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Psychomech [Kindle Edition]

Brian Lumley
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Richard Garrison, a corporal in the British Military Police, loses his sight while trying to save the wife and child of millionaire industrialist Thomas Schroeder from a terrorist bomb. While Garrison is recovering from his injuries, Schroeder makes him an offer the young man cannot refuse- refuge at Schroefer's luxurious mountain retreat and rehabilitation from the best doctors who can treat Garrison's blindness, and, if not cure him, at least teach him a new way of life.
But Thomas Schroeder has a secret. His is dying and determined not to lose his life. The doctors tell him his body cannot be saved. But what about his mind? Garrison's healthy young body would make an excellent replacement for Schroeder's failing corpus, if the machines to perform the operation can be perfected in time.
Garrison has secrets of his own. Since the bombing that caused the loss of his sight, Garrison has become aware of new abilities slowly developing in his mind: mental powers he is beginning to master, strengths Schroeder cannot expect.
Richard Garrison and Thomas Schroeder, two strong-willed men locked in battle for the greatest prize - life itself.


Thomas Schroeder is a fabulously rich industrialist. He has money and power but now he wants a new body for his immortal mind. Richard Garrison is a young soldier waking from a strange dream. When he meets Thomas, his life changes into a fantasy of wealth, sex and power.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 478 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Gateway (18 Feb 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B86ZN16
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #60,159 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars psycohomech 6 Dec 2007
As a great fan of brian i was a little surprised with this book,,, i didnt think that it had much going for it. There was no shocks no gripping tension. I only finished the book because i was ill in bed and didnt have anything else to read..You know what the ending will be like half way through so it sorts of spoils it and you think why bother,
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By Darren
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Okay, I'm going to say some things in this review that some people might feel are unkind - so I want to preface that by making it clear that I am a great admirer of Brian Lumley. He writes some really good stuff, particularly the Necroscope series. However, like all authors, he ain't perfect, and some of his imperfections show up rather vividly in Psychomech.

Lumley's strengths lie in his intriguing concepts, memorable characters, and deceptively intricate plots with logical chains of causality. His main weakness is dialogue, and to be fair, the dialogue in this novel stinks. Not only is it wooden, over-expositiony, and melodramatic, but it just doesn't build character well. I also got tired of breathy female characters crying 'Oh, Richard!' or 'Oh, Gareth!' We also have to put up with male characters slamming their fists into their palms. And when, in one such fist-palming episode, a character cries, 'God damn!' I almost fell about laughing. Adam West and Burt Ward sprang to mind.

Enough unkindness, however honest it might be.

Psychomech is not the worst novel you will ever read. For me, it reads a little bit like a dress-rehearsal for Necroscope: The major themes are all there; ESP, teleportation, high-technology versus the paranormal, metempsychosis, father-son relationships, fear of death, life after death, etc. Furthermore, some of the lesser motifs appear; the swamp, the alien landscape with strange rock formations, there are even mentions of vampires! I can imagine that these themes were eating away at the author when writing this novel, but they finally came to a head with the brilliant Necroscope.

