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In the mid-1870s, a violent spray of comets hits Earth, decimating cities, erasing shorelines, and changing the world's climate forever. And just as Earth's temperature dropped, so was civilization frozen in time. Instead of advancing technologically, humanity had to piece itself back together....

In the 21st century, boats still run on steam, messages arrive by telegraph, and the British Empire, with its capital now in Delhi, controls much of the world. The other major world leader is the Czar of All the Russias. Everyone predicts an eventual, deadly showdown. But no one can predict the role that one man, Captain Athelstane King, reluctant spy and hero, will play....

©2002 Steven M. Stirling (P)2017 Tantor

Critic Reviews

“An irresistible read." ( Booklist)

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Great Alternative History

I’m only sad it’s the only one, but it’s elegant and exciting. This is a story that will appeal to anyone who’s ever been interested in alternative history. It has military and political technicality, well written romance, and exciting action!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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One of the best alt-history books I've read!

Take something in history that made a change in the world, and then change that event. Or, add a large impacting event to the world's history at a point previous to current time and extrapolate where the world might be based on the change. Plotlines and ideas like this, can be fascinating. If that is of any interest to you, I would highly recommend reading this book.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Love the story, the narrator - not so much

What made the experience of listening to The Peshawar Lancers the most enjoyable?

I have been waiting for this book to be available!

Would you be willing to try another one of Shaun Grindell’s performances?

No

Any additional comments?

As a huge fan of S.M. Stirling, I was very excited when I saw this audio version of Peshawar Lancers was available. I love his stand alone novels. But after listening to the recording, I still love the story, but was turned off by the performance. As a Russian speaker (2nd language), his portrayal of the Russian accents and the pronunciation of Russian words was very distracting and wasn't even close to being correct. A lot of the accents, Russian included, sounded as if the portrayed speaker was French.

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  • Dawno
  • California
  • 08-29-18

Narration should be redone

I gave up after a couple of chapters due to the narration. I had read this book when it came out and enjoyed, it so I was looking forward to listening to it. The narrator’s inflections, pauses and odd emphases are so distracting I could not follow the story. I give the story five stars to credit the authors original work but I can not recommend it as an audiobook as currently recorded.

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Slow start, but gets better

This book wasn’t bad, and the narrator was excellent, but I had a hard time paying attention to the story. After a slow start it got better, but I had to make myself get thru the first couple of hours.

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By far the best book I've read this year

I loved it, bought it for my vacation and I do bot regret it for one second. A fantastic steam punk adventure set in a post apocalyptic world forever set in the Victorian empire. Vast wildernesses, swashbuckling, exciting encounters, trains, airships, cannibal cults and evil russians. This book has it all.

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Poor narration

A great book nearly spoiled by a bad reading.
Narrator said EACH sentence in the EXACT same cadence and inflection

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Save Your Money and Save Your Time.

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Orcs deep in a mine who have no entertainment at all may have enjoyed this book if they were tied down and beaten with whips and forced to listen to it.

Has The Peshawar Lancers turned you off from other books in this genre?

It almost turned me off from books and living... really living.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Shaun Grindell?

The Narrator is great.

What character would you cut from The Peshawar Lancers?

I would cut all of them and cut off the finger that pressed the mouse when I ordered this.

Any additional comments?

the UN may investigate this book as a war crime

2 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • Mrs V. Bracewell
  • 08-21-18

Disappointing and Boring

Such a disappointment! Stirling’s Nantucket series along Died the Fire series are two of my absolute favourites. So much so, I’ve listened to both over again at least once a year. But, The Peshawar Lancers, began at what seemed like book 2 or 3 of a series. Completely confusing with no build up at all as to how the “sci-fi” bit occurred. Further, Stirling penchant for details upon details is in overdrive, and with discernable plot makes the novel rather boring.

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  • Jonathan Wenden
  • 12-10-17

An intesting setting but the story is lacking

The setting and world is interesting and obviusly well thought out but the story was not that interesting. The characters are equally not well expanded upon. The narrator was good though.