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The Return of the Discontinued Man: Burton & Swinburne, Book 5 | [Mark Hodder]

The Return of the Discontinued Man: Burton & Swinburne, Book 5

It's 9 p.m. on February 15, 1860, and Charles Babbage, the British Empire's most brilliant scientist, performs an experiment. Within moments, blood red 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!
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Publisher's Summary

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!

©2014 Mark Hodder (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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    William San Pablo, CA, United States 07-20-14
    William San Pablo, CA, United States 07-20-14 Member Since 2007
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    "weak start , strong finish"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Andrea Houston, TX, USA 07-19-14
    Andrea Houston, TX, USA 07-19-14 Member Since 2007
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    "More Fun Than a Barrel of Time Suits"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    What does Gerard Doyle bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


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    carmen OFallon, MO, United States 10-05-14
    carmen OFallon, MO, United States 10-05-14 Member Since 2011

    Favorite author: Alexander McCall Smith Favorite narrator: Gerard Doyle Favorite listen : Burton and Swinburne Trilogy

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    "The adventures of Burton and Swinburne continues"

    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.

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