At the turn of the 20th century, a former spy is called into service to hunt down a vampire killer.
Once a spy for Queen Victoria, James Asher has fought for Britain on every continent, using his quick wits to protect the Empire at all costs. After years of grueling service, he marries and retires to a simple academic’s life at Oxford. But his peace is shattered one night with the arrival of a Spanish vampire named Don Simon. Don Simon can disappear into fog, move faster than the eye can see, and immobilize Asher - and his young bride - with a wave of his hand. Asher is at his mercy, and has no choice but to give his help.
Because someone is killing the vampires of London, and James Asher must find out who - before he becomes a victim himself.
©1988 Barbara Hambly (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
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This book is a perfect read for me. The vampires are old school scary, and our hero's are erudite and believable. (It reminded me of the first time I read "Interview with the Vampire." It's that good!) So I was very thrilled to find this series.
The story takes place around the turn of the century in London, with all the foggy atmospherics you'd expect. Horse drawn carriages still ply the cobbled streets, and rolling fog hides all manner of predators. From the streets and alleys of London to an old cemetery and the catacombs in Paris, the adventure starts with a bang and doesn't stop until the last page. I don't want to give anything away, so just trust me -- if you enjoyed Anne Rice, you'll love Barbara Hambly's John Asher series. It is so well written that I find myself having to shake off the creeps by listening to something else before bedtime, (and I'm a big girl who doesn't scare easily).
Gildart Jackson is perfection. I'd never listened to anything by him before, and I'm now a big fan. So much so that I've started the 2nd book, and can't wait for Audible to add the rest of the series. (Just as Laura Kinsale's books are greatly enhanced by the reading of Nicholas Boulton, I can't imagine John Asher being read by anyone but Gildart Jackson.)
I have to say something about Barbara Hambly. I don't know who this lady is, but she can write beautifully. Her command of language, world building and character creation is some of the best I've ever read. I know Anne Rice has received many accolades, but Barbara Hambly can write rings around Rice, and deserves a much wider audience.
X Files Freak
I read the book years ago and was most taken with Don Isidro, the vampire. I'm not a vampire lover in terms of books. However Don Isidro had some of the human characteristics he had in life such as honesty. He was, however a bit of a snob at times, having been born into Spanish aristicracy 300 or so years prior to the events in this book. I also like Professor James Asher even though he seemed to be a bit old for having been a spy. All in all, this was a good book. It kept my attention throughout.
Excellent match of narrator to book. Hope the entire series will be done in audiobook format.
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