(Necroscope #2)

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 were men but were now walking masses of destructive hunger!

Harry Keogh, Necroscope, thought that the war with the vampires had ended with the destruction of Boris Dragasani--and of Harry's body! But the man who talks to the dead lives on, more powerful than ever, able to transport himself instantly to any spot on the globe and to speak mind-to-mind with both the living and the dead.

Are Harry's new powers enough to defeat Yulian Bodescu and his legion of monsters--or will the vampire army overrun the living earth?

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 Thibor Ferenczy became, his creator and the back history, and the brutal, bloody path they both carved out before them. The vampire stuff was definitely interesting, and I couldn’t tear my eyes away from this story.

The bizarre form of necromancy Harry has was as interesting as before, evolved even, so I again loved reading about those connections and experiences.

I’m still not a political espionage fan, so again grew bored with a lot of that. Too frequent head hopping is a turn-off, especially if I don’t care about the characters the perspective is told through. This book boasts great characters but nudges them aside to set up some semi-confusing stuff and dry areas I’m not as eager to dive in.

To me this sequel branched out the story and filled us in, but rushes into complex changes and spends too much time on things I don’t care about. It’s a creative world with a lot of intelligence and depth, but has the strange technique of rushing too much and waiting too long to get there at the same time.

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