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The Hellfire Conspiracy

Barker & Llewelyn Series, Book 4
Narrated by: Antony Ferguson
Series: Barker & Llewelyn Series, Book 4
Length: 8 hrs and 32 mins
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Publisher's Summary

When Cyrus Barker and Thomas Llewelyn are hired to find a girl from the upper classes who has gone missing in the East End, they assume her kidnapping is the work of white slavers. But when they discover five girls have been murdered in Bethnal Green, taunting letters begin to arrive in Craig's Court from a killer calling himself Mr. Miacca.

Barker fears that Miacca might be part of the Hellfire Club, a group of powerful, hedonistic aristocrats performing satanic rituals. He must track the fiend to his hideout, while Llewelyn confronts the man who put him in prison.

Dodging muckrakers, navigating the murky Thames under cover of darkness, and infiltrating London's most powerful secret society, The Hellfire Conspiracy is another wild ride that "brings to life a London roiling with secret leagues, deadly organizations, and hidden clubs" (Ron Bernas, Detroit Free Press).

©2007 Will Thomas (P)2017 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"Thomas cleverly develops his characters' personalities while maintaining his marvelously wrought descriptions of a bygone era." ( Kirkus)

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This series is addictive

I have enjoyed the first 4 audio books in the series, and am impatient for the rest to be released. The narration is superb. The historical settings vivid. All with a sprinkle of dry humor

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I'm love this series!!!

I just finished listening to the third book in this series and am so happy that I discovered it! It reminds me of the adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson! I for one do not get bored with the observations, thoughts, musings, and conversations, that allow me to be right there with the characters! Great writing, character and story development, and what an outstanding narrator! He is amazing, and is for this series, what George Guidall is for the Craig Johnson novels, e.g.! Love this narrator!!!
Am going to look right now if there are more books in this series!
Danyelle
Audible addict in Santa Fe, NM

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Thoroughly entertaining

Will Thomas's Victorian crime solving story and characters are thoroughly entertaining. I initially didn't believe that two detectives could share or should share the same context but readers soon find themselves shaking off the "Holmes hangover" and find the Hellfire Conspiracy most enjoyable.

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Excellent

This story awakens acute feelings and thoughts. It also has reasonable propositions on moral and political philosophies. The story and delivery were excellent with powerful passages.

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Excellent

Great story! Love the narration. Love the historical character of the books. Llewelyn does get beat up AGAIN. TWICE. However at least he fares better this time.

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Pretty Good, but spotted the bad guy way too soon

This is a good series to binge, but I was a little disappointed with this one story.

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Aaarrrhh! Ends on a cliffhanger!

Ok, let's start by saying I can't wait until the next book!
This was an exciting, but brutal plot. I like how you got to see more shades of Barker's character. You got to see him grieve, be confounded by the evils on this earth, and see him mourn for innocence lost. The writing was genuine, not contrived words to illicit tears, but words to make you think of these same injustices that are going on today and what are WE doing to stop them.....or do we even really care.
We see the caustic duplicity of the 1%. They will always be with us, for good or bad and it sickens me to see not much has changed. Remember a recent situation with Prince Andrew and an alleged sexual liaison with an underage girl. His reputation remained intact with his uber-rich friends rushing to his side to defend his honor, but what ever happened to her.......what happened to her?
I guess some things will never change....not even with time and may God have mercy on our souls for I shudder to think of the karma coming our way.

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Maintains the Series Pattern

If your a fan of the Barker Llewelyn Series, you will enjoy The Hellfire Conspiracy! In addition to a good, but somber, story line, you will also be provided with additional background on Barker, Llewelyn and Mac. Entertaining

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Best one yet!

This book is AWESOME like all the books in the series, but this book has a fair amount of humor which the others don’t have as much of & the story line is gripping! Must Read!

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Great Entry in The Series

Like a grittier version of Holmes and Watson. A total immersion in the history and culture of 18 th century London. Great crime drama and human drama. The first person narration of Thomas Llewellyn is like a younger more naive version of Dr Watson. And there is the whole subtext of the injustices of the British class system and being a “gentleman”. Truly engaging for all fans of historical fiction, mysteries and suspense. The narrator is spot on in his voicings of many British accents from Barker’s Brogue to Llewelyn’s Oxford to guttural Cockney to the snooty “high born” gentlemen. The game is definitely afoot in this one!!!