The characters in Psychomech are all memorable, although none of them are in any way nice (possible exception of Vicky).
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5.0 out of 5 stars psychomech, brian lumley 19 April 2013
By liz
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brian lumley is an excellent story teller. i have all the vampire books, some of which i have had for over thirty years and have read again for the second time. i also have the psycho trilogy books and will read them too in the future again
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7 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Early novel by Necroscope's Brian Lumley 10 Mar 2001
By A Customer
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Enter the world of the Psychosphere, where men aren't just men, dogs aren't just dogs, and women are much older than they appear.
Does God have an equal? Ask Army Corporal Richard Garrison, the man who entered the Psychosphere and extended far beyond the limits of mortality...
An unmissable book from the genius who gave our world the Necroscope.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Espionage and ESP By The Master Himself. 3 Mar 2000
By CaptHowdy - Published on
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Hmm, espionage, esp, I wonder what Brian Lumley likes to write about?
This 'Psychomech' trilogy I stumbled upon because well, I couldn't find anything else written by Brian Lumley around.
Brian's work may seem pretty easy to find at the present time. But I had to try special ordering everything of his here in Winnipeg. This series was one of the few that were available aside from his Necroscope work. I needed something to tie me over until the next Vampire story by Lumley!
The story is about a character named Richard Garrison. Another likable lead character. He is in the military and is blinded saving the wife and child of some civilian. Turns out this civilian is pretty well off and seems to be grateful. He hires Garrison to assist him in his research. Research dealing with ESP, the paranormal, and even immortality.
Garrison eventually meets up with a machine called the Psychomech. It amplifieds his amazing powers that he develops. There is also an evil presence on Earth researching this same power. Each become aware of each other and each knows that they must stop each other. This leads up to a pretty good finale.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Quick, entertaining read, but little more; For Lumley fans 26 July 2000
By K Cole - Published on
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I have read 18 of Brian Lumley's books, and the Psychomech series does not rank high on the list. It is a quick entertaining read, but it lacks freshness. It seemed very conventional to me, as far as horror/sci-fi goes. Don't get me wrong, there was enough there to keep my attention, but in some places it dragged on and in others it was rushed. None of the characters really had too much in the way of redeeming qualities that made me like them. The thought processes of the main character, Richard Garrison, were sometimes hard to follow and the ending left a lot to be desired. Furthermore, the novel lacked any real antagonist. Admitedly, there were a lot of minor ne'r-do-wells, but the lack of any real antagonist seemed to help establish a deficit of focus. Furthermore, the book contained a lot of dream sequences, some of which were very nicely done and others which were a bit cheesy. Lumley has a decent writing style, which helped ease the reader through the book, but it seemed derivative of his earlier Necroscope books in some places. Overall, I would say this would be a good read for a Lumley fan, but if you're unfamiliar with his work, I would suggest reading Necroscope instead.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lumley finds his voice! 7 Nov 2001
By A Customer - Published on
Readers of the wild and wooly NECROSCOPE series will be happy to see this important work of Brian Lumley back in print.
After writing a number of moderately successful works under the heady influence of H.P. Lovecraft, Brian Lumley established a unique form of horror-thriller in PSYCHOMECH (1984). (This is first volume of the PSYCHOMECH TRILIOGY, with PSYCHOSPHERE (just re-printed) and the totally insane PSYCHAMOK! comprising volumes two and three respectively).
PSYCHOMECH is a stunning display of Lumley's bizarre and wonderful imagination.
A must read for anyone interested in the horror genre.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars NOT HORROR, and VERY GOOD! 1 Jan 2002
By Barry Dejasu - Published on
Okay, first off I'll just say that this novel was not a horror novel; in fact, there are only a few parts that truly get scary. And it's pretty far from sci-fi, as well...only a few scenes really get involved with sci-fi. I'm honestly not sure what kind of a book it is. It was...good.
I loved the characterization; main characters Richard Garrison and Thomas Shroeder, as well as the ever-important Willy Koenig and others, really intrigued me.
The book dragged sometimes, but it's worth it--it's an epic adventure. Yeah, that's the best description of it.
It's really hard to tell what the book is about without giving anything away; it. Just don't expect to be scared of the dark or having a new sci-fi fetish world when you're done.
Happy New Year,
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lumley thriller good fast read 28 Oct 2012
By lvxnox - Published on
Brian Lumley is, of course, best known for his hovels and stories in the Cthulhu Mythos tradition. However, his work encompasses other themes quite often; Khai of Ancient Khem (Berkley, 1981) explored the world of the ancient Near East in what was essentially a straight adventure story. Lumley has also shown himself adept at producing a convincing blend of science-fiction and Horror, as in his memorable short story "In the Glow-Zone", to name only one.

Psychomech is another tale which mixes horror with a plot more firmly rooted in science- fiction; and also, here, in the thriller or novel of intrigue. Psychomech has a fast-paced style, and its brisk, terse narrative which, although extending over 351 pages, never fails to hold the reader's attention.
There is a decidedly un-Lovecraftian concern in the novel's plot with-astrology, ESP, reincarnation and the untapped powers of the human mind. Psychomech is a machine which allows its user to face and conquer his worst nightmares by meeting them on a different plane of existence. But it also has hidden capabilities which are to have a shocking effect on the main protagonist, Richard Garrison.

Garrison is a young soldier, accidentally blinded in an explosion, which meets wealthy industrialist Thomas Schroeder and his formidable partner, the ex-SS officer Koenig. The story revolves around the intricately intertwined destinies of these characters. and of several others -Hans Maas. the Nazi war criminal who invented psychomech; Wyatt, the treacherous womanizing opportunist who attempts to seize control of the Machine; Vicki, Garrison's blind lover; and Terri, whose life is also changed when she becomes part of Garrison's world. There is the clairvoyant and astrologer Adam Schenk. who maps out a cryptic set of predictions concerning the fate of Garrison and his companions. It is the development of this pattern of predictions which keeps the action going. for the predictions also correspond to some strange dreams that Garrison experiences exactly how the pieces of the puzzle fit together is not revealed until the very end. The main action is set against a panorama of events involving I.R.A. guerillas. one of whom has a special vendetta against KoeT? and the Jewish-led manhunt for ex-Nazi Maas. The main settings are

Wyatt's Sussex house, which contains the psychomech installation, and Schroeder's retreat in Germany, a complex of buildings. including a laboratory for testing paranormal skills. and a library filled with books on the occult. But the action also takes the c reader as far afield as Cyprus, Italy, the Swiss Alps, and even - briefly -Australia.

Also integral to the plot is a large black dog, especially trained to be fiercely and utterly loyal to Garrison. And while there is physical violence in the book, the most horrifying event, are those which occur in the weird dream state which psychomech induces; an early experimental patient (or victim) of the Machim, fails to survive the experience. Garrison's experience with " psychomech proves almost as traumatic, but ends up having a far different effect... While the story is complete in itself, the ending is open for further developments in the other two novels which complete the trilogy.

While the explanations of the paranormal phenomena in the book are not altogether convincing, Psychomech~ is a good read with enough elements of love, desperate conflict and mystery to appeal to a wide audience. For those who like their horror to be eldritch, ancient and thoroughly evil, this book may be unsatisfying. But the book is not pretending to be a traditional horror story -rather, it's an exciting and fantastic adventure with moments of grue thrown in for good measure. Recommended for those who enjoy both the unknown horrors external to human nature, and those which lie within ...
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