In this second book of the Lost Years series of Necroscope (that takes place between books 2 and 3 of the regular series) the story kicks into high gear. An evil vampire/werewolf that has been struck with the plague and hibernating for the last 600 years, senses that the necroscope could be his ticket to freedom in a new body and sends his minions to prepare him for possession. But this isn't Harry Keogh's only problem. He has been brainwashed by his own allies and vampires and can barely function. On top of this, an ancient vampire Drakul plots nuclear war from his haven in Tibet and a group of Ferenczy vampires plot to destroy the vampire that has it's hooks in Harry. Can he somehow manage to survive all of these plots without the use of his powers and full mental capabilities? Perhaps...with the help of his friends in the deadlands that protect him.
This is a great read for fans of the series. You really should read the other books that came before this one, since you'll probably be quickly lost without it. But if you have read them, you won't be disappointed by this story within the story. Lumley still has plenty of drama, esoteric science and magic, and horrible gore dripping from the pages.
The epic battle between humanity and evil vampires and werewolves traced in Lumley's massive Necroscope novels continues in this second volume in the saga's Lost Years mini-saga, which began when Harry Keough, the Necroscope, lost his memory and awoke in the body of another man. Harry hasn't lost his powers to travel through time and space and to speak with the dead, however, so he's as potent an enemy as ever of vampires and werewolves. These creatures are the descendants of extraterrestrial exiles, and their struggle both to eliminate one another and to rule the world is reaching a climax. One of them, Radu Lykan, last of the original invaders and first of all werewolves, is seeking to move his mind from his own plague-ravaged body into Harry's. This premise leads to an absorbing, if convoluted and bloody tale. In the end, the Necroscope prevails with the aid of one of Radu's female accomplices, who has fallen in love with him, and with such odd allies from among the dead as Franz Anton Mesmer, Nostradamus and Harry Houdini. Lumley retains weaknesses for purple prose, maximum gore and discursive historical passages. Few readers who haven't followed the saga through the previous books will appreciate this volume, but those who have will know, and likely will relish, what they get.