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Brian Lumley: Necroscope (Necroscope Trilogy, Volume 1)

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Author: Brian Lumley
Title: Necroscope (Necroscope Trilogy, Volume 1)
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Tor Books
Rated: * * * * *

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Brian Lumley begins the Necroscope trilogy with introducing us to the two main units called E-Branches of the Russian and British militaries. The E’ in E-Branch stands for ESP as these organizations are studying various forms of Extra Sensory Powers to be used by the military as spy’ methods. The Necroscope is Harry Koegh, a typical guy with one main exception, he can commune with the dead and even learn skills from them. The story line follows a few different characters and begins with a narration being told by an entity which seems to be ghostlike to a man who is beginning to take charge of the British E-Branch. In the Russian E-Branch they have a man who can learn the secrets of the dead by ripping’ it from their corpse by force. This man is a necromancer by all accounts named Dragosani. Dragosani also has associations with a vampiric character whom he encountered in his youth. This vampire is very old but also very unique by all accounts of vampires. It seems to be parasitic in nature and is a creature which is more alien than anything. This introduction to the series gets the reader involved in the various plots of the ESP organizations and studies as well as the sub-plots of the characters involved. It is an original combination of conspiracies, vampires, and the supernatural. An interesting thing to me personally was the use of the Möbius Strip in the storyline. The Möbius Strip is a remarkable yet simple structure of a flat loop folded upon itself to create and endless path. This unique geometric shape is named after August Ferdinand Möbius, a nineteenth century German mathematician and astronomer, who was a pioneer in the field of topology. There are many amazing applications for this geometric shape in modern science and the author uses it to explain how to fold space and time. Such unique thinking is typical of Lumley. The author has some really great ideas that leave the reader to intensely curious that further reading is a must.

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