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.
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