Evildoers beware! Retribution is at hand, thanks to Britain's best-kept secret agents!
Certainly no strangers to peculiar occurrences, agents Wellington Books and Eliza Braun are nonetheless stunned to observe a fellow passenger aboard Britain's latest hypersteam train suddenly vanish in a dazzling bolt of lightning. They soon discover this is not the only such disappearance ... with each case going inexplicably unexamined by the Crown.
The fate of England is once again in the hands of an ingenious archivist paired with a beautiful, fearless lady of adventure. And though their foe be fiendishly clever, so then is Mr. Books ... and Miss Braun still has a number of useful and unusual devices hidden beneath her petticoats.
©2012 Pip Ballantine & Tee Morris (P)2012 HarperCollinsPublishers
I am fascinated with this series, as I am with many other Steampunk series. But the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences ranks in my favor up near Gail Carriger's Parasol Protectorate (which I absolutely adore). Just as in the first book of the series, Phoenix Rising, the plot's central mystery easily moves the novel along while Ballantine introduces intriguing characters, and delves deeper into the professional and personal relationship between partners Eliza Braun and Wellington Books. I highly recommend.
Audiobooks are great tool in dealing with my ADHD. They limit distractions while listening and I don't have to sit still. PS. I can't spell
This series just keeps getting better and I can't wait for the next one. Book 2 provides a little bit more of our heroes' back story but I still want to learn more. It's a fast pace rollicking adventure loaded with the action, by play, and humour that made Book 1 such a success.
Books and Braun are growing into a memorable partnership with their vibrant interaction. Each wonderfully drawn character providing the prefect foil to the other and don't forget our favourite Italian asassian. Then, there is that secret room down in the archives.
It's always the quiet ones
An excellent second book in the series! More banter, more action and more romance. Expertly narrated. Can't wait for book 3!
Having read and enjoyed the first book of this series, I was eager to read Book 2. Although it was still good, the "interludes" were a bit confusing. There are many characters in the story and, at times, it was difficult to keep track of them all. James Langton does an excellent job of narrating this story. I enjoyed learning a bit more about the Ministry 7. Overall, this was a fun read.
I love the language with the proper sentences and words that are English and very discriptive, Both main characters feed the story and the Ministry 7 add to the flavor
Hard to say this is unique and very interesting
Near the end when the jig is up and they get the answers they were looking for
The fight to delay Diamond Lil and Sabrena got injured with Wellington at a lose for action
Enjoyed the book and look forward to their American adventures Hopefully audio will have them soon
I grew up on Golden Age Radio, and while I love to read, I typically consume more books via audio thanks to a job that lets me listen while I work. As an aspiring writer, I try to read a great deal of non-fiction in addition to a variety of fictional genres. I especially love history, historical fiction, science fiction, fantasy, and old-style gothic horror.
When I picked up the first book in this series, I got exactly what I'd hoped for: a lot of fun. Typically I expect sequels to not quite live up to the standards set by the first in a set, but in this case, I am pleasantly surprised. Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris have expanded upon the characters of our heroes, their world, and the underlying menace they face. Just when you think you know everything about any of it, the game changes. Even with the clues in front of me, I felt like I'd missed the obvious when the big Scooby reveal was made in the course of the whodunit. My only complaint? That I have to wait for book 3 to appear. This series has gone from being a whimsical listen to one of my favorites, and the setup leading into the next book has me chomping at bit. It's not a cliffhanger, but it's definitely the kind of game changer that promises to deliver.
The "A Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences" series is turning out to be a ton of fun. I wasn't familiar with steam punk beyond the name before I chose the first of these novels, and was a bit hesitant. I took a chance and am glad I did. What a hoot! Lots of mechanical marvels, a daring heroine, a dashing hero, and a heart racing mystery. If you're looking for a serious novel with serious "meaning of life" issues, you're in the wrong place. If you're looking for light diversion with extraodinary creativity, this is it.
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In the Janus Affair, we once again join the duo of Eliza Braun and Wellington Books, officers at the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences in Britain. It was a fantastic ride filled with murder, missing people and revelations. They are traveling home aboard Britain’s latest hypersteam train when the hair rises on her back of their necks. A woman of Eliza’s acquaintance vanishes before their eyes in a bright bolt of lightning. Eliza and Wellington are stunned, but back in the archives they find this strange occurrence is happening all over.
I love this duo, from their banter to wit. Their personalities blend wonderfully. She loses her restraint, he keeps her in check. When they discover someone at the ministry is burying these missing cases in the archives that they must solve the case. From Woman fighting for Suffrage to an old flame of Eliza’s showing up the tale is suspenseful, with the most creative characters. While we have privy to the growing feelings developing between our heroes…they are suddenly beginning to release it themselves. It was delicious being in their minds as they worked it out.
Ballentine and Morris have a creative imaginations and it’s all in the details. I love the inventions, the diabolic plot and the language. James Langton is once again the narrator, and I enjoy his rendition. He brilliantly brings out Wellingtons stuffiness and Eliza’s snark. Through tone and inflection, he helps create the mood, ratchet up the tension and his narration for the villains, ex-lover and superiors at the ministry was spot on.
The Janus Affair was another excellent addition in the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences series. Fans of steampunk, banter and mystery will delight in the adventures of Wellington and Eliza.
Great Character Interaction
The moment when Wellington's marksmanship became known by Eliza.
Mr. Langton's performance on this series is great.
Tough call... Wellington and Eliza are both incredible.
This is a great series.
This is a very strong sequel, certainly equal if not better than the first. I enjoyed that there were even more steampunk inventions and more from agent Books. I again loved the narration by Langton. I loved it so much I listened to it in one day.
I am hooked on MoPO.
"A peculiar affair"
A great recording thoroughly believable with good characterisation in the accents and timing. The story, however, requires the total annihilation of belief not just its suspension - set in a re-imagined late Victorian London with a mis-matched couple fighting the bad guys (well, actually bad gals) and each other not to mention their boss ( a Victorian proto-M to their composite proto-Bond with a conscience) and the not-so-innocent bystanders.
If you are so far into fantasy fiction that you can suspend disbelief but not so far as losing touch with humanity then this is a good book well read and addictive enough to make you want the next in the series.
"Not as good as book 1"
Another enjoyable romp from the pens of Pip Ballantine & Tee Morris but for me this one didn't quite live up to it's predecessor.
There is quite a good back story behind the main plot featuring Wellington & I will certainly listen to book 3.
Steampunk at it's best!
Once or twice James Langton gets his accents confused, but otherwise he does a glorious job of bringing the story to life. None of his accents jarred my ear (unlike attempts by others) and the story moved with a nice pace.
Perhaps I am too pedantic but the title seemed divorced from the story - OK, it referred to the twins, an unsubtle and ancient twist which seems lazy,
Overall the book series is enjoyable enough but rather slow. I wanted to slap Books and Braun (did you spot the 'clever' device? Your character's character summed up in their name). Two books into 'The Ministry of Unlikely Plots' and they kiss! Give me strength!
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