The Feaster From the Stars

  • by Alan K. Baker
  • Narrated by Michael Maloney
  • 8 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary


Something strange is happening on the London Underground. The ghosts which haunt the platforms and tunnels are being seen much more frequently than usual, and it seems that they are both angry and frightened. Something has appeared on the subterranean railway network of which even the dead are afraid, and the train drivers and other staff are becoming increasingly reluctant to work there. Installation of the new Atmospheric Railway has begun, and the railway companies are demanding that the mystery be solved before their investments go up in a puff of steam.
When a train driver is driven insane by something indescribable in the remote tunnel known as the Kennington Loop, Queen Victoria instructs her Bureau of Clandestine Affairs to aid the Metropolitan Templar Police in their investigation.
Enter Thomas Blackwood, Special Investigator, and Lady Sophia Harrington, Secretary of the Society for Psychical Research. Along with Detective Gerhard de Chardin and the famous occultist Simon Castaigne, Blackwood and Sophia plunge into a terrifying adventure which takes them from the dank tunnels of the London Underground to the depths of interstellar space and a dying planet known as Carcosa, where a horrific being from beyond Space and Time has set its sights on Earth.
The being is known in the annals of the occult as the King in Yellow, or the Feaster from the Stars, and unless Blackwood and Sophia can prevail, it will descend upon the Earth and consume every living thing on it!

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Ok - but mixing genres too much for my taste

First thing, this is No 2 in the series. The Martian Ambassador comes first, which is not at all apparent from the descriptions available, and, because of the constant references to the events in the first book in this one, I would advise you to listen to that one first (unlike me).



The author of this book appears to have taken history, science fiction, fantasy, Conan Doyle, legend and steampunk; dropped them all into a blender and poured the resultant gloop between the covers of a book.



As a story it flows along well enough, and Michael Maloney's narration is well up to the task, but occasionally it does fly off into the esoteric in a way that does not really, in my opinon, add to the plot.



All in all, whilst I listened to the end and got quite interested in most of the story-line, the whole did not give the satisfying feeling of a well-crafted universe. I rather got the impression that the author threw certain elements into the mix on a whim, more than because they either fitted or were needed.



I shall probably listen to The Martian Ambassador in due course, but more to see whether it fills in any of the gaps rather than from an overwhelming urge to hear more of the same.
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- George

Book Details

  • Release Date: 23-08-2012
  • Publisher: Audible Studios