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michael J.

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Quite a different take on Holmes, but it was fun!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-10-18

Got this from the author at a convention on audio CD but he gave me a free Audible promo code too!

The author played around with Holmes' universe a bit and I liked it. Lestrade was different, as was Holmes' landlord (I won't spoil it) and he's meeting Watson for the first time under totally different circumstances. There's also another (big) surprise cameo but I won't spoil that one either. Let's just say that it left my jaw hanging.

The story was well written and I liked the dialogue quite a bit as well of Holmes' own exposition parts. Sounds like the author has read a decent bit of Conan Doyle himself. The voice work was spot on, easy to listen to, with nice inflections on the parts that mattered most. The action scenes were dynamite and on the fairly gory side but not overly disgusting (not like Saw or Hostel or anything like that). The mystery was good, quite good, but was probably the weakest element of the book. It did throw me off several times, which was fun, but didn't unfold in quite the same way a Holmes story usually does. I guess that was on purpose though, since this Holmes is very different from the Conan Doyle one, so he kinda thinks differently and approaches problems differently too.

I also felt that I had to address the crummy review with the title "unoriginal". Dude did you even listen to the book?? Yeah, there's definitely some parallels to Grimm and even stuff like Supernatural but that's kinda going to happen when you're writing about a "monster hunter". Yeah, Holmes could see through monsters' disguises...KINDA, but like not reliably at all and only in certain situations and only on "were"-type monsters anyway. I don't remember the TV show Grimm having conditions to the character's power and I really don't remember them having all kinds of monsters that WEREN'T were-type creatures. Also you mentioned a book that Holmes got that had info about monsters in it but it was real clear that he WROTE the book himself, LOL. Sure, he finds some other files later on, but c'mon, it's not even close to inheriting a trailer full of monster knowledge. So yeah, the monsters were totally different, Holmes' ability was very different, and the book you said he inherited or whatever was something he wrote after years of fighting monsters. And as a little aside, Grimm and Supernatural are both awesome shows. So some of those elements mixed with Sherlock Holmes? Um. yes please!

I emailed the author to see if he had any more books planned for Holmes and he said he wasn't sure, but that he probably would release another one eventually. I for one hope that he does.

Seems like the start to a really fun series!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-10-18

I absolutely love old pulp scifi and when I saw Mr. Moreau's books on his table at the convention where I purchased them from him I was sold instantly just by the way he took the time to make the artwork look EXACTLY like an old pulp scifi novella! I appreciate that kind of attention to detail.

I read this book, as well as the sequel to it (which is part of a three-part story, the third book is not out as of today) and I really enjoyed this one for the fast paced action that gives us a brief introduction to the characters and world but the second book really kicked things up a notch and brought some real character development and stakes to the table. While I liked this one for what it was, a quick read to establish the characters and such, I have to say that the second one went from "fun" to "awesome".

Btw, the author is a really nice guy. He'd given me an audible promo code for his other book Sherlock Holmes Monster Hunter when I met him at the convention but apparently this one wasn't in audiobook format at the time. I emailed him to let him know that I enjoyed it and he then sent me a promo code for this book as well. That's great. Thanks!