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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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    sarah Post Edwards, WI, United States 01-02-13
    sarah Post Edwards, WI, United States 01-02-13
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    "Adventurous!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I loved the way the author took on the aspect of Sherlock Holmes and wrote him in his own manor. We finally get to know how Sherlock became who we all know and love!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed that Sherlock wasn't ever quite sure what he was doing....It slowly pieced together bits of his personality that you see in all of his later adventures!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    What moved me the most is at the end Sherlock looking back at the fire and watching the men jump into the water some of them on fire and hating himself because he caused that death, he caused that pain.


    Any additional comments?

    Welcome to the Young Sherlock Addiction!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Roger C. Park 08-12-14 Member Since 2013
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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.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    KOH 02-21-12
    KOH 02-21-12 Member Since 2010
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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.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Alex CA, United States 03-17-13
    Alex CA, United States 03-17-13 Member Since 2015

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara Deltona, Fl, United States 02-03-13
    Barbara Deltona, Fl, United States 02-03-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Learning about Sherlock"
    Where does Death Cloud rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I enjoyed getting to know Sherlock Holmes before he became the adult version that knows everything


    What about Daniel Weyman’s performance did you like?

    Very good. He kept you interested.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    GREGORY SCOTTSDALE, AZ, United States 02-03-13
    GREGORY SCOTTSDALE, AZ, United States 02-03-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Great listen"
    What did you love best about Death Cloud?

    It was a thriller.


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

    He did a good job with the characters voices.


    Any additional comments?

    In certain parts, you couldn't stop listening.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Marsha 05-26-15
    Marsha 05-26-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Great story and very well read!"

    This is my first young Sherlock novel; great story and very well read! I hope for many more in the series?!?

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    N. P. Jacobsen Sumter, SC, United States 05-21-15
    N. P. Jacobsen Sumter, SC, United States 05-21-15 Member Since 2010
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    "And so begins the detective's career"

    I so much enjoyed the Sherlock Holmes novels written by Arthur Conan Doyle that I thought I would give Andrew Lane's younger version a try. As a teenager, this version of Sherlock was not as I expected. Perhaps I was leaning too much on the adult character, but I thought young Sherlock would be a boy genius. Instead, he is portrayed as a lad with an above average intelligence and a seemingly boundless curiosity. We therefore see the progression in Sherlock from his formative years to the astute detective made famous by A.C. Doyle.

    The novel begins with 14 year old Sherlock waiting for his father to collect him from boarding school for the summer holiday. Instead he finds his brother, Mycroft, waiting in the headmaster's office. Mycroft informs Sherlock that their father has been sent to India and arrangements have been made with Uncle Sherrinford and Aunt Anna in Farnham to care for him during the summer.

    Resigned to his fate, Sherlock tries to make the most of his situation. He meets a young orphan, Matty Arnatt, and the two boys become quick friends. Matty tells Sherlock of the Death Cloud he saw coming from a house in town. It came out of the window and went up the drain pipe. The man in the house had large boils on his face and hands reminiscent of the plague. This peaks Sherlock's curiosity and the two boys begin investigating.

    About this time, Sherlock discovers that Mycroft has hired a tutor to help further his education. The tutor in question, Amyus Crowe, has come from America with his daughter Virginia, who Sherlock immediately becomes infatuated with. Later, while Amyus and Sherlock are hiking through the forest to learn about edible plants, another body is discovered bearing the same characteristics as the previous one. This time, it is Sherlock that witnesses the Death Cloud. He also finds some yellow powder near the body, which he collects in an envelope.

    With the discovery of the second body, the community becomes worried about another outbreak of the bubonic plague, But Sherlock is not convinced. He had seen the second man earlier the same day the body was discovered, with no signs of any disease present. He and Matty's investigations lead to a secluded warehouse and a mysterious foreign Baron. With the help of Amyus and Virginia Crowe, the two boys are able to make sense of the clues and solve the case.

    It is not surprising that Amyus Crowe reminded me of the grown Sherlock. With his vast amount of knowledge and deductive reasoning, he is the man Sherlock will become. At one point during the story, Sherlock notes that Amyus is trying to "teach me how to think," and indeed this is the case. Amyus would ask questions in such a way as to lead the young man in the direction of the solution without actually giving it to him.

    The mystery set forth in the story is very clever, and while the villain is not typical of Doyle's Holmes character, I found the novel to be quite entertaining. If you are willing to believe that Holmes was not always the man he was portrayed as by Doyle, then I think you will enjoy this novel as much as I did.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    JordyW Michigan 04-16-15
    JordyW Michigan 04-16-15 Member Since 2005

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    "Death Cloud Review"

    This was an intriguing story about murder and thinking and I can't wait to read the other books on this series.

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