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Title: Blood Brothers
Series: Vampire World, Necroscope
Author: Brian Lumley
Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Harry Keogh is dead. But before dying, he got it on with a Szagny woman who ended up having twins.
This sub-series, Vampire World, of the Necroscope series follow Nathan and Nestor on the Vampire World. One lusts after the power of the fallen vampires, the other trying to figure out what that wall of numbers in his head means.
This book, at 600+ pages, was a monster [hehehehehe]. However, it was mostly setup.
The first 10% was retelling the end of Deadspawn from another viewpoint than Harry’s and finding out that even when mostly dead, Harry is a real horndog. Letting us know that Harry’s line will survive.
The next 20% – 30% was retelling the Shaitan origin story. How the nuclear blast from Deadspawn sent him back and started the whole vicious cycle. It is more about the rise of the Vampire Lords than anything and it doesn’t lead anywhere. Filling in the history gaps.
Then another 10% – 20% [this is all just really rough guesswork, as I didn’t realize how things were going to be at the beginning and hence didn’t keep track really] is about how there is yet another group of Vampire Lords in yet another Mountain area. These vamps fight their primal urges and are basically ascetics. This leads into one of them going back to Starside to take over since the original vampire lords were all wiped out.
Finally, we get to Nathan and Nestor, the twin sons of Harry. We get a little bit of their growing up and then we really join them when the vampires return and attack. Both go their own ways. One to learn about his abilities, the other to become a vampire.
And there is a girl involved.
This was not nearly as depressing or perverted as Deadspawn. There were graphic descriptions, but they were short and not pages long, nor were they as monstrous as in the previous book. Felt like Lumley pulled back and it really improved the book in my opinion. This book passed muster and allowed the Necroscope series another chance at life for me.