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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 10-12-10 Listener 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).

    48 of 48 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 2014
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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.

    12 of 12 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.

    32 of 34 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.

    12 of 17 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 2013
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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 4 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Florida 04-24-15
    Amazon Customer Florida 04-24-15 Member Since 2012

    SV Wings of the Dawn

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    "Editorial Errors"

    There are several places throughout the story where the reader has had to repeat a phrase, a Clause, or even as much as a complete paragraph or page. It seems to me that the publisher should enlist the services of a good editor. Here I mean a human being with keen eyes and experience. Apparently neither the programer, who wrote the code for the grammar, syntax and other elements for the proper presentation of a quality work of literature, nor the editor (Was there actually a human editor?) had bothered to examine this piece to ensure the quality of the presentation. The author should sit down with the publisher and demand a re-recording after a scouring of this piece to correct all aforementioned errors.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Laura Paonia, CO, United States 03-12-15
    Laura Paonia, CO, United States 03-12-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Splendid"

    Wonderfully delightful
    Reader makes characters come alive
    Diana Gabaldon's imagination and delivery of complex dialogue help me feel as though I have time travelled myself.

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    Narayani 02-28-15
    Narayani 02-28-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Novela"

    The three combined novela threw me into utter confusion sion. Especially since I bout "hell fire" separately. Once I realized my mistake, I got back on tract. I think it would be clearer if the three in one would be mentioned at the beginning before purchasing.mstill I enjoyed the stories.

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    Suzanne Hartman 02-08-15

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    "Lord John, the character"

    Ice enjoyed getting to know Lord John. He's an interesting fellow. Meet Lord John sometime, a very colorful character. Enjoy!

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    H. Martin 07-05-14
    H. Martin 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.

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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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