The Dead Can Wait : Dr. John Watson

  • by Robert Ryan
  • Narrated by Richard Burnip
  • Series: Dr. John Watson
  • 14 hrs and 0 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Deep in England's green and pleasant land something evil lurks....
Dr. John Watson is back home, fresh from his time in the trenches of Flanders Fields. The horrors of war weigh heavy on his mind, and now his task is to help rehabilitate soldiers suffering from the crippling effects of shell-shock.
But the war is not yet over and in one corner of England lies a secret, one that the establishment is determined to keep under wraps. For in the woodlands of the lush countryside, the government is building the secret weapon which will win the war for Britain. Here, they are developing the land ship - never-before-seen "tanks" which the army is convinced will end the stalemate on the Western Front.
But then disaster strikes. After a training exercise in one of the tanks, eight men are mysteriously struck down, seven of them dead. There is just the one survivor, and he's not talking. It is clear something is horribly wrong, and the army calls in the only man who will know how to solve the mystery: Dr. John Watson.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Good follow up.

Watson on his second outing without Holmes and this book is every bit as good as the first. Okay it's a bit slow to start but it does pick up and move along nicely. Dead bodies, new inventions, zeppelins and spies all running alongside a budding romance what's not to like :) It looses a star as I worked out a major twist early on.

Richard Burnip narrates well and his Winston Churchill is recognisable. An excellent WW1 novel sprinkled with factual data. Well worth a credit. :)
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- Lee

Just Not Grabbing Me...

I don't know what my problem is with this title, but it's just not grabbing me at all. It's 1916 and the British Army are developing a new weapon that they hope will bring an end to the Great War. However a live test has killed 6 out of 7 operators, and left the 7th man a deranged mute. Call in Dr Watson to see what's up.

There, I've just summarised the first 12 chapters. (Yes, I did say 12 Chapters) To say the pace is slow would be an understatement. And I suppose it will always be a pitfall for any author writing about Dr Watson, but if he's mentioned Sherlock Holmes once he's done it a dozen times, and it's starting to get tiresome. Either this is a Dr Watson book or a Sherlock Holmes book, please decide.

The narration by Richard Burnip is very good, although he has also fallen into a trap when voicing Winston Churchill's lines, where he uses the famous 'Fight them on the beaches' voice of Churchill's later WWII years.

I dunno, I'm a third of the way in and I truly am not engaged by this title. There's no suspense at all, and none of the characters seem real in any way. I will try to persevere but I doubt I'll make it to the end...
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- Colin

Book Details

  • Release Date: 23-04-2015
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK