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Diana Gabaldon
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1 Jan 2009 Lord John Grey serie (Book 3)

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 the Devils brings these 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 (and chronologically precedes the novel Lord John and the Private Matter). A young diplomat is killed in the street as he begs Lord John for help. 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. Acknowledging that he is unlikely to fall victim to a succubus, Lord John is obliged to contend with the marauding night-hag before the enemy arrives. This tale with a touch of the supernatural bridges the action between Gabaldon's two full-length Lord John tales.

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 (a central action in Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade). 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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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow (1 Jan 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099278251
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099278252
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 2.5 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 91,103 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Diana Gabaldon is the internationally bestselling author of many historical novels including Cross Stitch, Dragonfly in Amber, Voyager, Drums of Autumn, The Fiery Cross and A Breath of Snow Ashes. She lives with her family in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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"Marvellous... it is a large canvas that Gabaldon paints, filled with strong passions and derring-do" (San Francisco Chronicle)

"For suspense, endless twist and turns, and a picture of life at all levels, Gabaldon has done it again" (Irish News)

"A blockbuster hit" (Wall Street Journal)

"A triumph! A powerful tale layered in history and myth, at its core is a love so vivid and fierce..." (Nora Roberts)

"Anyone who's read Diana Gabaldon's absorbing historical novels will relish her latest offering" (Irish Examiner)

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Sweeping historical drama from the Top Ten Sunday Times bestselling author

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining 11 April 2009
By AnetteF
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I first read Diana Gabaldon's book 'Cross Stitch (US: Outlander)' some years ago and did not get on with it, in fact, gave up half way through. Then, a few months ago, I came across the short story 'Lord John and the Succubus' in an anthology of fantasy stories and liked it so much that I gave the Outlander series another go and got totally hooked.

Lord John Grey is one of my favourite characters from that series and so I was thrilled to find that DG has written several books with him as the main character. He is a kind of Sherlock Holmes of the eighteenth century, an eccentric English lord that has a knack for solving strange cases of murder, treason and assorted family secrets. He is also a homosexual, which in an age where this can get you hanged, is an added source of dangerous and potentially life threatening situations.

`The Hand of Devils' contains three novellas. In the first one `Lord John and the Hellfire Club', Grey's equilibrium is disturbed by the appearance of a tall redheaded man who is soon at the centre of a murder inquiry. The second novella called `Lord John and the Succubus' sees him posted as a liaison officer to Prussia, having to deal with everything from army affairs to local superstition and another dead body. In the final story, `Lord John and the Haunted soldier', Lord John finds himself facing a military tribunal at Woolwich who are interested in events that happened during his stay in Prussia. Just what do they know? Grey is more than a little uneasy...

There is the odd reference to the Frasers (from Cross Stitch), but you will be disappointed if you are looking for ground breaking new material about them. However, the connection between the two series of books may well deepen.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bypass the other reviews... 25 May 2008
By Roman Clodia TOP 100 REVIEWER
Ok, they're out of date, but this is a real book published in 2007 and containing 3 short stories/novellas the fill that gaps between the other Lord John novels.

The first (LJ and the Hellfire Club) is the shortest and is kind of over before it really begins; LJ and the Succubus is set after the novel LJ and the private matter and is set amongst the battlefields of Germany where Lord John has to solve the mystery of a demonic succubus preying on English soldiers while fending off a German countess and dealing with his own sexual feelings for his friend, a German count and fellow army officer. The third, LJ and the Haunted Soldier is probably misnamed but is the most full, set after the second novel LJ and the brotherhood of the blade, it sees Lord John accused of causing the cannon to explode this injured him at the end of the last book and uncovering the conspiracy and corruption that really led to that event.

Fans of Jamie and Clair might be disappointed but I think that with Lord John Diana Gabaldon has reclaimed the imagination that seems to have got stifled in what has now become an overly repetitive series. Here she has a fresh character and a new world to explore and the exhileration is back in her writing.

Personally I think Lord John, an overlooked character in the main series, is fascinating, enigmatic and sensual. The eroticism, though suppressed, is there far more in these stories than before. Gabaldon isn't a great mystery writer, but her strength lies in creating characters and worlds that he readers want to live in and that's here in oodles. So for a true escapist read, turn off the phone, get out the chocolate and wine and enjoy!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Three very enjoyable Lord John Mysteries 7 Mar 2009
Three very enjoyable mysteries with Lord John; Diana Gabaldon certainly evokes the imagery and sense of the time in her writings, and I enjoyed the fact that much was left unknown as to the future at the end of these short stories.

