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Necroscope II: Vamphyri! (Necroscope #2)

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Death is Not the End... Not the end of life, Harry Koegh discovered--and not the end of his battle against the terrible evil of the 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 vampiri ...more
Paperback, 480 pages
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
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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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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 one
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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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Connie
Dec 25, 2012 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
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  ·  review of another edition
brilliant.

love how I can follow all the characters and their thoughts.
David
Sep 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Julian
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 t
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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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Michael Daniel
Mar 20, 2013 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
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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
Michelleandderek Nakagawa
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.
Bill
Jan 23, 2008 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!
A Bald Mage** Steve
May 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Great sequel if some what similar .... 8/10
Katerina
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.

**MILD SPOILERS AHEAD**

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 d
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Geoff Battle
Jun 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wamphyri! is written in a similar mould to the original Necroscope novel, in that there is extensive character exploration, then the chase, and finally an explosive finale. The sequel is best enjoyed after having read the original Necroscope, which paves the way for events contained in this second chapter. Wamphyri! is a slow burner for the first 200 pages, which follows the historical adventures of the Wamphyri introduced in the first book. After that, the plot shifts up a gear in to more moder ...more
Baal Of
Mar 20, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, horror
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.
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.
sabisteb
Mar 18, 2011 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
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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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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.
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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
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JP
Dec 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 centu
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ika
Aug 18, 2014 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
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Andy Strutt
Dec 28, 2013 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
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Drew Stogsdill
Dec 16, 2016 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
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Jason Gusman
Aug 11, 2011 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
Jak
Feb 23, 2012 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
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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 (1 - 10 of 18 books)
  • Necroscope (Necroscope, #1)
  • The Source (Necroscope, #3)
  • Necroscope IV: Deadspeak (Necroscope, #4)
  • Necroscope V: Deadspawn (Necroscope, #5)
  • Vampire World I: Blood Brothers (Necroscope, #6)
  • The Last Aerie (Nekroscope, #7)
  • Vampire World III: Bloodwars (Necroscope, #8)
  • Necroscope: The Lost Years Volume I (Necroscope, #9)
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