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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

    yarmando

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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 Delaware 02-21-12
    KOH Delaware 02-21-12 Member Since 2008
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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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    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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    Kenneth P Novak 12-22-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Suspenseful tension through last word to next book"

    Andrew Lane has launched a literary fictional giant from a solid foundation. This first novel has proven he has the quality of storytelling to place us inside the youthful mind of Sherlock Holmes. What is remarkable is that Lane avoids the temptation to make Sherlock older than he is, which is to say, while he remains heroically ingenious, he courts luck and shocks himself with his own perceptibility or lack thereof. Five stars to Mr. Weyman, who breathes life into Sherlock's tutor in a most respectable way. Please keep making audible recordings of the other books in the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    DH950 08-26-13
    DH950 08-26-13 Member Since 2009
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    "VG showing the morp of a teen to the master"
    What made the experience of listening to Death Cloud the most enjoyable?

    The life adventures and a mysterious tutor hired by his brother Microft that helped build the Consulting Detective Sherlock Holmes of adulthood.Started laying out the effects of his family. The effect that brother Microft had on his road to greatness.The introduction of historical & other FACTS incorporated into the story, like the sea forts built in the mid 1800's to protect from invasion from France, serving sporadically through WWII.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was a logical path that would lead to the famous Sherlock Holmes.


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

    The way he read & comments largely made up for the lack sound effects. The different mannerisms of the other charactors.


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

    Yes, but life provides interruptions


    Any additional comments?

    Some sound effects would have helped.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lauri NORTH HALEDON, NJ, United States 05-29-13
    Lauri NORTH HALEDON, NJ, United States 05-29-13 Member Since 2012
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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.

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    Alex CA, United States 03-17-13
    Alex CA, United States 03-17-13 Member Since 2012

    I love fantasy and science fiction.

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    "Entertaining"

    Entertaining from start to finish. Narration was excellent and compelling story. Definitely going to read more from Andrew Lane.

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    Peggy Amarillo, TX, United States 03-04-13
    Peggy Amarillo, TX, United States 03-04-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Very original Holmes backstory."
    What made the experience of listening to Death Cloud the most enjoyable?

    The narrator of quite good.


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

    When Sherlock first sees the Abino man.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The confrontation with the albino man.


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

    Absolutely.


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