Explorer Sir Richard Francis Burton and poet Algernon Swinburne return in a new series of wildly imaginative steampunk adventures.
Spring Heeled Jack is jumping back!
It's 9 p.m. on February 15, 1860, and Charles Babbage, the British Empire's most brilliant scientist, performs an experiment. Within moments, bloodred snow falls from the sky and Spring Heeled Jack pops out of thin air in London's Leicester Square. Though utterly disoriented and apparently insane, the strange creature is intent on one thing: hunting Sir Richard Francis Burton!
Spring Heeled Jack isn't alone in his mental confusion. Burton can hardly function; he's experiencing one hallucination after another - visions of parallel realities and future history. Someone, or something, is trying to tell him about...what?
When the revelation comes, it sends Burton and his companions on an expedition even the great explorer could never have imagined - a voyage through time itself into a twisted future where steam technology has made a resurgence and a despotic intelligence rules over the British Empire!
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The plot of the book is a little confusing at the start. at the start no clear time or event to demarcate each of Burton's changes realities, Once The time traveling section of the book start the plot becomes stronger, the characters stronger and the pace quickens,
The performance by Mr. Doyle is excellent and well paced ,
Even with its flaws, it is still a good read.
if you are a fan of the Burton & Swinburne series., Then The Return of the Discontinued Man".s well worth your time.
I would recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of time travel, steampunk or sci-fi especially if they like Sherlock Holmes or Victoriana. Lots and lots of all these genres.
You never know where it's going to go, which sometimes made it hard to follow especially when listening to a little bit at a time.
Miss Miller! I don't think I could picture the personalities of the characters as well without Gerard Doyle. He brings them all to life.
Favorite author: Alexander McCall Smith Favorite narrator: Gerard Doyle Favorite listen : Burton and Swinburne Trilogy
Of course I love this series it is Steampunk in its purest form. Unlike the 4th in the series this book does not stand alone. You will want to listen to the first three or you might not understand what is happening. They are trying to save the life of Edward Oxford and/or correct o riff in the time continuum. The usual suspects and the heirs are on hand for the adventures. I love this series every book goes through all ranges of emotions. This particular book, however, gets a little muddled. The time travel is a little camp and I don't expect that from this series. The timelines change so much it is hard to keep track of what is happening and what did/did not happen as a result. This story is of course fate vs free will and still has not been answered. But I guess we can see why the federation had to have a prime directive lol. Anyway it was not my favorite of the series,which continues to be The Expeditions to The Mountains of the Moon, But It still is a good listen and although it is 15 hours it goes by really fast and leaves you wanting more.
Discontinued Man is not as good as the first three books in the serious but it is still a good story. I think it is a little more sci-fi than steam punk in this one. The story seems to meander a little bit and the ending was a little disappointing, but over all still good enough to listen to.
The ending was a little disappointing for me. I thought it was kind of a cop out for the author to end the book the way he did.
Doyle did a great job even using a singing voice for the Brunnel voice. All the characters had a distinct voice.
Not really, I will be interested to see where Hodder goes next with this story.
So, what will the future be like now after this story? How will we know?
Without a doubt, this entire series, from The Strange Affairs of Spring-Heeled Jack to this book, The Return of the Discontinued Man, is the greatest steam punk fiction in existence! I would argue that it is not even steam punk, but rather it's own extraordinary genre! I have read many books and I am yet to find another author with the incredible story, sophistication, history, and excitement of Mark Hodder! A MUST READ!
I really like this series overall. This book was a little far out there for me but it was still pretty good. The performance is terrific but I'm not a big fan of the Brunnell voice which is prolific in this book and really got annoying after awhile.
"A flight through time tying up loose ends... maybe"
moving, dark, glorious
Doctor Who's dream journal where he jots down his wierdest nightmares (if such a book exists then the adventures of Burton and Swinburne were surely dreamt up during a night of fever dreams after too much brandy and cheese).
As ever, superb. My only niggle is that Wells and Swinburne's voices are too similar, other than that he has a fantastic range and really brings the story to life. Every character from the previous books seems to pop up at some point as a cameo and so he certainly had his work cut out giving them all a voice!
The King's agent of paradox
A remarkable achievement of a book which reprises lots of characters that had almost been forgotten from previous books and takes Burton on a trip through his own timeline with his faithful companions. As with the other books in the series the possibilities and ramifications of each action and outcome keep you thinking and guessing and how all these disparate strands tie together is a real feat of writing.
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