The world’s most famous detective. The most brilliant mind in fiction. But before he became the great detective, who was young Sherlock Holmes?
The year is 1868, and Sherlock Holmes is 14. His life is that of a perfectly ordinary army officer’s son: boarding school, good manners, a classical education – the backbone of the British Empire.
But all that is about to change. With his father suddenly posted to India, and his mother mysteriously ‘unwell’, Sherlock is sent to stay with his eccentric uncle and aunt in their vast house in Hampshire.
So begins a summer that leads Sherlock to uncover his first murder, a kidnap, corruption and a brilliantly sinister villain of exquisitely malign intent.
The Death Cloud is the first in a series of novels in which the iconic detective is reimagined as a brilliant, troubled and engaging teenager – creating unputdownable detective adventures that remain true to the spirit of the original books.
©2010 Andrew Lane (P)2010 Macmillan Digital Audio
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"Sherlock Holmes? More like Alex Rider in the 1800s"
I have the next book of this series but haven't gone around listening to it yet. As for trying another book narrated by Dan Stevens, I would gladly do so as he is my most favourite narrator.
I would recommend this book to young readers - probably my male students. It's got the things boys may be interested in - action, mystery, adventure, a pretty girl, etc.
Dan Stevens never disappoints me with his narration. He is simply brilliant in performing stories. His voice is clear, his reading pace is steady, he distinguishes character voices, and there's something about the way he reads that draws me into the story and makes me stay there until the end. He drew me into Michael Murpurgo's War Horse and Anthony Horowitz's Alex Rider series, he certainly kept me listening to this book even though it isn't as good as I thought it would be.
If this is supposed to be a portrayal of Sherlock Holmes as a young teenager, it really doesn't feel like it. The whole book doesn't feel like a Sherlock Holmes mystery but rather a kind of Victorian Alex Rider as it comes across as something similar to the teenage spy book. Although it isn't entirely a bad thing, it isn't a good one either. I had mixed feelings about this book - but it didn't stop me from enjoying it to some extent.
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