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Death Cloud: Sherlock Holmes: The Legend Begins | [Andrew Lane]

Death Cloud: Sherlock Holmes: The Legend Begins

It is the summer of 1868, and Sherlock Holmes is 14. On break from boarding school, he is staying with eccentric strangers—his uncle and aunt—in their vast house in Hampshire. When two local people die from symptoms that resemble the plague, Holmes begins to investigate what really killed them, helped by his new tutor, an American named Amyus Crowe. So begins Sherlock’s true education in detection, as he discovers the dastardly crimes of a brilliantly sinister villain of exquisitely malign intent.
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It is the summer of 1868, and Sherlock Holmes is 14. On break from boarding school, he is staying with eccentric strangers—his uncle and aunt—in their vast house in Hampshire. When two local people die from symptoms that resemble the plague, Holmes begins to investigate what really killed them, helped by his new tutor, an American named Amyus Crowe. So begins Sherlock’s true education in detection, as he discovers the dastardly crimes of a brilliantly sinister villain of exquisitely malign intent.

©2010 Andrew Lane (P)2011 Macmillan Audio

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    Amazon Customer Columbus, OH, United States 11-28-11
    Amazon Customer Columbus, OH, United States 11-28-11

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    "For fans of Alex Rider"

    On summer break from school, a young Sherlock Holmes finds a mentor and encounters his first mystery.

    This was too much like an Alex Rider novel, perhaps deliberately. Although I like Alex Rider, Sherlock Holmes' adventures, even as (or especially as) a teenager, should be more cerebral and less violent.

    There's an occasional good nugget, like when Sherlock develops the self-knowledge that he's not a good storyteller, and that he needs someone in his life to put his experiences in narrative form. Or the small fear that he enjoyed the experience of being drugged when kidnapped. But overall the mystery was predictable and the action ranged from extreme to ridiculous.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    KOH 02-21-12
    KOH 02-21-12
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    "A bit over the top, but entertaining"
    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I enjoyed the beginning as young Holmes is attempting to solve the mystery he stumbles accross. The characters, Matty especially, were well explained. The end left several loose ends so I guess there will be more in the series. The confrontations with the evil Count were close to ridiculous.


    What about Daniel Weyman’s performance did you like?

    Well read and Weyman kept me intereted


    Any additional comments?

    Bought on impluse to use during a long car trip. It was enjoyable but not great.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Karen United States 07-18-11
    Karen United States 07-18-11 Member Since 2011

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    "Death Cloud"

    I was disappointed with this book. I was expecting something else I think. Perhaps getting more into the mind of the young Sherlock to explain why he thought the way he did and detailing his thought processes as he solved his first mystery.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Roger C. Park 08-12-14 Member Since 2004
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    "Hope, then disappointment"
    Would you try another book from Andrew Lane and/or Daniel Weyman?

    Depends.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Disappointing. Excellent beginning. Then just one chase after another at the end.


    What about Daniel Weyman’s performance did you like?

    Good enunciation.


    Could you see Death Cloud being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Don't know.


    Any additional comments?


    Author showed talent in depicting young Sherlock and family tensions. After that, fell apart.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lauri 05-29-13
    Lauri 05-29-13
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    "Dark Cloud, Bright Beginning"
    Any additional comments?

    I have always been a fan of Sherlock Holmes and Lane's adaptation/prequel, to the stories I know, was wonderful. I was engaged from the start and did not turn it off until it had finished. I'm hooked and looking forward to the next installment.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Carla Decatur, AL, United States 02-08-13
    Carla Decatur, AL, United States 02-08-13 Member Since 2011
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    "I love the concept"

    As an ardent Sherlock Holmes fan I wanted to love this book!! However, this is a "OK" listen. Maybe next time?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon Bridgewater, MA, United States 01-29-13
    Sharon Bridgewater, MA, United States 01-29-13
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    "Sherlock as a Youth"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Death Cloud to be better than the print version?

    I thought this book did a good job of capturing the same feel of Doyle's character. It explained a few of his idiosyncrasies and beekeeping. The story was very good.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Death Cloud?

    The paralyzed man's contraption for getting around was very "steam punk" and fitting with Holmes cases.


    Any additional comments?

    Definitely worth checking out if you're a diehard Holmes fan.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer 01-17-13
    Jennifer 01-17-13
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    "Clever..."
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    I would listen to it again; its a clean and clever story for kids


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Amius Crow was my favorite. He is the foreshadow of Sherlock Holmes as a grown-up, except American.


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

    Daniel Weyman is one of my favorite narrators, that is actually why I purchased the book. His work on Nick Harkaway's books is fabulous.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I did


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tracy 01-10-13
    Tracy 01-10-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Absolutely LOVED IT!"
    Would you listen to Death Cloud again? Why?

    I don't generally re-listen or re-read books, but I probably would on this one, to catch some of the items I may have missed during my rides too and from work :)


    Any additional comments?

    It was entertaining, well written, and well read. I enjoyed it so much that I've already purchased the next book in the series!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Wm. Concrete, WA, United States 01-05-13
    Wm. Concrete, WA, United States 01-05-13 Member Since 2001
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    "Not Arthur Conan Doyle, but who cares?"
    Where does Death Cloud rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Near the top


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

    excellent narrator


    Any additional comments?

    This is excellent family fair. Fast paced and very interesting. The ending is complete, but sets up for many sequels which I hope come soon.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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