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Necroscope: Avengers (Necroscope: E-Branch Trilogy) Hardcover – June 9, 2001

4.1 out of 5 stars 36 customer reviews
Book 13 of 16 in the Necroscope saga Series

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From Publishers Weekly

This new bottle can't disguise the aging wine of Lumley's Necroscope series or the increasingly stale bouquet of its last few installments. Set in a world where the vampire villains are resurrected as regularly as the cinematic Frankenstein's monster, and where the psychic hero is forever channeling the thoughts of dead characters from previous episodes, this expansive 13th novel is distinguished mostly by its sense of d‚j… vu. The story picks up right after events in Necroscope: Defilers (2000) with the revelation that vampires Nephran Malinari, the Lady Vavara and Lord Szwart are still at large, despite the efforts of Ben Trask's E-Branch operatives to wipe them out in Greece. The ESPionage agents chase the elusive vampires through Turkey, trying to prevent them from seeding the world with spores of virulent vampire fungi. Jake Cutter, neophyte Necroscope (someone who can converse with the dead), remains mostly on the periphery, still wrestling with a personal vampire taint that makes him resemble more and more the similarly infected first Necroscope, Harry Keogh. Once again troubles at Russia's interdimensional Perchorsk Gate, which opens to the vampire universe, add to the mess. Lumley still excels at depicting heroes larger than life and horrors worse than death, but his rehash of earlier intrigues and plot twists bogs the tale down. The exciting pyrotechnic finale appears to bring resolution to some long-running subplots, but also calls attention to how often this novel coasts when it could explode.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

Jake Cutter, the newest member of E-Branch, tackles the latest development of the secret war against a trio of extra-dimensional Wamphyri as he tracks down the source of a deadly plague that transforms its sleeping victims into inhuman monsters. Lumley's conclusion to a trilogy that includes Necroscope: Invaders and Necroscope: Defilers features scenes of graphic horror, fast-paced action, and political intrigue. A good addition to most horror collections.
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Series: Necroscope: E-Branch Trilogy (Book 3)
  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; 1st edition (June 9, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312879237
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312879235
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,316,932 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Brian Lumley is the author of the bestselling Necroscope series of vampire novels. An acknowledged master of Lovecraft-style horror, Brian Lumley has won the British Fantasy Award and been named a Grand Master of Horror. His works have been published in more than a dozen countries and have inspired comic books, role-playing games, and sculpture, and been adapted for television. When not writing, Lumley can often be found spear-fishing in the Greek islands, gambling in Las Vegas, or attending a convention somewhere in the US. Lumley and his wife live in England.

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Brian Lumley's brilliant Necroscope series comes to an end with Necroscope: Avengers. Like so many series under the leadership of Tor, this was an excellent reading diversion over the years. Unfortunately, the series does end with Avengers.
Jake Cutter, as a character, is a worthy successor to Harry Keogh, who does manage to make a guest appearance. Just like Harry, Jake's independence from E-Branch does make for good suspense.
The last few books of the series have dealt with a new threat to Earth. Three Wamphyri have managed to escape from Starside, crossing over via a transdimensional gate under the Carpathian Mountains. Of course, the goal of these three vampire lords is nothing short of total domination of Earth. The only thing blocking their goal is the British E-Branch, a governmental organization of talented mentalists.
As Avengers begins, the vampires, Lady Vavara, Lord Malinari, and Lord Swartz, are attempting to capture the Necroscope and return to Starside with Cutter's vaunted powers added to theirs. The triumvirate is extremely sick of Earth with its short nights and E-Branch, wanting nothing more than to escape Earth with a weapon that can be used against Harry Keogh's descendant Nathan, who has successfully cleansed vampires from his own world.
While on Earth, the Wamphyri have reaped more success than they realized. In earlier books of the series, the Wamphyri attempted to create spores that would filter through the atmosphere and eventually create more of their kind. Initially feeling the brutal sting of failure, the fruiting bodies of their spores have in fact been rather successful. A vampire plague is sweeping the Earth.
Can E-Branch effectively protect Earth and destroy the Wamphyri before they return to Starside?
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While Brian Lumley's final installment to the Necroscope saga wasn't exactly all I had personally hoped it would be, it was still an incredibly fantastic read! Truly worthy Necroscope fans worldwide!
Taken as the final series installment it certainly brings closure to all the various loose-ends that have been dangling out there.
Taken as a whole in all of the thirteen novels . . . it fits beautifully in the Necroscope time line. To call this novel a "stale" bottle of wine is vastly incorrect. "Necroscope: Avengers" is an integral component to a brilliant and impressive tapestry. My only regret is that the ride had to end. It's been a lot of fun over the years. The entire Necroscope saga has been thoroughly well-crafted and entertaining! Jake Cutter may have been a reluctant Necroscope, but he did an admirable job regardless.
After three novels, some of the arguments between Jake and Ben Trask of E-Branch were becoming just a tiny bit tedious, but that's merely a MINOR complaint of mine. The rest of the story more than makes up for this! I especially enjoyed how Jake dealt with his unwanted "house-guest" Korath. That was a very well written sequence.
Thirteen novels! Over a decade of entertainment! And most of all, characters that became like family members! What more could you want? Thank-you, Mr. Lumley. Simply, thank-you for sharing with us the world of the Necroscope and the Wamphyri.
The entire series will always have a special place in my heart.
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By Plaque on November 15, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I've read the entire Necroscope series, and this is the only one of them that I had to put away unfinished. In fact, Lumley has gotten weaker and weaker in his writing since the end of the Blood Brothers trilogy, making the last five books increasingly more difficult to get through. "Defilers" started Lumley over the edge and "Avengers" finds him plummeting off a cliff.
The "Lumley-isms" that have pervaded all his works are in full force here, and have finally turned me off completely. Nonsensical, long-winded passages abound, with the usual overly descriptive babble taking center stage. Many scenes are told in flashback as usual, but what worked in the original 5 Necroscopes doesn't work here. In the early books of the series, Lumley used flashbacks and storytelling sequences to great effect, showing how the Wamphryi lived their lives on Earth over the millenia. The "historical" aspects of the early books was enthralling and kept my attention for thousands of pages.
Now, it seems EVERYTHING is told in flashback, but it's poor recaps of events "currently" happening to the current crop of characters. The worst part is that all the characters relate events in exactly the same way, with the same phrasings and the same irritating style. People simply do not speak the way Lumley has them speak. The characters were never that great to begin with in Necroscope novels, and have gotten to a point where they all behave like carbons of each other.
I swear Tor books has given Lumley (and Robert Jordan) the freedom to publish anything he wants without the "hassle" (read: benefit) of an EDITOR.
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