The Secret of Abdu El Yezdi : Burton and Swinburne

  • by Mark Hodder
  • Narrated by Gerard Doyle
  • Series: Burton and Swinburne
  • 15 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Burton & Swinburne return in a new series! The Beast is coming. History will be remade. Since the assassination of Queen Victoria in 1840, a cabal of prominent men - including King George V, HRH Prince Albert, Benjamin Disraeli, and Isambard Kingdom Brunel - has received guidance from the afterlife. The spirit of a dead mystic, Abdu El Yezdi, has helped them to steer the empire into a period of unprecedented peace and creativity. But on the eve of a groundbreaking alliance with the newly formed Greater German Confederation, scientists, surgeons, and engineers are being abducted - including Brunel! The government, in search of answers, turns to the afterlife, only to find that Abdu El Yezdi is now refusing to speak with the living. Enter the newly knighted Sir Richard Francis Burton, fresh from his discovery of the source of the Nile. Appointed the king's agent, he must trace the missing luminaries and solve the mystery of Abdu El Yezdi's silence. But the Beast has been summoned. How can the famous explorer fulfill his mission when his friends and loved ones are being picked off, one by one, by what appears to be a supernatural entity - by, perhaps, Abdu El Yezdi himself?

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Customer Reviews

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The best of the series so far.

I had originally though this series was a trilogy and thoroughly enjoyed them all. I was very surprised to find out there was more as the story seemed to have finished. What Mark Hodder does with the story next however marks this out clearly as my favourite so far. Bismillah! Also, as ever, Algy is truly the main character. Downloading the next one now!

I must just add that the narration is exquisite and couldn't not be any better.
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- N16

hit the reboot button again

What made the experience of listening to The Secret of Abdu El Yezdi the most enjoyable?

As ever a great narration of the story with fantastic voice characterisation. The story follows on from the previous books; and yet does not at all. A lot of questions from previous books are answered and more are asked. The infinite possibilities that the stories can now explore leave you thinking about the stories and characters long after you unplug your ipod.


What was one of the most memorable moments of The Secret of Abdu El Yezdi?

The graveyard scene at the end.


Which scene did you most enjoy?

Meeting Swinburne all over again


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The graveyard scene at the end.


Any additional comments?

Whilst the possible repercussions of the events in the London park are infinite and offer a bewildering range of outcomes and futures for our hero I really hope that at some point there is some final closure for Burton and that he can settle as an ambassador to Limpopo or wherever and the natural order is restored.

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- C. Douglass

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-07-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios