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John Lambshead is a senior research scientist in marine biodiversity at the Natural History Museum, London. He also has a Visiting Chair at Southampton University, Oceanography, and was a Regent's Lecturer, University of California. He has authored almost a hundred academic/scientific publications. In their special 2000 millennium edition, London's Evening Standard newspaper nominated him as one of London's top 100 “unknown thinkers”. He has kept sane by writing military history books and designing computer and other games; he designed the world's first icon-driven game, based on Frederick Forsyth's movie, The Fourth Protocol. He is married, lives in Kent in southern England, and has two adult daughters.





Published in Jim Baen's Universe Magazine Issue 2, August 2006

Published by Baen, hardcover The Best Of Jim Baen's Universe, Anthology edited by Eric Flint, July 2007, ISBN-10: 1416521364 & ISBN-13: 978-1416521365




Published by Baen, hardcover, May 2007,  ISBN-10: 1416521216 & ISBN-13: 978-1416521211





Submitted to DAW for an anthology edited by Sarah Hoyt


Submitted to Baen for an anthology edited by Mark Van Name




BB Kristopher
Lucy's Blade

I just finished an Advanced Reader Copy of Lucy's Blade by John Lambshead and I've got to say, I've impressed. From what I've heard, Lucy's Blade came into being because Jim Baen was a big Buffy The Vampire Slayer fan. Because of that, I had somewhat mixed feelings going into it. I'm a Buffy fan myself, but often when you get an author who tries to 'write something like that' what you get is a second rate knockoff that can't stand on its own two feet. Lucy's Blade doesn't have that problem. John Lambshead takes the basic idea, a teenage girl gifted with special powers who fights supernatural baddies and makes it his own. First, the novel is set in Elizabethan England. Elizabeth herself makes a few brief appearances. However, the novel largely focuses on Lucy Denny, the niece of Elizabeth's spymaster Sir Francis Walsingham, and William Hawkins, Captain of a race built galleon and cousin of Sir Francis Drake and Sir John Hawkins. The story starts out following two separate threads that come together in the middle and then move forward to the end of the book. Along the way, there is everything from a shopping trip to a battle with Aztec gods to a plot to assassinate the queen, with the odd bit of Shakespeare thrown in. The book is not perfect. The pacing in the early chapters is a bit slow as the story is set up, and I've never been a huge fan of large passages of song lyrics in the narrative of a novel, but once the story reaches London, the pacing picks up and the story becomes so thoroughly engrossing that even the song lyrics seem to fade into the background as the characters take center stage, and Lambshead's work really begins to shine. Despite the fact that the story is largely built using what are, essentially stock characters, he gives you a look into the thoughts of the major characters and in doing so, he conveys their frustration, confusion, anger, passion, resentment and love with surprising clarity. He also does an excellent job making you believe the characters are actually from Elizabethan England. In short, Lucy's Blade is definitely worth a read if you like fantasy, paranormal adventure stories or historical adventure and/or historical romance. There is even a good bit in there for the science fiction fan. The book's strongest point is characterization, and I'll definitely be picking up any sequels.

David Drake
Lucy's Blade

Demons, Elizabethan sea dogs, and a brilliantly realized heroine - who's host to an entitity from the far reaches of time. Marvelous!

by Marshall Payne

"As Black as Hell" by John Lambshead is a modern-day fantasy told with a military slant. British Major Jameson is magically bound to age-old vampire Karla so she can be used as a weapon to hunt her own kind. He discovers she is the Dark Lady whom Shakespeare wrote about in his sonnets. The first half of the story concerns her capture and indoctrination to the human side, while the second is a thriller. I enjoyed "As Black as Hell," finding Karla a fascinating villainess cum heroine, fearsome yet sympathetic, and quite sexy in her leather outfit and elongated canines. For me, vampire tales have always been erotica in horror-drag. However, the beginning does get off to a clumsy start. It starts from the POV of a commando, Gaston, who turns out to be a minor character. And when Jameson is finally introduced, hes initially a faceless character attached to a name. Eventually, he resolves into quite the clever Englishman, but this would have worked better if his unique personality had been established from the outset. Once the action gets underway, the story moves along nicely.

Steve White
Lucy's Blade

"LUCY'S BLADE is a page-turner whose science-fantasy elements have a solid foundation in period research. Mr. Lambshead knows Elizabethan London better than most of us know our hometowns."