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London 1925: after a grisly discovery in a ladies' rooming house, ex-boxer Harry Stubbs finds himself on a mission that takes him from the lowest dives to high society, searching for occult mysteries buried in the Horniman Musem, wrestling with enigmas - and bare-knuckle battling with deadly opponents. An insidious alien is at large, the time to stop it is running out - and that may not even be the worst of Harry's problems.
©2017 David Hambling (P)2017 David Hambling
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5 out of 5 stars
By TU on 17-07-18

Bring on more Harry Stubbs!

I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

This was another great Harry Stubbs adventure. Full of action and good dialog. The narration continues to be great as well. I was stoked that this one was longer than the previous two. Can't wait for more from this author.

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4 out of 5 stars
By C.T. on 27-02-18

Another excellent volume

HARRY STUBBS is back and fighting the Great Od Ones again! The adventures of a early 20th century London boxer and amateur detective remains one of my favorite Cthulhu spin-offs. It's a series of well-researched detective stories which are more interested in the occult secret societies, weird history of London, and cultists versus the actual supernatural weirdness so many other stories deal with. In simple terms, it's more The 9th Gate versus Friday the Thirteenth in how it compares to most stories.

ALIEN STARS opens with Harry having lost his job with legitimate firms and having been reduced to doing criminal work with a corrupt partner. They now serve as thieves and black marketeers who acquire antiques with occult significance then sell them to their patrons. It's a pretty big shift for the normally honest and forthright Harry so I found this change a bit jarring. This time, his latest job results in a death of a young woman who is involved in a conspiracy to deal with an unnatural plague that can destroy the world.

Alien Stars isn't quite as enjoyable as the other two volumes of the series due to the fact Harry doens't quite work as a professional criminal and I felt the more "aware" cultists helping him investigate the occult was less interesting than the protagonist stumbling around on his own. On the plus side, I liked the larger role of women in the story. There's more in this book and they play a more central role than usual.

I also appreciate all the references to the Colour of Outer Space, which is my favorite of HPL's work.

8/10

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