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Lord John and the Hand of Devils [Paperback]

Diana Gabaldon
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Nov. 25 2008 0385660995 978-0385660990
A keepsake collection of Lord John Grey’s shorter adventures and a spectacular addition to any Gabaldon fan’s library, Lord John and the Hand of Devils brings three unique novellas together for the first time.

Lord John and the Hellfire Club marks the first appearance of Lord John outside the Outlander novels. A young diplomat who had begged for Lord John’s help is killed before he can explain his need. Witnessing the murder, Grey vows to avenge the young man, as the trail leads to the notorious Hellfire Club and the dark caves beneath Medmenham Abbey.

In Lord John and the Succubus, Grey’s assignment as liaison to a Hanoverian regiment in Germany finds him caught between two threats: the advancing French and Austrian army, and the menace of a mysterious “night-hag,”
who spreads fear and death among the troops.

Finally, in Lord John and the Haunted Soldier, Lord John is called to the Arsenal at Woolwich to answer a Royal Commission of Enquiry’s questions regarding a cannon that exploded during the battle of Krefeld. Accusations ensue, and Lord John finds himself knee-deep in a morass of gunpowder, treason, and plot–haunted by a dead lieutenant, and followed by a man with no face.


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The indefatigable Gabaldon, who has made the British 18th century her own, offers a trio of novellas about Lord John Grey, whose minor role in the Outlander novels (concerning Jacobite Jamie Fraser and including A Breath of Snow and Ashes) has become a major fictional spinoff (Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade, etc.). The three mystery-adventure novellas of this volume span 1756 to 1758, in settings packed with dark secrets—and therefore dangers—for the soldier-hero with secrets of his own. The first novella finds Lord John swearing vengeance in London for a murdered government official, leading him to a deconsecrated abbey where members of the political elite indulge their basest desires. The second pits Lord John against a succubus that plagues his Prussian encampment, and combines humor with military strategy and supernatural myth. The third, most complex narrative finds Lord John investigating the cause of a cannon explosion in the English countryside that results in a fellow officer's death. Gabaldon brings an effusive joy to her fiction that proves infectious even for readers unfamiliar with her work or the period. A foreword and introductory notes add background on the book's evolution. (Nov.)
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“The freshest and most thorough portrait of Gabaldon’s multifaceted leading man. . . . Deftly written, pleasantly concise.” — Kirkus Reviews


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5.0 out of 5 stars Lord john and the hand of devils Dec 20 2013
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Love the book. The book arrived in perfect condition as suggested and would definitly recommend to everybody. A happy customer
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1.0 out of 5 stars NOT what it seems... Aug. 15 2010
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Considering the cost of this book and the successful author, I was very surprised that the first story "Hellfire", at 10,000 words (not a novella) had already been published in 2003 as an adjunct to the book 'A private matter', with Lord John as the protagonist.

I did buy "A Private Matter" in 2003 and as I read 'Hellfire', I knew this was familiar territory. I reread all the fine print in front pages and the back cover, and yes Gabaldon admits this story (NOVELLA?) was already published. I'm deeply disapointed with this author's tactics. She combined together 2 stories written for various antholoby projects, plus one new one and then sells it as a short novel, this at first glance.

If you remove all the blank pages, half pages and the wider margins, plus the space and a half between each word, and the space and a half between each line, you realise this book would have been about 200 pages over all, in a proper paperback format. Gabaldon and publisher decided they had to inflate the size and value to make this worth their while.

I am mad.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Feb. 22 2008
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I've read all her books and Lord John's saga never did a lot for me but this one is very, very good. The best one is the third novella "Lord John and the haunted soldier". Lord John becomes alive in this novella and we are beside him during his world weariness and depression after being hurt during a battle.
I loved this novella and I think you should read it if you are into characters that are tridimensional and credible.

Susana
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