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Lord John and the Hand of the Devils | [Diana Gabaldon]

Lord John and the Hand of the Devils

In these tales, Lord John vows to avenge a murder, investigates a terrifying "night-hag" on the battlefields of Europe, and discovers treason in His Majesty's ranks.
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Publisher's Summary

Diana Gabaldon, the number-one New York Times best-selling author of the Outlander saga and a Quill Award winner, delivers a treat for her many fans - a collection of three novellas starring the ever-popular Lord John Grey.

In these tales, Lord John vows to avenge a murder, investigates a terrifying "night-hag" on the battlefields of Europe, and discovers treason in His Majesty's ranks.

©2008 Diana Gabaldon; (P)2008 Recorded Books

What the Critics Say

"Gabaldon brings an effusive joy to her fiction." (Publishers Weekly)
"Gabaldon's strengths are on full display....Deftly written, pleasantly concise stories about the ghosts of desire, each with its own discrete merits." (Kirkus Reviews)

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    Teahouse Fox MD, United States 10-12-10
    Teahouse Fox MD, United States 10-12-10 Member Since 2006

    ...and this is my favorite store on the Internet!

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    "Lord John Grey comes to life"

    John Grey, a seemingly minor character encountered by the main protagonists of Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series, becomes a central character on his own in a series of short stories and books. He is a soldier, a gentleman, a noble man (in the original sense of the word), a sodomite, and an altogether human hero - often dragged into the heart of 18th century intrigues during the time surrounding the 7 Years War (French and Indian War to the Americans) in the years between the Scottish Jacobite Rising of 1745 and the American Revolution in 1776.

    Readers of this series might give the Outlander series a miss, but you will lose out on serveral interactions between John and the Frasers that give a richer view of the character. The Outlander novels are a whopping 40 hours each on average, where LJ reads range between 1 and 14 hours.

    You should definitely not read the Lord John series out of sequence to itself, which is easy to do accidentally since chronologically it alternates between shortstories and full length novels. Hand of the Devils contains three of the four current short stories, and while they are in order in this collection, make references to events in Private Matter and Brotherhood which leave the reader wanting to know what the heck happened though it does not have an immediate impact on the story.

    As of October 2010, the order to read Lord John in is:
    Hellfire (Hand of Devils); Private Matter (novel); Succubus (Hand of Devils); Brotherhood of the Blade(novel); Haunted Soldier (Hand of Devils); Custom of the Army (Warriors, Anthology); Scottish Prisoner (novel not yet released).

    39 of 39 people found this review helpful
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    Dina Troy, NY, United States 05-11-09
    Dina Troy, NY, United States 05-11-09 Member Since 2008
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    "A small plate of savories"

    Highly recommended as an appetizing complement to the Outlander series. These three stories fill in a wealth of details about Lord John Greys's life and character. I don't know how interesting I would find them as stand alone works, but they provide backstory for one of my favorite personalities in the Outlander series. Plus they contain lots of clues and context for the longer Lord John books.

    As usual with Diana Gabaldon there is a wealth of historic detail and some sly humor, with the added twist of the mysteries to be solved. The style of the writing is quite different from that in the Outlander main series - like fine claret as opposed to scotch whiskey, perhaps? Both appeal to me.

    That being said, the final story 'Hand of Devils' does feel like it could easily be twice as long and better for it; I wanted to know more about some of the characters who remained undeveloped. Still it does tie up some of the loose ends from Brotherhood of the Blade (and will make a lot more sense if you have read that book).

    I find Jeff Woodman's nuanced reading delightful, he brings the varied cast of characters to life - particularly Grey and his loyal, long suffering valet Tom Byrd. I've listened to these more than once in the past year, and enjoyed picking up on things I missed the first time.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Mary las Vegas, NV, USA 06-30-08
    Mary las Vegas, NV, USA 06-30-08 Member Since 2007
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    "heads up"

    You should read all the other Lord John stories before this one or the frequent references will just confuse. Also note that the the first two stories ( Hellfire and the Succubus) are available also on audible so if you are a big Gabaldon fan you will only be getting this book for the third story.

