Necroscope V: Deadspawn

Necroscope V: Deadspawn

There's a maniacal murderer on the loose, brutally slaughtering young women with a ferocity that rivals that of vampires Harry Koegh has spent his life combatting. The Necroscope's been asked to solve the crimes...asked by the dead spirits of the madman's victims. Harry cannot turn down a request from the dead...even if it costs him his soul. In the climactic battle with t...

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Title:Necroscope V: Deadspawn
Author:Brian Lumley
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Necroscope V: Deadspawn Reviews

  • Bill

    OK, time for the Spoiler Alert warning. This being the fifth installment of a series,I can't really write about this one without giving anything away from the previous books.

    Consider yourself warned, and don't read this if you haven't read any of this series yet...not major spoilers but definitely some key developments.

    Here we go:

    Brian Lumley continues yet again to advance this series without getting stale. The first part of the novel opens up with Harry Keogh being approached

    OK, time for the Spoiler Alert warning. This being the fifth installment of a series,I can't really write about this one without giving anything away from the previous books.

    Consider yourself warned, and don't read this if you haven't read any of this series yet...not major spoilers but definitely some key developments.

    Here we go:

    Brian Lumley continues yet again to advance this series without getting stale. The first part of the novel opens up with Harry Keogh being approached by his former E-Branch colleague to help on a serial killer investigation. As I was reading this I was reminded of reading where this fifth installment was written in response to

    Lumley's fans begging him for more. This plot just seemed to smack of filler and not knowing when to leave a good thing alone. How wrong I was.

    Deadspawn wraps up this quintet of the series brilliantly. It's a must read if you've come this far.

    Harry is, of course Wamphri now. The vampire inside him is immature, but growing, and throughout the novel Harry fights to suppress the impending dominance his parasite is gaining. E-Branch is on to him, and even his friends know that it is either Harry or the human race

    that will reign supreme on Earth. Harry must return to Starside where the inevitable transformation to Wamphri will continue, thus his only way to save mankind.

    Of course, Starside is hardly without issues, as the Old Wamphri lords (one in particular, just wait until you find out about the oldest Wamphri!) are stirring, and yet another battle seems imminent.

    Again a fascinating read, but with even more insight into what it is to be Wamphri, to struggle against its influence, or to give into its lust (oh, just wait...), there seems to be no limit to what Lumley has in store for the worlds he has created.

    I'll say it again. This is the best original vampire literature ever. I can't see anyone topping this.

  • Khanada

    The Necroscope series is one of my favorite series of all time. This particular book ranks as a favorite of that series! It's brilliantly dark, deep, moving, and thoroughly enjoyable.

  • S.J.A. Turney

    A fitting crescendo for the series, this book ends what I consider to be the classic series of Necroscope books. It is filled with wonder, pathos, wickedness and twists that play on everything we've learned from the previous four.

    The book should make you sad and thrilled in equal measures as it draws to a close.

    Cannot give too detailed a reviews without spoiling things, but simply, if you enjoyed the original Necroscope book, read at least to this book and your time has b

    A fitting crescendo for the series, this book ends what I consider to be the classic series of Necroscope books. It is filled with wonder, pathos, wickedness and twists that play on everything we've learned from the previous four.

    The book should make you sad and thrilled in equal measures as it draws to a close.

    Cannot give too detailed a reviews without spoiling things, but simply, if you enjoyed the original Necroscope book, read at least to this book and your time has been very well spent.

  • Andy Strutt

    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

    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 is enough to make you want to read the series on its own but it is only the start. The Necroscope is the first in the series of a totally unique and fantastical vampire mythology, and definitely my favourite out of all of them. His writing his dark and exciting and is not for the faint hearted. These are books for true fans of horror and I challenge any new reader to predict what is going to happen next. I pride myself on being able to predict the storyline and I was pleasantly surprised, there was no way I could have guessed where the story would lead. For me it is impossible to review a single novel in isolation (or necessary) because I feel that anyone who reads the first will very quickly read the other 14 novels eagerly.

    Highly recommended and I guarantee these books deserve horror classic status. The writing and characterisations are timeless and will be enjoyed by true horror fans for centuries to come.

