Having narrowly escaped the electrifying machinations of Thomas Edison, Books and Braun are looking forward to a relaxing and possibly romantic voyage home. But when Braun's emergency signal goes off, all thoughts of recreation vanish. Braun's streetwise team of child informants, the Ministry Seven, is in grave peril, and Books and Braun must return to England immediately.
But when the intrepid agents finally arrive in London, the situation is even more dire than they imagined. The Ministry has been disavowed, and the Department of Imperial Inconveniences has been called in to decommission its agents in a most deadly fashion. The plan reeks of the Maestro's dastardly scheming. Only this time he has a dangerous new ally - a duplicitous doctor whose pernicious poisons have infected the highest levels of society, reaching even the queen herself.
©2015 Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris (P)2015 Tantor
I grew up on Golden Age Radio, I love to learn about a great many things, and I enjoy a wide variety of genres. Me, bored? Never!
Right from the beginning, this series has been a steampunk story flavored with one part James Bond and one part X-Files. This time around it's a bit more 007 (with shades of Skyfall), and we get a little Doctor Who type vibe thrown into the mix. I won't say how, because that would ruin some of the surprises.
Picking up in the immediate aftermath of Dawn's Early Light, our intrepid agents have kindled a romance, but their time to savor it has been cut short by a distress signal that calls them back to London. One of their Ministry Seven, their street urchin informants, is missing. Worse still, the Crown has disavowed the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences, and its agents are now systematically being picked off by agents of the Department of Imperial Inconveniences. Our heroes must survive the culling, expose the villains, and rescue one of their own. Secrets are revealed! Backstories are explained! And if you pay close attention, there are a few jabs at modern pop culture to be had.
As with the previous entries in this series, it's a light, fun read with all of the humor, pseudo-science, and historical cameos you've come to expect. And as with the previous entries, the further this story goes, the more outlandish it gets. For all of these reasons, this continues to be my favorite steampunk series.
My reading and listening tastes are eclectic.
The narrator for The Diamond Conspiracy was excellent. I loved the first two books in this series. I found the third to be stretching things a bit far, but the fourth just tore it all together to pieces. Let's just say, I not only had to suspend belief, I had to completely generate a belief system that disallowed mercy and sympathy and approved wholesale slaughter of innocents without repercussion.
I enjoyed the first three books in the series. This one went too far. Without spoilers let me simply say that the addition of a new plot device and the travel to an unexpected location ruined the book for me.
Was really waiting for this one, liked most developments... However groaned about main reveal/twist... It was just, I was expecting to be wowed by Tee and Pip.. Still love the series and eagerly await follow ups, maybe it's burn out on my part... Just, I felt I was auditing a Dr Who episode. Just seems to me that three and a half books should have given me something spectacular reveal!
great story, great characters, amazing steampunk contraptions. love the interplay between characters. awesome villain. final line, a killer. I cannot wait for the next story. I'm going to go back and listen to the whole series again!!!
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This is a fantastic follow up. I enjoy the relationship with the kids and Eliza. This was especially good because Eliza is like a lion protecting her cubs when it comes to the kids. The kids soften the edges of Eliza.
There is always fun when you an fight for your county with the one you love for the kids you love. And to have the righteousness of Queen and God on your side, you can not be beaten.
Fast cars, weapons, a woman with a bad ass attitude who likes to blow up things, a librarian who is a meticulous dresser and a tinker, and a bunch of street urchins means a good story.
I love Eliza and Wellington! And Alice and the Ministry 7. I do hope the stories continue. There has to be more especially now with additional info about Dr Jekyll
Pip and Tee are excellent story tellers and I love the steampunk genre.
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