Africa, 1863. Sir Richard Francis Burton is an explorer, a linguist, a scholar, and the king's agent - or is he a puppet being manipulated by forces he cannot understand? A race to find the source of the Nile! Algernon Charles Swinburne is a famous young flame-haired poet, thrill-seeker, and follower of the Marquis de Sade. For him, pain is pleasure, and brandy is ruin!
Here they are, back to where the adventure began. It is 1863, but not the one it should be. Time has veered wildly off course, and moves are being made that will lead to a devastating world war. Prime Minister Lord Palmerston believes that by possessing the three Eyes of Naga he'll be able to manipulate events and avoid the war. He already has two of the stones, but he needs Sir Richard Francis Burton to recover the third.
For the king's agent, it's a chance to return to the Mountains of the Moon to make a second attempt at locating the source of the Nile. But a rival expedition led by John Hanning Speke stands in his way, threatening a confrontation that could ignite the very war that Palmerston is trying to avoid!
Caught in a tangled web of cause, effect, and inevitability, little does Burton realize that the stakes are far higher than even he suspects. A final confrontation comes in London, where, in the year 1840, Burton must face the man responsible for altering time: Spring Heeled Jack!
Burton and Swinburne's third adventure completes the three-volume story arc begun in The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack and The Curious Case of the Clockwork Man.
©2011 Mark Hodder (P)2012 Audible Ltd
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"A Weak End to a Great Series"
I really enjoyed this trilogy but it has to be said that this closes the series more with a steam powered whimper than a clockwork bang. Burton and Swinburne are still great personalities but unlike the previous books the additional characters start to feel a bit like narrative cannon-fodder. That's not to say this is a bad book, it's not and I enjoyed it. I just feel that it doesn't bear up to the previous two exploits and so gets 3 stars through basis of comparison.
"good story but........"
Quite high just ashamed about the ending.
Yes. But only if they have read the other books. It's full of action and thought provoking ideas.
All of them. gerard Doyle does a very good job on all the characters voices.
There was a few parts that made me smile and one real sad part. One of the characters sacrificed their life for a plan to work. It brought a tear to my eye.
The story was good full of action but it had the finish of a ironic short story. Plus can get a bit confusing with all the theories on time travel.
Although you can listen to this as a stand alone story - it is far more resonant if you have read/listened to the previous two in the trilogy. I loved the first book, felt quite ambivalent about the second but was blown away by the third until literally the last couple of minutes - hated the ending. Gerard Doyle is a wonderful narrator - I could listen to him read anything.
I love the timbre of his voice and his characterisation is wonderful. There are a multitude of characters in the book and it is a credit to Gerard Doyle that you get swept up into the story and all the characters are individual and themselves.
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