I just could not get into this story. Like so many other mysteries, the main character seemed based on Sherlock. I did like the "butterfly effect" aspect of this book. The character's were not well developed but the story line was ok.
Strange. Exciting. Historical. The history in this book is mostly excellent excepting for the obvious straying of course. It was a wonderful blend with strange and unusual steampunk elements that also includes some biological advancements that aren't just window dressing for an adventure story but are an integral part of the plot.
The Spring-Heeled Jack figure becomes the most interesting character in the story by the end of it
No, but he was one of my favorite parts of listening to this book.
Who the heck let us make this?
My primary concern with the book is the story attempts to explain it's universe in a way that's supposed to be sensible but it really just doesn't make sense and so the whole attempt to tie it all together just fails miserably. It's a situation where I've already suspended my belief but the magician just keeps insisting that his sawing this woman in half is only a trick and ruins the performance. But, I will continue with the series anyways since this little debacle is now presumably out of the way and was able to enjoy the rest of the book just fine. It is still one of my favorites and perhaps my favorite example of good steampunk fiction.
This just a rebuttal to Robert in San Francisco's comments that it seemed a bit outlandish in regards to how "tough" the characters were. I would advise him to do a bit of research and learn that in alternate history books such as this most of the characters are real, and it is in fact well documentated exactly how tough these gentleman were, and Lt Speke was in fact wounded by a spear in both thighs by a Somali tribesman, and did in fact escape from him.
The story line is absolutely amazing, especially if you Google the events and characters and realize they are all real and all happened. What is brilliant is the the twist on what happened. This is probably the most creative take on the effects of time travel that I have ever encountered, and only gets better in the next novels in the series. Again, take the time to Google characters and events for a full appreciation.
Gerard's performance is fantastic. His ability to do different types, especially as the series goes on, is amazing.
They couldn't do a movie of this. If they did, it would be too dumbed down.
Just brilliant, really!
This was my first experience with "steam punk", while I found the story entertaining and certainly well read I'm still not sure if I would delve further into the series.
I bought this for a carpool of teenagers and also as a way for me to dip into steampunk. From the beginning, it was so ludicrously awful that we would replay the beginning to show others. From the larger-than-life hero, to the fawning women who yearned for the adventurer who could never be truly domesticated, few stereotypes were spared. Before starting the story the carpool would make guesses as to what hopeless situations our hero would suavely handle next and what feats of derring-do he would effortlessly toss off -- only to find the actual story line to be more trite than we dared guess.
The narrator did his best. I think it is a mark of his professionalism that he didn't giggle once. The author, however, has a lot to answer for. I'm amazed it's a series; I will never pick up another book by Hodder. Had I realized at the time that Audible accepted returns, I'd have sent it back.
Steampunk Sherlock Holmes
The ending nicely wrapped up the story while leaving room for a possible sequel or even an ongoing series.
There were several, but the introduction of Charles Darwin was my favorite.
Definately not Elementary.
This book was fast paced with numerous twists and unexpected reversals. The setting is imaginative and well thought out. The characters have depth, something that I find lacking in many mystery novels. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a good mystery, is interested in the "steampunk" genre or someone who is interested in the real character of Sping Heeled Jack from Victorian England.
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It was a strange way the book was laid out, but as it progresses through the sequence of the events and writing. It made sense and loved the approach of the author. The narrator certainly brought life to this book and incredible ways he approached each character and their voice personalities.
Actually Swineburne was an exquisite as the "I want to prove how useful I can be" for Sir Richard Burton
The way he brought each character to life with their personality and never missed a switchup in voice reconizing each of them.
When Spring-heeled jack knew that his one decision to correct what he thought was correcting his family out come really started with him - or did it? Have to listen to see if you agree
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The author writes in a steampunk genre. His machines and coal fueled inventions create an interesting and amusing story. The dialog, sets and character development were very good.
The story involves time travel. Edward's mental state as he jumps back and forth through time to try and repair the damage he has done was engaging and believable.
Nice choice of voice for the genre. Very believable.