Lord John is also a most wonderfully well-rounded and 'real' character; I'd love to count him as one of my friends. Diana Gabaldon certainly knows how to create real and true characters.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Still my favourite author 3 Mar 2013
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I now think Diana Gabaldon could write a shopping list and it would be a riveting read. I was unsure I would enjoy it without Clare and Jamie as the central charactures but I did. Her style of writeing,with humour and great descriptive pieces is just ...spot on. I have all her books on my kindle and can not waite for the next novel.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A NEW " LORD JOHN" NOVEL 11 Mar 2009
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A new Diana Gabaldon book is always good news, somehow it is like greeting family or old friends you haven't seen for a while. You do wish you would meet them more often , but unfortunately the interval between get-togethers is always too long. Lord John is great company, Ms Gabaldon captivates you from page one, and often I am wondering why, it is not as if each page is filled with suspence or mystery, and still you can't wait to turn the page to see what is coming next, such is her writing. Captivating, absorbing and totally wonderful. Have hardly finished and am already looking forward to the next reunion, with Lord John or with Jamie and Claire. I never want their stories to end, so thank you once more Ms Gabaldon for giving us these wonderful caracters.
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58 of 71 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If this book actually _existed_.... 4 Sep 2005
...I'm sure it would be great. Look, you nits (you, at amazon.co.uk), THIS BOOK DOES NOT EXIST. And if it did exist, I certainly wouldn't call it "Prequel" (I ask you).
Some chowderhead in your corporate hierarchy evidently amuses him or herself in an idle hour by cruising my website, picking up vague mentions of books in progress, in planning--or merely mentioned off the top of my head--and then posting them here for pre-order! To say nothing of trying to extort money from your unsuspecting customers by "bundling" this nonexistent title (and it's not the only one, either!) with the new upcoming title, A BREATH OF SNOW AND ASHES, which most assuredly _is_ real (and I hope you--you, the readers--all enjoy it).
I've tried to communicate with you as "I am the Author and Want to Comment", but your system won't allow me to do that, unless I enter the ISBN of the book--which, of course, doesn't exist.
So the best I can do, evidently, is to post this "comment" as enlightenment and warning for the poor readers--many of whom have written to me, saying that they're frantic to find my books, "PREQUEL", "WHITE KNIGHT", "SONS OF LIBERTY," and "KING, FAREWELL."
In the fullness of time, there _will_ be a volume written, which _will_ be a prequel to the Fraser saga, and likely some of the others--but not now. All right?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Absolutely fine thank you.
Published 1 month ago by Marble Madonna
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great Diana Gabaldon novel
Diana Gabaldon, that really says it all!!
It is a Lord John book, and holds your attention from the first page to the last! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Brian & Sue Cooper
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent. Recommend for all Diana Gabaldon readers - and ...
Excellent. Recommend for all Diana Gabaldon readers - and also for new people to her work (although I suggest you read the first three books in her Outlander series first.
Published 2 months ago by Mary Meredith
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Diana Gabaldon is the best
Published 3 months ago by R A Yeo
5.0 out of 5 stars Another good one
I've been a fan of Diana Gabaldon for years and this book lived up to expectations. Can't wait for the next one.
Published 7 months ago by Lenny
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
You can't go wrong with Diana Gabaldon. If your a fan of the outlander series then you will love this as well! Its time to get to know Lord John!
Published 12 months ago by HanT
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!!
I loved these shorter tales where I enjoyed getting to know Lord John a bit better. I have read all the Outlander series and thought I would venture into the Lord John tales. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Patricia M.
3.0 out of 5 stars Again, don't know what you want here.
It was OK but having read all the Claire and Jamie Frazer books, this was no comparison, wishy washy I thought.
Published 13 months ago by jeanette Comfort
5.0 out of 5 stars great
love gabaldons books, i always have at least 1 new book on order, im eagerly awaiting the new outlander book
Published 14 months ago by rosierocket09
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
I love Diana Galbadon novels and find the expansion of the character of Lord John very interesting.
There are references to Jamie Fraser so everything links up with the Jamie... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Jean Jones
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