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Necroscope II: Vamphyri!

(Necroscope #2)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  6,731 ratings  ·  151 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
Mass Market Paperback, 470 pages
Published April 15th 1989 by Tor Books (first published April 1989)
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Dec 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror
Wow, what a horrror fest. In this second part of this series we continue where the first volume ended: Chateau Bronnitsy (great description what's left after the battle is finished). Felix Krakovitch is the new man in the Russian e-branch. But what about Dragosani and Keogh? Thanks to the Mobius continuum they are still around together will all their old and new enemies. But my highlights in this book were the stories of Faethor and Thibor Ferency. Those are the best vampire lores I ever came ...more
Dirk Grobbelaar
Feb 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Kenneth McKinley
Jul 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 17, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
Lisa Sandberg
Jan 27, 2015 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
Dec 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
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,
Sep 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror, adventure
I think I've become a huge Brian Lumley fan. Utterly devoured this one. Maybe not as great as the first book but hey, it's a middle book of a trilogy. Plunging right into The Source, book three!
Aug 31, 2014 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
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.
Rut Ing
Oct 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing

love how I can follow all the characters and their thoughts.
Tim Pendry

I have already reviewed Necroscope #I so I won't repeat what is generic to the series. This second volume is no better or worse than the first but Lumley certainly likes to blow things up (castle, English country house and laboratory, the key locations of classical horror).

A psychologist might have a field day trying to work out the mind of the author but I came to the conclusion that Lumley is really exposing nothing more than his inner adolescent: monsters, a bit of sexual transgression,
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 ...more
Michelleandderek Nakagawa
Mar 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Rereading this series is like coming home to old friends. Not for the faint of heart, the Necroscope volumes are intense, scary, and extremely gory.
In this second book, the KGB makes big moves against the British and a dirty fight begins in earnest with big consequences for all players involved, including the Wamphyri.
Quentin Wallace
Sep 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars

I think I enjoyed this one more than the first volume. I will say there is a LOT going on here. The main subject is vampires, which seems pretty obvious. But you have ESP, time travel, necromancy, teleportation, espionage (it's set during the cold war), a baby with powers--the list goes on and on. It really seems like too much for one series, but Lumley does an excellent job of weaving it all together. It's far out, even for a vampire novel, but still believable enough to be genuinely
Thomas Flowers
Jan 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow, I didn't really believe book 2 could top book 1, but dang was I wrong. Much like in book 1, the story has a slow drawl and then quickly picks up pace, especially toward the end with Vamphyri. While there wasn't much vampire action in book 1, it had it in spades in book 2. I really enjoyed how deep in went in mythology and history of how Thibor was created. I was curious as to the fate of Harry--his story here was very gratifying (sorry, no spoilers). The ending came with a bang--sad at ...more
Neilie J
Jun 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Love the way this book hearkens back to the Romanian origins of vampirism - the myths and legends while adding the interesting twist of Cold War politics. The contrast between the two necroscopes (Keogh and Bodescu) really shows how power can cut either way depending on who you are. And what a great fantasy - the idea that you could travel anywhere instantly by just dropping into the ether and following the guidance of the dead. Some really good stuff Lumley's mining here for his stories. ...more
Nic Echo
Jan 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Dec 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015
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
Drew Stogsdill
Dec 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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
Jason Gusman
Aug 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
May 12, 2017 rated it liked it
This book had some really fantastic elements and I certainly don't regret reading it (atypical of my 3-star ratings), but it had enough problems that I couldn't bring myself to justify rating it any higher.


Lumley strangely chose this book to give us Thibor's (Dragosani's vampire daddy) backstory, even though he died in the last book. At one point we're led to believe he might have an impact on the plot of Vamphyri, but that possibility fizzles almost immediately. It felt
Aug 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror
There was so much going on in this story. There was the adult, incorporeal Harry, still being called back to Harry Jr’s baby body and wondering how he was going to solve that problem. There were the Russian E-Branch members working with the INTESP members who learned there were vampires who’s bodies must be destroyed – stake through the heart, beheaded and burned, and then there was Yulian Bodescu, who discovered he was a vampire and that he could control others with his power. He had to be ...more
Michael Daniel
Mar 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Baal Of
Mar 20, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, fiction
Somehow I didn't connect with this book in the same way I did the first. The overall plot didn't hold my interest, and the characters weren't distinct enough for me to keep straight. I liked the gore, and there were some moments of excitement, but overall a pretty tepid book.
Jan 23, 2008 rated it liked it
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!
Steve Schlutow
Sep 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: a-horror, book-series
This was a pretty good book. I liked it better than the first book. Its a different story-line with vampires, but it does keep to the traditions. I like and will continue reading the Harry Keogh series.
Mary Pentaraki
The first one was better. This story didn't surprise me, many similarities with the previous book, the story was linear and already known. The reader doesn't guess. It's already given. Finally, the repetitions of the story of the first book were too many.
Paul Mclaughlan
Jul 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lovecraft, horror
It's a direct, spy-vampire-Lovecraft book, not much character here, but it's a GOOD one.
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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 ...more

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