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Those Who Hunt the Night (The James Asher Novels) [Kindle Edition]

Barbara Hambly
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Book Description

At the turn of the twentieth century, a former spy is called into service to hunt down a vampire killer

Once a spy for Queen Victoria, James Asher has fought for Britain on every continent, using his quick wits to protect the Empire at all costs. After years of grueling service, he marries and retires to a simple academic’s life at Oxford. But his peace is shattered one night with the arrival of a Spanish vampire named Don Simon. Don Simon can disappear into fog, move faster than the eye can see, and immobilize Asher—and his young bride—with a wave of his hand. Asher is at his mercy, and has no choice but to give his help.
 
Because someone is killing the vampires of London, and James Asher must find out who—before he becomes a victim himself.
 
This ebook features an illustrated biography of Barbara Hambly, including rare photos and never-before-seen documents from the author’s personal collection.



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From Publishers Weekly

In her hardcover debut, Hambly ( Dragonsbane ) will give Ann Ricehigher praise that this we rarely see in our little literary mag!! got to keep the readers interested, eh what? a run for her money. Oxford professor James Ahser, once an agent for the British government, is forced to help the vampires of Edwardian London, who are being destroyed one by one through exposure to sunlight as they lie sleeping in their coffins. If she does not oblige, his young wife, Lydia, will perish as have many other vampire victims over the years. Accompanied by one of the oldest of the vampires, Simon Ysidro, who has lived in London since the time of Elizabeth I, Asher begins his investigations, learning about the life and culture of vampires. Meanwhile, Lydia, who is one of the few women physicians of the era, prowls through old property records and medical journals attempting to find other clues. Asher comes to suspect that the killer is a vampire, an unusual one who can live in the light of day, and Lydia develops a reasonable physiology that would account for the ability. Hambly's examination of vampirism is beautifully detailed, with a fine, realistic background and strong sense of atmosphere. Her characters are finely honed, particularly Don Ysidro, the vampire with a sense of noblesse oblige. Major ad/promo.
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Review

“Barbara is a fabulously talented writer who can write well in any genre, and Don Simon is unforgettable.” —Charlaine Harris
 
“Beautifully detailed, with a fine realistic background and strong sense of atmosphere . . . Will give Anne Rice a run for her money.” —Publishers Weekly


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  • File Size: 862 KB
  • Print Length: 350 pages
  • Publisher: Open Road Media Sci-Fi & Fantasy (March 29, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004TC149Q
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,544 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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59 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful tale of vampires and witty Englishman April 28, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I first read this book years and years ago...long before the current trend we're seeing with all things vampire. My Aunt had given it to me in hard cover and insisted that I read it. It is just a wonderful book, filled with fascinating characters, from the witty and intelligent James Asher to the cool and clever vampire Don Simon Ysidro. The prose is so well done, some lines of which I have thought about or used in conversation many times over the years. I have read and re-read this one many times and it always entertains.

I was delighted to see it available for Kindle and purchased it to have it with me when the mood for a great vampire hunt story strikes my fancy.

ADDITIONAL NOTES FOR KINDLE ADDITION: This Kindle version of the book has lots of formatting errors. On every page, often several to a page, there are two words run together. It makes me stop to think what is the word? Very disruptive to my reading style. This books wasn't free, so I'm displeased with these errors!
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down! June 3, 1999
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
I usually don't read vampire stories (except for the Count St. Germain series)--the classic creepy, cold-hearted and cold-fleshed hunters of the night are too "alien" to relate to...but Don Simon Ysidro grows on you...He comes to James Asher (ostensibly a mild-mannered Oxford lecturer on folk tales and language) to investigate the "murders" of a series of fellow London vampires. Asher, a bitterly disillusioned former secret agent for British Intelligence, has his own past "ghosts" to deal with--murders, betrayals and lies done in the name of "King and Country." Despite being forced into the investigation by Ysidro's threat to his wife's life, James Asher slowly comes to understand, respect and even value Ysidro's "life" and its realities. It is this delicate development of friendship and understanding that elevate this book from merely a gripping horror novel to a memorable "keeper" book to be shared with friends. The other vampires of London, the details of their "lives" and history, and the final horrifying battle with the "murderer" will keep you reading into the night, but Don Simon Ysidro is who will linger in your mind.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Realistic- Intriguing-Awaiting with Bated Breath February 2, 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I am a compusive reader. I'll read anything in front of me at least--once. I've read this book 13-times! (Is that a bad omen?) This is one of the best gas-light mysteries that I've ever read or that has been written using vampires & their culture as a the back drop of a Sherlock Holmes-like mystery. Don Simon Ysidro is not only the oldest vampire in London, but he is also cold, manipulative, intense, powerful & deadly (You'll warm up to him eventually). Ysidro compells a mild mannered, poly-lingustic, world-weary retired spy, Dr. James Asher, to hunt for the person who has been methodically hunting & killing the vampires of London in exchange for his wife's life-- and his own. The plot is tight & the characters are believable. Give this book out to friends & family as gifts year around. No one-should miss out on this book.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Forget Dracula... April 5, 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Well, what can I say that hasn't already been said? I absolutely loved this book from the first few pages, and I absoluely deplore its current inavailability. Hambly crafted a thrilling tale, using stunning writing, great logic, and memorable characters.

When I rave to my friends, I always stress Hambly's genuis at writing this fine peice of literature. She weaves a beautiful tapestry of words. She strings her sentences like fantastic jewels on a priceless necklace. The setting was so realistic, the people so intriguing, the story itself so engrossing, that I'll be rereading this book till the day I die.
Hambly dealt with vampirism very intelligently. Few authors actually try to explain that state, and I think Hambly offers the best explaination, a combination of science and fantasy. Her vampires are believable, something I require when dealing with fantasy and science fiction.
Don Simon Ysidro has made his way into my personal hall of fame. He refreshingly offers no apologies for what he is, and doesn't go around biting at every other neck he sees. Forget Dracula...compared to Don Simon, he's a dead corpse. While the rest of the main characters--James and Lydia Asher-- perhapse pale against the magnetism of Don Simon, they are nevertheless well-drawn. James and Lydia both have their own voice and personalities, as do all the minor characters that populate this book.
I enjoyed Those Who Hunt the Night better than its sequel, Travelling With the Dead, but I'd abvise anyone who loves vampires and well-crafted tales to read both. I can only hope that Hambly will eventually return to the characters she created in late eighteenth century London.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vampires By Gaslight November 10, 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Before I read this novel, I didn't care at all for vampire stories. Barbara Hambly managed to change that.

Dark and elegantly horrific, radiating the scent of old blood and the dust of time, _Those Who Hunt the Night_ is similar in many ways to Anita Blake's _Guilty Pleasures_, but is suited less to those who favor humor and urban fantasy than to those who are interested in darkness with feeling and depth. Hambly brings her vampires to life for you--you may not understand them, you may not empathize with them, but they will seem real. Ysidro in particular has the power to fascinate, drawing forth the interest of the reader without ever slipping into anything much like humanity.

James Asher is also an interesting character in his own right, even if he may end up playing second-fiddle to Ysidro by the story's end. Lydia Asher could be reckoned as a heroine strong in her own right--for whatever reason, though, she was one character who left me cold.

This book is well worth reading, as is its sequel, _Traveling With the Dead_. _Those Who Hunt the Night_ is probably the better of the two; its dark and occasionally chilling atmosphere will linger with one for a long time after the final page has been turned.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good!
I enjoyed this book a great deal - a refreshing take on vampires that doesn't portray them as sparkly, sexy, or something that any sane person would actually want to be. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Muklowd
5.0 out of 5 stars Exquisitely wrought like fine silver
I haven't been a fan of vampire novels and merely an occasional if sardonic viewer of vampire movies, but Hambly's tale of vampires and vampire hunters in turn of the century... Read more
Published 14 days ago by Vivek Hurry
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Story, Good Leads, Good Pairing
First read this book maybe 25-30 years ago when it first came out. It introduced me to the author, who mostly has had one success after another, both in this series and in others. Read more
Published 3 months ago by njmlkpt
3.0 out of 5 stars 1988 Vampire mystery
If you'd like to get away from vampires as nice, sexy people, this author provides that. There is very little humor in it, if any, but it's a good book. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing take on Vampires
Are you tired of glitzy teen mosquitoes masquerading as hunters of the night? Then this book is for you! Read more
Published 5 months ago by S.
3.0 out of 5 stars nice book
Pretty, interesting book with truly detective plot and fine setting. Will check all other books in this line. My recommendation.
Published 6 months ago by Pavel Egorkin
5.0 out of 5 stars Charismatic and Fun
Hambley is a brilliant writer who crosses genres and the James Asher series is no exception. Thoughtful, engrossing, I have been completely caught up in the life of James Asher,... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Melanie Jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars A well told story
I am not into vampires. This is the one vampire book I have enjoyed. It is a well told mystery that happens to have vampires in it. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Jane C. Duquette
5.0 out of 5 stars ANOTHER WINNER FROM BARBARA HAMBLY
Barbara Hambly is one of my favorite authors, and I am happy to say that she has written another wonderful novel. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Juliet
4.0 out of 5 stars Not your typical vampire novel
A historical mystery with vampires as the victims. A vampire serial killer is on the loose and an ancient vampire enlist the help of a former spy to find him. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Jane BookerScrivens
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