    31 of 33 people found this review helpful
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    Amy Houston, TX 77036 05-26-09
    Amy Houston, TX 77036 05-26-09 Member Since 2008
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    "An interesting read"

    Another good story from Diana Gabaldon. I always enjoy her stories and especially the Lord John character.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Oakley, KS, USA 12-17-08
    Jennifer Oakley, KS, USA 12-17-08
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    "Lord John Gray and the hand of the Devils"

    I have to put this read away. Maybe I'll continue it at a later date. Wow, my own fault for not listening to others' reviews. I couldn't believe that two book series could feel so different. I love the Outlander series and wanted to read more into the characters...even a spin off. However, I feel like I went from a big screen movie (Outlander) to a 'B' rated movie (Lord John). I don't know if it is the writing or the narrator's voice, but the feel and quality of the story is way off. And the mention of Jamie Frazer seems forced. John doesn't seem to have the same force of character, which seems strange coming from the same author. So, maybe it all has to do with the narrator. Sorry, save your credits.

    11 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    H. Martin Chicago 07-05-14
    H. Martin Chicago 07-05-14

    I'd rather be reading...

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    "Needs editing"
    Would you try another book from Diana Gabaldon and/or Jeff Woodman?

    Not The Lord John series.


    What could Diana Gabaldon have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The stories seem silly, not meaningful in the life of the main character.


    Did Jeff Woodman do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    All the British officers sounded the same except Quarry. Couldn't figure out when it was Lord John speaking or someone else.


    Do you think Lord John and the Hand of the Devils needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Definitely not.


    Any additional comments?

    The audio needs editing. Multiple times the narrator repeated the same lines. Very distracting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle GILLETTE, WY, United States 04-01-13
    Michelle GILLETTE, WY, United States 04-01-13 Member Since 2012

    Now that I am retired, I can indulge my lifelong love of books even more!

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    "Reliable Gabaldon, Good Narration"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend it because it is a reliably interesting Diana Gabaldon book, which means that the story pulls you in, the historical setting is so well-drawn you feel you are there, and the reader gains insight into what was happening to one of the lesser characters (Lord John) in the Outlander series between his appearances in the "Big Books."


    Which character – as performed by Jeff Woodman – was your favorite?

    Lord John is voiced so very well by Jeff Woodman that his voice is the one I will hear in my head when I read other Lord John episodes in the Outlander series as well as the Lord John novels and novellas.


    If you could take any character from Lord John and the Hand of the Devils out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Of course it would have to be Lord John. These are his stories, and he has led a very interesting and adventurous life.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like Diana Gabaldon's books, you will like the Lord John stories. Just don't expect this book to be about the Fraser's. It is not.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Susan DeWitt, MI, United States 12-12-12
    Susan DeWitt, MI, United States 12-12-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Liked this a lot!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    While I had read that some people did not care for the narrator on these books, I like him a lot! I like learning more about Lord John's earlier years, and find him to be a very well rounded and real character. Enjoyed the book very much!


    What does Jeff Woodman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Love the various voices he uses in developing the personality of the characters - it isn't the same as when I read them.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Darlene M. Formanek monroe, ME, United States 08-22-12
    Darlene M. Formanek monroe, ME, United States 08-22-12 Member Since 2012

    I am really not in to romance.. I like historic writing the are fiction but follow closely to historic time lines.

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    "A good resting peace"
    Would you try another book from Diana Gabaldon and/or Jeff Woodman?

    I like her mysteries better than her novels


    Any additional comments?

    After 1,000+ pages of novels I like a small mystery to break up the pace. DG are good for this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara DENVER, NC, United States 08-06-12
    Barbara DENVER, NC, United States 08-06-12 Listener Since 2004

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "Gabaldon never disappoints"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would definitely recommend it. I love the entire Outlander and Lord John series, and can't wait to read more. The way Gabaldon weaves the story, it is very easy to imagine being there.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I very much enjoy the writing style and how this humanizes Lord John.


    What about Jeff Woodman’s performance did you like?

    I like his performance because I didn't have to even think of the narrator, only being caught up in the story. I've listened to some audiobooks, where the breathing, and yes - even snorting & swallowing sounds were very evident....so much so that I was so distracted I couldn't finish the story. He did a very nice job.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Nothing extreme


    Any additional comments?

    More stories by Gabaldon please.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    "Disappointing"

    I must admit it was my own fault that I found this listen most disappointing. I must be Diana's number one fan, but I did not pick up on the point that this was a collection of short stories.

    As I have said my own fault.

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