the ultimate death on a world far removed from our own.

Sound interesting? If it does you will likely enjoy this, the third book by Brian Lumley, in his Necroscope series.

It's part spy novel, part horror novel, part science fiction novel, part super-hero novel, and part action adventure. And Mr. Lumley pulls it all off in a most
Ade Couper
Jun 04, 2012 Ade Couper rated it really liked it
So....Necroscope 3- what to make?

Bit of a slow burn this 1 :there's a lot of backstory going on here (at least some of which I presume is to set up the "Vampire Worlds" series), & unfortunately it does come over as info-dump at times . However , there is a decent story here in its own right.

The Russians have suffered an accident at a top-secret weapons facility , & have created a gateway to another universe - a Vampire World , where the Wamphyri are in charge . Also there are various und
Jun 16, 2012 Slobodan rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
I read the Necroscope series back when I was a teenager. Even though I enjoyed it then, I enjoyed it somewhat more this time. The reason mainly being that I understand (so I let myself believe) some of the crazy physics that Brian Lumley incorporates here; Parallel universes, time travel etc.

Necroscope III: The Source is where Lumley hooked me with his amazingly original take on the vampire mythos. This is where we find out the origin story which is much more elaborately described in Lumleys lat
Jason Gusman
Aug 11, 2011 Jason Gusman rated it really liked it
This starts out with Harry's son vanishing and Harry trying to track him down. In the process he helps the E-Branch track down a missing agent on a mission in or near Russia which ends up being Romania. Harry tracks him down to a Russian base that has had an explosion which opens a path to the land of the vampires. This is a unique conceptual spin on the origins of the vampire coming from another dimension. Harry enters the vampire world where he sees vampire lords that have regions of control a ...more
Matthew Allred
Apr 29, 2015 Matthew Allred rated it it was amazing
The best so far in the series, and that's saying something. This book is good enough to have been the first one (if that makes sense). Yes, it has the same goofy stuff you'll find in any Lumley book: "random" quotation "marks," all the characters sound basically alike, and of course exclamation marks in the prose! Also, it's pretty gross, but not as much as Necroscope #2. But it's extremely imaginative, and it has a style all its own. This book is constantly firing novel ideas at the reader, and ...more
Jim Spencer
Nov 29, 2015 Jim Spencer rated it it was amazing
Now this is the one that gets interesting. We get the origins of the wamphyri and we get to see their world. their world is expanded on greatly in later novels but this is the one that opens the world up to more possibilities. we get to see Harry Keogh become more of a hero and even his son pops up in this one. I don't want to give anything away but this combines horror with action, well worth the read.
Michael Daniel
Mar 20, 2013 Michael Daniel rated it really liked it
Nice story here! Incredibly well-imagined. 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
Chris Youngblood
I find it amusing that a book like the Necroscope series is lumped into the same category as that POS 'Twilight' series by Stephanie Meyer. The only thing they have in common is the word 'vampire', and even that's a tenuous connection. Brian Lumley's books aren't necessarily much more than thriller-fluff, but at least they're entertaining. I couldn't even get past the first chapter of 'Twilight'. Vampires do not sparkle in the sunlight, children; THEY BURST INTO FLAME!

My point is that I'd love t
Jan 08, 2014 KK rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror-misc
The Source is the third instalment in the Necroscope series. If you liked the previous two books you will enjoy this one too. If you haven't read them I would recommend you do so first, though it's not essential as their plots and characters are briefly explained.
I LOVE the Necroscope series! I have read many vampire books over the years but I believe these to be the best by far. It is probably just a matter of personal taste though, so if you're looking for those romantic vampires, you've come
Francisco Seguin
Sep 05, 2011 Francisco Seguin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lumley returns with the third installment in his Necroscope series by taking us even further than he did in Necroscope II. It's as if Lumley knew all along when first creating his masterpiece that his readers would always want more of the history, more of the mythology, more of the terror, more of an insight into where his worlds meet with our own - and that they do in Necroscope III, as Lumley takes us through the portal of his mind and into the twisted landscape of the Wamphyri - flesh melds w ...more
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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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  • Necroscope V: Deadspawn (Necroscope, #5)
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