Evil is most assuredly afoot - and Britain’s fate rests in the hands of an alluring renegade... and a librarian.
These are dark days indeed in Victoria’s England. Londoners are vanishing, then reappearing, washing up as corpses on the banks of the Thames, drained of blood and bone. Yet the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences - the Crown’s clandestine organization whose bailiwick is the strange and unsettling - will not allow its agents to investigate. Fearless and exceedingly lovely Eliza D. Braun, however, with her bulletproof corset and a disturbing fondness for dynamite, refuses to let the matter rest... and she’s prepared to drag her timorous new partner, Wellington Books, along with her into the perilous fray.
For a malevolent brotherhood is operating in the deepening London shadows, intent upon the enslavement of all Britons. And Books and Braun - he with his encyclopedic brain and she with her remarkable devices - must get to the twisted roots of a most nefarious plot... or see England fall to the Phoenix!
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Brilliant action steampunk adventure
All audiobooks bring characters to life more than the written word. Apart from the seriously bad New Zealand accent of the female lead, this was well read and easy on the ear. Will someone please tell narrators that New Zealanders sound more English than the Australian accent that they are usually given?
The beginning. The first chapter. It starts off with a bang (literally) and sets the pace for nearly the whole book.
See above about listening and the accents.
None that could be named without spoiling. Several parts spooked me a bit.
This was a thoroughly enjoyable listen. I already have the second one and have requested more to be added to the Audible site.
- Sheryl Mason
Really enjoyable romp
When I began listening to this I seriously wandered if I had wasted my money but by chapter three I was well & truly hooked
This is my first James Langton listen but I thought his performance was excellent.
No I listened to this at work over a period of three or four days.
I bought this on a whim and I have to say I really enjoyed it, the story was strong, Eliza & Wellington were very believable characters, a well constructed tale well told, I will be listening to more of this series.
- Amazon Customer