  • Lisa

    So, the time has finally come to bid a fond farewell to one of my favorite characters of all time, Harry Keogh. Human, innocent?, necroscope, tighter of wrongs, and finally Wamphyri! Sad to say goodbye, but those death "life" darts of his will get around. I enjoyed everything about this book, and I thought it had one of the best endings ever. I am however happy to be moving on to Lumleys next three books "The Blood Brothers trilogy". Harry's sons Nathan and Lester were always my favorites, and N

    So, the time has finally come to bid a fond farewell to one of my favorite characters of all time, Harry Keogh. Human, innocent?, necroscope, tighter of wrongs, and finally Wamphyri! Sad to say goodbye, but those death "life" darts of his will get around. I enjoyed everything about this book, and I thought it had one of the best endings ever. I am however happy to be moving on to Lumleys next three books "The Blood Brothers trilogy". Harry's sons Nathan and Lester were always my favorites, and Nathan is my favorite Necroscope of them all. Yes, I've read all these books before. Too many times to count! Deadspawn is one of the best in the Necroscope series, so yep, I'd recommend this book and author. Nobody beats Lumley when it comes to Vampires.

  • Michelleandderek Nakagawa

    The 5th in the Necroscope series and, oh boy, is it a good one! If you haven't enjoyed this vampire saga, I urge you to pick it up as soon as possible. This is not your typical vampire and it is scary and bloody and extremely addicting to read.

    Harry Keogh is the main character and he speaks to the dead and they speak back, in fact they are his friends. In this installment, however, that all changes because he changes.

    This is probably the most philosophical one so far and I enjoyed it

    The 5th in the Necroscope series and, oh boy, is it a good one! If you haven't enjoyed this vampire saga, I urge you to pick it up as soon as possible. This is not your typical vampire and it is scary and bloody and extremely addicting to read.

    Harry Keogh is the main character and he speaks to the dead and they speak back, in fact they are his friends. In this installment, however, that all changes because he changes.

    This is probably the most philosophical one so far and I enjoyed it very much because of that.

  • Johnnie Howze

    After first reading this series about 20 years ago, ample time to forget, I'm reading it again for the second time and enjoying out immensely. Just finished "Deadspawn." After a short break and breakfast, I'm on to the next book in the series. 😊

  • Dollie

    I am whipping through this Necroscope books. I just can't stop reading them. I can't write a review here, because to do so would involve spoilers, so I'll just say I love Harry and love these books. It amazes me that I would love books that involve great mathematicians. LOL

  • JP

    I think I'm done with the Necroscope series, at least for the time being. And hey, technically this

    the end of the first Necroscope series.

    On the negative side:

    This feels like 2 or 3 novels shoved together. There's the parts on Earth where Harry tracks down a serial killer. Then there are the Wamphyri in exile in the Icelands and what they find there. Then finally, there's Harry in the Vampire world and the final showdown. It all more or less comes together at the end, but switching back and

    I think I'm done with the Necroscope series, at least for the time being. And hey, technically this

    the end of the first Necroscope series.

    On the negative side:

    This feels like 2 or 3 novels shoved together. There's the parts on Earth where Harry tracks down a serial killer. Then there are the Wamphyri in exile in the Icelands and what they find there. Then finally, there's Harry in the Vampire world and the final showdown. It all more or less comes together at the end, but switching back and forth was a bit rough.

    The horror, especially around the serial killer plot line, just got too horrific for me. It certainly works as a shock factor I guess.

    The relationship (as it was) between

    and Harry was weird, abrupt, and ugly. Especially in how it ended. And I don't feel like it actually needed to be there for the story to progress as is it did.

    Speaking of which, Harry went dark. Given how too-good he was before, I thought a turn as anti-hero would be nice. It wasn't. It felt completely out of character for Harry. More in line for a vampire, but it's not what I was wanting to read in that character.

    The sex scene with

    was ... weird. It certainly fits the horror scenes of the world, but I feel like I'm going to read a palette cleaner after this.

    On the positive side:

    I still really do like the worldbuilding around vampires in this world. They're actually horrific and alien, but with related aspects from their former human lives. All together, that seems something less common in modern vampire literature, so it's nice to see here. This was even better and weirder this time around, especially with some of the ancient ones come back.

    I think it's time for something lighter.

  • Scott Klusty

    A good series and I think a good ending point. I enjoyed the first three books much more than the last two, however, the imagination of the author to create the worlds and the stories within are brilliant. If you can get past the cold war part of the story you will enjoy the series.

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