Evil is most assuredly afoot - and Britain’s fate rests in the hands of an alluring renegade... and a librarian.
These are dark days indeed in Victoria’s England. Londoners are vanishing, then reappearing, washing up as corpses on the banks of the Thames, drained of blood and bone. Yet the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences - the Crown’s clandestine organization whose bailiwick is the strange and unsettling - will not allow its agents to investigate. Fearless and exceedingly lovely Eliza D. Braun, however, with her bulletproof corset and a disturbing fondness for dynamite, refuses to let the matter rest... and she’s prepared to drag her timorous new partner, Wellington Books, along with her into the perilous fray.
For a malevolent brotherhood is operating in the deepening London shadows, intent upon the enslavement of all Britons. And Books and Braun - he with his encyclopedic brain and she with her remarkable devices - must get to the twisted roots of a most nefarious plot... or see England fall to the Phoenix!
©2011 Pip Ballantine & Tee Morris (P)2011 HarperCollins Publishers
I stumbled onto both authors and to say I am delighted is a heinous understatement!
I love their attention to detail ... the descriptions which allow me to envision the characters and their environments. Both Pip and Tee create worlds I can fully escape to ... so having both authors collaborating lends itself to true delight.
I am new to the "Steampunk" theme ... but, I am hooked! If you've not tried it and are somewhat leery of the genre, I highly recommend this title as your first foray into "Steamy Adventure!"
In the famous words of Billy Idol, "she cried, 'More! More! More!'"
I tried listening to this book but after 5 minutes had to stop. The narrator's reading style reminded me of someone reading a story to a child - which comes across as patronizing for adults. I cannot comment on the story or plot as I did not get far enough into the book. I am very disappointed and will be avoiding anything narrated by this particular gentleman.
Loved the narration by James Langton who gives the reader the essential sound of all tongue in cheek Victorian romps. The heroine, Eliza, has a perfect foil in the surprisingly adept Welllington. Reminds one of The Avenger as played by Ralph Fiennes and Uma Thurman.
This novel was a fun mystery in the steampunk genre. It was a touch too "romance-y" at times, but it kept my interest. The protagonists are likable, if a little predictably argumentative. The plot requires a high degree of suspension of belief, not simply for its fantastic elements, but also from some improbable plot contrivances. Despite the flaws, PR can be fun listening for a somewhat indulgent reader.
I loved this book - the characters are engaging and evolve - the story is written vividly so i can actually see the story in my mind!. It is great to see the Genre make it to audible! I recommend this to all who like a good paced story with humor and action. Cant wait for the next in the series!
The Narrator is perfect for this book and this Genre.
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